Footwear Friday: Get better results with your training with Reebok’s Women’s Zig Training Shoes

April 15, 2011

Reebok Women's Zig Fuel Gravel/Red Running ShoesReebok Women's Zig Fuel White/Blue Toning Shoes

Training is all about putting in hard work, but it’s all useless if your work isn’t giving you any results.

That’s where Reebok’s Women’s Zig Training Shoes come into play.

As Reebok’s most technically advanced training shoe to date, ZigTech allows key leg muscles to do less, so you can do more. Its patented sole conserves and returns energy for a soft and springy ride.

The one-of-a-kind, zig-zag-shaped sole absorbs the impact of heel strike and propels you forward, while reducing wear and tear up to 20% in key leg muscles.

That means you’ll be able to work harder and get better results out of it — without dealing with many of the injuries that arise from training with flat shoe soles.

The Zig Training Shoes feature soft synthetic leather in upper and breathable mesh collar lining to make for a comfortable fit.

Get a pair for $99.99 at Volleyball America.

Related: Shop our entire selection of softball training shoes.

Footwear Friday: Get the right kicks for your New Year’s resolution

January 7, 2011

It’s 2011, and that means it’s officially New Year’s resolution season.

According to a 2007 study by the University of Bristol, 78% of people who set New Year’s resolutions ultimately fail. Those who didn’t fail typically did three things: 1) Set small, incremental goals; 2) Received encouragement from friends and family; and 3) Recognized and overcame obstacles encountered along the way.

If your resolution this year is to exercise a little more, we can help with No. 3.

Exercising in old sneakers can present some major obstacles. Exercise in old shoes places much more stress on the joints and bones in your leg, which can lead to repetitive stress injuries like shin splints.

That’ll put an end to any New Year’s resolution.

The best way to overcome that obstacle is to plan for it. Find a quality pair of shoes, and when the sole begins to get worn out, replace it. That will keep you on track to meet your resolution.

If it’s time to replace your shoes, here’s a place to start. Here are three of our top styles of training shoes, for both men and women:

Mizuno Women’s Wave Nexus G2 Training Shoes ($79.99)

Mizuno Women's Wave Nexus G2 Training Shoes
The Composite Fan Wave midsole on the Wave Nexus G2 provides the right amount of cushioning and stability. The outsole is a combination of solid and blown rubber designed for flexibility and durability.

Reebok Women’s RunTone Action Toning Shoe ($99.99)

Reebok Women's RunTone Action Toning Shoe
Reebok’s Women’s RunTone Action Toning Shoe features eight balance pods that move air to create a unique softness with every stride. It also forces more activation in key running muscles.

Nike Women’s Shox Turbo+ 11 Running Shoe ($114.99)

Nike Women's Shox Turbo+ 11 Running Shoe
The Shox Turbo+ 11 running shoe features Nike’s Shox cushioning in the heel and a well-cushioned Phylon forefoot for a smooth, responsive ride.

Nike Men’s Air Diamond Trainer Training Shoe ($59.99)

Nike Men's Air Diamond Trainer Black/White Training Shoe
The Air Diamond trainer’s lightweight synthetic leather construction is designed for lightweight functionality. For comfort, the training shoe also has a full-length Nike Phylon midsole with Air-Sole units in the heels.

Adidas Men’s Excelsior 6 Training Shoe ($74.99)

Adidas Men's Excelsior 6 Training Shoe
This training shoe is designed to last. It features 10,000 cycle high-abrasion synthetic leather on the upper to protect against all elements. The full length EVA midsole provides maximum comfort.

Nike Air Men’s MVP PreGame Training Shoe ($81.99)

Nike Air Men's MVP PreGame Training Shoe
For comfort, the Air Men’s MVP PreGame Training Shoe includes a full-length Phylon midsole with a Tri Vis Heel air sole unit. The forefoot lateral outrigger enhances lateral stability.

Related: Browse our entire selection of running and training shoes.