Working with young athletes a lot has kept me up to date on all the new fashion trends in sports and athletic apparel. The kids come in to the gym wearing the newest and coolest in athletic gear. I’m a big proponent of the saying “look good, play good”, but there’s also a need to make sure that the equipment being used is the best to accomplish the task at hand. This article is meant to inform kids and parents on the importance of wearing the right footwear into the gym and the benefits that they will then provide.

Athletic fashion has become a huge industry all in itself, and companies like Nike and Adidas have paved the way for casual fitness apparel. Those shoes may look good out in public but they should be avoided in the weight room. Nike Rosches and Huaraches, Yeezy’s, New Balance 574’s have a large, cushioned heel with little to no support through the arch, and have a flexible mesh outsole. These shoes put athletes in a less stable position during heavy lifts and doesn’t provide enough support for speed and agility work. Here are some examples of those athletic casual shoes.

Athletic fashion has become a huge industry all in itself, and companies like Nike and Adidas have paved the way for casual fitness apparel. Those shoes may look good out in public but they should be avoided in the weight room. Nike Rosches and Huaraches, Yeezy’s, New Balance 574’s have a large, cushioned heel with little to no support through the arch, and have a flexible mesh outsole. These shoes put athletes in a less stable position during heavy lifts and doesn’t provide enough support for speed and agility work. Here are some examples of those athletic casual shoes.

Nike Roshe:  $59.99 – $79.99                                      Nike Huaraches: $89.99 – $110.00

Yeezy’s: $500.00 – $2,500.00                                     New Balance 574: $69.99 – $79.99

 

All of the athletes that come into our gym are trained in multiple aspects of fitness, from heavy compound lifts to fast speed and agility drills. A cross training method of training requires a cross training style of shoe. These shoes are designed to excel in all aspects of cross training. They have a lower profile heel that keeps athletes low to the floor during heavy lifting sessions. Being able to feel the floor and transfer forces through the shoe into the floor will help athletes to increase their strength quickly. During speed and agility drills and power movements such as box jumps, cross training shoes have the support to hold the foot tight to the sole of the shoe, allowing for better movement through the drills as well as help to prevent injuries from rolling ankles over the sole. Below are some examples of good cross training shoes that could help athletes take their fitness to a whole new level. They are all designed with the cross training athlete in mind.

Nike Free TR 6 Spectrum: $75.99 – $100.00        Reebok Speed TR: $79.99 – $99.99        Adidas CrazyPower TR: $83.95 – $129.95

Here at Intelligent Fitness we have a partnership with Concorde Therapy Group. Not only are they one of the top area specialists on athletic injuries and rehabilitation, but they are also top of the field in running and proper shoe fitting. Having worked with them personally for the last 10 years, I know the importance of proper shoes and fitting on the health of the athlete. Jason and Mark are the best in the game. I highly recommend them as a resource and if you choose to, make sure you tell them that Tyler at Intelligent Fitness sent you. You can reach them at the Belden Village office: 330-493-4210