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insanity shoes?
12/18/09 11:04 AM
Hello
what kind of shoes you all wear to do insanity workout?
I wear nike zoom they are dancing shoes... little bit better than running shoes but
they still hurt my feet jumping up and down and sliding so much.

Thanks for your time!
noriko
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12/18/09 11:20 AM as a reply to norikoinla.
Noriko,

The best shoes to wear are cross-trainers. Cross-trainers are designed to support your ankles and feet in all directions, where as running shoes are more focused on forward and back motion. Also, the cushioning is better with cross-trainers.

I have a pair of Nikes and they are just right for me, but be sure to try on the shoes you're thinking of using emoticon

Best of luck- I love Insanity!

kim
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12/20/09 10:28 AM as a reply to sgtkilljoy.
Thank you!
I will look into them.

noriko
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12/21/09 1:49 AM as a reply to norikoinla.
After reading this report I am not this much into shoes anymore.

Running is different from Insanity, but I would not believe that the shoes will save your day so I am using barefoot shoes (from Feelmax) without any damping sole and do not have any troubles with it. I am not doing Insanity right now only P90X so I cannot say that the barefoot shoes would work for Insanity as well, but when I am going to start Insanity I will definitly try it beeing "barefoot".
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12/21/09 10:18 AM as a reply to klaas.
klaas:
After reading this report I am not this much into shoes anymore.

Running is different from Insanity, but I would not believe that the shoes will save your day so I am using barefoot shoes (from Feelmax) without any damping sole and do not have any troubles with it. I am not doing Insanity right now only P90X so I cannot say that the barefoot shoes would work for Insanity as well, but when I am going to start Insanity I will definitly try it beeing "barefoot".


klaas,

I've read of another person on here doing Insanity barefoot, and I don't know how she does it!

Unless you're doing this on carpet, I highly recommend shoes. And cross-trainers, at that. The impact to your lower back and knees will be cushioned by the right shoe.

(I did P90X barefoot, too!)

Kim
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12/21/09 10:18 AM as a reply to norikoinla.
norikoinla:
Thank you!
I will look into them.

noriko


You're welcome, Noriko! Good luck and let me know if you have any questions on your Insanity journey!

kim
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12/22/09 12:47 AM as a reply to sgtkilljoy.
kimmcauliffe:

I've read of another person on here doing Insanity barefoot, and I don't know how she does it!

Unless you're doing this on carpet, I highly recommend shoes. And cross-trainers, at that. The impact to your lower back and knees will be cushioned by the right shoe.


Kim maybe/probably you are right. I have not done Insanity yet so I cannot really tell.

I only guess that shoes are not really preventing injuries for all kind of sport activities after reading the article in the past. Maybe it is more important to keep perfect form doing the exercises and the shoes only help a little bit. I would not do any jumping on concrete so a "soft" floor is always nice.
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12/25/09 3:20 PM as a reply to sgtkilljoy.
Thank you, Kim...
I have bought a pair of nike cross training shoes that seem to work better.
I think though, I am not landing correctly sometimes, and they still hurt my feet when I do
certain workout, but if pay attention to my landing, they feel better.
I mean these shoes feel much much better than my running shoes,
so I am thinking that this is as good as it gets...
Do your feet hurt sometimes at all?
I did try barefoot... it did not work for me. I had back, calfs, and legs pain next few days.
I did do p90x workout barefoot...that was fine but not insanity well, at least for me.

Thanks
Happy Holidays!
noriko
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1/5/10 8:40 AM as a reply to norikoinla.
I read about another study about running shoes (here the full article)

I am sure that running is quite different from insanity and other workouts where you are working out in a tiny space doing a lot of jumps and stuff like this. Still I would be interested if anybody with a background in medicine knows if shoes are really better and could explain why. Yeah I know jumping is different then running, I am still interested...

Regards Klaas
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9/28/10 12:36 PM as a reply to sgtkilljoy.
kimmcauliffe:
klaas:
After reading this report I am not this much into shoes anymore.

Running is different from Insanity, but I would not believe that the shoes will save your day so I am using barefoot shoes (from Feelmax) without any damping sole and do not have any troubles with it. I am not doing Insanity right now only P90X so I cannot say that the barefoot shoes would work for Insanity as well, but when I am going to start Insanity I will definitly try it beeing "barefoot".


klaas,

I've read of another person on here doing Insanity barefoot, and I don't know how she does it!

Unless you're doing this on carpet, I highly recommend shoes. And cross-trainers, at that. The impact to your lower back and knees will be cushioned by the right shoe.
Kim


I couldn't disagree more. During Insanity I was having lots of feet and knee problems. Midway through Insanity I took off my cross trainers. I've never looked back. It's easier on my feet and knees.

Needing cross trainers is propaganda from the shoe companies. Studies have shown running barefoot is safer.
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12/7/10 9:27 PM as a reply to norikoinla.
I started doing insanity a couple weeks ago and I do a boot camp once a week at a local park. I have running shoes because I normally run as a regular cardio workout. My feet, especially the arches hurt badly mostly during the first 3 mins of warm up and cardio before the initial stretch during the Insanity workouts, during the pure cardio dvd it is really intense. My knees and calves are fine. I will try it bare foot, I have shoes that are Saucony cross trainers but they are very flat and barely have a sole, and see if it works. When I do the outdoor boot camp, I am fine. I think because the instructor has us run laps and do sprints along with the jumping around so there's a balance. Thanks!!!
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12/8/10 9:24 AM as a reply to IdalieBeyer78.
I use Asics running shoes, I bought a basic model specifically to use only indoors and on my yoga mat so the soles are clean. They have some gel cushioning and I find them perfect. I use a thick yoga/plyo mat to soften landing. I tried crosstrainer shoes but these seem better.
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12/8/10 10:34 AM as a reply to babayaga.
If you're looking for barefoot-like footwear, you cannot do any better than Vibram Five Fingers. They are phenomenal. I use them for P90X, Insanity, and pretty much any athletic activity outside of long-distance running.

If nothing else, go someplace that sells them and try them on, you won't regret it!
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1/15/11 3:46 PM as a reply to norikoinla.
I do Insanity on a carpeted floor and use Nike Shox sneakers. Not sure it if matters or not but I also wear socks called Feetures. All I know is I have no pain in my feet or knees while doing Insanity.
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1/16/11 4:52 AM as a reply to norikoinla.
I have been doing Insanity barefoot on carpet.
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10/8/11 5:51 PM as a reply to turbofiterin.
Thanks! I have diamond rubber mats and am using the Merrill "barefoot" shoes, Vibrams without the fingers.
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10/9/11 5:04 AM as a reply to norikoinla.
i did a round of Insanity barefoot (on carpet) and didn't have any problems.
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10/11/11 7:59 PM as a reply to norikoinla.
I do Insanity barefoot emoticon
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10/15/11 10:46 PM as a reply to trancework.
After the first week, found INSANITY to be a bit rough on the metatarsals. Also noticed as HUGE benefit from wearing 2XU compression socks--these compress the feet, ankles and calves and improve circulation, give support, and aid in lactic build-up removal. Here's a good article on the benefits of compression socks from a triathlete site.

The shoes I picked up are the Nike Free TR. These are a very lightweight, flexible, minimally padded "trail running" shoe. The sole is relatively flat with DEEP waffling which makes them extremely flexible, providing a degree of shock absorption while giving great feedback. This summer I read in "Born to Run" that the best way to predict injury with a shoe was price, supposedly because the more expensive, the more dampning effect and thus the harder the foot strike to find proper feedback. These shoes were pretty cheap, $60 or so at Dick's Sporting Goods and so far I'm happy with them. The one complaint, is that the synthetic sole doesn't do well on wet rubber when I sweat-soak my clothing and it can get a bit slippery on the rubber matting in the basement. I've worked around this, by mopping up regularly with a super-absorbent yoga blanket/towel.

I picked up another shoe that I may try as well, the Saucony Hattori. These are curious little shoes. They are well padded, very thin soled, feel amazing, and weigh only 4 oz. Haven't tried INSANITY with these yet, but they show a lot of promise, so far I've just walked the dogs in them and they feel like the Merrill/Vibram's with a bit more cushion, but not too much. I bought a pair of the New Balance Minimbus shoes to leave in my office when I run at the river with the girls at work, I'd wanted a bit more padding than the Merrill/Vibrams. If Smith & Davis had the Sauconys at the time, then I would have bought them instead.
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11/10/11 2:58 PM as a reply to frankb03.
I would definitely say that barefoot depends on the person and the environment. I have done INSANITY barefoot at home on carpet and it was great, but I usually do it in an aerobics room with hard wood floor. I've done it barefoot twice and couldn't walk very well the next day because the arches of my feet and ankles hurt so much. I land on the balls of my feet (because you're supposed to) and that's a lot of impact and gets painful after 15 or so powerjumps in a row.

I have running shoes and they don't give me near the support I need when doing things like suicide drills. I'm looking for an affordable decent cross training shoe and so far have had no luck. Fitness magazine says that New Balance 1010 is the tops. Also Asics Gel 100TR and New Balance 855 have been recommended.
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