It's obvious we need different footwear for different workouts, but finding the right workout shoe for your exercise regime can sometimes be more difficult than you would imagine. The question of "what do I wear to the gym?" can be a difficult one to answer. So we've devised a guide to help you with where to begin in your search for trainers and gym shoes. Or you can check out our gym to the best sports bra for women.
The task of finding the correct running shoe can be daunting. What you need depends on a multitude of factors, such as what surface you regularly run on, what type of gait you have, the distance of your run, which socks you run in and how bothered you are about design and brand.
If you spend a lot of your time running on roads, you need a running shoe with extra cushioning, to absorb the impact of the run, preventing the risk of injury. However, if you run more frequently on mud, grass and uneven terrain, you are more likely to need to focus on the grip on your shoe, as well as ensuring you have suitable ankle support.
A gait analysis is always a good idea for runners, to see if you over or under pronate. This means your running shoe can give you support in the right areas, to prevent the risk of injury to your joints, and to ensure you are performing at your best. Gaits can be measured at various gym wear shops around the country.
Style and comfort also matter. You need to be happy with your running shoe, ensure it is bright and reflective if running outside in the dark, ensure it is well fitted when worn with your running socks, and ensure you can wear your trainers for the duration of your target run. For example, a marathon trainer would need a more cushioned shoe than a 5k runner.
HIIT Workout Shoes
If your main workouts are high intensity workouts, you will need your shoe to support you for multi-directional movements, high impact jumps and weight bearing activity. This means you need lateral support, a degree of cushioning, yet still a firm profile and light shoe for agility. Your footwear will need to be flexible for the variety of exercises you may partake in during this kind of workout. A gym trainer would be more ideal than running shoes, but ensure it is well supported in the areas mentioned above.
One of the most important aspects of footwear for weightlifters or strength training is to ensure your ankle is well supported. Stability, grip and power from your feet will optimise your lifts and limit the risk of injury.
Dedicated weightlifting shoes have less shock absorption than any other gym or workout shoe. Weightlifting shoes are not recommended for crossover activity, because of this. However, this is what makes them an ideal shoe for weights.
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