The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Reebok.
I remembering showing up to my first Foundations class for CrossFit. Nerves aside, I felt ready and prepared. I was wearing my gym shoes and workout clothes and had my hair pulled back in a pony tail. I was all set…or so I thought.
As I finished Foundations and joined the regular classes, I couldn’t help but notice everybody else’s shoes. Aside from the fact that I loved the look, I noticed a few of them sometimes swapping out what they were wearing when we went from the strength portion to our daily WOD. I also couldn’t help but notice my shoes seemed so much bigger and bulkier than everyone else’s…because they were.
After a couple weeks when I knew I was really committed to this whole CrossFit thing, I bought myself a pair of the Nano 2.0s. Immediately I started noticing a difference in my WODs and lifts. The shoes were light and the minimal nature of the shoe allowed me to ground down better when doing my lifts. I suddenly understood why everyone was wearing them. The only thing I didn’t really love was running in them.
So when I was presented with the opportunity to try the new Reebok CrossFit Nano 4.0’s, I jumped at the chance! I was really interested in comparing the two and seeing how this new shoe could continue to enhance my workouts.
The first WOD in my new shoes was an EMOTM for 8:00 of 100m sprints, max wall balls and max knee raises (I don’t have the toes to bar yet…). I was kind of nervous to wear them for the run but also knew it was the perfect opportunity to test and compare the two. Immediately I could feel the difference! The soft midsole cushioning and lightweight guidance gave my knees and joints the comfort they needed while running, while the 4mm heel to toe drop gave me the stability I needed during those wall balls.
Throughout the week I continued to wear my new shoes, putting them to the test with each day’s WOD. Falling in love with them more each day. And while I may not (always) love burpees, I do appreciate the toe wrap to protect those little babies with each jump back as I throw myself to the ground.
I was talking with one of the owners of my box about the progression of the line of Nanos. While I haven’t had the chance to try the 3.0s and can really only compare from my 2.0s, it appears with each line of a Nanos they just keep getting better:
-They’re more breathable by changing the mesh under the cage to allow for better air flow during workouts
-They’re lighter and more flexible thanks to a re-engineered duracage.
Of course if you watched the Reebok CrossFit Games this year then you saw all the athletes decked out in their Nano 4.0s and other ultra cute Reebok gear (I want it all, please!).
I may be no Rich Froning or Camille Leblanc-Bazinet but at least I know I’m wearing them best while doing MY best!
What are your favorite shoes to wear when working out?
While this post is sponsored by Fitfluential LLC on behalf of Reebok, as always all opinions are strictly my own.
Thank you for your support. 😉