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The Ultimate Training Shoe Guide

The ultimate training shoe guide to answer all your questions about what shoe to wear, when to wear it, and footwear considerations for different types of workouts.

You know what they say, “Give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world.”

THEY’RE NOT WRONG!

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Lifting & Strength Training

Stability, stability, stability.

Your lifting shoe should be just like your ideal man – stable, reliable, and rich as fuck.

JUST KIDDING ABOUT THAT LAST PART. No, I’m not.

When you’re lifting heavy, you need a stable foundation. These shoes all have flat, hard(er) soles that ground you for explosive lifts. When you’re going heavy, it’s essential to have confidence in your movement and function. All of these kicks fit the bill.

1. Metcon 3 Metallic

2. Free TR Flyknit 2 

3. Nike Women Metcon 4

Cross-Training

Agility, agility, agility.

The beauty of cross training is the variety. However, that can make getting dressed for your workout a tad complicated. These shoes are designed to provide support for weight lifting and strength training but are lightweight with a flexible sole for lateral movements and plyometrics.

4. Free TR 8 Rise

5. Free TR 8

6. Nike Free TR 7 Shield

Running

You, you, you.

Your running shoe is unique, just like you. It amazes me how many people pick out a pair of running shoes blindly. It doesn’t work like that, bishes!

I overpronate, which means my heels roll inward towards each other when I run. Because of that, I feel most comfortable in a more stable shoe.

YOU should have a thorough understanding of what will make you most comfortable. Find a specialist in your area here who can conduct a gait analysis, which provides an overview of your integrated movement patterns. Running is a unique way of moving, and you need a shoe to cater to your individual needs.

My favorite stabilizing shoes:

7. Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 34

8. Epic React Flyknit 

9. Lunar Glide

When packing your gym bag for Barry’s Bootcamp, if you’re running, I’d stick with your running shoes. Reason being, the treadmill programming is often too intense for a cross-training shoe. Prioritize you running shoe to avoid injury. If you’re on the Double Floor, wear a cross training or a strength training shoe!

Note: I am a Nike Master Trainer, people. All of these shoes are Nike (duh) because I am educated on their product innovation and technology. That being said, footwear is way too important to risk recommending something for the sake of an endorsement. I would NOT be talking about these shoes if I didn’t personally love them, know them, wear them, and trust them.

Kapish?

Also, do not DM me being like, “What about APL’s?”

WHAT ABOUT THEM? THEY’RE NOT ON THIS LIST. IDK. 

Other Note: I don’t know anything about the CrossFit world (1000% not into it). I don’t have an opinion or recommendation for a CrossFit shoe, okey? 

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