Today we’re going to talk wardrobe in the gym. Yes, I am being serious because your wardrobe can make a big impact on your workout and help you get more out of each exercise.
I am going to let you in on a little secret if you want the best work out of your life dressing like an 80s Richard Simmions will help give you magical powers you have always wanted!
Just kidding, but in all seriousness, we did have an 80s themed day filled with bright neon and 80s music!
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Now if you know me you know that one of my passions is sneakers, I have over 20 pairs at home, some that I barely wear, and quite a few that I only where inside and will change if I have to go outside. I know I am a little crazy.
But today I want to talk about your shoes and how they can impact your workout.
You may not think that your sneakers will make a difference in how well you squat, or how your back and knees feel but it has a great impact than you thought.
When we are doing certain exercises in the gym we want to be able to have a good feel of the ground, depending on what shoes you have on it will be easier or harder to feel the ground.
Below are a few of my recommendations for shoes that will help you have a better workout and increase your ability to feel certain things.
I know being barefoot technically means you have no shoes one, but if you’re asking for my true number one recommendation, it is to take those shoes off! That will give you the best feel for the ground. The analogy I like to use is to imagine if you had gloves on your hands all day, you would probably start to lose a little sensation in your hands and decreased motor control. The same idea can apply to our feet and our shoes. Taking them off feels refreshing and will give you that extra little boost you need during your workout, just make sure your feet and socks are clean.
Cross Training Shoes
Now if I am not working out barefoot because whatever I’m doing will create a lot of pressure on my feet (Biking, jumping etc.) I personally like to wear cross-training shoes. A cross-training shoe is somewhat of a mix between a running shoe and weight lifting shoe. They are nice and light like running shoes but have a flat sole and slightly elevated heal like a weight lifting shoe. Personally, I love Nike cross-training shoes such as there Metcons, I have also heard great things about New Balance Minimus but I have not had a pair myself. Personally, I don’t like to run or wear cross-training shoes for a long period of time or running as my feet start to hurt, but for my workout in the gym they are great.
Running shoes are probably the most common shoe that you see people wear in the gym. They are super lightweight, provide good support, and you guessed it great for running! While running shoes are not “bad” to workout in they will be on the lower end of my list. The thing about running shoes is they usually have a curved bottom to help with the mechanics of running. In the gym when we are doing things such as squats and deadlift we don’t want a big curve we would like something a little flatter. Now if you have a pair of running shoes you love and feel great it in, don’t go tossing them out they will get the job done.
The thing I would caution you against is those Walking Shoes with the huge padded curved bottom. While they may be good for walking, or at least that’s what they’re advertised as, they are definitely not ideal for weight training.
I know not everyone is a shoe fanatic like me and are itching to go buy another pair of shoes, but I do encourage you to take a look at the shoes you have and see which pair might be the best option. Remember that my number one recommendation is to go barefoot which is completely free and all the cool kids are doing it these days. 😎
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