Good things happen when we create solid foundations. Our feet are the foundations to our whole body and neglecting them can lead to foot, ankle and knee pain or injury. When you train, the extra forces and pressures that your feet withstand during jumps, runs and weight sessions are greater than normal and therefore require additional support with quality, well-fitting sports shoes to have a successful, healthy workout.
Training for your sport or fitness in general demands a combination of aerobic fitness, strength training, balance training, core exercises, stretching and flexibility. This is achieved via hundreds, if not thousands, of exercises and so Sun & Sand Sports has picked five, top training shoes to match some of the most popular exercise and fitness trends to help you care for your feet while you train hard.
When you hit the weights, the last thing you want is to be unstable on your feet when you have a weighted bar across your back. A training shoe that keeps you locked in, close to the ground with a super-flat outsole is ideal to be able to take the extra kilos. The Nike Romaleos 3 XD Training Shoe is designed for stability, with a honeycomb TPU heel that’s lightweight without losing its ability to be sturdy and reduce foot slide. Velcro straps on the uppers also give a custom, snug fit along with the Flywire material, enhancing comfort and breathability.
When CrossFit throws weightlifting, small sprints and even rope climbing at you, your shoe should also be able to cope with the constant variation.
A shoe that is durable but flexible enough for such transitions is the Nike Metcon 5 Training Shoe. With stability for weightlifting, traction made for speed and durability where you need it, you have freedom to move from one workout to another. A low, wide and flat heel features a removable Hyperlift insert that offers stability for squats, thrusters and wall balls. Directional traction on the outsole wraps up the side of the shoe for grip when climbing a rope and speed when sliding down.
High-intensity interval training (HIIT) is different than CrossFit since the intervals for each exercise in HIIT are timed more precisely and does not involve things like gymnastics, throwing and Olympic weightlifting movements.
Meet the Nike Air Zoom SuperRep Shoe – a shoe specifically designed for circuit training, HIIT, short runs and other fast-paced exercise. The 2 Zoom Air units in the forefoot offer lightweight and responsive cushioning for jumping. Cushlon foam in the heel absorbs impact from high-intensity reps, and cushions during lifts. A plate along the length of your foot offers exceptional stability. Split sole and arc on the side support multi-directional movement, while grooves on the sole at the toe create flexibility for press-ups and planks.
Running is one of the most high-impact sports out there and you can sometimes exert 5-12 times your body weight when you hit the ground. Over time, this can be damaging without the support of a good running shoe. The Under Armour Charged Europa 2 Running Shoe is all about that extra support, structure and soft shock absorption. The Charged Cushioning® midsole uses compressed foam for greater responsiveness & durability, providing superior cushioning & energy return. Micro G® heel unit and dual density medial post increase stabilization and prevent over-pronation. An external TPU heel counter offers additional support and structure.
If you’re looking for a running shoe to keep you on the run and reduce running related pain or injuries, then the Nike React Infinity Run Flyknit Shoe is just what you need. The shape of the Nike React foam midsole of this silhouette supports 3 phases of a runner’s stride. It offers flexibility at toe-off, a smooth ride at mid-stance and cushioning at contact. More foam cushions every step, while wider shape enhances stability and energy-return. Increased rubber in the outsole improves traction.
So, remember, behind every good-looking training shoe is one that will better suit your individual training needs. Make the right choice of training shoe today with Sun & Sand Sports and don’t forget to sign up to our newsletter for more news on the latest training, sports and lifestyle apparel.