When you “can’t commit” to working out, is it because a) you don’t have time, b) you don’t have enough equipment, or c) both? If you said yes to any of those, it’s time to rethink your routine—and, frankly, lose the excuses. Because the truth is, even if you have only one weight and just a few minutes, you can still get ripped with these kick-ass routines. So next time we test you, let’s hope you have the right answer.

How it works

We have three workouts for you. Pick the one that’s right for the equipment and space you have access to. Whether you're training in your garage with only dumbbells or you've got a few more resources available, you can do these workouts as a program, in the order shown, on non-consecutive days.

Day I, the most bare-bones, requires only a dumbbell or kettlebell. Day II calls for just a pair of weights and a bench—great for your basic home gym or a crowded public gym. Day III involves two weights, an ab wheel/Swiss ball, and a bench.

All three workouts are circuits, so you’ll move briskly from lift to lift, getting not just a strength boost but a cardiovascular benefit.


Choose the workout that best suits your equipment (see above for the options). 

Each workout is done as a circuit. Exercises are marked with a letter (“A,” “B,” and so on); complete one set each in sequence, rest as noted, then repeat for the total number of circuits prescribed.

For the most effective workout, try to arrange all the equipment you need beforehand.