As opposed to the standard running shoe that most of us used to use for everything sports/exercise related a decade or so ago, nowadays, as like everything else, there are many different options available.
Without going into technical footwear for the different sports and performances, today we’ll go over the various shoes available that can be used in the gym for different purposes and what the benefits are.
1. The Classic Running Shoe
This is usually used by people who are only interested in going on the cardio machines such as the treadmill or the rower or those who sometimes do some kind of body weight exercises. There are different running shoes depending on your running gait, that is, if you your feet pronate, supinate or are neutral so do make sure that you get the right ones for you from an informed running shop where they might be able to analyse your running gait. This type of shoe also offers a considerable amount of cushioning ideal if you’re going to be doing a lot of miles but quite unstable if you are planning to do any strength training in the gym.
2. Flat Sole Shoes
Tthis is either in the form of a traditional Converse which are completely flat and often used by power lifters or more recently shoes like Nike Metcons and Reebok Crossfit Nanos (other brands available too) which have a slightly raised heel offering an increased range of motion in your ankle, as well as increased stability.
The crossfit style shoes are one of the most popular type of hoes nowadays as this allows for the stability and therefore increased force production when lifting weights but also has enough cushioning and flexibility in the shoe that you can do short sprits, jumps and any sort of body weight exercises too.
3. Weightlifting Shoes
this type of shoes are the ones that have a significant heel raise as well as being very rigid and stiff. Weightlifting shoes are mainly used by weightlifters both in competition and training as well as those lifting quite heavy in the gym. The main benefit of this shoe is that the increased range of motion in the ankles allows for deeper and easier squats and the thick, stable sole helps in force production.
Apart from there being the 3 main different kind of footwear to use in the gym there are also a lot of different types within one type of shoe depending on brands and technologies. Do make sure that you pick the right footwear depending on the type of activity that you are going to be doing as this prevents injury and and if you can invest in a good pair of shoe, or two if you do different sports and activities that will last longer I the long run.