Buying Workout Shoes for P90X & Insanity
January 22, 2013
January 22, 2013
How the Right Workout Shoes Can Change Your Workout!
Obviously, asking what’s the best workout shoe is a loaded question due to the fact that there’s so many different types of workouts. Finding the right kind of shoe has become very specialized to the type of workout you’re doing, so each shoe has a niche and a market.
Getting Ready to Run!
It was interesting, we went to Run For Your Life here in Charlotte to get fitted for running shoes and I learned a lot. When it comes to running shoes, they need to be a little bigger than normal to allow for foot swelling. They also have to feel like they’re virtually not there (and believe me you’ll know when you find the right pair!).
The sales lady was awesome at watching us run, charting our stride, showing us what type of step and landing we had etc. Conclusion was that Alisha needed a lot of arch support and I didn’t. Things I would have never known without the professional help of someone who knew what they were doing.
Reebok’s Transition 2.0
Now when it comes to our workouts (P90X, Insanity, Insanity the Asylum and more) we prefer the Reebok Transition
2.o. We changed from the Reebok Zig shoe that we used to wear for a couple of reasons. For one, the Zig is heavier than the Transition 2.0 as well as stiffer. Now I will say that the Zig shoe is the FIRST shoe I’ve ever worn that didn’t require any “breaking in” (more on that in the 10 things). I found the same to be true about the Transitions as well. I just like the flexibility of the Transitions over the Zigs as well as the lower profile.
The Transitions held up surprisingly well when we used them for Insanity and Insanity the Asylum, especially with the lateral movements. That was one concern I had with it being a lighter shoe, but what I found was that the way the bottom is designed it really grips like a champ! Allowing me to move around the agility ladder and do the all the jumps required in Insanity the Asylum with no issues at all.
The Zigs (which I used for a year on Insanity and Insanity the Asylum) will do just fine as well.
They can handle the lateral jump just as good as the Transitions. They’re just heavier. So it really becomes a preference of what you like and the feel you want. The good news is they’re both priced about the same. I’ve found that Finishline stores have the largest selection of Reebok Zigs and Transitions. I think they may be the same company (not sure, doesn’t matter) but it would explain they’re selection.
What if you’re not me and hate Reebok?
That’s totally cool! There’s a lot of Under Armor, Nike etc. fans out there and that’s OK! Everyone is different. So if you’re not a Reebok fan, then here’s some things to consider when selecting the shoe for your P90X, Insanity,Asylum or whatever workout routine you do according to Web MD.
10 Things to Know Before Buying Any Workout Shoes… Especially For Insanity or P90X
1. Don’t make shoes multitask. We talked about this earlier
2. Know your foot. This also gets back to what we talked about with running shoes. Know what kind of support you need, especially if you’re feeling pain. Sometimes this can be fixed with quality inserts.
3. Measure your foot frequently. Contrary to myths, your foot does change as we get older. Go by what fits, not by what you’ve worn in the past.
4. Shop toward the end of the day. Feet swell over the course of the day and your shoes should fit when your foot is at it’s largest.
5. Bring your own socks. Use the socks you’re gonna wear during your workouts or runs so you get a true feel.
6. Don’t believe in breaking in. They should feel comfortable right away. This goes back to what we found to be true for us with the Reeboks.
7. Use the rule of thumb. You should have at least 3/8-1/2 inch space from the end of the shoe to your big toe.
8. Understand the bells and whistles. Knowing the design of the shoe and how it does what it does is important. I used to get caught up in the look of mine and when I bought my Brooks running shoes, I had to settle for function and not flair.
9. Don’t over or underpay. Bottom line, don’t get suckered into a celebrity endorsement just so you can spend more money.
10. Know when to replace them. With crosstrainers, you’ll have to get a feel for it or monitor the wear and performance. With running shoes, they’ll tell you about how many miles you can put on them total (walking, running, everything).
Go and get the right kind of workout shoes and start working out! You got this!
Feel free to reach out to us or leave us a comment below if you have further questions on workout shoes for Insanity and P90X.