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Suggestions for Good Footwear for Insanity program?
Hi Everyone

I went to the Running Room and picked up some Brooks Ghost 5 runners that feel super comfy, but my hubby has warned me that having a forward motion "running" shoe is not appropriate for doing the Insanity program. I have read that Cross trainers are better...though I love shoes and can shop easily, I am having a hard time knowing what to buy for good women's cross trainers. I already spent $150 for these Brooks Ghosts and feel they are too expensive. I had to stop Insanity for the past month while my knees recovered from the strain, (I was wearing just normal Nike runners) so I want to start off on the "right foot" (pardon the pun!!!)

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RE: Suggestions for Good Footwear for Insanity program?
1/1/13 1:50 AM as a reply to Lisadarlene79.
Lisadarlene79:
Hi Everyone

I went to the Running Room and picked up some Brooks Ghost 5 runners that feel super comfy, but my hubby has warned me that having a forward motion "running" shoe is not appropriate for doing the Insanity program. I have read that Cross trainers are better...though I love shoes and can shop easily, I am having a hard time knowing what to buy for good women's cross trainers. I already spent $150 for these Brooks Ghosts and feel they are too expensive. I had to stop Insanity for the past month while my knees recovered from the strain, (I was wearing just normal Nike runners) so I want to start off on the "right foot" (pardon the pun!!!)

Let me know emoticon
Thanks


Unfortunately your husband is correct, running shoes are not going to cut it. A good pair of cross trainers are going to work out better for you. There are a lot of cross training shoes out there just be sure to try on the shoes you're thinking of using. It really comes down to personal preference with cross trainers. Choose one that feels good for you. Don't be shy to even try doing some heisman's to test out the shoes... LOL!

Others have also tried the Vibram's five finger shoes and those that use them love them..

Good Luck and continue to Dig Deep...

On a side note, I have a friend who just started an Insanity Group. The location of that group is:

INSANITY GROUP

Stop by and check it out...
John
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RE: Suggestions for Good Footwear for Insanity program?
1/1/13 8:42 AM as a reply to Lisadarlene79.
Hi Lisa,

I used to work at The Running Room, so here's my 2 cents. The Ghost 5 is a neutral shoe so you likely have arches that don't collapse inward, (which is a good thing in this case), so you could likely go with a cross trainer and be okay. However, for others who are reading this--one issue that you need to keep in mind is that if you do have arches that collapse or fall inward (overpronating) and don't wear shoes that offer the appropriate amount of arch support--you are taking the risk of hurting your feet/achilles/knees--and that is one reason why some people doing Insanity hurt themselves--and that is why many people who overpronate do in fact want to turn to a running shoe--b/c they are specifically designed to give you the appropriate amount of support to meet your specific needs.

As far as the 'side to side' motion--yeah, that's true, but regardless of what type of shoe you wear, you really need to be sure that you are working from the core at all times (core/hips/butt area) to prevent your knees and ankles taking the brunt of the impact. Not focusing on the core, and letting your ankles/knees take the brunt--will end up in injury--and shoes won't be the 100% solution to prevent that.

Also, remember, if you haven't worn the shoes outside, The Running Room offers a 30 day money back guarantee. (and sadly, good shoes are expensive.)

I actually wrote a post and created a video in my thread that addresses this issue, so drop on by to say hello and take a look. I've also included an article that I wrote for my coaching newsletter that goes into this stuff in more detail. Click here to check it out.

Best of luck and let us know what you go with! emoticon

Coach Zarno
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