I don’t like gyms. In fact I might go so far as to say I hate them. If you follow me on Instagram you’ll see photos of sunrises and muddy trails not selfies with a latte as I leave my morning yoga class. In fact I’m not even sure there is anywhere within a 10 mile radius of where I live that I could go to for some pre-work Pilates. But despite all that incorporating some strength training and stretching into your week is very important and a good way to help prevent injury.
Fitting it in isn’t easy, especially if you have to work around a class schedule at your local gym/leisure centre plus normal life commitments. My training budget is limited so I have to make the best use of it that I can which is where YouTube comes in. A quick search for yoga or strength workouts will give you an almost unlimited choice of videos to follow on demand from the comfort of your own home. Personally I think this is a great way to get your strength training done during the week and takes away one more excuse for not doing it.
With that in mind I thought I’d share a few of my favourites that I use all the time, you can also find a strength and conditioning playlist on my YouTube channel here.
Yoga for runners – Ekhart yoga
This is my go to video whenever I feel I need to stretch. At 20 minutes long it’s short and to the point and easy to do once I’ve go the kids to bed in the evening. Plus of course being able to enjoy a Savasana at the end!
Bodyweight workout for runners – Kinetic Revolution
If you haven’t come across Kinetic Revolution yet do check out their YouTube channel and podcast. A physio’s perspective on running that talks a lot of sense and cuts out the crap. This is a great short strength workout to do at home and requires no equipment.
8 minute abs – The Body Coach
My wife swears by this video, she does it at the end of most runs and is a great way to strengthen those all important core muscles.
That’s my favourite 3 videos, do you have any that you use regularly? What’s your routine for fitting in strength training and stretching into your weekly training plans?