Nike Training Shoes: Workout like the Pros

Nike Training Shoes: Workout like the Pros

Earlier we highlighted what makes Todd Gurley, Jarvis Landry, and Cam Jordan supernatural talents on the football field, and the cleats they rock to elevate their game.

Now that we know the secret to their on-field success, it’s time to dive into the three training shoes that these athletes utilize off the field to stay on top of their workout routine.

Nike Free X Metcon

Are you an agile assassin on the field? Then the Nike Free X Metcon trainers are perfect for your high-intensity workout in the gym. These shoes are designed for the athlete who’s looking to perfect all aspects of their game. The lightweight mesh is extra durable in high-wear areas while the deep grooves along the outsole allow the shoe to flex in any direction. The Free X Metcons also include a firmer foam carrier that offers comfortable cushioning where you need it most and versatile stability for heavy weightlifting. Perfect for players like Todd Gurley, these shoes are worn by the agile athletes who conquer any and every workout.

Nike Free Trainer 8

The Nike Free Trainer 8 is made for the athlete with the quickest first step. This shoe provides a combination of lightweight stability and flexible fit designed for your high-speed workout. The Flywire technology locks you in while the rubber pods on the outsole provide traction on any surface. For players like Jarvis Landry, who prioritize speed over everything, the Free Trainer 8s are a must-have.

Nike Romaleos

For the first one in the gym and the last one out, the Nike Romaleos are designed for the beast in the weight room. Featuring a honeycomb-patterned TPU plate, these trainers offer extreme stability while maxing out your lifts. The Flywire technology utilizes a dynamic strap that provides a locked-down fit during your elite-level workout. If you’re built to do battle in the trenches like Cam Jordan, you need the Nike Romaloes.

Click on the title of each shoe to check out all the sizes and colors Eastbay has to offer and let us know which one fits your style in the comments.

The Importance of a Weightlifting Shoe

The Importance of a Weightlifting Shoe

Dedicated weightlifters know the importance of a stable weightlifting shoe. It keeps you locked down through all of your lifts, helps you maintain good form, and keeps you injury free during your training.

In order to keep you locked down and in the proper form to excel during your lifts, training in a standard but stable trainer like the Adidas Powerlift 3 or the new and improved Nike Romaleos 3 is very beneficial.

Dr. Brad DeWeese, head performance coach at the East Tennessee State University Olympic Training Site, is a proponent of his athletes using proper weightlifting shoes during their training sessions. So far Dr. DeWeese has only heard positive things from his athletes about the new Romaleos.

“Honestly I really like the Romaleos, the plastic in the heel is super stiff,” He said. “I have heard from my athletes that toward the front of shoe there is a lot more flex, which they feel allows them to hit better positions while lifting.”

We broke down the weightlifting shoe to give you a better idea of its upgrades from its predecessor:

The Strap

One of the most important pieces of the Romaleos 3 is the locked-down fit, which you get through multiple features. None are more important though than the strap on the shoe’s upper. The Romaleos 2 offered two skinny straps, with one placed up high and one down low. This model instead offers one wider strap that wraps around your midfoot, for that comfortable, secure feel.

Flywire Technology

Throughout the Romaleos 3, Nike’s Flywire technology is used to give the weightlifter a comfortable fit that keeps your foot from moving inside of the shoe. This feature isn’t very noticeable, but it can be seen surrounding the eyelets on the shoe, giving your foot that tight, glove-like fit.

Heel

The Romaleos 3 boasts the large, stable, plastic heel found on previous models. This heel is lighter and a tad bigger than the last models’ to offer more cushion, which is important for extra strength during deadlifts and squats. The heel also features a honeycomb pattern, which removes weight with its cut-out but stable style.

Ventilation

This Romaleos 3 was made to keep your feet from sweating as much as they did in prior models. The shoe offers built-in mesh slits near the toes that offer breathability, and ventilated mesh near the ankle and tongue of the shoe. These added holes and slits help to circulate more air around your foot, keeping sweat away.

“The Romaleos have done a great job,” DeWeese said. “They are stiff, they are secure, they’ve got the needed heel lift, and they’ve been able to withstand a year or two of training for people on the road which is awesome.”

Having a stable training shoe for weightlifting is important, and something DeWeese advocates for instead of a running or flat platform shoe.

“When you try to go into the weight room with a typical running shoe or even Chuck Taylors, a really flat shoe,” he said. “The shoes are stable, but what you don’t notice is that you have a lot of compression that comes through the shoe’s foam.”

“Running shoes are meant to displace some of the force that occurs during the impact of running, DeWeese said. But you actually want to use those forces in the weight room.” The lack of compression during your lifts, he also said, results in a more proper form which will work your muscles harder and help make you a better athlete down the road.

At eastbay.com we are advocates of making the right footwear choices when it comes to your training. No matter how you train, step up your workouts this season and tag us in a photo of your training shoe using #Prepare4Greatness.

The Nike Metcon 3: Welcome to the family

The Nike Metcon 3: Welcome to the family

Over the past few years an evolution has been taking place with one of Nike’s flagship training shoes. The Nike Metcon has become one of the most dynamic and versatile shoes in the training sector, as not only is it lightweight for agility workouts, but it’s also extremely stable for your weightlifting needs. This sturdy, but surprisingly lightweight trainer has come a long way in just a few years.

Now two models in with the Metcon and Metcon 2, Nike has let it be known that this trainer is here to stay. We figured we would break down each shoe and what they will offer you during your workouts.

Metcon 3

Nike Air Griffey Max 1 – White/Total Crimson-Hyper Blue

Nike Air Griffey Max 1 – White/Total Crimson-Hyper Blue

words // Luis Sanchez

Nike Sportswear celebrates the return of baseball with an all new colorway of the iconic Air Griffey Max 1.

The new look for the classic Griffey Nike Training shoes will definitely appeal to NYC natives, sporting a classic New York Mets color scheme. A combination of white, grey and total crimson patent leather graces the timeless Griffey Max 1 upper, finished off with hits of hyper blue along the midsole and outsole below.

This latest look for the Air Griffey Max 1 is now up for grabs here at Eastbay.

Available: Nike Air Griffey Max 1 – White/Total Crimson-Hyper Blue

Nike Air Griffey Max 1 - White/Total Crimson-Hyper Blue

Nike Air Max Flyposite – White/Game Royal

Nike Air Max Flyposite – White/Game Royal

words // Luis Sanchez

The Air Max Flyposite by Nike Sportswear is back yet again this week, releasing in this traditional combination of white and blue.

The already well-established Nike Training shoes return with their leather and Foamposite-based build, sitting above a 360 Max Air tooling. Sure to be just as popular as past colorways, this latest release of the Air Max Flyposite puts on display a clean combination of white and game royal.

The all new White/Game Royal Nike Air Max Flyposite is now available for purchase here at Eastbay.

Available: Nike Air Max Flyposite – White/Game Royal