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Upper Body Workouts For Runners

by Nellie

A strong upper body can improve your running. Find 6 different upper body workouts for runners here.

I have always been a fan of strong arms on ladies. For some reason a lot of women believe that lifting weights and doing arm specific exercises will result in super bulky scary man arms–this is completely untrue. When you lift weights and train your arms, you get a gorgeous defined womanly upper body that make any sleeveless dress look amazing! Plus it doesn’t hurt to look even better in your running tanks in your race photos!

Not to mention that upper body strength is essential for good running posture. Since running is a complete body sport, in addition to the squats/lunges/calf raises we do, we need to make sure we are paying equal attention to the biceps and triceps too so that we can stay upright at the end of races.

Just in time for sleeveless tops for the summer I have teamed up with my favorite group of bloggers for our Monthly Workout For Runners, and for April we are focusing on Upper Body Workouts. So here are 6 upper body workouts for sexy arms!!


Carly @ Fine Fit Day

Upper Body Workout for Runners - Fine Fit Day

Angela @ Happy Fit Mama

A strong upper body is an asset that every runner should have. Try this quick upper body workout for runners to get faster and stronger. happyfitmama.com

Allie @ Vita Train For Life


Sarah @ RunFarGirl

upper body workouts-2

Laura @ This Runner’s Recipes

Upper Body Workouts This Runners Recipes

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For more strength training posts check out:

10 Strength Training Exercises for Strong Legs

Two A Day Workouts For Runners

Weekly Wednesday Workout: Tricep Pushups

5 Practical Reasons Why All Women Should Be Lifting Weights

Weekly Wednesday Workout: Dead Lifts

How often do you work on your upper body? What is your favorite upper body workout?

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Allie April 27, 2016 - 5:49 am

YES! Strong arms on a strong woman = feminine fierce! I love it!!

Janine HulDie April 27, 2016 - 6:06 am

Awesome roundup and definitely going to have to see what I can try now out of their suggestions 😉

Terri April 27, 2016 - 12:48 pm

I’m gonna let you finish Nellie but…. pole dancing still maintains to be my favorite and best type of upper body workouts. And don’t you dare sleep on ballet. Keeping your arms up is no joke!

But those push ups and kettle bell swings you suggested are cute too LOL

On a serious note, I do enjoy those side planks. Definitely killer for arms!

Angela April 27, 2016 - 2:00 pm

Yes to strong arms, shoulders and backs!

Tamara April 27, 2016 - 2:14 pm

So timely for me as I was just running at the park and was wondering what to do for my arms at home. Planks? But then that’s just part of the arm? I was thinking of getting myself some light weights to incorporate for home use.

laura April 27, 2016 - 2:37 pm

Yes to strong arms! So many women, especially female runners, shy away, but strong upper bodies are never bulky – hooray for feminine and strong!

Carly April 28, 2016 - 9:00 am

I am ALL FOR strong arms and shoulders for women! Way back when Linda Hamilton was in Terminator, I was like YASSSS! 🙂

Leslie April 29, 2016 - 4:46 pm

It’s so easy to forget to work out the upper body when you love to focus on running. Sadly most of my upper body workouts come from carrying around kids (though I can carry the 16-lb baby in his car seat in one arm and the 35-lb 3-year-old in the other arm like it’s nothing!). Pinned for future reference!


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