Training Shoes vs. Running Shoes

There’s more to the shoes you wear to the gym than just how they make you feel. Training shoes and running shoes are two very different sneakers that carry various benefits. When you’re lifting or taking a class at Roark Gyms, you need a pair of cross-training shoes. If you’re preparing for a half-marathon, you need a great pair of running shoes. Here are some of the major differences between training shoes vs. running shoes.

All About Training Shoes

Training shoes, also known as cross-training shoes, are designed for movement. The sole of these sneakers is flatter, helping you achieve multi-directional movement, especially side-to-side. They’ll help you cut, stop, break, jump and change direction quickly during your workout.

They’re not just for group workout classes. Training shoes are perfect for any almost any activity in the gym besides running and walking long distances. For example, agility training, strength training, weightlifting and HIIT classes are all instances for cross-training shoes.

Training shoes have multiple benefits. They keep your feet protected thanks to more cushion in the forefoot, so you don’t have to worry when you jump or sprint. They also help during compound lifts such as squats and deadlifts, because the curvature of the sole makes you better able to drive through your heels to safely complete the lift. Cross-training shoes are also made of a tougher material that lasts you longer. This is so the shoe doesn’t wear out with frequent high-intensity workouts. It even saves you money in the long run, since you don’t need to replace your shoes as often.

All About Running Shoes

On the flip side, running shoes were made for a heel-to-toe movement that mimics the way you run. There’s a higher heel drop in running shoes that give you more support and cushioning for a long run. Instead of taking them to your fitness class, wear them on long runs outdoors or inside on a track.

These shoes will help protect your feet as they repeatedly hit the ground. The cushioning gives you a greater amount of shock absorption since you impact the ground with about three times your body weight when you run. You can also choose a style of shoe that reflects the way you run, such as shoes for people with feet that roll outward.

The major benefits of running shoes are that they help you reduce injuries while running or walking long distances. They’re also extremely comfortable, supportive and even lighter than cross-training shoes. The right shoe will also help you correct issues with your running technique. For the best results, replace your running shoes every 500 miles and buy a new pair that doesn’t have run-down cushioning.

The Great Debate

Training shoes vs. running shoes doesn’t need to turn into a huge debate. If you like to run long distances but also lift weights or take classes at a gym, you can buy a pair of each that you designate for specific workouts.

Try finding a pair of cross-training shoes you can wear to a class at Roark Gyms. You’ll appreciate the ease of movement and avoid injury. Contact us today for more information about our classes that are ideally suited for training shoes.

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