I had a New Years resolution to be healthy and workout and I'm finally going to start it... Better late then never lol. I plan on going to the gym and doing cardio (treadmill, elliptical, running) and some lower body weightlifting (squats, lunges, dead lifts, barbell thrusts). I have Nike running shoes but they're not that cute and I heard it's better to weightlift in flat hard shoes like chuck Taylor's or skate shoes (have a pair of DCs). What's better? I'd rather not have to change shoes during my workout. Or should I do a cardio day then a weight lifting day? Should I buy new shoes altogether? What's your favorite brand and style?
The dc shoes are the rebound hi I just did a few squats in them they seem supportive and non restrictive I just don't want to look like an idiot. I have a pair of low cut Skate like shoes also...
The best shoes for weightlifting are flat ones that don't lift the heel. You want to train barefoot or in shoes like skate shoes. When the heel is lifted higher than the toe you are changing your stance in a way that shifts your weight forward. This makes the exercise feel easier because you can lift more weight with this weight shift. However it places more stress on the knees, as well as partially removes your glutes and hamstrings from the exercise. Basically you're working the quadriceps primarily when the exercises should be hitting the quads, glutes, and hams as a whole.
For weight lifting you want a very flat neutral shoe. When squatting, lunging, deadlifting it is important to keep your feet in a natural aliment. This is why flat and neutral are best. My sister wears converse sneakers when she deadlifts. I wear link < these. There my signature shoe. I'm on my 8th pair. I also run in them. Any flat shoe will do.
I sometimes run in Nike reax but now I mainly do weights in a flatter pair of Nike total core (I think that's what they're called). I got sick of switching.
Flatter shoes are better for weights, but I've personally never done it in chuck taylors or anything like that. And I've NEVER had any issues.
For me, I work out 3 times a week and I just wear the total core shoes. I warm up on the treadmill for like 10 minutes, do compound lifts and a couple of isolation exercises, and then I do HIIT on the treadmill for 20 minutes. People will tell you otherwise, but I don't see a point in switching shoes. Whatever you're comfortable with. Just try not to over think it.