When I first started running, I bought at least four different pairs of running shoes. I got a pair of Under Amour running shoes in orange and another pair in pink/purple (so I could change as a function of what I was wearing, naturally!) and I treated myself to a pair of black Nike Free RN Flyknits on a trip to Nike Town in London, and I got some grey/black UltraBOOST adidas trainers (though I will admit I use them more as lifestyle trainers nowadays). Likewise, when I started learning to play tennis, I also invested in a few pairs of tennis shoes as I knew I couldn’t play tennis in running shoes. They just don’t have the necessary lateral support. But for some reason, I have spent the past couple of years doing HIIT workouts in the wrong trainers. When I would train weekly with a personal trainer (you can see one of my workouts on my YouTube videos here), I often wore my running shoes. I didn’t injure myself, but I certainly could have, and I do now wonder if my progress was in any way impeded by not training in the right shoes.
I stopped doing those workouts about 6 months ago, and I enjoyed the break as I had never really enjoyed them. I mean, does anyone really enjoy burpees, jump squats, scissor jumps and push ups?! However, during that time I worried I would be more likely to get injured when playing tennis if I wasn’t training my muscles (as they say, you should train to do a sport, no do a sport to train!), so one of my resolutions this year has been to do more workouts at home. On the 1st January I downloaded the Sweat app so I could do the famous BBG workouts by Kayla Itsines. The BBG workouts are full of plyometric moves, and whilst I really do NOT enjoy jumping I know they are great for tennis players, as we need that explosive power on the court. They also include a number of weight-lifting exercises with dumbbells and medicine balls. During the first week I really struggled with some of the exercises, such as walking lunges, and I really felt my feet were unstable. I assumed this was just due to a lack of muscles, and I was sure it would get better with time. However, by the third week it suddenly occurred to me that the reason I might be so wobbly could also have something to do with my shoes. So I do some research and picked up these asics Gel-Fit Yui shoes, and during my first legs workout, I finally felt that my shoes were supporting me through the workout! I can’t believe it took me so long to realise that I would need specific shoes to train in, just as I need the right shoes for running and tennis…
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