Jun 13

The Plus One Workout

Vacation is almost over!


Clearly I’m sad… but already inspired to get back home and hit the gym.  Today’s guest post from LindsayThe Lean Green Bean will be first on my list to do!  This girl is a workout rockstar.  The workout she has put together kicked my booty (I cheated and tried it early :) ).


Post-Lindsay butt-kicking workout


I am totally honored that she wrote one just for me!  Having tested it out, I can tell you that it’s 22 minutes of heart-pumping, sweat-inducing awesomeness.  Try it.  I dare you.  You might even brave a bonus round…


Hello fellow Sprinters!  My name is Lindsay and I blog over at The Lean Green Bean.

I’m so honored to be here guest posting for Laura today.  We have been connecting online through our blogs for a while now, and we had the privilege of finally meeting a few weeks ago at Blend Retreat!


Laura, Heather, and Lindsay


Laura is totally adorable and we get along SO well because we both share an overwhelming love of food and fitness!  In fact, Laura is one of my biggest workout fans!  (Editor’s Note: I am!  Lindsay has the best ideas!)  She’s always encouraging and motivating me and she’s tried out so many of my workouts…which I love!  Also, she’s in way better shape than I am and can usually kick my butt at any workout.  (Editor’s note: That’s just crazy talk!  Lindsay is in amazing shape!)

So, when she asked me to guest post, I knew I wanted to put together a challenging workout for her.  Before we get started, please keep in mind that I’m not a personal trainer. I just like to work out…and I like to share my workouts. Please check with a doctor before starting a new fitness routine.


For this workout, I chose not to use a specific number of reps for any of the exercises.  I tend to go for workouts like that when I really want to challenge myself because they allow you to push yourself as hard as you want to.  Essentially you’re competing against yourself and the clock, instead of just doing a set number of reps.  Perfect for a competitive person like Laura!


Ready for your workout?



CLICK HERE for a video of pendulum lunges.

CLICK HERE for a video of suicide planks.

This workout is great because it forces you to work just as hard, if not harder, in round 2 as you do in round 1.  I’m not gonna lie…it’s rough!  And that wall sit at the end just might kill you.  But if it doesn’t – it’s making you stronger. :)  (Editor’s note: She’s not kidding.)

Proof that it didn't kill Lindsay!

Have fun!  And a big thanks to Laura for letting me take over her blog today!

Stop by The Bean for more workouts and some delicious recipes!  I love making new friends.



So far Chile has been full of a lot of walking, but nothing like these workouts.  I’m loving the down time, but can’t wait to get back and run through a few good sweat-sessions!

Are you a fan of these HIIT/tabata-style workouts?  What’s your favorite one to do?

Did you try this one out yet?  What are you waiting for?!


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  1. Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen)

    This is on my list to do! I LOVE tabata style workouts! They kick my butt and there are so many different exercises you can do!

    1. Laura

      I know! I need to start writing some of my own, but Lindsay always does such a great job. :)

  2. Sarah @ The Smart Kitchen

    I for REAL need to start trying to push myself more at the gym…it’s just so hard sometimes….maybe I just need the combined forces of you (Laura) and Lindsay to come whip me into shape?

    1. Laura

      THAT would be a fun class. We should have a mini Blend and make it happen. :)

  3. Claire @ Live and Love to Eat

    I love Lindsay’s workouts too for when I don’t feel like going to the gym. Her leg workouts are my fav!

  4. Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean

    woot woot! thanks for letting me take over your blog!

    1. Laura

      Thank YOU for taking it over. You rock! Now, can you please whip my vacation butt back into shape? :)

  5. sarah @ sarah learns

    gah. i think i need to get a personal trainer. i’m not sure how you girls do it, but i NEVER push myself that hard when i’m working out by myself. i should get on that…

    i’m glad you’re enjoying your vacation, laura!! :)

    1. Laura

      You can do it! The hardest part is pushing start on the timer. ;)

  6. Heather @ Better With Veggies

    Wow – awesome and hard workout today, I’ll have to give this one a try when I’m on the road over the next few weeks. I’ll be cursing you in a loving way during the workout. :)

  7. Carol @ Lucky Zucca

    Oh man, I’ve been waiting for this one to post! Laura told me about it last week. I am doing this tonight. I hope I don’t die! :)

    1. Laura

      Did you do it?!

  8. Cucina49

    That is one killer workout! Hope you had a great vacation–looking forward to reading about it.

    1. Laura

      Thanks! It as pretty amazing… but glad to be home. :)

  9. Catalina @ Cake with Love

    I have to try this one tonight!

  10. Meg


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