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Best shoes for P90X?
Best shoes for P90X?
11/10/12 4:11 PM
I am almost done with my first round of P90X, I used a running shoe for the workouts but I was wondering if anyone knows of a better shoe I could use for my second round?
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RE: Best shoes for P90X?
11/10/12 4:36 PM as a reply to MattChaput37.
I do all but plyo barefoot. I'm in the middle of my second round and did the entire first barefoot also. I really think it strengthens the feet, my plantar fasciitis is completely gone.
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RE: Best shoes for P90X?
11/11/12 4:08 PM as a reply to MattChaput37.
I did about two months of a hybrid P90X and Insanity workout routine in Asics running shoes. I ended up with leg/knee pain as a result, as they did not provide the lateral support I needed. I talked to several people at various shoe stores and they all recommended cross-trainers instead of running shoes. I purchased a pair of New Balance cross-trainers and could feel an immediate difference. This is just my experience, but I do think cross-trainers will provide you with the extra support when moving side to side that running shoes are not designed to give. emoticon
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RE: Best shoes for P90X?
11/12/12 7:54 PM as a reply to MattChaput37.
I might go out and try some cross-trainers then, I do get occasional foot pain when doing some exercises/doing plyo, so hopefully some better shoes will help out. Thanks emoticon
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RE: Best shoes for P90X?
11/13/12 1:19 PM as a reply to MattChaput37.
You may want to check-out a cross training shoe rather than a running shoe. You need one that offers more lateral support (side-to-side movement) for the plyo moves, which is different than most running shoes that are designed with the thought that you are only moving forward.

Reebok makes some good ones since they have become the sponsor of Crossfit and you can find some good Nike ones as well. You just have to try them on and do some moves to see what works best for you.
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RE: Best shoes for P90X?
11/21/12 10:57 AM as a reply to MattChaput37.
MattChaput37:
I am almost done with my first round of P90X, I used a running shoe for the workouts but I was wondering if anyone knows of a better shoe I could use for my second round?


Here's the advice I give my patients (I'm a board certified podiatric surgeon). For the most part, people benefit from a neutral or minimalist shoe for aerobic exercises like P90x. Running shoes are a better choice for those with flat or unstable feet. However, the stability of running shoes can bother many if the routine is not strictly "heel-to-toe." Several of the workouts in P90x can be done barefoot (yoga, core synergistics, etc.). I would suggest a minimalist shoe for starters and then go from there. Look at the Brooks Pure Project shoes or the Nike Free.
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RE: Best shoes for P90X?
11/22/12 1:46 PM as a reply to MattChaput37.
MattChaput37:
I am almost done with my first round of P90X, I used a running shoe for the workouts but I was wondering if anyone knows of a better shoe I could use for my second round?


Do the workouts barefoot (yes, even Plyo). When you work out with shoes, you land differently and move differently than when you work out without shoes. You will land in a healthier, safer way if you do Plyo barefoot, and your feet will thank you for it later!
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RE: Best shoes for P90X?
11/22/12 4:39 PM as a reply to MattChaput37.
I do some work outs in bare feet - but I find that I tend to slip sometimes. So I prefer to use my Vibram 5 Fingered Shoes. They have excellent grip and still give me essentially a bare foot work out. I just completed the Toronto Tough Mudder competition in them with no problems.
Caveat: It will take a long time to transition from regular shoes to minimalist shoes. 6 - 8 mos for me. Also the work outs now put extra emphasis on my core because you require more core balance in bare feet. Just remember to take time transitioning.
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