“What is the Risto Trainer? And how is it different from Risto Lifting shoes?” you may ask.
Here are the short simple answers:
What is the Risto Trainer?:
This is a leather shoe with a solid rubber heel and sole. The heel is flat– this is perfect for wide stance deadlifts, running, jumps, double unders, burpees, etc… The toe is also designed to be resistant to doing burpees.
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How is it different from other shoes on the market?:
Quality!!!! I have seen those $100 dollar shoes that wear out after 3 months. Ok, these will wear out too, but I think they will last a bit longer than soft, nylon/plolymer shoes with soft rubber soles.
Stability — we are using a much harder rubber than any of the flat sneakers or low heel deadlift trainers (ie EVA is softer than rubber).
Do I still need weightlifting shoes?:
Yes, if you want to have any chance at maximizing your lifting potential, then you actually need weightlifting shoes. Have you ever seen a pit crew in NASCAR — they have specialized tools for each operation, hence making them incredibly efficient and effective. You need the right shoes for the right job. Wearing a “sort- of- crossfit- Oly -lifting -but -not -really- shoe”, will only give you sort of good results.
Finally- SAFETY and Injury Prevention! Weighlifting shoes are a must to protect yourself when doing maximal lifts. Lifting has the lowest injury rate at the Olympic Games — I think this also has somethign to do with the fact that even lifters from the poorest countries wear lifting shoes with a solid wood heel.
Do the best thing for your Lifts and your body.
What is the Risto Combo:
Right now, you can get 1 pair of trainers and one pair of white thunders for $175. Yes, this is a sale price. Yes, we do not guarantee how long we will be in production with either shoe, so best to buy it now. Yes, the trainers are on a presale, now, so its a 6 week lead time. These shoes take a bit less time to make since the heel is rubber.