Do Reebok Cardio Ultras really work?

Reebok's latest trainer is designed specifically for your Body Pump class

Ever desired a shoe design specifically for your Body Pump class? Holly Sands slips on the new Cardio Ultras.

The promise
According to Reebok, fitness giant and creator of the new Cardio Ultra trainer, these kicks are the first to be designed specifically for all in-studio workouts. Les Mills instructors around the city are currently testing them out.

Step by step
Sturdy and supportive, if you’re used to wearing lighter footwear with slimmer soles for your classes (such as Nike’s ubiquitous Free Run range), these banana-hued trainers can feel a little moon-booty to begin with. But for workouts and cardio-dance classes that involve changing direction rapidly and frequently, the grip and construction here is far more sturdy, and if your routine or circuit involves lifting heavy weights, the extra cushioning makes the exercise a lot more comfortable, and the solid sides feel more secure.

The result
In classes and doing our own circuit routine in the gym, our feet felt well protected and comfortable. We also tested the trainers outside of recommended areas – 45 minutes running was uncomfortable due to the relative flatness of the tread and high bridge support (which would differ for feet with a less Hobbit-like flatness than ours). That said, they proved comfortable and handy when weaving in between Carrefour’s shuffling masses.

Pros
• They’re highly comfortable for the classes they’re aimed at (and dashing around the shops).

Cons
• The interior support won’t suit every type of foot.

3/5
Dhs595. Available at selected Reebok stores from February 2.

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