Unless you’re lucky enough to have one at home, it will have been a while since you last went to the gym. So what’s the point in browsing gym trainers when gyms themselves aren’t even open? Motivation. Besides, the fact is that gyms themselves aren’t open yet. And exercise can still be done in the meantime.
Not everyone can exercise without being cajoled in some way. While some of us seek the support of our family and friends to make any sort of sudden movement, others need newness for stimulation. New activewear. New Zoom classes. New fitness tribes. But even more so than things like new gym leggings, what tends to motivate us the most is new gym shoes. Here are our current favourites and what they’re best for.
Occasionally even the fittest among us need a bit of a boost to get physical activity off to a fighting start. And Adidas ULTRABOOST 21 has 6% more of the stuff than its predecessor. By 'the stuff', we literally mean a material trademarked by Adidas that offers superior comfort and support in comparison to the typical material used for shoes of this sort.
More and more of us are beginning to favour weight training over cardio when it comes to fitness. But you need a suitable shoe to lift weights safely. Lifting weights safely involves maintaining ground contact, something the TriBase™ sole on Under Armour’s HOVR™ Apex 2 training is designed specifically for. The grunting men in the weights area aren’t ready.
Often, what we ultimately need in a gym trainer is versatility. And that holy trinity of comfort, speed and control exists within Reebok’s Nano X1. If you want the cushioning of running shoes with the stability of training shoes, we’d recommend it. Not to mention that the lightweight heel clip allows for rapid movement in multiple directions – a Chloe Ting workout, in other words.
So you have finally learnt what ‘pronation’ means (it's the way your feet roll inward for impact distribution on each landing as you run, you eagerly inform people) and have taken to introducing yourself as a ‘neutral runner’ (your feet probably have neither high nor low arches, but 'normal' ones). NOVABLAST™ by Asics are the shoes for you. Each stride in these feels slightly more like a jubilant bounce, while the fact that the shoe is higher off the ground than most running styles provides sustained comfort.
Sometimes long runs just happen whether you intend for them to or not. The New Balance Fresh Foam 1080v11 trainers offer supreme comfort for that eventuality with a supportive fit specifically designed to tolerate high mileage. 10K never felt so good.
If the only treadmill you will ever be beholden to is a road, Salomon PREDICT 2 might be the perfect shoes for you. They adapt to both your stride and the terrain to keep each landing as smooth as possible. And the cushioning is infused with nitrogen to make it even better.
There’s something particularly invigorating about running in the rain – until you realise your feet are sodden and your trainers potentially ruined. This won’t happen in the On Running Cloudflyer Waterproof. Windproof and waterproof, this is freedom in a running shoe.
Not everyone enjoys HIIT, but if you do, it probably has your heart. And the Nike Air Zoom SuperRep 2 are designed especially for it. The arc on the side acts as a brace for your foot when you’re doing things like lateral bounds and side lunges.
While anyone would be delighted to own any of the shoes on this list, not everyone wants to spend in excess of £100 on gym trainers. The Puma Provoke XT Block provides all you need for agile movement, comfort and support at a more palatable price than its peers. And its silhouette might make you feel like you’re in the video for ‘Call On Me’.
Our joints must be protected at all costs. It’s convenient, then, that the Athletic Propulsion Labs TechLoom Breeze trainers should have a shock-absorbing Propelium™ sole that both regenerates energy and alleviates pressure on joints. And we shan’t lie: pink makes us happy.