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CLOCKWISE TOP LEFT: ASICS FUZEX RUSH; NEW BALANCE VAZEE AGILITY V2; ADIDAS PURE BOOST X; UNDER ARMOUR CHARGED 2.0; NIKE FREE RN DISTANCE; PUMA FIERCE LOW LACE
High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), CrossFit, and Boot Camps have become some of the most popular workouts, providing maximal results in minimal time, and proven to offer continual calorie and fat burning benefits even after the workout is done. Based on the concept of interval training, periods of highly strenuous activity are alternated with easier recovery periods. The cardiovascular benefits are the heart rate is kept high as the body stays in motion, rotating exercises and targeting different muscle groups throughout the workout.
Classes at favorite studios like Barry’s Bootcamp, Orange Theory and others we reviewed in the 31 Days of Fitness, combine treadmill and rowing intervals with explosive plyometric and power moves, multi-directional floorwork, and weight bearing exercises. They require the agility and support of a training shoe with the cushioning and traction of a running shoe.
Here are 6 versatile hybrids, for men and women, we think hit the mark for all your training needs — ready to take on any workout with style!
CLOCKWISE TOP LEFT: ASICS FUZEX RUSH $100. For both men and women, the new fuzeX Rush is a lightweight and flexible performance running shoe. It features Asic’s fuzeGEL™ technology, providing responsive cushioning from heel to toe, for any type of impact, on a range of training and running surfaces.
NEW BALANCE VAZEE AGILITY V2 TRAINER $89.99. Made for quick, lateral movements, this training shoe for women offers superior traction on any surface from grass to concrete to gym floor. Its lightweight impact absorbing cushioning and newly designed breathable mesh upper provide extra comfort too. Guys check out the comparable Vazee Quick V2 Trainer.
ADIDAS PURE BOOST X $119.99. Designed specifically for a woman’s foot, these lightweight trainers gently hug feet with a sock-like fit and arch support, and a flexible textile upper. The boost midsole offers responsive energy return with dynamic flexibility for superior transition throughout all movements.
UNDER ARMOUR CHARGED 2.0 $99.99. This men’s trainer features a locked-in, supportive fit with a foam sock liner that molds to foot and the responsive Charged Cushioning® system. Durable, lightweight mesh upper, with lateral rubber forefoot wrap, provides optimal comfort and stability, and the custom tread pattern is designed for grip and traction on any surface.
NIKE FREE RN DISTANCE $119. For men and women, and this editor’s shoe of choice, the Nike Free RN Distance offers the support and cushioning of a running shoe, with the lightweight flexibility ideal for plyometrics and explosive moves. It’s a versatile shoe that’s ready to power through any workout.
PUMA FIERCE LOW LACE WOMEN’S TRAINING SHOE $80. For those looking for a little extra style in their training shoe, the popular PUMA by Rihanna Fierce combines lightweight performance technology with an eye-catching look. The exaggerated tongue and heel cushioning offer extra comfort. The solid rubber outsole pods provide full ground contact and traction with full-length flex grooves for fast and dynamic multi-directional movement.