Category Archives: Shoes

SHOES: THE FOUNDATION OF A GREAT WORKOUT

Shoes - Blog  By: June-Ellen Ottoson, Trainer – Fitness Propelled,  AFAA Certified

The shoe options for working out can be a bit overwhelming, but it is definitely worth taking the time to find the shoe that is right for you. Your feet are so important and they take a beating every day, let’s face it, unless our feet are in pain we usually don’t give them the credit they deserve for getting us around! Wearing the wrong shoe while working out can eventually lead to problems that will be painful or prevent us from working out, which in turn, will lead to other problems. I have come across the “wrong” shoe many times while training individuals, where being off balance while working out or feeling like a particular activity such as stepping up on a bench seems scary, but that can have a lot to do with your shoe. Wearing shoes that are worn out or ill-fitting can make your workout seem daunting.

shoesYou don’t need to overspend and get the trendiest shoe or the shoe that your favorite athlete favors, you just need to find the shoe that fits your particular tootsies! Check for stores in your area that will actually watch you walk and analyze what type of feet you have. Flat feet vs a high arch will need a different type of shoe, a runner vs a walker needs a different type of shoe. And cross training needs a shoe with good support and traction. Our feet change with time so what might have worked great before can be causing pain now. Slipping around while trying to lunge and balance is distracting and takes away from your workout. Working out gives us confidence and a good shoe will do the same. So take stock of your training shoes and if “the shoe doesn’t fit”, do yourself a favor and get a great fitting pair that fits your feet and your personality!

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It Is All In The Shoes

ImageBy: Geoff Rubin, CPT/CIFT/TRX II

In the world of running, we could easily say that the most important aspect of hitting the road is what happens to be covering our feet. This is not your article for promoting a certain brand or offering expert insight into “The Magical” shoe for running, but simply meant to create open discussions and commentary about what YOUR personal preference for running shoes are and why?

With an inquisitive mind, I have always wondered, why so many different types of shoes? We see shoe’s that cover so many different foot structures from pronation to inversion, to plantar or dorsal flexion, to overuse of the heal strike, so on and so forth. With so many options out there how does one identify the right shoe? Taking my wondering mind into action, I have used everything from barefoot running, to New Balance, Nike, Adidas, Saucony, and Brooks. From my own personal experience, I have fallen into an allegiance to Brooks running shoes.

Currently, I own a pair of Brooks Pure Flow II’s where my feet take on an average 15-20 miles per week. They feel great, are light and adjust to my high arches and slight ankle pronation. As to share only my personal preference as to get this conversation started here is a review of the Brooks Flow III line from   http://www.runnersworld.com/shoe/brooks-pureflow-3-mens.

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“Vibram” Barely Running

In the artice “Vibram, ‘Barefoot Running Shoe’ Company, Settles Multi-Million Dollar Lawsuit”, by Huffington post editor Emily Thomas shares the story of another success made shoe company that has built their success on a foundation of lies.  As an early model “Vibram” – five finger shoe enthusiast myself, I developed a pretty loyal backing of the shoe company.  I felt that the shoes were extremely comfortable, provided me with a more natural running process and best of all they improved my feets health.  Right?, well or so I thought.  Well, in actuality “Vibram” had been making claims without any real scientific proof that they were doing much of anything besides being the new sleek and cool shoes to wear.  

“Vibram” had advertised that they:

(1) Strengthen muscles in the feet and lower legs
(2) Improve range of motion in the ankles, feet, and toes
(3) Stimulate neural function important to balance and agility
(4) Eliminate heel lift to align the spine and improve posture
(5) Allow the foot and body to move naturally

Well, after wearing the shoes for almost a year, I could of told you that I personally disagreed with many of these claims as while running distance, my shins began to hurt and my ankles were definitely not supported.  In fact, “risks of barefoot running include a lack of protection, which may lead to injuries such as puncture wounds, and increased stress on the lower extremities.” (American Podiatric Medicine Association).

The justice in all of this has been served, for the more the 70 million Americans who have purchased “Vibram” shoes, a 3.75 million dollar law suit has been settled.  Issued refunds of anywhere from $25 – $50 are being settled for valid claims. 

Are you currently and/or have you been a “Vibram” shoe runner?  Please leave your feedback on your experience with the shoes below………………

Link: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/05/10/_n_5302213.html?utm_hp_ref=tw