You know you’re taking your fitness dedication to the next level when you have different shoes for different physical activities. Specific shoes assist you in performing different movements in sport, the same goes for the gym. In this article, I ask the question; are cross-fit trainers the best trainers for the gym? Above and beyond all the other gazillions of workout trainers?
Gym trainers, running trainers, cycling shoes and trekking boots take up just a mere corner on my shoe rack, the collection grew slowly until one day I walked into my room, aghast with what I saw…SHOES everywhere, and not even high heels or cute ankle boots. Every sport requires different levels of ankle support or water resistance, some need to cool down your feet while some need to maintain heat. I want running shoes, but will I need trail running trainers? Waterproof trainers? Racing trainers? Oh my. The major sports brands are promising us the world and then some when we go shoe shopping to the point where I feel like I need a comparison table for metrics like heel slack height, cushion levels and materials used. If we’re going to make big purchases on a new pair of trainers for the gym, they have to look good, feel good and support us.
Tired trainers don’t support
Earlier this year, I looked to the whole “athleisure” wear fad to validate buying a new pair of trainers for both inside and outside of the gym. I’ve taken it to the extreme. Said trainers have witnessed dancefloors on Friday night along with pedalling miles to get in and out of work. Not to mention, squats, treadmills and many early morning starts. My trainers have witnessed both busy schedules and complete abandonment the day after when I’m knackered.
In all honesty, my trains are a bit knackered too and the lack of support was not helping my body’s alignment issue. Ultimately, old and tired trainers are I knew I needed some new trainers so I did a bit of research into the benefits of cross-fit trainers for normal people to use going to the gym. (I say normal, because I’ll never be as crazy as the cross fit guys and girls 😉 )
Top tip – if you run regularly, log your runs on Strava and add your trainers. Strava then tracks how many miles have been ran in those shoes. Approx. 300-400 miles before changing!
Benefits of Cross-fit Shoes
- Cross-fit trainers offer stability for you to perform functional movements like squats
- They provide grip which means your shoes won’t slip when you’re doing mountain climbers or burpees
- They offer comfort for short runs so you’re not limited by what you can do when you’re at the gym (or how you get there!)
- Specialist shoe-wear which is designed for multi-functional workouts
- Cross-fit shoes are really lightweight to avoid excessive clunky-footedness (technical term)
- Cross-fit shoes provide flexibility in completing a range of movements where your feet might be flexed or extended
Are you gym shoes awesome? Tell me about them by commenting below.
Did you see my review of Reebok TR 2.0 Workout trainers?