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by Courtney on September 25, 2011

So today, I am happily enjoying my rest day.

After yesterday’s upper body workout, my shoulders and biceps are definitely feelin’ it. I’m a little nervous, actually, because tomorrow begins week 2, which has a focus on upper body…starting with a double upper body workout.

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I’m keeping my fingers crossed for that one!

Since beginning my new workout challenge, I’ve made a few different observations:

  1. I find myself looking forward to, and being legitimately excited for each of the workouts. It’s amazing what a little switch of the routine can do!
  2. My muscles have not been this sore in months…but in a good way. I think my body was really getting used to my previous routine, and wasn’t being pushed like I knew it could.
  3. I need new sneakers

The sneakers that I’ve been using are my New Balance running sneakers that I received at Fitbloggin’ in May.

While I love those sneakers for running, I don’t think they’re quite doing the trick when it comes to the workouts that I’m doing now. There’s a lot more lateral movements and jumping around, and I need something that offers a little more stabilization and support.

Unfortunately, I’ve never really invested in a pair of cross training sneakers, so I don’t really know what’s the best out there. But, after doing a little bit of research online, here are a few that I’ve got on my radar…

Nike Free XT Motion Fit+ Women’s Training Shoe

Nike In-Season TR Women’s Training Shoe

New Balance 871 Cross Trainers

New Balance 1210 Cross Trainers

 

I’m hoping to make a decision in the next day or two so I can get a pair and start  using them ASAP, BUT, I thought who better to ask than my readers!

Do you own a pair of cross training sneakers? If anyone has any recommendations on cross trainers, please feel free to share them! Smile

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1 Shannon September 25, 2011 at 2:05 pm

I hope you find the perfecr pair of shoes! :)
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2 julie @ pbfingers September 25, 2011 at 2:08 pm

TWINS!! I literally JUST bought the second shoe you have on your list (the gray + pink one) on Friday. :) That one hase my vote. :)
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3 Courtney September 25, 2011 at 5:59 pm

Haha, I thought they looked familiar! TWINS!! :-D

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4 julie @ pbfingers September 25, 2011 at 2:08 pm

*has not hase… i was being fancy.
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5 Steph September 25, 2011 at 2:08 pm

I’ve worn Ryka Cross Training sneakers for the past year or two and love them!

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6 Krissie J @ A Philly Nerd Girl September 25, 2011 at 2:09 pm

I have a pair of Asics crosstrainers. I forget the model since I got them years ago, but they’ve been a really good and study shoe. Since I only use them for in the gym workouts, they barely look used.
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7 Pamela September 25, 2011 at 2:16 pm

I love the pink and gray Nike In-Season Training Shoe that Julie posted about the other day! I like the New Balance Cross Trainers, too! I am also searching for new sneakers, but I need ones for running. I’ve heard good things about the Nike LunarGlide and LunarElite running shoes. Have you had any experience with either of these? I am not a huge runner, but I have had my current sneakers for almost 2 years (eek!).
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8 Sara @ RunnerWife September 25, 2011 at 2:37 pm

I love Asics! All my running and non-running shoes are Asics and they seem to be perfect for me! I haven’t looked for non-running shoes in quite some time, so I will be interested to know which ones you choose!
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9 Casey @ oatsandnanners September 25, 2011 at 3:13 pm

I just bought the Nike Lunar Glides — in hot pink and yellow — and I love them! I wear them for long runs and for kickboxing/cross-training. Check them out :) I also get compliments when I rock them at the gym!
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10 Kelly September 25, 2011 at 4:07 pm

I actually have the first pair of new balance shoes that you posted (the purple and white ones) and I seriously LOVE them!! I use them for the gym which is mostly for classes (like body pump, attack etc) and sometimes for just going on the treadmill. They are seriously so comfy and just the best shoes I’ve had in awhile. Recommended for sure!

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11 Amy September 25, 2011 at 4:15 pm

I love the top pair.
I’ve never had luck with New balance I always end up going back to Nike.

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12 Mary @ Bites and Bliss September 25, 2011 at 4:39 pm

I think the Nike’s would be good crosstraining shoes. They tried selling them to me as running shoes but I refused since they’d have zero support whatsoever..but they should be great for crosstraining.
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13 Rosa - Fitness Food Fulfilled September 25, 2011 at 5:14 pm

I have the New Balance cross trainers and love them, but next time I upgrade I’m totally switching to the Nike In-Season ones because they get such great reviews. Plus, they’re super cute!
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14 Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries September 25, 2011 at 5:51 pm

Very cute choices! I’m a fan of Nikes for cross training. They always have cute styles and they’re comfortable.
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15 Katie September 25, 2011 at 5:53 pm

How much room would you say you need to do these workout? They really sound great. Sometimes when it starts to get cold + rainy I find myself bailing on the gym, and an in-house option is definitely something I could work with. I’m just worried that I might not be able to do everything.

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16 Courtney September 25, 2011 at 5:56 pm

Not much at all. I probably have about 6-7 feet across and front and back.

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17 RunEatRepeat September 25, 2011 at 6:18 pm

I actually like the NB we got at Fitbloggin for cross training, but not running. I’m no help.
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18 Alaina Johnson September 25, 2011 at 6:28 pm

my problem with cross training shoes is I would just pick the cutest and could care less about stability, and all the other important stuff. so impressed you are willing to research this and somehow found cute shoes that wont kill your ankles and feet! I love the first two!!
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19 Diana September 25, 2011 at 6:31 pm

I’ve never invested in cross-trainers, either, but if you’re looking for unsubstantiated advice – I’d pick the first ones in your list! I’m making this decision on color combo alone, so take it with a grain of salt. ;)
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20 Jess@atasteofconfidence September 25, 2011 at 6:49 pm

Ive been thinking about getting new sneakers, too— I’m doing insanity…but I don’t want to make an investment just for 40 more days— even if that sounds stingy! haha
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21 Marci September 25, 2011 at 8:29 pm

i just recently bought the Nike Free XT Motion Fit+ Women’s Training Shoe and i REALLY love them so far. I have mostly worn them for classes at the gym (body pump, bodycombat, core fusion) and simple workouts but they have kept me much more stable on the BOSU ball then my previous shoes (nike running shoes)

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22 Maria@La_Piattini September 25, 2011 at 9:00 pm

I have the Nike Frees and are pretty much obsessed with them. They’re so versatile and I would buy them again and again. I highly recommend them.
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23 Mallory @ It's Only Life September 25, 2011 at 9:03 pm

this is absolutely NO help whatsoever, so sorry in advance, but i think the top ones are the cutest. haha
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24 Pure2raw twins September 25, 2011 at 9:32 pm

I need new sneakers too, thinking maybe Nike Free, just love them

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25 Jess @ Jess Go Bananas September 25, 2011 at 10:00 pm

I am not sure if my sneaks are cross-training or not, but they are PUMAS and I love ‘em! :)
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26 Heather September 26, 2011 at 12:35 am

I love my Mitzumo’s … as soon I tried them on I just felt like running. Not cross trainers though!
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27 Khushboo September 26, 2011 at 1:20 am

Wow cross training shoes are so much nicer to look at than running shoes! I use my running shoes for cross-training as my only form of the latter is the elliptical so it seems to be fine! I really like the look of the 2nd pair!
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28 Alexia @ NamasteYoga September 26, 2011 at 6:48 am

I have a pair of really light weight adidas. I cant run with heavy shoes. Anyways u should pick some that suit your feet and if you have i.e. knee problems/ weak knees u might need more support on the inside of the shoe to not collapse! So try to get some that match ur body and don’t choose them just bc of the looks :)
Let us know which ones u picked!
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29 Kerry @ Half Healthy, Half Nuts September 26, 2011 at 1:22 pm

It’s SO true what you said regarding Cross Training shoes. Running shoes don’t give you the stability you need for all of that lateral movement and jumping and such. I actually hurt my ankle when I tried to do Insanity workouts in my running shoes. So definitely invest in Cross Trainers. I have a pair of Nikes that I bought years ago, made all the difference for me. Let us know what you pick and how you like them, I am definitely in the market for a new pair!!

And PS – I might follow suit and try the 10 lb. Slimdown program you’re doing. I checked our On Demand cable channel and all of the workouts are out there. Score! :)
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30 e@thisnotedlife September 27, 2011 at 11:12 am

i own the newbalance 1210 crosstrainers and i wore them for group power (the same as your body pump) class. I love them. I tried to run in them a couple times and that was definitely a disaster but if you stick to what they’re made for they’re really great!

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31 Olivia September 28, 2011 at 2:58 am

I just bought new shoes on Monday! I looked at a couple of different Nike shoes since that’s what I’ve always bought, but since I really needed a stable shoe. At the recommendation of the sales person I tried on some Ascics and they are great. They are cute (hot pink and green), but are really sturdy for moving around yet really light weight for running. Good luck!
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