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Don't Wear Running Sneakers For Strength Training—Get A Pair Of These Cross Trainers Instead

Women's Health Logo By by Elizabeth Bacharach, Emily Shiffer, Ashley Mateo of Women's Health | Slide 1 of 19: Your workout is only as good as the shoes on your feet. That’s especially true when it comes to cross-training, which calls for all kinds of movement: front to back, side to side, up and down, you name it. If you’re going to go all-out in a HIIT or bootcamp workout, you need a shoe that can handle everything from box jumps and cardio machines to weight lifting. Not only will the right shoes enhance your performance, but a secure and comfortable fit can help you prevent injury, too.Why You Need Cross-TrainingMixing up the type of physical activity you do can help you avoid overtraining in any one domain—and therefore, avoid getting injured. Of course, cross-training is a broad term that includes many fitness pursuits, each of which comes with its own perks. For example, one 2017 study from the European Journal of Applied Physiology found that high-intensity interval training boosted the metabolisms of exercisers past finishing as opposed to participants who exercised at a steady-state pace. The Best Cross-Training ShoesWhen it comes to finding the perfect shoe built for cross-training, there are a few things you should keep an eye out for. “I think it’s important to find a sneaker that provides a moderate amount of cushion and support without feeling bulky,” says Lindsey Clayton, a trainer at Barry's Bootcamp and co-founder of Brave Body Project. But of course, different pursuits call for different shoe deets. To make shopping a little easier, we rounded up 18 cross-training shoes with rave reviews. We gave each of them a superlative, too, to help you find your match.

Your workout is only as good as the shoes on your feet. That’s especially true when it comes to cross-training, which calls for all kinds of movement: front to back, side to side, up and down, you name it.

If you’re going to go all-out in a HIIT or bootcamp workout, you need a shoe that can handle everything from box jumps and cardio machines to weight lifting. Not only will the right shoes enhance your performance, but a secure and comfortable fit can help you prevent injury, too.

Why You Need Cross-Training

Mixing up the type of physical activity you do can help you avoid overtraining in any one domain—and therefore, avoid getting injured.

Of course, cross-training is a broad term that includes many fitness pursuits, each of which comes with its own perks. For example, one 2017 study from the European Journal of Applied Physiology found that high-intensity interval training boosted the metabolisms of exercisers past finishing as opposed to participants who exercised at a steady-state pace.

The Best Cross-Training Shoes

When it comes to finding the perfect shoe built for cross-training, there are a few things you should keep an eye out for. “I think it’s important to find a sneaker that provides a moderate amount of cushion and support without feeling bulky,” says Lindsey Clayton, a trainer at Barry's Bootcamp and co-founder of Brave Body Project.

But of course, different pursuits call for different shoe deets. To make shopping a little easier, we rounded up 18 cross-training shoes with rave reviews. We gave each of them a superlative, too, to help you find your match.

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