We were blown away by the final transformations on The Biggest Loser this week. Jeremy Britt, who had a bumpy ride this season, won the $250,000 grand prize after losing 51.16% of his overall body weight. Eliminated contestant Mike Messina secured $100,000 "At Home" prize after shedding 44.69% of his overall body weight. If they can do it, why can't we? In the spirit of fitness, ShoesTV tracked down our top three favorite workout shoes.
Britt's transformation is remarkable.
First-runner up Kim Nielson started "The Biggest Loser" weighing 252 pounds and after four months, now weighs 134 pounds. Congrats, Kim!
Britt's win was controversial, given that he was technically eliminated in an earlier episode. Despite hurt feelings over his return, Britt still managed to lose the most weight, for which he does deserve some special credit. Still, our role model of the season is Mike Messina. Losing weight with a personal trainer on your back is hard enough, but when you have to be your own motivater, that's a whole other ball game. Messina's a great reminder that there are no excuses when it comes to being healthy.
Looking good, Mike!
For those hoping to work off the weight at home, we've compiled a list of our three favorite workout shoes, in no particular order.
#1 Asics Gel 1150
While Asics has released later models, we've consistently found great reviews and great deals when it comes to the Asics Gel 1150. Considered a very comfortable shoe, the sneaker is recommended for runners with an average arch, needing a little support and lots of cushiony greatness. Runner's World even awarded them a "Best Buy" award. Selling for a sale price of $29.99 at Footlocker, these shoes are a small investment when it comes to maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
#2 Brooks Infiniti 2
Voted the "Best Running Shoes for Stablity" by Fitness Magazine, these sneakers are some of the most supportive on the market. The biodegradable insoles are comfy, while offering plenty of stability, and the HydroFlow fluid in the heel and forefoot and rearfoot makes the shoe even more cushy. The shoes retail for $124.95.
#3 Saucony Hurricane 13
While the women's version has gotten lackluster reviews, men wanting to keep in shape need look no further than the Saucony Hurricane 13. Saucony recently released the Hurricane PowerGrid 14, which has gotten solid reviews from Runner's World. That said, shoe blogger Dr. Jenny Sanders of the Financial District Foot & Ankle Center claims the new model's increased flexibility means it offers less support. Men, go with the Saucony Hurricane 13 for what Sanders calls a "nice ride." The shoe sells for an even $100.
The greatest thing about working out is that it starts with a shoe-shopping trip. Get shopping, so you can get moving!
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