The Shortest, Sweetest Workout You'll Ever Do

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No time to work out today? Wrong! This three-move workout from Women's Health is the perfect thing to pack into your busy schedule.

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With the right moves, you can crush an effective sweat sesh for your whole body that improves your strength, endurance, flexibility, and power.

So what are these magical exercises? Well, if I could do only one move for the rest of my life, it would be the deadlift. It's near perfection on its own, and when it teams up with the runner's lunge to knee skip and the T pushup (both in this routine), um, let's just say you'll feel this in the morning.

This three-move workout (yes, three) is customizable to however you're feeling pre-workout. If you’re short on time, do a mini version of the routine below. Want to sweat buckets and really challenge yourself? Complete 10 rounds.

The workout: After warming up on a cardio machine or taking a jog for six to eight minutes, complete each exercise below in order for the reps noted. Rest for 15 seconds between each set. Aim to do at least three rounds of the circuit.

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1. Deadlift: Begin standing with a shorter 35-to 45-pound barbell in an overhand position in front of your thighs, with hands slightly wider than your shoulders. Keep your chest lifted and your shoulders pulled back and down (A). Bend your knees and reach your hips back and allow the bar to slide down your legs. As the bar passes your knees, lower your hips into a squat until your hips are level with your knees (B). Pause for two seconds, then press into your heels, lead with your chest, and stand up. That’s one rep. Do 15 reps. Tip: No barbell? No problem. Try it with dumbbells! Click here for more info.

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2. T Pushup: Using a pair of five-pound dumbbells, begin at the top of a pushup position with your hands (and dumbbells) directly under your shoulders. Bend your elbows to lower towards the floor for a pushup, ending when your chest is four-to six-inches from the floor (A). Press into thedumbbells to rise back up. Immediately rotate the right side of your body upward so that you open to your right. Simultaneously pull your right hand into your torso and turn both feet so that your toes are forward with feet flexed. Once stable, push your right hand directly over your right shoulder (B). Release your arm back down to pushup position and repeat the movement, this time rotating to your left. That’s one rep. Alternate for five reps. Too tough for ya? Try a plank instead! Click here for more info.

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To see the final move, click here to read the original story from Women's Health.