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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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Booty burner

Who doesn't want a tight, toned behind? This booty burner workout will kick your butt into its best shape ever. Perform each exercise for a minute before moving on to the next exercise, and perform the entire series two times through.

The routine:

  • Wide leg squat
  • Bridge
  • Donkey kick
  • Fire hydrant
  • Single-leg dead lift

When performing exercises that target one side of the body at a time (like the donkey kick), do a full minute on the right side during the first series and then do a full minute on the left side during the second series.

Wide leg squat

Wide leg squat

Step your feet out wide to the sides, your toes angled outward. Squeeze your butt, pulling your knees outward to help keep them in line with your toes. Bend your knees and lower your butt toward the ground. When your knees form a 90 degree angle, reverse the movement, pressing yourself back to standing.

Bridge

Bridge

Lie on your back on the ground with your knees bent and your feet flat on the floor. Squeeze your butt and press your hips off the ground until your body forms a straight line from your knees to your shoulders. Lower your hips back toward the ground and stop just before your butt touches down. Continue the lift-lower movement for the full minute.

Donkey kick

Donkey kick

Balance on your hands and knees on the ground so that your back forms a tabletop. Shift your weight to the right, lifting your left knee slightly from the ground. Flex your ankle, and in a single movement, extend your hip, swinging your left leg back and up, and pressing your left foot toward the ceiling while keeping a 90 degree angle at your knee. Lower your knee back toward the ground without touching it down and continue the exercise for a full minute on the left side. You'll even it out on the right side the second time through the series.

Fire hydrant

Fire hydrant

Balance on your hands and knees on the ground so that your back forms a tabletop. Shift your weight to the right, lifting your left knee slightly from the ground. Flex your ankle, and in a single movement, swing your left leg laterally out to the side, trying to bring your knee up to hip height as you squeeze your glutes. Lower your knee back toward the ground without touching it down and continue the exercise for a full minute on the left side. You'll even it out on the right side the second time through the series.

Single-leg dead lift

Single-leg deadlift

Stand with your feet hip-distance apart, your knees slightly bent and your arms directly in front of your thighs. Shift your weight to the right and lift your left foot from the ground by extending your left leg slightly behind you. In a single movement, tip forward from the hips, lowering your torso toward the ground as you swing your left leg behind you, forming a "T" with your body. Tighten your right leg's glutes and hamstrings and use them to "pull" your body back to standing. Continue the exercise for a full minute on the right side. You'll even it out on the left side the second time through the series.

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