Fitness Friday: What’s Your Ideal Workout?

Hi Friends!

Today i have a special treat for you guys. My girl Paige is taking over for me while I scramble around trying to get ready to go out of town! Paige is pretty much a rockstar, one of the sweetest blog friends I have and I just LOVE HER! If you don’t read her blog, you need to start! Take it away Paige!


Hello, fellow Lean Green Bean readers! My name is Paige, and I blog over at Your Trainer Paige, where I write about workouts, fitness, food, and life.

Lindsay’s one of my faves, so when I read about her hectic schedule, I jumped at the chance to help her out by subbing in for her, so she’d have the hours of 8:00 to 10:30 free for one night 😉

If you didn’t already gather it from the name of my blog, I’m a personal trainer, so I spend my days either in the gym, in someone’s home, or online helping people work on their fitness and health goals. I help clients with their vision, create their workout plans, and take them through their workouts – every single day – trying to help them reach their goals in a fun, enjoyable manner.

Working out is fun! Well, it’s mostly fun. It’s not fun if there’s a heat wave, 100% humidity, a wait for machines, and so on. Actually, there’s a lot to whine about when it comes to workouts. That’s why I sometimes day dream about my ideal workout. You know, one that goes exactly as planned from start to finish, rainbows, butterflies, and all.

My Ideal Workout
1) It’s 7:00 a.m., my ideal time to get in a good workout. I’ve been awake an hour or so, have had a cup of coffee, and a banana. It’s go time.

2) It’s approximately 64 degrees out, making it (my) ideal running temperature. So I lace up my sneaks, and run.

3) I run to the gym (along a tree-lined path, mind you,) which is precisely1.5 miles away from my house, the ideal distance away, so that running to and from creates a 3 mile run. It’s enough for a good cardio session, but not too much that I’ll dread having to run home.

3) When I get to the gym, only a couple of other people are there working out. Everyone else is at work or something. Actually, I don’t care where they are, as long as they’re nowhere near the equipment I plan to use.

4) I turn the gym music to some bumpin’ beats like a hip hop station – because I have control of this – and head over to the weights.

5) Having the squat rack all to myself, after a dynamic warm up, I take my time doing the following workout:

Straight sets:
Back squats – 4×8
Band-assisted chin ups – 4×8
Deadlifts – 4×8
Push ups – 3×10

And then walk over to the plethora of kettlebells the gym offers and finish up my workout with:
Kettlebell swings – 3×20
Kettlebell get ups – 3×10

6) On my way out the door, I grab a cucumber-scented wet towel that they offer at the door (of course,) cool off and head back out to finish up my run.

7) I don’t foam roll when I get home, because to finish my idea workout, I have my personal masseuse give me a rub down, obviously.

Ahhh. Yup. Ideal workout right there.


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About Lindsay

Lindsay Livingston is a Registered Dietitian and new mom from Columbus, Ohio. On her blog, she shares simple, healthy recipes, nutrition tips, workouts and snapshots of her life. Follow her on Twitter @LeanGrnBeanBlog and Instagram @TheLeanGreenBean and be sure to subscribe via RSS or email so you never miss a post!


  1. If only we all had personal massage therapist’s so we could get rid of those torturous foam rollers! 😉
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  2. Love this!!! You and I, Paige, have a similar ideal. I like to work out about 45 min – 1 hour after waking and having some tea and a banana. For me, 3 miles is also my perfect running distance (in 65 degree weather and a tree-lined OR water-adjacent path. 3 miles is enough for a real workout that takes some effort, but isn’t so much that it will scare me away or put extra stress on my body. Sneak some strength training in the middle and I’m good to go!
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  3. I wake up early, eat my oatmeal, digest for 30-45 minutes and either run with the bf or do strength at home. I’m always up at 5 a.m. to make sure I have enough time to squeeze it all in!
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  4. I agree, 7am is a GREAT time to workout. Oh, and look at the clock, it’s 7am! I’m like you, I have my coffee and a small snack before my morning workout, then I’m energized and ready to go. My workouts are 45-minutes, and non-stop FUN (haha).
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  5. LOVE working out in the morning! I like a nice mix of people at the gym – if no one is there, then I’m less motivated. But if itz crowded obviously that’s just annoying. Can I borrow your personal massuese?? like everyday??? haha
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  6. Going for a massage this aft! I can’t wait! :)
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  7. How great would it be to have a persoanl masseuse! Ahhhh!
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  8. What a cool post!

    My ideal workout is a 5:30am wake-up call with a good 10-13 mile run with my brother or my running group follwed by a yummy breakfast and then hitting the gym for a little strength training!
    Oh and cold weather!
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  9. I totally missed the part in the beginning where you said it was your “ideal” workout and I was reading it thinking where is her gym because I want to go there!!! Sounds like a pretty perfect workout morning to me :)
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  10. Honestly, I’d be happy with a nice long (9-12 miles) tempo run in perfect weather (58-63 degrees, overcast with maybe a slight drizzle at the end and only a breath of wind) with my teammates on a mid-autumn weekend afternoon.
    There’s just something about the simplicity and the comraderie compounded with the sheer joy I get from running that warms my heart at even the thought of it.
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  11. I’d love a 64 degree day, slightly breezy-but not super windy, running along the lake in Autumn with one of my running buddies… so…this time of year! After my run, I’d stretch and do arms and abs. No interruptions, some slammin’ tunage and good company. I like it!
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  12. i love paige! great post! Love the frolicking down a tree lined path lol!
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  13. Can we do that workout TOGETHER?!?!!?

  14. I’m so jealous that you can run to the gym! I should do that more often, but it’s closer to a 7 mile run total. So my workouts generally get split into runs straight out the door of my house (probably my favorite!), spin classes, or weight circuits at the gym. Thanks so much for sharing!
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  15. YES! This sounds perfect! The gym I work at is about 2 to 3 miles away and while I would like to run to it, there are a couple of roads that are kind of scary curvy so I drive. Maybe one day they will put in side walks all the way!
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  16. My ideal workout would be a killer speed session. I know what you are thinking – your ideal workout is run with speed work? Yes. But not just any speed work – one where the weather is perfect, I wake up the FIRST time my alarm goes off feeling fresh (and not hitting snooze 12 times). I have time for a cup of coffee, I am feeling amazing, and I smash every single interval I am aiming for. Followed up of course with a post run peanut butter and banana green smoothie.
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  17. I’m also an early morning workout girl! It’s just so much better to get it out of the way. I only wish I could do it as late as 7! And man, I wish my dogs would hand me a cucumber scented towel when I walk in the door from my run, instead of wagging their tails waiting for their turn to run :)

    Great post!

  18. You had me at:

    Straight sets:
    Back squats – 4×8
    Band-assisted chin ups – 4×8
    Deadlifts – 4×8
    Push ups – 3×10

    Now that’s a workout everyone should be doing (esp. females)! Nice.
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  19. Paige,

    Where do you get the Band for the assisted chin ups, and what machine did you use it on? I don’t have regular pull up bars at my gym, but I do have a bar that is attached to a bigger machine.

  20. It’s 8am, and I’ve been up for an hour and have eaten a bowl of oatmeal. The weather is completely overcast with a light breeze and some sprinkling, and it is 58 degrees. I head out for a run on a bike path that goes through a foresty area, and it begins right outside my door. I run for as long as I can and come back home to stretch and eat ice cream.
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  21. HA! Having no one at the gym so I can use the equipment I want, WHEN I want it, is HUGE for me! 😉
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  22. Great post. Great blog. That looks like an awesome little running path, and just the perfect warm-up distance to the gym. Nice.
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