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If you’re someone who does high-intensity interval training or HIIT you may be looking for the best trainers for HIIT workouts.
I did a brief review of the Nike Air Zoom SuperReps after trying them out for two weeks.
Table of Contents
- What is HIIT?
- The Design
- Are they really springy?
- If Not These, What Are The Best Trainers for HIIT Workouts?
What is HIIT?
If you don’t know what HIIT stands for its High-Intensity Interval Training.
The fast-paced workouts include box jumps, big bursts of energy, short runs, and faster-paced exercises.
The simplest example of HIIT would be to sprint for say 1 minute, rest for 30 secs and then go again, continuously. Pushing your anaerobic and aerobic thresholds hard.
So these shoes are made specifically to enhance your performance in these types of workouts.
I wasn’t a big fan of the design, to begin with.
The design of the SuperReps is an acquired taste, very bulbous, and futuristic looking.
I have big feet and I feel shoes look very different depending on what size they are.
The bulbous and chunky look of these shoes is even more magnified because of the size of my foot whereas if you had a smaller foot, the impact of the uniqueness of the design wouldn’t be as noticeable on you.
But what I’m more attracted to is what I heard some other reviewers say in terms of their comfort and performance when working out.
I was also attracted to the Nike Air Zoom feature.
Are they really springy?
Some reviewers I’ve seen mention that the Air Zoom feature makes you jump considerably higher and cushions your landing somewhat better than a normal pair of training shoes would.
I could believe that because I recently purchased the Nike ZoomX NEXT%, a running shoe that has the same Zoom features, and when I first tried them on, I was blown away at how springy they were.
When I first tried these on, however, there wasn’t that strong bouncing feeling that I was expecting.
I did box jumps, I did sprints outside and a bunch of other moves, and it just wasn’t there, they just felt like a normal pair of training shoes.
There was, however, a more cushiony feeling upon landing from whatever move I was doing, which is more important.
Because of their intensity of movement, injury can be more of a possibility during HIIT workouts.
So you want to feel you’re protected when you’re pushing yourself hard during HIIT workouts.
They’re very cushiony for landing but one thing I didn’t like about these is the lacing system.
They just didn’t feel that secure for me when I was running.
After lacing them up before going for a run, they felt okay, but after running for about 10 minutes, my foot was shifting within the materials as if the laces weren’t secure, but they were, it was quite odd.
These are not best for running in at all, and I was quite disappointed at the fit of these. How can a cross-training shoe get something as simple as running so wrong?
If Not These, What Are The Best Trainers for HIIT Workouts?
I feel that HIIT isn’t something that you need specific trainers for.
Yes, it’s great that there’s an option out there of trainers for HIIT, but there are a plethora of other shoes made by Nike that have zoom cushioning that I feel would do the same, maybe even a better job than these do, such as the Pegasus or the Zoom Tempo NEXT%.