Issue 17 • September 2013

Cross-Trainers Across the Board

Corinne Chronister, a Procare Fit Specialist, at New Balance Jacksonville contributes to 904Fitness’s discussion on finding the right athletic shoe. Corinne helps people find the right shoe match to their activity level every day. She stresses the importance of choosing a good cross-trainer, a shoe that often allows you the most exercise variability.

The key to finding the best shoe is to get a proper, expert fitting. A fit specialist should look at your gait, stride, weight and type of activity you will be doing, and then use those observations to put you in the right shoe. Take a cross-trainer for example: it differs from a running or walking shoe because it provides stability for quick side-to-side movements, due to its wider base and sturdy construction. Some even include a pivot point on the bottom for easier turning or dance moves. Cross-trainers don’t elevate your heel so you feel grounded, always keeping rubber in contact for excellent balance and stability.

A cross-training shoe is a style that has characteristics of different types of shoes. They offer stability and comfort for a variety of activities.

Cross-trainers WILL help you perform more efficiently in aerobics, zumba, basketball, volleyball and light jogging.

Cross-trainers WON’T support you walking or running long distances.

The cross trainer you choose should be lightweight and made from a breathable material, so air can circulate through the shoe to keep feet cooler. The New Balance 797’s upper is synthetic/mesh which provides lightweight comfort and support. The innovative Revlite midsole offers durability at a 30% lighter weight, while Ndurance rubber provides maximum outsole durability. Quix technology on the medial side of the foot provides optimal traction and a solid base for lateral or cutting movements. The improved arch and toe-box provide a snug, flexible and comfortable fit. You can enjoy both lightweight and stable movement. A non-marking rubber outsole will not scuff the floors so you can turn and pivot without leaving marks.

Cross-trainers can serve double duty pounding dirt on a trail or cross training in the gym. However, this shoe is not recommended to play on clay rated tennis courts due to regulations. The sole of the shoe does not have the specific herringbone pattern that is required.

For the person who prefers less of a shoe, there are minimal cross-trainers that have a third less of a drop from heel to toe. In other words, the bulkiness and weight has been reduced to a minimum for those who prefer weight lifting and cross fit workouts to help maintain a quick and lighter performance.

In today’s society, there are many different activities and sports that are enjoyed on a regular basis. Therefore, it is imperative to enlist the help of a fit specialist to determine the proper shoe for your specific need. I am truly confident it will make all the difference. “Fit better, Feel better, Be better”.

Corinne Chronister

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