“Do I really need special shoes?”
Well…yes, yes you do!
In the early days of working with someone I tell them to wear whatever shoes are comfortable. It’s already stressful enough for people to walk through the door, I don’t need them worrying about having the right shoes. This isn’t a formal dance after all, it’s a gym.
Most often we see running shoes. This isn’t ideal, but we work around it. From time to time we see other types of shoes. They range from skateboarding shoes, to flip flops (no lie), to basketball shoes, to tennis shoes, and I’ve even had folks show up in boots. Some of these examples prove difficult to work around, but that’s ok! It’s more important in the beginning to have someone feel comfortable than it is to observe their dorsiflexion. Anyone who disagrees is doing something wrong. I digress.
In the perfect world you’d have shoes specific to the task at hand. For example if we were running you’d wear running shoes, for weightlifting you’d wear weightlifting shoes, and so on. The problem is the world isn’t perfect and neither is our training. Most days we’re utilizing some combination of movements pulled from varying modalities. Not all hope is lost!
Only after you find your rhythm with training should you worry about purchasing new shoes. What I mean by this is it’s more important to build your habit of training and exercise before worrying about your shoes. Trust me! I couldn’t tell you how many people I’ve seen come in to train with us, buy 12 different pairs of shoes, and then let them sit there in a cubby because they fall off.
Once you’ve committed to training on the regular, find me and we’ll figure out what pair of shoes best serve you!
PS – Do yourself a favor and don’t ask a group. Everyone will tell you all about how shoe “x” is the best and they’ve never been happier while others tell you about how shoe “y” is the lightest shoe ever, oh, and it comes in dope colors.
Here’s the deal – different shoes serve different purposes for different people. You have a unique stance, foot, gait. Let’s chat. I will help.