Are your sneakers helping or hindering your gym workouts?
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When it comes to workout sneakers you have a lot of choices. And each style of sneaker has it’s own specific purpose that it was intended for. But unfortunately many people choose the wrong sneaker for their weight training workouts.
A lot of people look for sneakers that have a lot of cushion, arch, and padding – similar to what is found in a typical running sneaker. And while this certainly works well for making your feet feel comfortable and cushioning them from the impact of running, it’s NOT ideal for providing a good grip and support when standing still lifting weights.
Not only that but all that sneaker padding will compress under heavy lifting and take away from some of your strength and power. Especially when doing heavy squats, deadlifts, and overhead presses.
Now you can order specialized weight lifting shoes. And for competitive Olympic Weight Lifters and Powerlifters this is certainly the way to go. The only draw back is they are very expensive – over 0 for a pair of shoes that can only be worn in the gym!
A cheaper and more practical alternative for the recreational lifter is to wear skateboard sneakers. Skateboard sneakers are ideal for lifting because they are wide, flat, they have no arch and no thick padding, but they provide really good grip that will stick to the gym floor.
The purpose of a skakeboard sneaker is to grip the board and keep the feet planted solidly in place. And that’s exactly what a good workout sneaker should do – grip the floor and keep your feet planted while you lift.
The actual brand of skateboard sneaker isn’t as important as the style. I’ve worn Chuck Taylor’s Converse in the past an they have been my all time favorite lifting sneaker. If you’ve watched a lot of my videos, than no doubt you’ve seen me wearing them.
However, this time around I’m going with VANS sneakers because I feel that they are a little more study all around and the rubber in the sole is a bit thicker compared to the Chucks.
The reason for going with a slightly thicker sole is because I’m going to use the sneakers as both a lifting sneaker and a mountain bike sneaker. And I’ve found that Chuck Taylor’s don’t have thick enough rubber in the sole for mountain biking, you can feel the spikes from the peddles through the bottom of the Chucks, but not with the VANS.
If you have a favorite workout sneaker, please let me know in the comments section. I’d like to hear your feedback.
all the best,