Keep up with your strength training after your runs in just 20 minutes with any of these 12 workouts that work various parts of your body to keep you STRONG and FAST in your running!
I recently shared how I was race training with the Nike Plus Run Club Training Plan and that I usually add strength training workouts in post-run. I received a few questions as to how I do that so I thought I would share my go-to routines to do after a run. Since my runs average anywhere from 3-6 miles during a week day run, I usually do not want to spend a ton of time after my run working out even more. I try to tell myself I can do at least 15ish minutes of a workout to improve my running. I try not to do more than 20-30 minutes, since that usually leaves me overworked and unable to workout the following day, so I try to keep it short.
I love following YouTube workout videos as I workout because they keep me entertained while I am working out and I don’t have to worry about counting the reps or keeping the time myself. Today I am sharing 10 of my favorite routines and I have broken them down by each part of the body. If you have 20 minutes after your run, you can get in one of these workouts!
It may seem useless to work your upper body when trying to improve your running, but I love focusing on my upper body at least once a week to improve my running form and posture. I always count on my upper body to keep me up when I am exhausted at the end of a long run, so regularly focusing on my upper body definitely pays off.
Out of all the days, lower body days are the toughest for me. Once I get back from a run the last thing I want to do is use my legs anymore than they have already been worked, but I get it done anyway.
I never really thought much of doing core work, besides plank, to improve my running form, but it has definitely helped. I try to work my core post-run at least once a week, and also throw in core work throughout the other days on top of upper body or lower body days.
Kettlebells are great for total body workouts and they even are both cardio and strength workouts in one. I love following any type of kettlebell workout (this is one of my go-to AMRAPs) to work my whole body.
Do you have any go-to post-run workouts?
I’d love to hear them so I can add them to my list! 🙂