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How Much Weight Will You Lose on the 10-Minute Trainer?

By J.M. Andrews ; Updated July 18, 2017

The 10-Minute Trainer workout promoted by celebrity exercise instructor Tony Horton purports to group super-efficient exercises into a short, effective workout. As a result, Horton claims, you can lose weight and tone up by just setting aside 10 minutes every day. In reality, you won't lose much weight if you work out for only 10 minutes a day regardless of which program you use. To lose many pounds, you'll need to spend more time exercising.

10-Minute Trainer Details

The 10-Minute Trainer workout program combines cardio activities, resistance training using resistance bands, yoga, and upper and lower body exercises. The program actually includes four separate workouts, which you can alternate. You also can choose to focus on one specific workout -- for example, the lower body workout -- to tone specific muscles. According to Horton's website,, you can perform all the necessary exercises in your living room in only 10 minutes every day.

Weight Loss Basics

You probably know that to lose weight, you must eat fewer calories than you burn. It takes, in fact, 3,500 calories burned for you to shed 1 pound. Exercise represents a solid way to burn calories. But ideally, you should exercise 30 to 45 minutes every day, performing an activity such as jogging or bike riding that raises your pulse and makes you sweat some. If you can't spend that much time, you'll find it's tough to realize the weight loss benefits of exercise.

Calories Burned

Different 10-Minute Trainer workouts burn different numbers of calories, but none will burn 500 calories in 10 minutes. For example, performing yoga exercises for 10 minutes will burn between 40 and 60 calories in total, while strenuous cardio exercise may burn between 80 and 120 calories in 10 minutes, depending on what you weigh. Vigorous resistance training workouts such as the 10-Minute Trainer total body and lower body workouts will burn about 80 to 120 calories in 10 minutes, as well. It will take you between one and two months to lose 1 pound if you perform only one of these every day and don't cut back on calories.

Upping Your Time

To get the best results using the 10-Minute Trainer workout series, you should cut back on calories and perform more than one workout each day. If you do three of the workouts each day, you'll burn up to 360 calories in the half hour you exercise. If you reduce your calorie intake by 500 calories every day and exercise with the 10-Minute Trainer for 30 minutes each day, you could hypothetically lose 1 to 2 pounds per week, or up to 8 pounds in one month.

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