Morris Chestnut’s 10-Minute Workout

The actor reveals the fitness plan that helped him lose weight and transform his body.

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The 10-Minute Lean Body Workout You Can Do At Home (3:09)

In only 12 weeks, actor Morris Chestnut dropped over thirty pounds and turned his life around. Now, he’s sharing the secret to getting healthy and firming up with this 10-minute workout from his new diet and fitness manual, The Cut: Lose Up to 10 Pounds in 10 Days and Sculpt Your Best Body. Chestnut developed this beginner-friendly plan with expert fitness trainer Obi Obadike. It features cardio and resistance moves such as mountain climbers and high knees that will help you build lean muscle and work your way to a slimmer body. Aim to do an exercise circuit up to three to five times a week and keep a log of your workouts to track your progress and successes as you get stronger. Get the directions below and print out the one-sheet guide for easy reference.

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Mountain Climber

  1. Place your hands on the floor, shoulder-width apart, with your feet under your hips.
  2. Pull your right knee toward your chest and then do the same with your left leg as you step your right foot back (as if you were “climbing” the floor).
  3. Continue to alternate legs as you perform the exercise.
  4. Do for 30 to 45 seconds.

Dip Exercise

  1. Sit on a chair (or weight bench) with your hands on the edge, shoulder-width apart, with your legs bent in front of you. (The farther your feet are from you, the more challenging this exercise is. As you get stronger, you can straighten your legs and place your feet farther from the chair.)
  2. Straighten your arms to lift your butt off the chair and inhale as you dip your body down by bending your arms until your elbows make 90-degree angles. Your body should stay close to the chair and your butt should brush the bench.
  3. Exhale as you push back up to your starting position.
  4. Do 10 to 12 reps for three or four sets.


  1. Lie face down with your hands just outside your shoulders.
  2. Engage your abs and push your body up so that you’re on your hands and toes, keeping your body in a straight line.
  3. Inhale as you bend your elbows to the sides to lower your chest until it touches the ground.
  4. Pause briefly and then exhale to push yourself back to the starting position.
  5. Keep your back straight during the exercise.
  6. Do 10 to 12 reps for three to four sets.
  7. Rest for one minute between sets.

High Knees

  1. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, arms at your sides with your elbows bent.
  2. Lift each knee one at a time, high enough so that your thighs are parallel to the ground and run fast in place, landing softly on the balls of your feet.
  3. Do for 30 to 45 seconds.

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