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03-10-2012, 12:28 PM
i might be a bit off topic but i couldnt find better place in this forum to ask about it (if you can think of any please let me know - i will adjust next time :)).
I wanted to quickly ask for your advice on shoes you would recommend for workouts in the gym. my routine has basically two parts: 40 mins cardio ex (usually running, stepper or rowing) and then another 40-50 mins with the machines. i have some fitness shoes but they seem to have to weak amortization (thats how you call it in English?) and my lower legs start aching after 2-3 minutes of running (i am rather heavy :)). I was thinking about proper running shoes but then i am not sure if they will also do for other ex.
what kind of shoes are you wearing for your workouts? what would you recommend in my case?
Thanks in advance for any suggestions :)
03-10-2012, 11:04 PM
I'd suggest going into a sports equipment store and speaking with the associates in the shoe department. They'll be able to explain the differences between various shoe types and help you select a good pair.
It sounds like you mostly do cardio that involves the foot landing in a clean vertical motion (like running forwards on a treadmill or using a step climber), the shoes I use for this type is a cross trainer I believe, and provides good support for this motion. This is different then exercises that involve the foot landing in different directions (like playing basketball or soccer) these activities require shoes that can support at different angles.
As far as doing weight lifting goes, just try and find a comfortable pair of shoes that you like, as weightlifting isn't as dependant on footwear as cardio is.
03-11-2012, 01:26 AM
Visit your local running store if you're lucky enough to have one. Have them help you with your shoe selection. It depends on your foot strike as to what shoes will be best (forefoot, midfoot, heel).
Depending on what your weightlifting routine looks like, shoes may matter a lot. Squats and deadlifts put a lot of weight down on your feet. Thick soled, soft cross training shoes don't help you. You need a hard sole.
03-11-2012, 10:50 PM
I never paid attention to proper exercise shoes. Recently, I thought I hurt my knee when I started doing squats. I found it was something medical instead of strain. However because of the pain I went to a New Balance store and got fitted with their shoes. Granted they were lots more $$ than hitting the typical Target or Walmart rack they did last longer. The problem I found with the cheap shoes was that the internal plastic grid in the heels would crush down after 3-4 weeks. So far my New Balance shoes have held up and I have had no issues. From now on I will purchase the right shoes. As much time as we spend on making our bodies healthy investing in the right footware should be a no brainer.
03-12-2012, 12:46 AM
New Balance makes some great, tough shoes. And they're made in the USA. Always a plus in my book.
03-14-2012, 08:15 PM
I use Asics running shoes for cardio with insole supports, I took advice from a chiropractor on that one and they have helped a hell of a lot as I prolapsed a disc years ago. It is a personal thing though with regards your feet!
I use these when doing any weight session other than legs or back, for these sessions I use steel toe cap work boots. They give excellent support, raise my heel just enough and give me protection when chucking wieghts about when I do deadlifts and squats.
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