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A Weightlifting Essential: The Nike Romaleos 4
The Nike Romaleos 4 is one of the most innovative and unique lifting shoes on the market today. The shoe was built to withstand intense weightlifting routines, but also to give lifters a more comfortable shoe to train and compete in.
The Romaleos sneaker is mostly meant for Olympic-style lifts such as the squat, bench press, hang clean, and deadlift because of the heel cushion and stability the shoe gives you. But it can accomplish almost any lift you throw at it. However, at 15.8 oz., the Romaleos is built to help keep you locked down during lifts — it is not a shoe you should be wearing for agility training or running.
The Romaleos 4 shoe has features that will bring immediate benefits to your weight training. Nike mastered the thermoplastic heel wedge on the shoe, which ensures that you have an optimal receiving position and maximum support without compression during your lifts. Also, in the shoe’s mid-sole, the honeycomb-like system of trusses and bridges adds even more stability, pushing the shoe ahead of many others.
The Romaleos 4 is also very customizable. It comes with two insoles — one being for competition and the other strictly for your training routines. The Romaleos has these two very different insoles for one big reason — to boost your performance. The stiff competition insole features rugged construction, knowing you won’t be using it for a long period of time and to help you perform better when it matters. On the other hand, the softer insole for training is meant to give you a more comfortable fit for your long training sessions, focusing less on the competition aspect.
For any lifter who is serious about their training and wants to improve, the Romaleos is a must have. It is stable, sturdy, and strong, which allows the athlete to lift heavy without any limitation. The heel counter also improves form by allowing the athlete to explode through his/her heels rather than extending the knee over the toes. This helps muscles grow stronger and faster but also lowers the chances for injury.
While the Romaleos is the shoe for any serious and strict weightlifter, the Nike Metcon is a great training shoe option for those looking to lift, but also run and do other workouts requiring a more flexible shoe. The Metcon may be one of the most versatile training shoes on the market, but make no mistake it is a stable enough shoe to lift in daily as well. Together these two trainers from Nike are perfect for any athlete out there looking to take a step above the rest.
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