I’ve not had that much experience with trying out different types of trainers but I’ve seen my fair share.
On my journey towards becoming a fitness professional I began teaching more than a handful of classes a week.
It quickly dawned on me that my feet and right knee in particular were hurting.
Not only that an old recurring injury started to resurface; a throbbing pain in my right knee.
I’d always gone for cost-effective (cheap) trainers from Sports Soccer who’s only criteria were that they looked good.
Luckily many years back I had a half-diagnosis of where the pain in my knee came from: flat feet + lots of activity = knee pain.
I wanted to find out more and because I wanted answers sooner rather than later I abandoned the notion of getting a doctors appointment and went straight to Up and Running – a specialist running and sports retailer in Elder Gate, Central Milton Keynes.
There they have a free gait analysis service which entails running on a treadmill whilst a camera at ground level records your stride.
Cutting a long story short we found that yes my flat feet put pressure on my right knee due the way my foot lands whilst running.
Well I was not about to stop being active or training people.
So after trying on various different trainers I settled on what are the most comfortable pair of shoes I’ve ever worn: Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18.
I did not even care that they were (are) a shockingly bright orange colour – they were coming home with me.
Never again would I settle for trainers purely based on looks.
QUICK TIP: a UK website called Start Fitness sells high end trainers at discounted prices so if you know your size, make and model save yourself a few pennies and order from them.