What are cross training shoes used for?
The best shoes for cross training are designed to be used during a variety of strength training and cross training workouts like weightlifting, HIIT classes, CrossFit and more. That’s why training shoes generally feature a lower heel-to-toe drop, a lower stack height and firmer, more responsive cushioning to give you better balance and ground feel during different exercise motions.
Mixing up your running routine with cross training workouts is an important part of any balanced training plan in order to prevent injuries, improve overall performance and reduce muscle weakness and imbalance.
Can you use running shoes for cross training?
It depends. If your running shoes feel laterally stable and fit securely, they might be a great all-around option for certain cross training activities. There are a few key differences between dedicated running shoes and cross training shoes, however.
While running shoes are designed for repetitive forward motion, training shoes tend to have more lateral stability, less cushioning and a lower heel-to-toe drop to give you better mobility and agility moving from side to side, and better balance during up and down motions like squats or lunges.
Especially when you’re lifting heavy, the squishy midsole that makes running shoes feel comfortable for running can feel unstable, so it’s best to opt for the firmer platform of a cross trainer.