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Crossfit is by definition, functional movements performed at a high intensity. These are varied workouts which, simply put include lots of different movements in a single workout. This can include short runs (generally between 100m-1km), squats, lunges, burpees, rowing, rope climbs, plyometric training, and much more. When choosing the right footwear for this workout, the shoes need to be able to handle all these demands whilst remaining a comfortable, stylish shoe.
Things to look for in a Crossfit shoe:
Yes, you can.
However, we’d recommend if you’re doing a running workout, or running further than around 1km you look into specific running shoes, which are better designed for that purpose, and will make your run more enjoyable, comfortable and less likely to cause an injury.
Running long distances in shoes designed with a different purpose in mind, could mean the feet get hotter faster, rub in some areas when the feet expand, and not provide adequate cushioning from the impact of the road.
When I ran in the 2 most popular Crossfit training shoes (the Reebok Nano, and Nike Metcon) I found it much more challenging and nowhere near as comfortable as a running shoe. However, you’d be better off running in a Crossfit shoe, than doing Crossfit in a running shoe. If there in a run part of the workout or your training session, these are fit for purpose.
I’d strongly advise against this.
Running shoes are designed to cushion the foot when landing, and move the foot through the natural running gait. This isn’t what you want to happen when lifting heavy weights, or changing direction fast.
A running shoe is too unstable underfoot for lifting in, and could cause injury. A running shoe is also not designed for climbing ropes, and will wear away more easily and can damage the foot.
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