Today I’d like to introduce you to these little beauties.
I’ve felt pretty snazzy at the gym lately because I’ve been testing out the new Reebok Cardio Ultra sneakers during my workouts. Sunshine yellow sneakers? Yes, please! Last week I wore them while teaching my studio classes, doing a metabolic resistance training workout with kettlebells and barbells, and when doing the decreasing row and medicine ball core strength workout I posted last week.
The Cardio Ultras are designed to be a high impact shoe, which is perfect for the types of classes I teach. They have enhanced medial arch support and a wider base to provide more ground contact, mobility, and cushioning.
I was actually first introduced to the concept of the Cardio Ultras during a Reebok focus group I attended at the Reebok headquarters in the spring. During the focus group, I learned about the following features the Cardio Ultras offer:
- The adaptamove upper naturally cradles the foot, perfectly supporting multi-directional movements such as lateral shuffle touchdowns, skaters, or agility ladder crossovers.
- The turnzone is integrated into the outsole and designed to allow the foot to turn freely in 360 degrees, which helps for anything that involves pivoting between exercises such as a plie squat to lunge.
- The trifoam forefoot cushioning perfectly absorbs impact and provides rebound needed between moves. This feature helps the feet feel supported when landing from higher impact exercises such as squat jumps, toe taps, burpees, and more.
I am pretty excited that Reebok launched a studio shoe like this because often women don’t know what kind of footwear to opt for in group exercise classes. You really shouldn’t wear the same sneakers to a circuit training or kickboxing class as you do running, walking, or lifting because they are designed for two completely separate purposes. Personally, I found these sneakers really comfortable, and the wider base fits my foot shape nicely. I’ve found Reebok sneakers to be on the narrow side in the past, but the Cardio Ultras didn’t feel too tight at all. Plus, I’ve never owned yellow sneakers before. Reebok for the win!
Along with my new sneaks, I also received the Reebok Bonded Tight and Studio Cardio Crop for this campaign.
I thought the bottoms were flattering on my tush and had a lot of enhanced breathability with mesh toward the bottom of the leg, however I don’t think I would ever work out in the long sleeved crop. It’s just not my style. I could see myself wearing it if I were a Zumba or dance instructor, but for the kinds of high impact workouts I do, this just wouldn’t cut it, and I’d probably feel a little self conscious. The open back is cute, but I don’t know how I’d wear a sports bra with it!
I also thought that I’d share a little bodyweight workout today that’s perfect for the Cardio Ultras! This one only requires 10, 15, or 20 minutes (whatever you have time for), and there’s no equipment necessary. It just has a lot of high impact and lateral movements in honor of everything the Cardio Ultras stand for.
Let me know if you try this one out!
Do you buy separate sneakers for different activities at the gym? What do you look for in a studio shoe? What are your favorite multi-directional or high impact exercises? Would you ever wear a crop top at the gym?
Hope your weeks are off to a great start!
This is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Reebok.
how is the traction on the shoe? that’s the biggest issue for me…i do a boot camp class 2 days a week and during sled pushes i’m always sliding which makes it 10x harder! i have the new balance fresh foam 980’s right now, which i love for every reason other than that
So far, the traction is good! I haven’t felt like I am sliding yet. 🙂