The 7 Best Performance Trainers Available Now

People’s attention to fitness and wellness is strong today, and sneaker brands are taking notice, releasing shoes designed for the modern gym rat. Whether you’re a power lifter or a member of a local CrossFit box, here are some of the top shoes you can purchase today.

New Balance Minimus 20v4 Cross-Trainer

New Balance has a great reputation in the running-shoe world, and styles like the Minimus 20v4 Cross-Trainer could make it a go-to brand in training as well. This minimalist shoe features a one-piece construction, Vibram outsole for traction, and the brand’s REVlite cushioning. The Minimus 20v4 Cross-Trainer has a retail price of $100.

Nike Metcon 1

This Nike shoe is made for the lifter who’s looking for stability. It features a slight drop from the heel to toe, keeping you stable throughout your lift, and utilizes the brand’s Flywire technology around the arch for greater all-around stability. The shoe retails for $120.

Nike Free Trainer 5.0 V6

For the Nike enthusiast who doesn’t want to spend $120 on a pair of training shoes, the Free Trainer 5.0 V6 is the way to go. The Free Trainer features the brand’s Flywire technology for stability, is lighter than prior versions of the shoe and will run you only $75.

Reebok CrossFit Lifter Plus 2.0

While this is branded a CrossFit product, the style is great for anyone trying to get a solid lift in. The shoe features a pair of straps — at the forefoot and near the ankle — to keep your foot securely in place and a responsive Strobel board to help reduce energy loss. The Reebok CrossFit Lifter Plus 2.0 retails for $175.

Inov-8 F-Lite 240

Known for its quality running shoes, Inov-8 also has a solid line of training shoes, including its F-Lite 240. The style, which retails for $120, is built for the true cross-training enthusiast. It features an injected EVA midsole, sticky-rubber outsole for grip and the brand’s Rope-Tec reinforcements that are designed specifically for hardcore rope climbs.

Adidas Powerlift 2.0

If you’re in the gym or at the local box doing deadlifts, squats or any other hardcore lifts, you may want to check out the Adidas Powerlift 2.0, which retails for $90. The shoe is made with stability in mind, featuring a wide base and an ankle strap.

Asics Gel-Fortius 2

This innovative running-shoe brand also makes a solid training shoe. The Asics Gel-Fortius 2 is made for all functional training activities, featuring an asymmetrical lacing system designed for a better fit, as well as an abrasion-resistant quarter-panel brace and rubber toe guard for durability. It has a retail price tag of $95.

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