A 20-Minute Workout That Really Works

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Minute Two: Squats

These are just classic squats like you were forced to do in gym class, except now you can wear shorts that are a reasonable length. Start in a standing position and bend your knees as though you’re going to sit on a really tiny chair. Then come back up, keeping your back straight. Beginners: It sometimes helps to keep your back against the wall and slide up and down as you complete each rep; it minimizes the work your legs do and helps out with form — but only do this when you’re starting out. After you progress, pick up a dumbbell in each hand to give your squats more intensity.

Reps: 15

Next: In this case, it’s OK to double-dip