Which shoe is winning in the world of competitive exercising?

Ever since the Nike Metcon came out to rival the Reebok Nano there has become more and more of a me versus them feeling in some Instagram posts and other social media. When Nike parked their truck across the street from last year’s Reebok CrossFit Games, shots were fired.


For the last few years, since Reebok became the primary sponsor of the CrossFit Games, competing athletes cannot wear anything other than Reebok apparel, including shoes. Same thing is happening in the UFC now since Reebok became the primary sponsor for the UFC this past year.

This leaves athletes like Dan Bailey who train in Inov8 shoes year around to have to compete in Reebok shoes at the Games. And, more importantly, since money drives all, now that Nike has a shoe in the competitive exercising market they want the exposure of the CrossFit Games, too. Of course Reebok says “Hell to the no”.

Which shoe is better? Which shoe has the better athletes? Let’s see.

Podium finishers from the 2015 CrossFit Games:

Men: Ben Smith (Reebok), Mat Fraser (Nike), B.K. Guomondsson (Reebok)
Women: Katrin Davidsdottir (Reebok), Tia Toomey (Reebok), Sara Sigmundsdottir (Nike)
Teams: Not sure about all athletes, but Mayhem is Froning and Hobart who are Reebok and I think most of Ute is also Reebok.

Nike has continued to make a push for some of the best of the best in the competitive exercising world. Reebok had quite a head start, but Nike is catching up.

Here are some recent high profile events with a lot of big name CrossFit athletes in the field.

Granite Games
Men: Albert Dominc Larouche (Reebok), Alex Anderson (not sure if he is sponsored, but a lot of Nikes on Instagram), Garret Fisher (Reebok)
Women: Sara Sigmundsdottir (Nike), Sam Briggs (Reebok), Nicole Holocomb (Reebok)

Men: Noah Olsen (Nike), Garret Fisher (Reebok – not sure he is sponsored by Reebok, though), Wil Moorad (Reebok)
Women: Brooke Wells (I think No Bull is her sponsor for shoes, but she is wearing Reebok lifters in all of her Instagram posts for Olympic lifting), Emily Bridgers (Reebok), Kari Pearce (don’t believe she has a shoe sponsor, but looks like she wears Reeboks a lot)

EC Championships
Men: Mat Fraser (Nike), Noah Olsen (Nike), Garret Fisher (Reebok)
Women: Sara Sigmundsdottir (Nike), Maddy Myers (not sure she is sponsored, but she works out in Nikes), Tasia Percevecz (again, not sure she is sponsored, but she wears Reeboks)

I’m sure I missed quite a few competitions, but this is a pretty good list. And with these lists I count 15 athletes wearing Reeboks and 9 wearing Nikes. Pretty close gap since the Metcons are only a few years old and Reebok as been marketing to this genre of shoe buyers for quite a bit longer.

Unfortunately I don’t see Reebok giving up their sponsorship of the CrossFit Games anytime soon so we won’t be seeing Nikes at the Games, but it is getting interesting with how many upper echelon CrossFit athletes are wearing Nikes now.

Sunday Funday?

I have blogged about this a few times, but am rehashing because the CrossFit gym I go to is doing a “healthy eating challenge” (is there a gym that isn’t?). Instead of filling up Facebook I figured I could write more here, include some pictures and post the link.

Here is my story (I hear the old Law and Order voice in my head…).

I have tried it all. I started losing weight about four, maybe five years ago. I am guessing 4.5 years. Since fall 2011.I started losing weight so I could run with my son when he got older and started playing sports. Didn’t want to be that fat dad sitting on the sidelines. I started to lose weight by running and going to Weight Watchers (my highest KNOWN weight is about 280, but I am guessing, as you will see in a picture below, I weighed well over 300 pounds for a good chunk of my life). I lost about 50 pounds doing that and then I plateaued. That’s about when I found CrossFit in 2012 and in 2013 I started eating Paleo. The combination helped me drop another 30’ish pounds.

I have gained about 20 pounds since my lowest recorded weight (201 and now I weigh in close to 220). However, I think that is mostly muscle. When I started CrossFit my best deadlift was 185 and now it is 385. I couldn’t snatch a bar and now my all time best snatch is 190. When I started I couldn’t press more than 130 pounds or so, now I can strict press over 200. I have definitely gotten stronger. My metcon times have also dropped – a lot. When I started CrossFit I couldn’t do Fran in less than 10 minutes and that was scaled. Now my Fran time is under 4 minutes. I don’t run nearly as much, but I ran the Turkey Trot this past Thanksgiving in really cold and snowy weather in less time than I ran it about 3 years ago in much better weather.

I put in the work in the gym. Just look at my logs on this site and you will see I rarely miss a day. But I think the quickest way to lose weight and make a change in your appearance comes in the kitchen. Work your ass off all you want in the gym and if you go home to crap food and beer you won’t see much change, if any.

So, that is my story and why I think I can help anyone who would like help. I have lost 80+ pounds and kept it off. If I catch myself just right after a workout, in the right light, with a unicorn behind me, I can see a six pack. After 30 years of being over weight and 18 or so of those being flat out obese, I still have some work to do and that is where my experimenting with diets has come into play.

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