Besides running, boot camp and HIIT workouts are my favorites when I’m looking for a good sweat and shaking muscles. Not only do these classes make me a stronger, more well-rounded runner, but they’re a ton of fun. I’ve been on the lookout recently for some new training sneakers, ones that I can wear in a boot camp workout that are a little more flexible than my running shoes. New Balance answered my prayers with the Fresh Foam 822’s.
Inspired by their popular Fresh Foam running shoe, the 822’s are lightweight (only 5.6 oz), flexible, incredibly soft and comfortable, yet ultra supportive. They also have a low heel to toe drop (4 mm) so they’re perfect for lifting as well as for quick dynamic movements.
After trying out the shoes for a few weeks I can honestly say I’m hooked. They’re so much lighter than other training shoes I’ve tried. My favorite feature is the tongue. It’s attached to the shoe on both the bottom and the sides, so it’s almost like an extra sock liner than holds your foot in place in the sneaker. It’s snug and comfortable and keeps the shoe really supportive during quick side-to-side movements. I tried them out at the New Balance Girls Night Out last month and they were perfect during the EQUINOX boot camp class. I think the only downside I will mention is that the shoe laces are a little long. But I have that problem with every pair of sneakers I wear—stupid narrow feet! Other than that, they are pretty darn perfect. The New Balance Fresh Foam 822’s come in 3 colors and is made for women only! The guys have their own version, the Fresh Foam 80 which has a high-top look to them. Very retro.
New Balance was so kind to not only offer me a pair to try out, but also off a pair to give away to one lucky lady!
I’m gonna make this one easy for you, all you have to do to enter is leave a comment below telling me your favorite cross-training workout.
I will randomly select a winner next Monday August 18th.
You get a bonus entry if you do one of the following (please leave a separate comment for each bonus entry):
- Follow me on Twitter at @BlondeBostonian
- Follow New Balance at @newbalance
- Tweet out: “@BlondeBostonian wants YOU to experience #FreshFoam with @newbalance Fresh Foam 822! http://wp.me/p2mXMb-1qA
*Disclaimer: New Balance sent me a pair of the Fresh Foam 822’s in exchange for a review. I was not compensated in any other way. All views and opinions are my own.*