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10 Ten-minute workout routines for your living room

Laura Williams, M.S.Ed. is a personal trainer, freelance writer and entrepreneur who works with a wide variety of fitness clients. She's the founder of the popular website, - Girls Gone Sporty, and she's the host of the High Impact Blogg...

Quick calorie torchers

You don't need lots of time or space to fit a killer workout into your day. Grab a yoga mat, a pair of dumbbells and a timer to get your sweat on in no time.

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Full-body AMRAP

AMRAP stands for "as many rounds as possible." This workout is separated into two, four-minute segments with a one-minute rest after each segment.

The routine: Perform the following three exercises continuously for the full four minutes and see how many full rounds you can perform. Rest for one minute and then perform the exercises continuously for the next four minutes, trying to beat the number of rounds performed. Pay attention to speed and form — you want to go as fast as possible while still maintaining good form.

  • 15 squats
  • 12 sit-ups
  • 10 push-ups

Squats

Squats

Stand with your feet hip-distance apart. Tip your hips backward and bend your knees while lowering your butt toward the floor. Keep your weight centered over your heels and your knees aligned with your toes. When you've lowered yourself as far as you can reverse the movement and return to start.

Sit-ups

Situps

Sit on a mat with your knees bent, your heels on the floor and your toes pointing toward the ceiling. Hold your hands where they feel most comfortable — next to your ears, across your chest or even at your sides. Tighten your core and gradually roll yourself backward, vertebrae by vertebrae, until your shoulder blades touch the floor. Roll yourself back up in a similar manner.

Push-ups

Pushups

Start in a push-up position — balanced on your palms and toes with your body forming a straight line from head to heels. Bend your elbows and lower your chest toward the floor. Reverse the movement when your elbows form a 90 degree angle. Press yourself back up to start.

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