We’ve rounded up essential pairs for anyone looking to up their gym game, covering a range of activities and training types. Whether you’ll be hitting a class, squatting or maybe talking to the hot yoga instructor who wears the crazy tight pants, we’ve got you covered with good trainers for running and much more.
If you take away nothing from this post, let it be this… A pair of classic chucks or waffle soled vans can make the difference between a good squat and a bad one. Take it from someone that has the knees of a 90-year-old, Converse have regularly meant that my form remains tight, which means I can squat more and throw my back out less, a win/win situation for everyone involved.
Go back to the days of hanging around street corners with a lightweight pair carrying serrated grip, some non-ugly versions include the LunarEpic from Nike. These are also dual purpose, as these are good trainers for running on a treadmill, but be careful running outdoors if you have any instability or major weaknesses.
Running (Outdoor and Treadmill)
If you are the owner of terrible knees then it’s worth investing in a pair which has a high energy return, so that your knees aren’t absorbing the impact when running across a flat terrain. Our favourite good trainers for running include the LunarEpic, and anything with a Boost sole from adidas – the Ultraboost is an absolute staple.
Classes & Aerobics
A good all-rounder for aerobics style classes is the air max, another favourite of lean queen Michelle Lewin.
A darn good excuse to go shoe shopping, each of these will make up a large part of your essential gym fit. If you only get two pairs, go for a cushioned running shoe and a pair of flat soled lightweight for leg day and watch the difference in how low you can go…