The 15-minute Chest Workout

Bench Press
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If you have only 15 minutes to train, don’t mess around with fancy exercises that waste time. The best workouts aren’t always flashy—plenty of simple workout routines get the job done. We’ve got one that blasts your pecs with heavy weight and hits the muscle fibers from every important angle.


To keep the workout to 15 minutes, you’ll need to rush your warmup on the bench press a bit. Steadily work up in weight, resting only as long between warmup sets as it takes to change the plates.

This hustle means you won’t be optimally prepared to lift your heaviest possible load for 4–6 reps—so you should therefore use a slightly lighter weight—but that’s the tradeoff for getting the workout done quickly. To minimize the problem, rest two minutes after your last warmup set before you go heavy.

1. Bench press

Sets: 2
Reps: 4–6

2. Incline dumbbell press

Sets: 2
Reps: 8–10

3. Parallel-bar dip

Sets: 2
Reps: 12–15

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