I get asked this question A LOT, and as some of you may know I do have a little bit of a thing for buying new trainers… so figured it would make a good topic for the blog!
There is also still a little bit of time to get in some last minute Christmas present hints, as well as it nearly being the January sales; so thought it was as good a time as any to get this written and published (plus I just ordered another pair ?).
First things first, you do not need multiple pairs of trainers if you are simply a recreational gym goer, nor do you have to spend a lot of money. There are so many different options out there that you will be able to find the perfect pair for you.
Having the right pair of trainers is important, not only for looking good (hmm don’t discount this reason!) but also for performing at your best.
Reducing the risk of injury is the number 1 reason as to why you should spend a little bit of time thinking about and purchasing the right pair.
Wearing the wrong style shoe can alter significantly your body’s alignment and in turn how it moves when shifting weights in the gym. Take the squat for example,I see so many people squatting in your regular running trainers or a pair of the newest Nike Air Max, this is a problem as you see their knees caving in (which you don’t want!), heels coming up off the floor and/or they aren’t able to squat to proper depth. Sometimes they are just better off squatting in their socks and I will advise them to do so!
I was once told that deadlifting (or lifting any significant weight in general), is like doing so on a cloud if you are wearing shoes with some sort of heel; when you really want to be lifting on a sturdy flat base so you can really feel and push the weight through your heels in order to exert maximum force. Imagine trying to lift weights whilst stood on your bed….you definitely aren’t going to be able to lift as much as if you were standing on the floor. That same principle applies to lifting in the wrong trainers.
So do you need to buy proper lifting shoes?
Like I mentioned at the beginning of the post, you do not need to purchase expensive lifting shoes such as the Nike Metcons or Adidas Adipowers if you are simply somebody wanting to get fitter in the gym. If you begin to get a little bit more serious, then yes these may come in useful further down the line but for a beginner they are certainly not necessary.
So what do I recommend?
What I usually tell people to look for is a flat soled shoe, this will then cover all bases in terms of gym work. Every brand sells suitable ones so
Let’s look at a few examples:
What are your favourite pair of trainers?!
Love Abi xxx
*This is just my personal opinion. I am not qualified to give concrete recommendations on what shoes to wear; if you would like more advice please seek out a professional before purchasing.
**Please note that these are my recommendations for lifting in the gym; if you are a runner/crossfitter/sportsman or participant of any other activity then please seek further advice on what the best options would be for you.