Did you know, different types of fitness training will require a particular type of trainer? The trainers you wear inside and outside the gym can make or break your workout and in fact your body. If you are wearing the incorrect trainers for your chosen sport it may cause an injury or problems to parts of your body.
You may have found that you have bought a pair of trainers, started training in a chosen sport and all of a sudden you have knee, foot, ankle or hip problem and you automatically blame the sport. It could actually be that your trainers are putting your body in the incorrect position and causing damage and harm.
Although this is just a rough overall guide and if you are getting lots of knee, ankle, hip or feet problems we would recommend going to your local sports trainer shop, where they will professionally fit you to the correct shoe.
The most important part of picking a trainer is to go for something that fits well, you should be able to wiggle your toes and not have any blisters or discomfort while wearing them. Sometimes you will need to wear them in a little but they should still feel comfy on your feet.
Take a look at these 3 main training techniques with the types of trainers that we advise to help support your body during your workouts whatever they may be.
HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) Workout trainer
If you prefer HIIT workouts and other exercises that include alot of jumping, fast movement and constant variation of exercises, you’ll need multi-directional traction on the sole and some cushioning to protect your body from the impact.
Having a lightweight and exceptionally hard shoe that offers the perfect balance of stability and cushioning means you’ll be protected during high-impact exercise such as running or jump training, whilst also having the firm base to lift weights and perform body weight exercises at a speed during HIIT sessions. These trainers can be used for exercises such as Bootcamps, Zumba and other exercise classes where there is fast moving and jumping.
For general gym sessions a shoe like this would be perfect as you will normally be doing lots of different styles of training, such as; cardio machines, resistance machines, free weights and body weight exercises. Make sure you buy a trainer that can support you through all of these training sessions and make your body feel comfortable too.
Running workout trainer
When looking for the perfect running trainer typically you’ll be looking for a lighter shoe with less cushioning, this gives you more spring on the road and less stress on the muscles, reducing the chance of injury. You will need an arch that contours to your foot and ensures your heel stays in place whilst running. There are many factors when choosing the perfect running trainer most of them are a personal preference for example, how your foot lands on the ground, if you have any pronation of the foot, if you like feeling connected to the ground and if you prefer a little more cushioning.
Best thing to do when looking for a running shoe is to go into a trainer shop that can expertly measure your foot and do a ‘Gait Analysis’ this is where they look at how you move while running and chose a shoe that is best for you.
These trainers can differ depending on what type of lifts you are performing. These shoes are normally only used in the gym. When training with weights you need to stay away from running trainers; this is because running trainers have a cushioned sole to protect you from impact and you do not need this when lifting weights. You want a hard sole so you can drive all your weight and force into the ground giving you a more stable base to lift with, helping you lift a heavier weight.
The best weight lifting shoes have an elevated heel, helping you go as far back and low as needed when squatting, allowing for a better balance, posture, ankle and shin mobility whilst having your feet firmly planted on the ground.
If you are dead lifting, you are more likely to want a flatter shoe with a firm sole. Lots of people normally wear a simple converse shoe for this or you will see a lot of people in bare feet, this is so they can feel the floor underneath their feet to help drive their force into the ground to get the weight up.