Med Tent with Dr. Jordan Metzl - 6 Choosing the Right Running Shoe

Test drive: why is it important to train with the right running shoes?

Comfortable running shoes are essential for quality running: they help to align the foot, stabilize it and reduce shock loads, thereby reducing the risk of injury and helping to achieve better results. But how not to drown in the sea of ​​models and varieties of sneakers that appear on the shelves of sports stores every day? In order to understand this issue, we met with a swimmer, a great jogger and TV journalist Dmitry Ignatov , and at the same time tested the latest running novelty from Under Armor - the UA HOVR sneakers.

Test drive: why is it important to train with the right running shoes?

Photo: Yulia Kovalenko, Championship

Checklist of questions to the seller in the sports store ... What do you need to ask to find the right sneaker for you?

  • Be clear about your goal. The goal is not the brand or your color preferences, it is what you are preparing for or what you do. In other words, your sporting goal. Do you want to run a half marathon or run in the mountains in search of adventure and unusual terrain?
  • Gym, jogging track, park, rough terrain? If you have a preference for the surface you usually train on, be sure to mention it when talking to a sales assistant.
  • Take a running test in the store or do a wet test at home. This will allow you to more accurately determine the pronation of your foot and find the perfect trainer and comfortable insole.
Test drive: why is it important to train with the right running shoes?

Wet test: how to choose the right running shoes?

Doing your foot analysis at home.

When most of the questions are resolved, you can think about the design or your favorite color.

In our constant column “Editors tries” we try out sports gadgets, delivery of the right nutrition and the most unusual types of fitness. Today we're testing out a new pair of Under Armor HOVR Phantom and Sonic sneakers. I will tell you about the new product from the point of view of a simple layman, a regular visitor to fitness clubs and just a girl who loves everything beautiful. In turn, our consultant Dmitry Ignatov will tell you how the right shoes can make your life much easier and motivate you to get off the couch.

HOVR Sonic. Safety comes first. Dmitry Ignatov's view

Test drive: why is it important to train with the right running shoes?

Photo: Yulia Kovalenko, Championship

Most important : The most important thing for me personally when choosing sneakers is grip. I don't have a leg, so it's important that the shoe stabilizes my foot well. If I feel confident that the sneakers will not let me down, then I will be calmer and the training will be of better quality than if I panic, constantly stop because of discomfort. I think this is important not only for me, because any runner can be seriously injured due tothe wrong pair of sneakers.

In a nutshell: I like the sneakers. I waited for them long enough, and now they finally appeared in Russia. Breathe, comfortably fix the leg. Everything I love about Under Armor is here. My expectations are justified.

Test drive: why is it important to train with the right running shoes?

Photo: Yulia Kovalenko, Championship

About design: why do sports like bright things so much? It is hard work, when you have to train, run, jump, swim from day to day. In general, it's a routine. And some bright things please the eye - and I want to train. You run in circles like an idiot, roughly speaking, but when you see brightly colored people around, you feel better, you want to catch up with this girl, see what's on her.

Fact that surprised us: A key feature of UA HOVR technology is a new material from Dow Chemical, which was previously only used in aircraft construction. HOVR technology itself literally means hovering over something. She is responsible for cushioning and for returning energy upon landing.

On motivation: I am one hundred percent sure that new equipment in the closet will motivate you to get ready and go to training. It's like going out to the public: you buy a tuxedo and look for an event where you can walk it. Ditto for sportswear. Now in the halls and in arenas - yes everywhere - there are a lot of fashionistas who, if not by results, then at least by their appearance, want to stand out, show themselves. But if you are a fashionista, then you need to keep your finger on the pulse and stay tuned for new items.

HOVR Phantom. Comfort and lightness. Review from Maya Kozlovtseva, editor of the Lifestyle section

Test drive: why is it important to train with the right running shoes?

Photo: Yulia Kovalenko, Championship

Most important: The most important thing for me when choosing sneakers is their functionality. I do triathlon, and our workouts often involve activities on different surfaces: treadmills, indoor tracks, stadium jogging. In addition, it is important for me that the fixation of the foot in the shoe does not depend on various circumstances. For example, from a lace that came loose along the way. In the new UA HOVR model, the sneaker itself is put on the foot in a sock manner and fits snugly to the surface of the foot. In my opinion, laces are more decorative. It turns out stylish, comfortable and safe.

In a nutshell: the sneakers are really decent. On the track and in the arena, they are good. Plus, if you're alternating between interval training on a treadmill and cycling, these shoes will be for you. Because changing from cycling shoes to sneakers and vice versa happens very quickly, as I said, thanks to the fact that new HOVRs are put on their feet like regular socks.

Test drive: why is it important to train with the right running shoes?

Photo: Yulia Kovalenko, Championship

The fact that we are beatenivil: one part of the shoe is made from a material used in cycling clothing. It absorbs sweat perfectly, so the foot stays dry. This part of the sneaker looks like a regular insole.

About the design: the men's model is somewhat different from the women's. Therefore, I will share my impressions of the model for girls. The color is bright, saturated, will look great with dark leggings and a bright T-shirt. I was also very pleased that the whole model was made in one color, no white sole and multi-colored laces, a kind of rebellion against the established rules.

About motivation: if you think that for the first run you will be pulled out by excess weight or a doctor's recommendation, then you are mistaken. A cool motive is to know that even at the beginning of your athletic career, you will look your best. Look at the runners in the park or the fitness room, for a long time no one trains in the “don't mind throwing away”. Bright leggings, brand new sneakers, a stylish T-shirt - it's cool to realize that you are good already when you come to the gym. What if you add a couple of approaches to the press within 30 days?

Test drive: why is it important to train with the right running shoes?

Photo: Yulia Kovalenko, Championship

This will be helpful: There are two running models in the UA HOVR range. The first one was called Phantom, it was created for those who are just starting their running path. These sneakers are very soft and comfortable, while maintaining and stabilizing the foot well. The second model - Sonic, was created for advanced runners, those who like to run long distances. It is ideal for running on the ground, asphalt or track.

Instead of a conclusion: Dima and I are sure that if you decide to update your sports wardrobe for the spring, then it's time start with new sneakers. And if you have never been on a run and think you can run in sneakers, be sure to try at least once to train in the right running shoes. We are confident that your point of view will change!

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