When buying new trainers, we tend to focus on how they look and how much they are. It doesn’t usually stretch much beyond these pointers. But while looking fine is a key consideration for all sportswear, getting the right shoes for the gym has a few other tick-boxes too. The question we should definitely be asking is, will this shoe be functional, comfortable and suitable for the types of workouts?
Wearing the wrong type of shoe for your workouts is similar to ignoring your bank balance and hoping for the best. You’ll get away with it for a certain amount of time…but it’s going to catch up on you and suddenly your Netflix payment fails.
Don’t get us wrong, nobody is expecting you to have five different pairs of trainers for exercise. But it’s worth being aware of which are more appropriate for the treadmill, and which are best suited to a round of HIIT. We’re rounded up a list of five trainers that suit a particular area of trainers, yet can suit sessions across the board too.
The best all-round trainers for the gym
Under Armour Micro G Persuit Trainer
Under Armour Micro G Persuit Trainer Black / Anthracite / White
- Lightweight mesh upper delivers complete breathability, provides incredible ventilation and flexible support
- Foam padding placed around the ankle collar and under the tongue for a comfortable fit & feel for the treadmill.
- Tyre-inspired outsole pattern provides ultimate flex & superior traction to accommodate heavy lifts and squats.
- High rebound, die-cut EVA sockliner offers great cushioning and works to keep feet safe, stabilising them to stop them twisting during fast-paced movements.
The best trainer for HIIT
ASICS Hyper Gel-Sai Trainer
Asics Hyper Gel-Sai Trainer Black / Red / Blue
- Superb technology for high intense workouts
- Doubles up as a reliable running shoe with dry, soft-touch comfort
- Rearfoot and forefoot GEL cushioning that shock absorbs all landings
- Designed with a fashion casual athletic upper and performance-driven features, HyperGEL-SAI transitions from workout to hangout for easy all-day wear.
- Lightweight and breathable whilst maintaining a fantastic level of support when bending the knees
The best trainers for weights
Reebok Men’s Crossfit Nano 8.0 Trainers – Black
Reebok ‘CrossFit Nano 8.0’ woven trainers with a durable and breathable design made for weight lifting, Workouts of the Day and the toughest training sessions. Crafted with NanoWeave mesh uppers, the lace fastened trainers offer increased support and enhanced breathability for optimal comfort during workouts. Low-cut to offer freedom of movement and quicker transitions, the sneakers have a CME…
- The Reebok TR 2.0 has been designed to support your foot for better balance and a deeper range of motion for lifting weights
- They are ideal for weightlifting yet they also offer more comfort and overall support than a specific weight-lifting shoe.
- You can jump from the floor to the treadmill in these, safe in the knowledge your workouts will not suffer
The best treadmill trainer
adidas UltraBOOST Trainer
adidas UltraBOOST Trainer Tech Ink
- Utilises dynamic support technology to support the impact of sprint stop and starts
- External heel counter to keep the back of the foot in place, preventing wobbling or slipping
- Benefits from energy-returning boost™ technology – innovative cushioning that compresses under pressure for better shock absorption and keeping its shape
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Under Armour Charged Impulse Trainer
Under Armour Charged Impulse Trainer Academy / White / Grey
- It needs very little break in time with instant stability and support
- Full-length cushioning provides impact protection on the court and is very durable
- ¾ length bootie construction hugs the midfoot & forefoot, for a more secure, plush fit
- It’s lightweight and breathable, meaning you can use this shoe for high-impact sessions in the gym as well as on the court
- It also suits runners who need a balance of flexibility & cushioning