If the Shoe Fits...

Westchester fitness pros share their favorite sneaker picks



Sneakers can easily either make or break a fitness regimen, and the wrong ones can cause real injury. So what do county fitness pros wear?  

General Fitness

Nike Free 4.0 Flyknit: A one-piece upper and Flywire cables make for a snug, breathable fit that conforms to the foot. 

“This is my favorite shoe to train people in all day. I have a wider foot and this sneaker has some stretch to it. The best part of the shoe is that it is super-light and has minimal support, so my foot and ankle muscles have to support my foot. Plus, being low to the ground with a soft sole activates more sensory nerves in the bottom of your foot.” 
— Luke Guanzon, Refinery Strength and Conditioning, West Harrison

 

Running

Asics Gel Kayano 22: Asics’ bestselling long-distance running shoe includes a new FluidFit upper, a re-engineered Heel-Clutching System, and a FluidRide midsole.

“There is no ‘one sneaker fits all.’  The best running shoe is the one that feels right for you. I run in the Asics Gel Kayano 22, the only stability sneaker that completely corrects for my over-pronation. The unique gel that lines the heel and lateral part of the shoe provides unparalleled cushioning and a smooth heel-to-toe transition. I also enjoy the way Asics fit: true to size but comfortably snug.” 
Brian Ripka of RIPPED Fitness in Rye Brook

 

CrossFit

Nike Metcon 2: The second generation of Nike’s popular training shoe features a wide platform, abrasion-resistant film, and a zero-drag heel clip.

“The Nike Metcon 2 is the perfect cross-training sneaker. It’s solid for weightlifting but versatile enough for shorter-distance runs, calisthenics, and the normal rigors of any cross-training activity you can encounter.” 
Chris Guerrero of CrossFit Westchester in White Plains

 

Tennis 

Wilson Rush Pro 2.0: This roomy, high-level tennis sneaker provides innovative arch technology and increased response time.

“I used Wilson shoes all through my collegiate playing career and have a level of comfort with the weight and fit.  I love the traction the Rush Pro 2.0 gives you on the court. It’s a great shoe for tennis players who like to wear their tennis shoes in the gym for weight training because of the stability.” 
Ryan Berthod of Life Time Athletic Westchester in Harrison  

 

 

 

 

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