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sneaker options for the gym (i.e., not running sneakers)

Discussion in 'Health & Body' started by pg600rr, May 12, 2011.

  1. pg600rr

    pg600rr Senior member

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    I have been using Nike Free's the past few years for both running and gym, they seem to wear out super fast and although decent for running, they suck @ the gym, especially when doing lunges, squats, plyometrics, etc.

    I recently started using the Kinvara's for strictly running (they are amazing!) but now need a 'gym' shoe... not really sure what to go with though.

    New Balance seems to have some nice offerings, I am kind of done with Nike, Adidas, etc.
     
  2. Nicola

    Nicola Senior member

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    Chuck Taylor all stars. Unless you want real lifting shoes. Then for a lot more money Addidas makes them.
     
  3. pg600rr

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    Chuck Taylor all stars. Unless you want real lifting shoes. Then for a lot more money Addidas makes them.

    really? can't tell if this is a joke or not....

    I was more trying to find out some cross-trainers ppl have used and liked, I have tried on a few and they all feel bulky and heavy.
     
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    +1 on Chuck Taylors (if not barefoot) for lifting, especially anything in the squat rack (dl, squats, lunges, etc.)

    Switch shoes for plyo.
     
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    really? can't tell if this is a joke or not....

    I was more trying to find out some cross-trainers ppl have used and liked, I have tried on a few and they all feel bulky and heavy.


    It's because they're flat and uncushioned. Normal trainers have big cushiony heels that force you onto your toes more when you're squatting etc.
     
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    It's because they're flat and uncushioned. Normal trainers have big cushiony heels that force you onto your toes more when you're squatting etc.

    ah, never thought of that
     
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    Hi.

    I wear Adidas Samba in the gym.



    Cheers!
     
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    Anything with a flat sole for doing big barbell compound lifts, doesn't really matter otherwise. I use some Adidas kundos or something and they're the comfiest shit ever. Chucks are fugly, but probably the best option.
     
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    I use some of the laceless chucks and they work great. Look better if I am wearing workout pants rather than shorts but oh well.
     
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    chucks. you could try GATs
     
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    Laceless Chucks for convenience and safety [​IMG]
     
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    I use some low top vans
     
  13. BBSLM

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    i wore chucks in the gym for years, but they never looked right with workout pants.

    now i wear indoor soccer shoes. theyre flat, stable, and now i don't look i forgot my gym shoes.
     
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    They have heels so that you push through your heels when you squat or deadlift, the heel wouldn't make a different for any other lift. People like converse not because they're flat, but because they don't have a compressible sole.
     
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    NorCal Senior member

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    Apparently the heels are for Olympic lifts, they make it easier to get deeper.
     
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    Out of curiosity, why do shoes sold as weightlifting shoes specifically all seem to have heels, but ya'll are basically recommending the flattest shoe made?

    I googled and these were the type of shoe that came up:
    http://buyweightliftingshoes.com/

    edit: more google-fu yielded a more comprehensive answer:
    http://stronglifts.com/weight-liftin...ats-deadlifts/


    Those are olympic lifting shoes, the heel blocks are useful for performing cleans and snatches.

    World Record powerlifter Andy Bolton claims Chuck Taylors are the best shoes for weightlifting; you'll find most powerlifters wear Chucks, though barefoot is preferred for deadlifts as it slightly shortens the ROM.
     
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    adidas sambas or GATs
     

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