Aerobics has long been a popular form of exercise due to its high-intensity and accessibility. All that is needed is music and some form of rhythm, while additional equipment such as weights and a stepper has also become common. However, the main factor that those performing aerobics need to consider, is footwear.
The best trainers for aerobics will feature excellent cushioning, comfort and fit, which will all aid your performance. As a result, I have put together a list of some of the best products available on the market today, catering for a range of foot shapes, styles and budgets. All shoes have been tested thoroughly, allowing me to provide accurate reviews for each.
Let’s take a look at the first product in my list, with all trainers being available for both men and women.
The Nike Metcon 4 is perfect for all indoor forms of exercise, including aerobics. The drop-in midsole is soft in the forefoot, yet firm in the heel, delivering both stability and cushioning when needed. I found that the stable base of these trainers allowed for an excellent platform to work off during high-intensity training too.
A heel clip also works to stabilise the feet during side-to-side motions, with rubber found on the outsole offering a good amount of traction. Nike’s flywire technology is found on the upper in order to provide support when needed, while also helping the shoe to remain lightweight. Textured print on the upper also means that the Metcon 4 has fantastic durability, perfect for those looking for a long-lasting aerobics trainer.
The latest model in the Metcon series is undoubtedly the best, offering both a high-performance and stylish trainer, suitable for a wide range of exercises. I have found some of the previous versions to be a little heavy, however, the Metcon 4 is both lightweight and breathable, aided by a mesh material on both the heel and ankle.
The Metcon 4 is one of the more expensive shoes that you will see in this list, but the number of innovative technologies and quality materials make them a good investment for fans of aerobics, as well as other forms of training. Available in a range of colours to suit your style, this offering from Nike is certain to enhance your performance from the off.
The CrazyTrain Elite trainers from Adidas have been designed with multi-directional movement in mind, as the flexibility in the forefoot allows for excellent range of motion. Responsive cushioning also delivers a fantastic return on energy with each step, which allowed me to jump higher and move quicker during testing of the shoes.
A lightweight mesh upper helps to offer a sock-like fit, and the built-in midfoot support delivers a good amount of stability from heel to toe. The multi-surface outsole features a micro-herringbone tread pattern, providing great grip on a range of surfaces, meaning that you can carry out aerobic exercises anywhere, at any time.
A traditional lacing system is supported by an additional ankle feature, which adds to the level of comfort and support in this area of the foot. I did find that the CrazyTrain Elite does run a little small, meaning that it may well be worth going half a size up than from your normal size.
Available in a range of colours, the CrazyTrain Elite is another attractive trainer, plus its simplistic design crams in a large number of performance-enhancing features. As a result, this could well be your next aerobics trainer, with their durability meaning that they should last a significant period of time too.
Asics may well be better known for their running shoes, however, the Conviction X 2 is another excellent option for fans of aerobics. The shoes offer excellent stability thanks to their flat heel structure, as well as improved comfort fit through the seamless upper. This is an improvement on the first model in this range, which could often become irritable as a result of the stitches and seams.
A perforated sock liner allows for breathability at all times, which I found helped to keep moisture away during particularly strenuous testing. Another nice feature of the shoe is the lace garage technology, which enables the laces to be tucked in during exercise. It is worth keeping in mind that the Conviction X 2 is designed for indoor use in mind.
Available for both men and women, Adidas offer different colourways for each gender, with these trainers being one of the most stable aerobics shoes on the market today. Weighing in at around 345g, the Conviction X 2 is still lightweight enough to be used for a range of high-intensity exercises too.
These shoes also double up as an option for those who enjoy weightlifting as well as aerobics, and the price point is in line with a trainer of such quality. Asics are certainly a trustworthy brand and significant improvements have been made in the second edition in the Conviction series.
You should have found something to meet your needs from the products discussed, as some of the best trainers for aerobics having been reviewed. However, before you make your final decision, there are a number of important factors that must be considered. Each will potentially have an effect upon the comfort and performance of a shoe.
Feet come in all shapes and sizes, however it is your arch support that has perhaps the biggest impact. The arch shape of your feet enables you to jump as high as possible, as well as providing a cushioned landing.
Arches can be high, low or flat, and trainers are now being designed specifically with this in mind. Those with high arches will often have poor shock absorption, meaning that a shoe featuring generous cushioning will be required in order to make high-impact exercises less painful. Those with flat feet will often over pronate, meaning that a harder midsole is required in order to prevent such rolling. As a result, it is important to consider what type of foot you have before making your purchase. If you’re unsure, a GAIT analysis will likely be worthwhile.
Yes! The ankles are another hugely important area, due to the fact that they take a significant battering during aerobic exercises. As a result, the best aerobic trainers have substantial support in this area, aiding movements such as shuffles, jumping, pivots and squats. Be sure to invest in a pair of trainers that deliver enough support in this area, which will help to prevent any unnecessary injuries.
Consider what kind of surfaces you intend to perform aerobic activities on, with this again likely to have an impact upon what kind of shoe you end up purchasing. Aerobic trainers should offer both flexibility and grip on a range of surfaces, allowing you to perform a range of exercises to your best ability. Too much traction may actually hinder certain movements, while not enough can cause your feet to lose stability.
As with any purchase, you should set a budget when it comes to purchasing a new pair of aerobics trainers. Your disposable income is likely to have a significant impact upon your limit, it is also worth considering how often you intend to use them, as well as how long you expect them to last.
Investing in a good quality pair of shoes will enhance your performance, with the materials used also aiding durability. However, those exercising in this way every few weeks may well be able to get away with a cheaper option.