Gym Guide: Footwear for the gym

When I started the blog, I had posted some guides earlier on and I think I should continue this. By no means do I proclaim that I’m an expert, but I’m sharing some knowledge, experiences and observations which I hope will benefit people who reads this and have interest in going to gym for their classes such as the Les Mills Body Combat etc. This guide isn’t exhaustive but it should be a good point in which you can do further research on.

So you’ve just signed up with a gym and looking forward to exploring and going to the classes they have to offer. Maybe it is the Les Mills BodyCombat, BodyBalance, Sh’bam or BodyPump; or maybe its Mixed Martial Arts or Cross Fit. The first thing that a lot of people look forward to is buying new gym stuff! Who doesn’t want to look good while exercising right?

Lets talk about what shoes NOT to wear:

1) Ballet flats for girls – Seriously, what support does this give? Definitely not good for running, neither is it good for cardio workouts that you need to shuffle left to right, forwards and backwards. Wearing cute shoes doesn’t make you kick rainbows or fairy dust!

2) Slippers/flip flops – This is quite obvious. Just like ballet flats, slippers/flipflops doesn’t give any support. The danger of wearing this while kicking is that you loose your grip and the slippers will fly to the person standing infront of you.

So what should you wear?

Please note that one shoe does not fit all exercises!

The question you have to ask yourself is: What are YOUR needs? Also take in consideration the following factors: Cushioning, flexibility and stability

1) If you are taking up classes like aerobics or bodystep and bodycombat where you will need shoes that provides cushioning to absorb the impact of the exercise. Running shoes are for running in straight lines and does not provide for lateral movements. Cross trainers should have the thread pattern that assists with the turns and twists involved.

2) For dancing and I think pilates, you will need shoes that provides flexibility as freedom of movement is needed over cushioning and stability.

3) For weights training, stability is key. The sole of the shoe should provide a firm and stable platform with just a little bit of cushioning. A popular choice of shoe for this would be barefoot running shoes (minimalist shoes) where it would allow you to go on the threadmill before or after your weights training.



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