2.20.17

A Shoe by the Athletes for the Athletes

When it comes to choosing the ideal shoe for your training it can be very difficult to find the perfect match with the abundance of great trainers on the market.

Many athletes, especially ones big into weightlifting, go for a heavier shoe with a stable heel to keep them locked down to the ground. But others looking for more of a natural and flat feel for weightlifting and running opt for a minimalist training shoe.

Eric Cressey, President and Co-Founder of Cressey Sports Performance, said he is a fan of the latter because of the benefits it gives the athletes.

New Balance 20V6

“I’ve been a fan of minimalist training shoes for a long time. I think we get into big bulky shoes and it takes away some of the natural dexterity in our feet, but with a minimalist shoe there are some benefits in terms of ankle mobility and being in contact with the ground through your heels for weight training and athletics alike.”
Eric Cressey
President and Co-Founder of Cressey Sports Performance

“I think what you look for in a good minimalist shoe is you look at something that still protects you from the elements,” Cressey said. “But you want less of a heel/toe drop as you want to be able to get your heel in contact with the ground to activate your muscles even better.”

Along with this, Cressey said in a minimalist shoe most want something that is light, but not too flimsy that it could allow for injury.

This is where the New Balance Minimus shoe comes in to play. In order to help take your workouts to the next level, New Balance and Cressey teamed up to make a new model for their Minimus line otherwise known as the 20v6 Cressey Trainer.

The cross-trainer is ideal for strength training because of the natural feel it gives your ankles and feet, but also perfect for cardio in the gym because of the durability and traction you receive. Although Cressey played a big role in the shoe’s creation, he also had some help.

“During spring training of 2016 we had a chance to show the shoe to a bunch of our athletes and see what they liked best, so this is very much a shoe by the athletes for the athletes. They picked the color selection and the camo approach to it and we just fine tuned it over the last year, so it’s pretty cool they gave the feedback that helped create it.”
Eric Cressey
President and Co-Founder of Cressey Sports Performance

One of the athletes Cressey has worked with is Cleveland Indians all-star starting pitcher and 2014 American League Cy Young Award winner, Corey Kluber, a New Balance athlete.

Cressey and Kluber have worked together since the ace’s minor league days. Their training has ranged from soft tissue work, mobility work, sprint and agility drills, change of direction drills, strength training, and most importantly a throwing program.

Although there are main workouts that they go through every offseason, Cressey said the goals of an athlete like Kluber change every year.

“For a guy like Corey (Kluber) the goals change over the course of a career earlier on it’s being able to build up a capacity and being able to endure a long season,” he said.

“This means getting to 180 innings, then 200 innings, then 220 innings — he threw 249 innings this year. So when you’re in a situation where you threw more innings than anyone in baseball then you really have to step back and go into recharge mode once the offseason comes around,” Cressey said.

For top baseball athletes like Corey Kluber, offseason rest is at a minimum. Instead, a full few months of training in a New Balance Minimus shoe during the winter months is key for him to stay on top. If you are looking to take your game on the field to the next level like Kluber has, hit the gym in the New Balance Minimus 20v6 Cressey Trainer.

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