I do a lot of cross-training during the week, which includes indoor cycling (at least 3 times a week), kickbox, cardio machines (stairmaster, ellliptical), body sculpt and step. I do all of this in my running shoes. My question is, should I be doing that? I've always found running shoes much more comfortable than cross-trainers, but now that I run more often, should I be using the same pair of shoes I run in for cross-training or should I keep these separate and buy another pair of shoes to use strictly for running?
I rotate an older pair of running shoes for the gym, however it won't really matter that much in all honesty. It is really just what you feel more comfortable in, You aren't going to hurt your run by doing those cross training exercises unless you start to wear through the tread on the bottom of the shoe you are ok.
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I think you'll find a difference of opinion from folks regarding this topic. For me personally, I never do anything in my running shoes except run! I don't even walk in them
Every other year or so I buy a new pair of cross-trainer shoes that have more stability for different workouts like circuit training or other aerobic classes. As for cycling, I eventually broke down and got a pair of spinning shoes which has been awesome and makes such a difference.
My personal trainer had recommended not using my running shoes because they are designed for forward motion and most other workouts like circuit training and classes will have side to side motions that the running shoes wouldn't support well. Not to say you can't use them, I see people with $100 running shoes on for indoor classes all the time. I think it will just come down to personal preference.
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Ideally it's better to have cross training shoes for cross training but running shoes will suffice if you want to save some money.
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Thanks for your responses. I have a pair of barely worn New Balance cross-trainers, but they're too bulky for me. I've always loved how easily I move in my running shoes, no matter what workout I'm doing, but I wondered if I was shortening the life span of the shoes by doing everything in them. I think I will get another pair of running shoes that I'll use solely for running and keep these as my cross-training and training run shoes. I may go ahead and invest in cycling shoes for spin too. I've heard they make a big difference in your ride.