Keeping the entire family fit can take a bit of organizing. At the start of the year we discovered CrossFit training. It offered a regular exercise program for every family member young and old, all under one roof.
We now attend CrossFit sessions every Monday and Thursday evenings. It’s a fantastic workout and all the kids enjoy taking part. In this article I want to talk about the importance of buying the correct shoes for CrossFit.
I originally discovered CrossFit during a conversation with a good friend. I mentioned that I was looking for an activity the entire family could do together. My friend suggested CrossFit and I conducted more research about the sport when I arrived home that day.
After speaking with the local CrossFit coach I signed us up to an introduction session for the following Monday. We arrived on time and were all excited to get started. However it was quickly pointed out to us that our training would be limited due to our choice in footwear!
I didn’t realize at the time the difference between athletic shoes designed for workouts and sport shoes designed just to look cool. I spent many hours searching online and, two visits to the mall later, we now have the family fitted with the correct shoes for CrossFit.
Below are the shoes we are currently using for CrossFit training.
Reebok Nano 4
The Reebok Nano 4 was released in 2014 and is, as the name suggests, the fourth generation Nano. This is the shoe of choice for both my son Jacob and I. We have both been wearing the Nano 4 for the past two months. It’s designed just for CrossFit training and feels very comfortable right out of the box.
The shoe fits true to size and provides an excellent grip on indoor surfaces. I like the range of color choices, but you also have the option to design your own online. Jacob designed his own pair and it was impressive to see the design go from screen to real life once delivered.
At some point during the summer of 2015 I hope Reebok will release the Nano 5, as I will be the first to buy them.
New Balance MX20v4
My wife and our other two children have decided to try a barefoot style of shoe, eventually opting for the New Balance MX20v4. These minimalist shoes are interesting because they don’t provide any form of cushioning. The shoes are extremely flexible and lightweight, but are made with durable materials.
The MX20v4 is available to buy in five different colors and are only $80 — that’s half the price of the Nano 4. The whole point of the barefoot experience is to strengthen your feet and have a more natural experience compared to wearing a padded shoe.
The downside is they do take a few weeks for your feet to adjust because the sole of the shoe is flat compared to a traditional padded shoe with a 4-millemeter support.
Now that we have the correct footwear, we can focus on keeping fit and healthy.