Best Cross Training for Runners: Videos on Youtube

It’s always exciting for me to try different cross training for runners workouts!

I love the variation that it adds to the typical running routine and how you can really mix it up so that you are doing workouts that you enjoy!

Cross training workouts for runners

During the winter months and the times that I need to do my cross training workout at home I love using YouTube to get a fun workout in!

Since that is my go-to at-home workout platform I have a bunch of different videos that I find myself going back to and using and I want to share them with you!

These are all full length workouts that make for effective cross training workouts for runners!

What areas to focus on in your cross training workouts?

Many of these workouts focus on building upper body strength. We do not use our upper body particularly are arms, shoulders, and back when running so targeting these on a cross training days is ideal!

We should be focused on pulling in our abs during our runs but with all the other aspects of form it can be hard to remember.

You could work your abdominal muscles on a daily basis. Your abs, unlike your legs and arms don't need much rest after a heavy workout day. Be sure to target them during each of your cross training workouts as you need them strong as a runner and even just for every day living!

So many of these workouts will include abdominal exercises in them! So you are covered! 

Before we get started:

A big reason why I’m excited to share these videos with you is that now I will have a resource list for myself!

So go ahead and bookmark this page and come back to it when you need to get in a great cross training workout at home!

I will first share some cross training for runners workouts that are not videos and then I will share the Youtube video list! 

Also, grab this FREE cross training activities list for runners to keep your routine fun and full of variety!

Cross Training workouts for runners list (non-video)

Total Body HIIT or strength Workout

Total Body HIIT/Strength Workout:

Complete 3 sets of 15 reps for each move:

  • Bicep Curls
  • Shoulder press
  • Squat
  • Lunges (left leg)
  • Lunges (right leg)
  • Abs

Optional (but great for a full body workout or to turn it into more of a HIIT workout):

Include cardio burst moves between each strength move. Pick one of the following (or choose your own) and do it 25-50x between each strength move. 

  • Jumping jacks
  • Plank jacks
  • High knees
  • Jump squats
  • Mountain climbers
  • Skaters
  • Another cardio move that you enjoy

Pin this workout or save it for later!

My Favorite YouTube Workout Videos

Alright! Let's get on to my YouTube workout favorites! 

Jessica Smith

I always recommend Jessica Smith because of how versatile her workouts are! 

My grandma who is in her seventies actually introduced me to Jessica Smith on YouTube and she works out religiously. #goals

They were perfect for me while I was pregnant but they can also give you a killer workout by modifying the moves to make it higher intensity so I go back to her all the time!

How to modify her workouts:

With any workout, the faster, bigger, and lower (except with the arms since raising your arms above your head will always increase intensity) you go with the movements the higher the intensity level will be.

Most of her workouts are “walking” workouts, so they are great for beginners and those who want something with low impact especially after all of your high impact running days!

Jessica Smith also incorporates a lot of strength building in her workouts and you can get a great total body strength workout in under 20 minutes.

Here are a couple of my favorites that are great cross training for runners:

Fitness Blender:

Fitness Blender has always been a favorite of mine.

I love the simple formatting and also the fact that you get to choose your own music as they do not use any in their videos.

They do still coach you through their workouts and their count down timers and calorie counters are fun to look at as you are moving through the workout. 

PopSugar Fitness

PopSugar has so many different workouts for you to try that are always fun and different!

There are usually a couple different fitness leaders to show you how to modify the moves to your fitness level.

They really stick with you when the workouts get tough!

Here are some good cross training videos that I like to do with them!

15 minute low impact cardio workout: 

Great video to warm up with before doing strength training since it’s low impact and uses different muscles than running so a different cardio workout.

Core Workout for Runners

  • This is a great workout for a cool down or to do after short runs or even to tack on the end of a strength workout or cross training workout. Do not be afraid to work your abdominal muscles at every workout!
  • The moves are fun and different but very effective
  • There is a modified version especially if you are just starting or building up ab strength

A Yoga Workout for Runners:

- This yoga routine builds strength, increases your flexibility and focuses on lengthening your muscles! 

As runners we are constantly contracting our muscles over and over and over again.  Doing a yoga workout on your cross training day will give your muscles some reverse action!

A Swim Workout for Runners:

Swimming is an excellent form of cross training for runners!

Here are several different swimming workouts that you can do that are geared specifically for runners!

Cross Training for Runners and Cyclists 

  • A lot of burpees so very effective full body workout but not it you hate burpees
  • A lot of butt activation which is great for runners (and non runners)
  • Some fun different moves
  • Like hanging out with a fellow runner gives some great tips on how to improve effectiveness and form
  • You can choose your own music since she is just coaching you through

This is a great cross training for runners workout with a fun perspective from another runner.

I would say that it is more of an increasing and decreasing pyramid workout which  which will challenge you! It’s good for a beginner but definitely also intermediate level!

You can adjust the intensity level for yourself. It includes lots of lateral movement which runners need! Overall it’s a great workout! It’s just long enough, can be modified and features a friendly coach!

Whitney from The Mother Runner's has a Kettlebell Leg Workout for Runners that would help increase your leg strength.

Your turn!

Alright, now I have to ask you….what’s your favorite cross training for runners video on YouTube! I want to try it out! 

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