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Can You Really Get Ripped in 7 Minutes (or Less)?

Are short workout routines a dream come true, or just too good to be true? Here's what you need to know.

On Wall Street, on the sixth floor of the Gild Hall hotel, I’m standing in perhaps the smallest gym in New York City, a “fitness center” hardly bigger than a walk-in closet. It’s standard-issue hotel fare—spare white walls and a concrete floor, outfitted with only a single treadmill and a StairMaster. But for the guy I’m with, we may as well be in a fully stocked Crunch. 

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His name is Chris Jordan, and he’s the director of exercise physiology at Johnson & Johnson’s Human Performance Institute, based in Orlando, FL. He’s visiting New York to give a series of talks about the science of exercise, and he’s taken me here to show me that rooms like this have everything I need to achieve a fat-shredding, full-body workout. In fact, we’ve got more than enough, he says, because we don’t even need the machines. Jordan is the man behind Johnson & Johnson’s Official 7-Minute Workout exercise app, which guides users—typically working professionals on the go—through a quick succession of high-intensity body-weight bursts; last year it became one of Apple’s top downloaded Health & Fitness apps, and it’s remained one ever since.



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