Health & Fit The Best Shoes for Serious Cross-Training

18:45  23 september  2020
18:45  23 september  2020 Source:   runnersworld.com

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As a runner, what you do off the track, road, or trail, often has just as big an impact on your race performance as what you do on it. Research shows that regular cross-training—plyo circuits, power lifting sessions, bootcamp-style workout classes, or even cycling—can help make you fitter, stronger, and faster. But first, to really boost those benefits and reduce your risk of injury, you need to swap your regular running shoes for a training-specific style, like the ones below. Keep reading to learn why and how these kicks give you the stability, bounce, and support you need for these workouts, and why your high-mileage pairs just don’t.

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Why You Should Do More Than Just Run

A recent study published in the Journal of Sport and Health Science revealed that runners who completed plyometric workouts twice a week improved their performance—and their power—in just six weeks (or 12 sessions total). And another study, published in the European Journal of Applied Physiology, showed that even well-trained ultramarathon runners had room for improvement: After 12 weeks of incorporating explosive plyo workouts into their routines, they saw a boost in their running economy, or their ability to run faster and longer, while using less energy. For most runners, cross-training adds variability to an all too often monotonous routine. When you log miles without doing anything else, your muscles adapt to the work and, because they’re never pushed beyond the limit they’ve already reached, your strength gains begin to taper. Your progress plateaus. Your risk for overuse injuries increases. But building regular cross-training into your running schedule (especially when it’s done strategically, under the guidance of a coach or trainer) can improve strength, power, speed, and even aid in your recovery.

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How We Chose

We looked for shoes with design elements that help support multi-directional movements, explosive workouts, cardio/strength circuits, and heavy lifting sessions. These features include flexible uppers, cushioned (yet firm where you need it) midsoles, minimal heel-to-toe drops, reinforced heels, extra grip, and protective overlays. Many of these styles are built on lasts that are similar to your favorite running shoes; however, they will also give you the added stability and flexibility necessary to knock out all your cross-training needs.


Reebok Nano X

If you’re looking for something to help you rock all those WODs (that’s Workout of the Day for you CrossFit newbies), this tenth anniversary version of the beloved Nano is everything you need and more. Its wide base and low-to-the-ground (aka, minimal heel-to-toe-drop) design provides extra stability for heavy weight days, a high-density foam midsole adds some protective cushioning for plyo circuits. A soft, flexible, yet tightly woven upper keeps your feet cool and comfy, no matter how intense (or sweaty) your session gets. Strategically placed grooves on the outsole improve grip both when you’re standing still and moving fast in multiple directions, too.

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Under Armour Project Rock 3

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Underneath this bold, high-top bootie style—the most recent update to Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s multi-purpose Project Rock shoe—we see an increasingly versatile trainer smartly showcasing several of UA’s best technologies. The HOVR foam midsole is wrapped with a tight mesh web for a springier and more responsive feel underfoot. The outsole features UA’s Tribase design: triangle-shaped grooves that anchor your heel and toes while allowing multi-directional flex and solid traction. For added stability, a slimmed-down TPU counter firms up the once-naked heel. Finally, the compression-fit bootie upper, with quarter panel overlays incorporated into the lacing, hugs your foot while you work out. Wear these when you need a stable base for weights but you’re also bouncing around between other activities.

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Nike Air Zoom SuperRep

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These fresh, funky kicks will help you amp up the intensity of any workout, whether you’re exercising at home or at the gym. Designed specifically for high-intensity interval training (HIIT) sessions, they have two Nike Zoom Air units in the forefoot that absorb impact when you’re going all-out jumping, lunging, or sprinting, and provide extra cushioning while you actively recover between sets. There’s also a plate that runs from the heel to forefoot, keeping your foot properly positioned for action, and a split sole to support multi-planar movement. A breathable, mesh upper allows you to stay flexible, while a wide, stable heel maintains balance.

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Altra Solstice XT

The Altra Solstice XT will feel especially familiar for runners. Cozy, even. That’s because its design was inspired by (and actually built off of) one of the brand’s minimalist cushioned running shoe lasts. New quarter panel overlays on the upper use liquid rubber, instead of the typical polyurethane, for greater flexibility and abrasion resistance when doing things like rope climbs. The outsole takes advantage of the same segmented design that gives the shoe its forefoot flex, but swaps the original Solstice’s exposed EVA foam (critiqued for its short life) out with a tough, sticky, gym floor-gripping rubber. The zero-drop midsole—offering 23mm of consistent cushioning from heel to forefoot— still caters to minimalist runners, but with this cross-trainer’s added support and durability, it could truly serve as a stable go-to shoe for any gym-goer.

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For power lifting sessions, it pays to have a stiffer shoe that helps keep your weight evenly balanced under heavy loads. The Adipower Weightlifting 2 does just that, without limiting breathability or flexibility in your forefoot, so you can still move your toes. It also offers extra support with a strong TPU wedge midsole and a raised, padded heel. Last, but not least, a smart, laces-strap combo locks down your midfoot, making sure everything is positioned safely while you execute all your reps.

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Mizuno TF-01 Training Shoe

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The Mizuno TF-01 aims to enhance performance by using an innovative technology to boost your balance. A flexible grid on the shoe’s outsole corresponds to a layer of pea-sized round pods in its soft, poly-foam midsole. The raised texture from the pods against the bottom of your foot makes you feel more connected to the ground and sends more feedback to your body with every step. An intricate diamond design on the outsole provides greater grip and lateral support for agility training. This lightweight pair also has a soft, woven mesh upper and a reinforced heel, so you feel stable and comfortable, no matter what kind of workout you’re doing—or how fast you’re doing it.

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Nike Metcon 6

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The Nike Metcon 6 makes it easier for you to break a sweat without getting too hot underfoot. This updated style features an all-mesh upper that touts an 18 percent increase in breathability from its last version. The shoe, already popular among the CrossFit community for the stability it offers during weight-focused workouts and the freedom of movement it provides during dynamic exercises, also has a wide platform and improved flexibility. It has fine-tuned cushioning that’s firmer in the back and just plush enough in the front to help maximize your mobility with every move. A durable, ridged outsole does an amazing job at gripping the floor (and ropes!) while you do it, too. And with both a wider toe box and heel, you’ve got plenty of room for your toes to move naturally while you work out—and for your feet to remain planted firmly on the ground when performing lifts. If your cross-training leverages variety in the gym, the new Metcon 6 might be the one-shoe-fits-all solution you need. Also available in a more accessible FlyEase version (with a collapsible, slip-on heel).

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New Balance Minimus Prevail

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The Minimus Prevail takes gym-ready details and wraps them around a true minimalist design. The drop-in midsole, made from New Balance’s lightweight REVlite foam, is thin and snappy, and, when paired with its flat Vibram outsole, offers an ideal combo of comfort and ground-feel for an adaptive trainer. And, while many other gym shoes’ rope-ready sidewalls are climbing higher and their heel counters are wrapping fatter, the Minimus Prevail moves in the opposite direction, incorporating both super-effective features into a slim, unobtrusive profile. Instead of relying on a TPU overlay for durability, its woven knit upper simply incorporates poly plastic into its fibers. It’s a little less flexible as a result, but still super breathable and supportive. In an odd departure from standard minimalist trainers, the Prevail has a relatively narrow forefoot and toe box that will work great for some and not so much for others.

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Inov-8 F-Lite 235 V3

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The F-Lite 235 V3 packs quite a bit of performance into a relatively streamlined shoe—with a plush-feeling (for minimalist shoes), 6mm-thick footbed, a 4mm heel-to-toe drop, and a midsole that simultaneously provides cushioning under the heel and returns a solid amount of energy to the forefoot. Adding to this pair’s detail-oriented, dual-purpose design, the upper also takes advantage of two different types of mesh: a finer, firmer mesh adds rigidity along the outside of the shoe and, along the inside, a more loosely woven mesh adds breathability and flexibility so your foot can move around freely and comfortably. The gum rubber outsole also allows for natural foot movement with its segmented, metatarsal-like channels that run heel to toe. The abundance of durable synthetic overlays will speak specifically to the CrossFitters, looking for extra protection for intense activities like rope climbs, but these lightweight, free-moving trainers should interest anyone looking for something that feels a little more natural-; er, barely there, underfoot.

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NoBull SuperFabric Trainer

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NoBull is a growing brand that’s designing trainers and running shoes capable of withstanding the physicality of CrossFit-style workouts. Their classic Trainer features a tight-fitting mesh upper wrapped in SuperFabric, a lightweight abrasion- and slash-resistant material. The rugged construction is less flexible at first, but once you break them in a little, they become much more comfortable. The flexible outsole is patterned for multi-directional movements, and a short, 4mm heel-to-toe drop makes the shoe capable of transitioning from weights to running with ease. With so many different color offerings, we’re predicting that these will become a go-to gym accessory in no time.

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On Cloud X

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Whether you’re doing a quick plyo workout, sprints on the track, or a combination of the two, the Cloud X could definitely be the right shoe for you. On, a Swiss running company with smart, strategically designed running gear, created this lightweight, no-sew style as a potential solution to all of their runners’ cross-training needs. The adaptive design leverages On’s unique CloudTec outsole, a flexible grid of hollow Zero-Gravity Foam pods that work together to cushion the blow of all the forces joints are subjected to during explosive workouts that incorporate running (forward), jumping (up-down), and lateral (side-to-side) movements. A cushioned, dual-density midsole offers support and flexibility for gym sessions, while also delivering a crisp, responsive ride when you still need it.

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Under Armour TriBase Reign 2

Flexible where you need movement and firm where you don’t, the TriBase Reign 2 is truly an everything-for-everyone at the gym shoe. It’s low to the ground (with just a 2mm heel-to-toe drop), has a built-in heel counter that keeps your foot locked in place while you lift, and gives your toes plenty of space to move around in its breathable knit upper. In addition to providing excellent flex in the forefoot to help you perform functional movements and responsive cushioning for high-impact activities, this shoe also features TPU and rubber overlays that add extra grip, protection, and stability during rope climbs, burpees, box jumps, and other activities.

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Asics Gel DS-Trainer 25

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If you’re in a pinch and really don’t want to buy two pairs of shoes this season, the Gel-DS Trainer is a pretty good alternative. Don’t let its name fool you—this is not a trainer in the sense that it’s designed for the gym, but it is designed to help you get faster and stronger. It has a lightweight foam midsole that provides ample cushioning without weighing you down, a durable outsole that guides your foot through a more natural stride, and a supportive knit upper that keeps you cool over the course of your runs. And, best of all (at least in the context of this article, anyway), its stable, low-to-the-ground profile, excellent traction, and well-cushioned midsole make it a great back-up for circuit training, fitness classes and other cross-training sessions.

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