My New Balance Minimus Review
It’s been years since I bought a pair of shoes that really changed my life, so I had no choice but to put together a New Balance Minimus review for my pair of MX20′s. They’re also available in the female WX20 model.
My New Balance Minimus MX20′s have stolen my heart. For serious. I can’t believe I only bought a new pair of shoes now. It’s been two years that I’ve been using the same damn pair of Nike SB skate shoes.
Okay, it’s been a bit hard letting those shoes go, as so many different PR’s and CrossFit milestones have been set with them.
Okay, Let’s Get To The New Balance Minimus Review…
I’m not gonna lie. For the first few days of using them, my calves and feet hurt more than usual, since my muscles weren’t used to that kind of strain during CrossFit WOD’s. After that short period, my feet have adjusted to using such a light shoe.
Now I CANNOT see myself using anything else…although, I do have my sights on a pair of Olympic lifting shoes soon for those Oly movements.
If you’re reading this, there’s a high chance that you’re using your normal pair of running or athletic shoes. You must feel like a dinosaur seeing everyone with their sweet kicks, right? Starting out, that’s alright. Then, as you start to progress in CrossFit and are really hitting heavier weights, you’re going to NEED the right shoe to provide you with the right support and protection.
I always felt unstable during barbell workouts with my running shoes, and my Nike skate shoes were the next best thing for stability. However, the weight of those skate shoes got annoying, and they were definitely NOT good for running.
So once I switched to the New Balance Minimus…SHIT. It’s like my performances changed drastically.
The first time I noticed this was during some heavy sets of front squats. Okay, not BEAST level, but repping 205# is heavy for me. My front squats have never felt so stable. Ever.
And what about the other movements?
Well, landing on the ground from the pull up bar feels safe and solid. Burpees are light and secure. Despite seeming like a light a fragile shoe, the toes hold up. Double unders? The close-to barefoot feeling has helped keep my jump rhythm more consistent.
Like mentioned before, they’re not the best for long distance running, but for the short runs and sprints, the Minimus makes me a very happy guy.
For me, the biggest test was with thrusters. Most running shoes have a tendency to make you rock forward and backward during the movement. Due to the Minimus’ stability, you DON’T experience any of that nonsense. That’s when I knew I was sold.
I fuckin LOVE these New Balances.
At first, this New Balance Minimus review was supposed to be an ongoing thing. However, after 2 full weeks of using them, I can DEFINITELY suggest them. The Minimus is a great, all-around shoe for CrossFit. Sure, it’s not ideal for running over 2 miles or so.
For your typical CrossFit WOD, it’s just what you NEED. You’ll feel like a brand new athlete if you’re someone who’s currently using a plain old pair of running shoes at the box. No need to feel like a dinosaur anymore.