During our session Friday morning we starting talking about proper footwear....are running shoes good for Boot Camp or should you buy something specific to cross-training? Whatever the answer to this debate proper footwear is CRITICAL.
If you've never heard of the Kinetic Chain let me give you a quick tutorial: The skeleton is a group of bones that are linked together by joints and covered in muscles. They encompass the majority of organs and are controlled by the nervous system. This system is responsible for all human movement and starts from the ground up. If one link of the kinetic chain is askew, the entire chain will react accordingly. (1) So if you aren't wearing the right shoes, the base of the kinetic chain is already compromised. And how can we have an effective workout when the foundation is already catywompas.
What is the proper shoe for you? This all comes down to FIT....your shoe should fit and feel good the moment you try it on - there should be no "breaking in" period for a fitness shoe. Studies show that shoes perform best when they fit best.
If you are a runner (in marathon training or 20+ miles per week) and using boot camp as a cross-training activity no more than 2 days a week, one pair of running shoes may fit the bill for you.
If you are mostly a gym or fitness class junkie and you supplement your weight training with light cardio then a pair of cross trainers will probably be your best bet. Often running shoes do not provide adequate ankle stability or support for lateral movement required in many fitness classes and Boot Camp.
I have always been in the 2 different activities = 2 different kind of shoes camp. During training season I have a pair of running shoes for training runs only and a pair of cross trainers for all other activity. Except hiking, when I wear my hiking shoes...but I digress.
I personally suggest taking a ride over to Fleet Feet Easy Runner if a running shoe is what you are looking for. They will help you with fit and observe you on a short run so that they can prescribe the best type of shoe for you. I bought a pair today and (even though I have been wearing the same model for years) had them take a look to see if I've picked up any bad habits and to make sure the model still supported me in the way that I need (or don't).
Follow this link to Energeia Boot Camp to hear what Jennifer Lima (owner and Head Trainer) offers on choosing the right shoe.