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    Hi all, I'm looking to buy a new pair of gym shoes. Probably going to open a can of worms here, but I was wondering what would be the best TYPE of shoe to get for my training program. I'm currently on a 5 day a week strength training program, most weight lifters at my gym say to wear flat bottom no cushion shoes for lifting (such as Chuck Taylors). Here's the catch, I do an hour of cardio per workout either ride the stationary bike or run on the elliptical. Do I really need two pairs of shoes or is there some type of cross trainer that will suit both needs?

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    Quote Originally Posted by snopro30 View Post
    Hi all, I'm looking to buy a new pair of gym shoes. Probably going to open a can of worms here, but I was wondering what would be the best TYPE of shoe to get for my training program. I'm currently on a 5 day a week strength training program, most weight lifters at my gym say to wear flat bottom no cushion shoes for lifting (such as Chuck Taylors). Here's the catch, I do an hour of cardio per workout either ride the stationary bike or run on the elliptical. Do I really need two pairs of shoes or is there some type of cross trainer that will suit both needs?
    You could get a crosstrainer - getting two pairs of shoes is a little excessive, IMO. I usually train in whatever shoes are going to be the best for the cardio that I am going to be doing if I go to the gym - my running shoes, skatey shoes, cross-trainers, or sneakers. Just depends on the individual and their personal preference.

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    Get a black pair on nike frees. Everyone in the gym has them.
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    If you're only doing elliptical or bike riding, why do you need a pair other than the aforementioned chuck taylors? You're not running so you don't need to worry about a cross trainer. If anything, the chucks will help strengthen your feet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wearedbleedblue View Post
    If you're only doing elliptical or bike riding, why do you need a pair other than the aforementioned chuck taylors? You're not running so you don't need to worry about a cross trainer. If anything, the chucks will help strengthen your feet.
    Word.

    There's very, very little impact from those forms of cardio. I bring my running shoes and my Chuck's to the gym on my ME lower days when I do some light cardio after lifting, but most of my other cardio is barefoot (e.g. Thai boxing, conditioning, etc.)
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    i got more kicks than a kung fu fight if im squatting its chucks or barefoot, i like nike frees too.... And then any other time im in other nike kicks
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rodja View Post
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    There's very, very little impact from those forms of cardio. I bring my running shoes and my Chuck's to the gym on my ME lower days when I do some light cardio after lifting, but most of my other cardio is barefoot (e.g. Thai boxing, conditioning, etc.)
    Similar situation here. I don't have Chuck's, but I wear a flat bottom shoe from payless. It helps with my leg workouts, especially calves.
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    I use my flip flops in my home squat rack, but usually end up in my running shoes at the gym. I dont like the extra heel lift that the running shoes have, but I also dont like so much crap in my bag that it doesn't fit in the tiny locker I have....

    Whats a good shoe that is flat besides the chucks
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    It depends on what type of lifts you're doing. If you're doing squats, cleans, deads, etc., then a shoe with a really thin sole will help increase your ground reaction force, which is your pushing off against the ground. The higher your GRF, the more power you produce. And, like wearedbleedblue said, your cardio activities are low impact, so you don't necessarily need a very cushiony sole.
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    If you're doing any sort of leg movement whether it be presses or squats I think getting a shoe with a low heel can help
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    You should always have a flat bottom shoe when doing any leg workout. The less cushion the better. If your doing low impact cardio no need to get another kind of shoe. However if your running which involves a lot more impact you probably should wear a running shoe. A cheap shoe to by is skateboarding shoes. Just go to walmart/target/k-mart and get a pair. Your not worred about quality cause basically you just want to cover your feet. The typical weight lifting shoe is a high top. I don't think they are necessary because your getting some ankle support. You want to train as natural as possible. Move as close to barefoot as you can. You get more muscles involved and more of the right ones. A cushioned heel will overload your calves.
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    For squats and deads I use my old wrestling shoes from when I was coaching. For everything else I have a pair of NB 993. As a severe over pronator with flat as a board feet, its the only thing I can use. Damn ugly shoe though
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    Quote Originally Posted by AE14 View Post
    For squats and deads I use my old wrestling shoes from when I was coaching. For everything else I have a pair of NB 993. As a severe over pronator with flat as a board feet, its the only thing I can use. Damn ugly shoe though
    Look into "the stick" to loosen up your calves. It works great for me. Also do some plantar flexion (the opposite way of flexing your calves). Do a little every day and this will help alot.
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    Defintely check out the five finger shoes. I hated the look but they are really comfortable to lift and run in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Drac58 View Post
    Defintely check out the five finger shoes. I hated the look but they are really comfortable to lift and run in.
    How are these to run in? They really made me think this summer when I ran on the beach barefoot and my joints felt better then running with my running shoes on a rubber track. Sometimes I feel like my running shoes cause instability even though they are motion controlled shoes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Flaw View Post
    Look into "the stick" to loosen up your calves. It works great for me. Also do some plantar flexion (the opposite way of flexing your calves). Do a little every day and this will help alot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Flaw View Post
    How are these to run in? They really made me think this summer when I ran on the beach barefoot and my joints felt better then running with my running shoes on a rubber track. Sometimes I feel like my running shoes cause instability even though they are motion controlled shoes.
    I have read the same thing from multiple people on multiple sites. All of them say they are great, and they rebuild the arch of your foot supposedly. $80-85 for something like that isn't too bad.

    For deadlifts, squats I have an old shoe I used to do Kung Fu in where you can actually grasp the ground with your toes. Their like wearing nothing at all, and I believe only cost about $20 dollars. There is no way you can run in them though.

    Also for your foot has anyone tried standing one foot at a time on a tennis ball and moving your foot over it? This feels really good and is said to really help alleviate foot and leg pain. Dan John is the first person I heard of talk about using this with his athletes.
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    chucks in my opinion hurt my feet and I never found extremely flat shoes to be beneficial for squats. I would get a pair of running shoes nike or new balance something that would be good for some jogging and something you can lift weights in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by castro10 View Post
    One thing that I've tried to use are the Vibram five fingered shoes. They are a little pricey but so are shoes in general. They grip better on the floor while doing squats or any weight lifting exercise per se. These shoes also could be good for jogging or doing cardio because they are more natural feeling and are more comfortable.
    I love my 5 finger shoes. I have the bikila blue ones. I used those most the time and my addidas power lifting shoes for dead lifts when I feel I really need to use my heels.
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    get the @ss shaper ones. even saw that now there making close to shape your body while you do nothing. LOL. No really it depends on what your doing.
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    I couldn't find a five finger to fit me, that was in stock, so I just bought some chucks. They suck for the walk to the gym from the truck, but they kick ass in the gym. 30 bucks too.
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    As of late I've really been liking these as an all around cross-trainer. They do pretty well for lifting and handle well for my running and cardio.

    http://www.inov-8.com/Products-Detai...7&P=5050973021
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    Quote Originally Posted by CopyCat View Post
    As of late I've really been liking these as an all around cross-trainer. They do pretty well for lifting and handle well for my running and cardio.

    http://www.inov-8.com/Products-Detai...7&P=5050973021

    Those look pretty sweet. As a soldier who HAS to run (damnit) I hate lifting in shoes I run in, because I always buy good shoes and squatting/leg pressing just kills the sole so fast
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    Get some strength shoes like the Reebok easy tone or the Skechers kind. I own both and they've helped me a lot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by votum View Post
    Those look pretty sweet. As a soldier who HAS to run (damnit) I hate lifting in shoes I run in, because I always buy good shoes and squatting/leg pressing just kills the sole so fast

    For the longest time I just kicked my shoes off right before I started a set of squats or deads and them slid them back on, but that got old after awhile.
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