What Are The Right Weight Training Shoes For You?

Is there such a thing as “ weight training shoes ”? Does it matter what kind of footwear you wear?

Many women use the wrong sort of training shoes for all kinds of activities. Take jogging, for example. There's so much impact on the heel that you need proper shoes designed to absorb the shock. Tennis shoes on the other hand are built with a different priority, and so on.

Many women use running shoes for weight training. But should they really? Well … no, they shouldn't.

Weight training shoes should have special features of their own. The best shoes for weight training should have the following characteristics:

Weight Training Shoes For Women

1. Firm and flat soles

The sole cushion shouldn't have air or gel filling which is designed to absorb shock. Although these cushions are good for running, they'll get in the way of your efforts in lifting weights – especially heavy ones. Since they are squashy, they will make your movements unstable. And that's dangerous. They'll soak up some of the force you generate against the floor when you're training with weights. That makes you lose some of your strength. And what that means is you won't be able to lift as heavy weights as you would in your non-squishy shoes.

2. Well fitting

Your weight lifting shoes should feel snug, but not too tight. They should also allow your ankles to move freely. So choose training shoes with a low top.

3. Stable

Shoes with narrow soles will make you wobble – and that's particularly dangerous when you lift weights over your head. The soles should be wide and flat, to support your whole weight.

4. Non slippery

Good weight training shoes should have good traction against the floor.

Shoe Shopping Tips

● The best time of day to go shopping for shoes is in the afternoon, because your feet naturally swell up a bit as the day goes on.

● Try the shoes on before you buy them. Walk around the store in them. Try performing squatting movements to see how stable they feel. And don't just try them out on the carpet in the shop. Try to find a shiny surface to test the traction. Remember, they shouldn't slip at all.

● Put safety and suitability above fashion. Simple and inexpensive training shoes that have all the suitable features will win hands down over expensive fashionable sports shoes. Anyway, who's going to see them when you're weight training at home?

To sum up, if you're really serious about getting the body you want, don't overlook the importance of suitable weight training shoes. If you're willing to put in all that effort, you don't want to set yourself back with something seemingly as trivial as getting the wrong shoes. Here's to your success! :)

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