What Kicks Should You Wear At The Gym?

No gym kit is complete without the right shoe and as weird as this can sound, your gym shoes actually go a long way in achieving what your trips to the gym are for while protecting you from pain and shin splits.

With a number of exercise being put into consideration, certain shoes are better for certain things, while certain shoes are not. In this article, we shall be discussing the relevant things to consider when picking your gym shoes, and specifically, what type of shoes you need to have and be aware of, and use them for what they are made. The footwear market is one of the biggest markets in the United States with its worth running into more than $80million in 2020. With so many choices to choose, we understand it might be tough to make such a key decision, but in whatever decision you make, you mist consider these:

You must consider three kind of shoes:

  • Running Shoes
  • Lifting Shoes
  • Training Shoes
  • Athleisure Shoes

Running Shoes:

A common practice amongst most people is to leave a space in the toe box for toe space. On the surface, this is good practice, but when you are considering gym shoes, it is better to avoid such unnecessary spaces. It is advisable to go with a perfect fit that will support unilateral movement. Always remember, stability is king. You running shoes must be light and have enough wide are to cater for your toes.

Lifting Shoes:

Lifting shoes, like the name suggests, are used for lifting weights. One very crucial point to note with lifting shoes is that they are flat, and have very little features for cushioning. When you are lifting, it is important to go with shoes that would help your feet create friction with the ground for stability. This is only possible when you have flat shoes, not when you have shoes with sole the size of a sausage.  Shoes like Vans and Converse might fall into this category, so you might want to get them for your long term trainings.

Cross-Training Shoes:

These type of shoes are great for any lightweight exercises. They are not supposed to have a squishy heel and there is usually no flexible sole support. If you are working with a tight budget, then you might want to get affordable training shoes like Nike Metcon or Reebok Nano.

Athleisure Shoes:

If you’re looking for something a bit more casual to pump some iron with, we recommend a light-weight athleisure shoe with a supportive sole. Athletikan Altis is a good example, priced around $129 AUD (94 USD) and a bunch of different gym-friendly colourways available, it’s a good options.

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