09/07/2013 07:42 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

15-Minute Workout: Plyometrics


By Rachel Sturtz for SHAPE magazine

You (yes, crazy-busy you) are not too busy to work out today. This routine -- designed by Equinox's Stephanie Vitorino, creator of the best-selling VBody DVD series -- gets the fat-burning job done fast. The secret is plyometrics: explosive, high-intensity exercises. "These moves burn 10 calories a minute," Vitorino says. "Plus, they improve your strength and boost bone density."

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During this plan, you'll do a plyo move for 30 seconds, march or jog for a minute and repeat. Those recovery periods are key for catching your breath and preventing your form from faltering; but, because you never completely stop, the calorie burn stays high. Keep this routine in your repertoire (click on the chart to print it) and that to-do list will never get in the way of a sweat session again.