Who doesn’t know the problem – plenty of shoes fill the shoe cupboard, but which is the right pair for fitness training? A good fitness shoe should give good grip as well as good stability for the foot.  

Choosing between fitness shoes

I differentiate here between two types – firstly the comfortable shoes, and secondly the functional fitness shoes. The comfortable shoe is designed for people who spend a lot of time using weights and cardio machines. Here, for example, are a number of diverse Nike Free models, which Federica has tested for you here or Elisa here.   The aforementioned shoes are rather unsuitable for, above all, free weight exercises like squats, deadlifts and lunges, because they cannot provide enough stability. You can easily see that, for example, squats make your ankles collapse inwards and/or a part of your foot loses contact with the floor during the exercise.  
Running shoes should never be used for these exercises because they produce too much instability due to the cushioning and uneven sole and can therefore seriously damage your ankles.
 

Ideal for fitness training: stable fitness shoes with a flat sole

Since I’m a big fan of weight training I like to use shoes which offer optimum support during these exercises. I like the Powerlift from Adidas a lot – as mentioned earlier though, stability is the most important thing.     A shoe with a flat sole provides the perfect position – you will not buckle while wearing them. A wedge-shaped midsole ensures that the knee is in an optimal, low-stress position and that the hips can go slightly further apart. This means that  you can achieve a decent squat-depth. When I say decent squat depth, I mean that you can be “below parallel,” which means that the knees are horizontal to the hips, or even better than that, lower than your hips. Even when deadlifting you can wear such shoes, so that you can activate your hamstrings and bum even more.   Choosing a suitable fitness shoe depends very strongly on your training as you have realized, but it is definitely the wrong decision to save and buy a lower-quality pair of shoes. With the right pair of shoes you can improve your performance and protect your joints. In the name of health: Choose wisely and always inquire beforehand ;-)   Also interesting:  Progressive overload as a route to long-lasting success Effective fitness training with proper targets How to make your training plan useful