When it comes to gym wear, gym shoes will probably play the most important role. If you want to enhance your strength training in the gym, we suggest you to get a proper shoes as they would be different to your running or walking shoes. We are not saying you can’t train in your running shoes in the gym, but proper cross-training/gym shoes would provide you with a high level of stability on a hard surface. This will hugely assist you when performing heavy lifts in a standing position and/or pushing of the ground, such a squat, deadlift, standing military press, walking lunges, snatches, jerks, cleans and even bench press. Gym shoes are flat and stiff hybrids of several different shoes (tennis shoes, volleyball shoes, basketball shoes, etc). They can be used for multiple purposes such as fitness classes, playing indoor sports, crossfit, and variety of fitness, strength & functional activities.
Cross-training/Gym shoes are made to provide you with:
• Lateral stability due to wide sole
• Protective and supportive cushioning to reduce sprains
• Thick soles with shock absorption
• Extra durability (that’s why they are much heavier than running shoes)
• Stiffness for activities that are rough on your foot
• Soft and light outsole of cleats to allow you to play sports like tennis
If you are regular visitor to the gym and fitness classes you may want consider buying a pair of cross-training shoes. A great pair would cost you something in between €80-150. Check out established brands that are best in the market such as Reebok, Nike, UnderArmor, Adidas, New Balance, Asics. There are numerous brands and model available for different type of foot and tastes. You will have to try them on to get a feel and find a pair that is comfortable for you. If buying a cross-training shoes is not an option, opt for any flat-soled shoes when training in the gym.
If you are a fitness or gym enthusiast and have sufficient funds to buy a pair of cross-training shoes we recommend you to do so. It will not only provide you with lateral stability and protective cushioning but also prevent potential ankle sprains and injuries.
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