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post #16 of 25
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Originally Posted by fuji View Post

He really should get 2 pairs. One for running and one for lifting. I suppose he could wear nike frees or some other minimalist shoe, but most people would be better of with a traditional running shoe.

If he's running any serious distance, he should have a shoe for that. If he's just doing 30-40 minutes on a treadmill or elliptical, cross-training shoes would be fine.
post #17 of 25
I've been wearing and buying Asics Kinseis religiously for the pat 4 years. Hands down the most comfortable shoe out there. Well worth the money.
post #18 of 25
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Originally Posted by Bradford View Post

If he's running any serious distance, he should have a shoe for that. If he's just doing 30-40 minutes on a treadmill or elliptical, cross-training shoes would be fine.

I cannot imagine running in any shoe I squat in. I lift in converse and think they are probably the best lifting shoe outside of shoes designed specifically for lifting. I don't know anything about running shoes, I just know they're shit for lifting.
post #19 of 25
Chuck Taylors were good enough for Rocky:

I don't see a problem running in them as long as they fit you well.

If you have fairly normal feet and few leg/foot problems, it shouldn't be an issue using minimalist shoes for both lifting and running.


Conversely,I agree with fuji that I wouldn't want to lift in typical running shoes that have a lot of support. It throws off my balance when doing certain lifts.
post #20 of 25
Why is compression bad for lifting?
post #21 of 25
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Originally Posted by Reggs View Post

Why is compression bad for lifting?

If by compression you mean shoes with cushioning, it's because it doesn't give you a stable base to lift from. Very important when doing heavy lifts like squats/deadlifts. Also, less cushioning means you are closer to the ground which helps with deadlifts.

This is a decent rundown on what to look for in lifting shoes:
http://stronglifts.com/weight-lifting-shoes-squats-deadlifts/
post #22 of 25
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Originally Posted by Bradford View Post


He didn't ask for tennis shoes, he asked about shoes for use in the gym and he specified that he wanted something lightweight, with a mesh top.
VFF's look stupid.


I'm aware that he didn't ask for tennis shoes specifically. He did ask for shoes that can cover all the bases of the activities he mentioned, which I answered.

 

post #23 of 25
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Wow, this has spawned quite the discussion. A discussion that seems to be getting heated. For clarification:

My workouts tend to be 3 or 4 times a week and consist of some general warm up on a bike or elliptical machine, followed by some push-ups, sit-ups, and squats with a light bar. Nothing major.

Then, when I was last working with a trainer (who has since left the gym so I'll have to figure out if I like the new guy), it was some mix of rowing, work with barbells, pull-ups on that machine that helps you out, treadmill, etc. None of this was power lifting, none of this was running long distances (> a few miles). Hence asking for an all-around cross-training shoe. Also, I have plantar fasciitis and good arches so, from what I've read, minimalist shoes might not be good for that (though the jury seems to have not quite made up its mind yet).

But like I said in my earlier post, it seems there's no consensus here--or that the consensus is to get a basic cross-trainer, but there's no consensus on one model versus another.

So thanks for the suggestions. I'll check some stuff out.

b
post #24 of 25
i think you'd be fine with the first shoe you posted. i have these but in grey, white, red. it has been a few years so this is the only pic i can find.

http://todaoferta.uol.com.br/comprar/tenis-nike-reax-run-com-nota-fiscal-RGVKQQZQIJ#rmcl

i may look at those frees and minimus but i can't find a colorway i like.

anyone own both and say which one they like better?
Edited by kalye - 3/3/12 at 5:42pm
post #25 of 25

Get actual Running Shoes - The one with the slight extra heel - It helps your feet! - The more stress on your feet the harder it is to workout.. And gives you long term damage.

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