During my first two rounds of p90x I just wore running shoes, but during my third round when I started doing Insanity I really felt the need to switch to cross trainer shoes. So what are the differences and why do you need them?
Cross-trainers, also called Performance trainers are nearly an all-purpose sport shoe. They are a good choice for you if you enjoy participating in a variety of sports or varying your workout routine, especially if you are doing a lot of lateral movements. I noticed during P90X plyo and many of the Insanity workouts that my running shoe would give and roll a little. They would not give me the support I needed for the quick side to side movement in many of the speed drills. I knew this could lead to injury or even foot, shin, or knee pain so I decided to buy a pair of Nike Livestrong Lunar Edge 12 performance training shoes.
I would highly recommend getting a good pair of cross trainers if you are thinking about starting a high intensity program like Insanity, Turbo Fire, or even P90X.
Benefits of Cross-Training Shoes
• They are the most versatile athletic shoes available
• Cross-training shoes meet the basic comfort, cushioning, stability, and durability requirements of many popular sports and activities
• They are an economical choice. Cross-trainers allow you to buy a single pair of athletic shoes for a variety of uses.
Drawbacks of Cross-Training Shoes
• Cross-training shoes are not recommended for anyone on a regular running program
• Cross-trainers do not offer enough cushioning and flexibility for runners
• They are heavier than typical running shoes
Key Features of Cross-Training Shoes
• The outsoles (bottom) of cross-training shoes are wide and stable to provide lateral (side-to-side) support and stability
• If your foot tends to roll inwards or pronate the wide base of support may help reduce that tendency
• Most cross-trainers have fairly durable outsoles to allow them to go from the gym to the street or tennis court
• Outsoles will typically be made of extremely durable carbon rubber or a combination of carbon rubber and blown rubber, a softer, lighter, more flexible outsole compound
Cross-training shoes offer a moderate amount of cushioning, primarily at the heel and forefoot of the shoe. Cushioning is usually fairly durable and dense, which enhances the shoe’s overall stability.
History of the cross trainer
The idea for a new multipurpose shoe surfaced in the mid-1980’s when a researcher at Nike Inc., the footwear manufacturer in Beaverton, Ore., began to question athletes’ choices for footwear. ”Almost Misusing Their Shoes”
”I would see people running in basketball shoes, and I would see people playing basketball in running shoes,” said John Robinson, the Nike researcher. ”People were almost misusing their shoes. I decided there had to be another way of approaching shoe development.”
Nike researchers then began to rethink athletic shoe design in relation to fit, cushioning and stability. Their solution – a shoe that could be used for different kinds of sports – took advantage of what had been learned about specialty shoes.
By combining the cushioning of a running shoe with the sideways stability of a court shoe, Nike came up with a modified design that could be used for more than one sport. That combination might include tennis, running, aerobics and weight training.
Many companies that make athletic shoes have followed Nike. And today, cross-training is the fastest-growing category in the sports and fitness business. Major athletic shoe brands, including Reebok, Avia, Adidas, Brooks, Saucony and Converse, have developed cross-training shoes by incorporating much of the technology from their specialized shoe lines.