Are you ready to jump into your fitness routine this 2018?
Yeah, I bet you’re pretty pumped up to crush your fitness goals this year and I am, too! There’s just something about the start of the year that makes you want to chase those goals down.
And speaking of chasing, you’re probably looking to stuff your feet into those ratty running shoes and hit the ground running STAT.
Before you end up making one of your first fitness mistakes for the year, allow me to let you come to a screeching halt. While those shoes might be the comfiest, cushiest pair you have lying around, you might be missing out on serious gains with those same shoes.
To get the most out of your training, you need to start looking at footwear that can deliver more than your run-of-the-mill running shoes. Specifically, a pair that is up for those days when you’re doing squats and deadlifting but can easily shift to those days when you’re pounding miles underfoot.
Confused? Don’t worry. This article will cover some of the best training shoes for men so you can truly crush those goals this year!
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New Year, new shoes! If you are looking for shoes that can take you off the rack to the track, these are the shoes that are up for that challenge.
In simpler times, you can just shuffle along in a pair of comfy sneakers and pound away at equipment but now, you have shoes for practically anything-running, cycling, weightlifting.
You name it, I betcha there’s a pair of shoes for it.
However, let’s focus on the pair that can handle more than just one type of exercise.
You are going to want a pair that is comfortable, that much is a given. There’s no greater damper than a pair of traitor shoes that end up cramping your style and getting in the way of your workout.
If you are going into a physical store where you can try on the shoes before you buy them, things would be easier. Other things you can look out for is adequate space for your toes to wriggle around and enough support in your heels.
Purchasing a pair of training shoes online poses a more difficult challenge as you can never be too sure you’ll find the perfect fit when your package arrives. In this case, you can try trawling through the comments to see if other buyers find that their purchases fit to size.
Really, the comments are a motherlode of information.
Generally speaking, the pricier the shoes are, the better the quality. However, there are a lot of more affordable options that can deliver just as much as their pricier counterparts, minus the marketing costs and popularity.
Top brands also tend to pack a lot of features in their products but if you’re strapped for cash, no need to sweat more than what you’re doing at the gym. You can just pick up a more affordable pair that does the job, minus the fancy trimmings.
Looking to add weights to your repertoire this 2018?
If you are planning on nailing squats and deadlifts, then you probably know by now that those cushy running shoes will do you more damage than gains. In fact, there are those who would prefer good ol’ Chucks than a pair of fancy running shoes.
In terms of training shoes, my advice is to go for one that has little to no drop from the toes to the heel. This means that your shoes will help you get as close to flat on the ground as they can so you can channel and generate more force for your lifts.
These training shoes might be able to crossover from squats to sprints, but they’re not as dedicated to running as running shoes are. They might be comfortable enough for a short jog or a sprint but don’t consider joining a marathon in them anytime soon.
For serious runners, I would recommend getting a pair of running shoes for those grueling days. But if you’re not pounding ten miles underfoot in one go, cross training shoes should be good enough to get you through squats as well as an early morning jog.
Out of all the great training shoes that were assessed in the article, each one with their own strengths and weaknesses, I have to say that the Nike Metcon 3 is the winner in this shoe showdown.
Even though it is a bit pricey, the latest in the Metcon series certainly proved that it deserved every bit of its hype and popularity-the Reebok Nano 7 came in a close second-with just the right amount of cushioning for those explosive sprints as well as stiffness for heavy lifts.
If only the people over at Nike could get rid of that annoying squeaks. However, if that does not bother you then these are pretty solid training shoes that will not only help you to perform well but enhance the gains you get out of every workout.
The problem most people have with training shoes is that they expect these shoes to be comfortable enough for running when they weren’t built for that. Most of the training is expected to be done indoors, although most training shoes are now designed for multi-environment conditions. These shoes might be ideal for short bursts of speed like short runs and sprints but not for marathons. Therefore, these shoes also come with a certain degree of stiffness that is ideal for heavy lifting.
Did you enjoy reading this article? Did you find it informative? Did it help you find the best training shoes for your needs? Are there other training shoes you wish made it to this list? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below and don’t forget to share this article with your family and friends!
I am Mike R.Bowen, founder of Fitness On The Weekend dot Com and my aim is to help busy people find time for fitness. We will give you actionable advice on how you can keep fit and healthy even on those busy days!
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