What Are The Best Shoes For The Gym
Having a good pair of shoes to work out in is critical. Whether you are just starting to work out, or you have been doing it for a while, your feet and your whole body really rely on a good stable platform with enough support to enable you to workout properly.
Different types of shoes will be better for different styles of workouts. Not all shoes can or should be able to do every style of work out. Running Shoes for example tend to have higher support for your arches and ankles, as well as thicker padding which aids in the heel to toe striking style of running as well as the forefoot striking method. Running Shoes have traditionally had a fairly high heel to toe drop, which you will notice on a shoe elevates the heel creating a starting position, in theory making it easier for the runner to run. There are also minimalist or flat style shoes. Those styles of shoes have been around for a long time and started gaining popularity again a few years back as CrossFit, Insanity, P90X style workouts became popular.
Minimalist style shoes are mean to allow your body to mimic their nature movements. The theory is that traditional workout or running shoes offer too much support and cushioning that it fights your body’s natural movements. For CrossFit, Insanity, and P90X style workouts I really recommend going with a minimalist style shoe as they offer minimal toe to heel drop and padding which is great for olympic style lifting movements and work great with your body’s natural mechanics.
Weight Lifting Shoes are often the same style as minimalist style shoes. Weight lifting shoes are flat soled shoes traditionally. You do not want to have a lot of padding in the heel as when you are doing deadlifts or squats you do not want to be thrown off balance when the cushioning sinks and you can lose balance.
After all the data you can look at, you need to try the shoes and see if they agree with your workout style and mechanics. The Best Workout Shoes are the ones that are comfortable and allow you to get the best out of your workout.