Riverside Fitness Studio
|Posted on 29 August, 2016 at 14:10|
When starting out, choosing the proper equipment for your exercise needs is a crucial decision to stay comfortable, and safe during a workout. If you are wairing the wrong clothes, shoes or accessory equipment (such as a belt, gloves, wraps etc.) then you may be at risk for injury.
One of the first question you should ask yourself is: what Shoes should be wearing? The attire needs may greatly differ if you are a marathon runner than if you are an olympic weight lifter. One big question will be: Am i going to be inside, outside, or both? If you are going to be outside, then climate and weather are going to play key roles in your decisions.
-Let us Look at the Specifics of Shoe Choice-
Shoes will be one crucial aspect of exercise equipment choice. The general consensus is, that if you are looking for a pair of sneakers that you can both run with, use an elliptical and weight train with, then your best bet would be to find some cross-trainers. Cross-trainers allow for comfort and support with a firm heel (think weight training benefits) along with fairly durable tread and a light weight.
Next, if youre a true runner, and plan on putting some serious miles in, then it makes the most sense for you to get some running sneakers. You would want something that will be light and durable that can handle a little water.
The final pair of shoes that I will go over, is a set of Olympic Weight Lifting Shoes. These shoes have been getting more popular in the weight lifting world as of recent years. The idea behind them is that the heel and sole of the shoe will be really hard and the heel will be eleavted. These attributes allow for a more powerful transfer of energy through the floor during compound weight training movements. The elevated heel allows the range of motion in the ankle to be more forgiving which can translate to a deeper squat with better hip and knee position. Olympic shoes have their place in the fitness world, but they are by no means for everyone.
If you are looking for a simple pair of shoes to workout in, go for short runs, and be generally active in, go with cross-trainers. If you need to specialize in a specific fitness field, such as running or olympic weight lifting, then a second pair of shoes that allow for optimal performance may be beneficial to you.
Hope this Helps!