Lookin’ for a new gym shoe? Below I share 3 of my current favorite shoes; how they look, feel, and perform!
Nike Air Max 90 Essential (Lifestyle)
O M G. Ever since I got my Air Max’s, I have been obsessed with them. I’ve always wanted them for years because I thought they looked so sick and now I know they not only look sick, but are extremely comfortable.
Air Max’s have a fair amount of arch support and have a flat sole, which makes them a great sneaker for doing exercises like squats or deadlifts.
Now, they do fit a little wider than most sneakers, so you may have to get them a 1/2 size smaller like I did; but if you want a shoe with spacious toe room, this is a shoe for you!
I have been noticing that Air Max’s are starting to become more popular again. I feel like this year they will be the fad like Nike Roshe’s were last year. You read that prediction here first! 😉
Nike LunarGlide 6 (Running)
LunarGlide’s are a stability shoe, so they’re designed to be more firm and supportive. You may or may not have to break them in like I did before they actually feel comfortable under your feet. They aren’t the most visually attractive shoe in my opinion, but LunarGlide’s are perfect if you’re looking for a stable running shoe. When I need to be on my feet for longer periods of time, like when I’m working, these are my preferred sneaks. And they make cardio a little more enjoyable. 🙂
Nike Free Run 5.0 (Running)
Nike Free Run’s have pros and cons in my opinion: They’re light and fitted to your feet (like a sock), but lack support. Maybe it’s just me, but after a few hours of wearing them, my feet start to ache, and I don’t have that drastic of an arch – it’s average.
Whenever I see videos of girls doing squats, lunges, or other exercises where it’s beneficial to be flat footed, yet they’re wearing Free Run’s, I think to myself, “HOW?” I honestly don’t know how people do it in these shoes! They’re awful when you need to stay firm and flat to the ground. If I am doing legs and am wearing these I always end up taking them off. Better used for upper body days and cardio; they are a running shoe after all.
Now you may notice I haven’t listed a legitimate lifting shoe; at the moment I don’t currently own a pair. I have heard that the Nike Metcon’s are great though – and will inevitably get a pair of shoes designed specifically for lifting in the future.
What’re your favorite shoes to hit the gym in?
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5 thoughts on “Sick Kicks”
I’ve got 3 pairs of Reebok Nanos (2’s, 3’s, and 4’s) and I LOVE them. You’d probably hate them because they’re even more low profile than the Free Runs. The idea is that they’re more organic to natural human movements like squatting and require a higher level of mobility, stuff that keeps you healthy for the rest of your life. Also, it’s way easier to feel the floor on deadlift and it strengthens the feet. To each his/her own though.
And is THAT Liberty’s new fitness center?!?! 😲
Hmm, I may have to go try on a pair of Reebok Nanos to see how they feel. I’ve heard from others too they’re a good shoe.
Yes! It’s so nice! Problem is, even with all the new equipment and additional space, it’s still not enough haha. During peak hours it can get pretty insane. How are you familiar with Liberty?
Well I’m familiar because I happened to graduate from there! I studied exercise science and ironically enough was a personal trainer at the old facility. It’s awesome finding other LU students!
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That’s awesome! You’re the first person I’ve met on WordPress that went or is going to LU 🙂
Hey girl!!! Great tips. I’ve been loving the Nike Downshifter 6. It’s got a bit wider arch too, so I find I haven’t been wearing down the in step area as fast as other sneakers I’ve owned (mostly Sketchers).
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