The shoes you choose to workout in can oftentimes have a dramatic effect on your movement, abilities, and overall performance. Most of us who do crossfit have adopted the use of minimalist athletic footwear due to their lightweight and low profile design features. Today we’re fortunate to have a ton of training shoe options at our fingertips from some of the best footwear manufacturers in the business.
Reebok is by far the most well-known and visible of these manufacturers, and since partnering up with Crossfit they’ve begun to release some different footwear choices for the wide range of athletes who do crossfit. The Reebok Crossfit Nano Speed is Reebok’s first step away from the traditional cross training (Nano 2.0 & 3.0) and weightlifting shoes (Lifter U-Form) they first introduced back in 2011. The Speed was designed to address and meet the needs of crossfit athletes who are notorious for hating to run but still do it grudgingly, and in my opinion they’ve succeeded in giving us a shoe that can hold up to any training session all while keeping your feet feeling fresh and strong.
In the past I’ve trained with all types of shoes ranging from Brooks to Inov-8 to New Balance and Reebok. The Nano 2.0s were the latest pair of shoes I worked out in and was more than happy with them. But the Speed seemed like a more cushioned alternative since their design is based more around a running shoe (think Inov-8).
The cushioned midsole is soft enough that your legs won’t feel smoked after doing a lot of running, box jumps, or double-unders, but not “squishy” like some running shoes where you’ll end up losing stability when performing technical lifts.
The Speed’s 3mm heel drop keeps it in the minimalist category which means it’s more than capable of allowing you to properly use a pose or forefoot running technique.
The Medial/Lateral Rope Guard which has become a universal feature on Reebok Crossfit shoes is present on the Speed which makes it safe to use on rope climbs without worrying that the brand new pair you just bought will tear apart.
The soft mesh material used to construct the upper keeps the shoes well ventilated even during the longest and hardest workouts.
I’ve been wearing my pair of Speeds pretty religiously for the last couple months and have managed to PR my deadlift, push press, and push jerk in them, all while getting more than enough support and stability. I’ve been especially happy with the way they’ve held up during rope climbs. The Speed passes my test and definitely offers athletes another exceptional option in training footwear.
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