the drop of a running shoe

Why do running shoes have a drop?

By Phil Clark / January 21, 2018

Every shoe in Run Shoe Store—the largest selection of any Philadelphia-area running shoe store—has a drop. There are 7 drops currently (drops are measured in millimeters): 13mm, 12mm, 10mm, 8mm, 5mm, 4mm, and 3mm. That corresponds to .51 inches, .47 inches, .40 inches, .31 inches, .20 inches, .16 inches, and .12 inches. It seems that…

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How to make running shoes last longer

By Phil Clark / January 13, 2018

Of all the ‘how to…’ questions that I get, one of the most common is about ‘how to make running shoes last longer.’ Let’s begin by answering that question with this question: How do running shoes die? The most important part of the running shoe is the part that the runner stands on—the midsole. The…

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What’s the best gym shoe?

By Phil Clark / January 11, 2018

Before talking about the best gym shoe, we should talk about what happens in the contemporary gym. Here is a list of the most popular equipment, according to IHRSA: Treadmills Resistance machines Hand weights Dumbbells Stationary bikes Elliptical machines Barbells Ab machines Stair climbing machines Rowers Cardio cross trainers Kettle bells The best gym shoe…

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What’s the best shoe for heel strikers?

By Phil Clark / December 19, 2017

Here’s the important fact that should be considered when we talk about the best shoe for heel-strikers: just about every technical running shoe has been made to accommodate heel strikers. (This is beside the point but heel-striking is not necessarily a bad thing.) Sneaker manufacturers aim to make shoes that respond to the things that…

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strength training for runners

Strength training for runners

By Phil Clark / December 4, 2017

Rebecca Qumon is one of the many runners who are members of The Training Station Gym. She normally laces up her sneakers, walks past all of the strength equipment, hops on the treadmill, does her run, and walks past all of the strength equipment on her way out the door. But she recently asked me…

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nutrition for runners

Nutrition for runners

By Phil Clark / November 3, 2017

Sam Adele buys her shoes from us. She also hits us up for running advice, about everything from interval training to nutrition for runners. There are different categories of running shoes: neutral, stability, motion control, etc. For Sam, and nearly everyone else, one of those categories is most comfortable—in her case, neutral shoes. Think of…

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running for weight loss

Running for weight loss

By Phil Clark / October 24, 2017

It had been 6 years since Dean Sato played on his college football team’s offensive line. Football isn’t the kind of sport that people continue after they graduate, so during all of that time he hadn’t blocked or tackled anybody. He wasn’t going to the gym. Running for weight loss was far from his mind.…

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Philadelphia Marathon Training

Check out The Training Station Gym’s exciting take on Philadelphia Marathon training!!

By Phil Clark / September 28, 2017

Their latest blog post describes a one-of-a kind workout being used to prepare runners for the Philadelphia Marathon.  

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We Won a Best of Philly Award!

By Phil Clark / August 13, 2017

Run Shoe Store and The Training Station won best gym in Philadelphia for 2017. We’re psyched to be on this list for the second time! http://www.phillymag.com/best-of-philly/awards/gym/

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best gym shoe

Weightlifting shoes are the best

By Phil Clark / August 8, 2017

When I seriously started powerlifting, I was influenced by the publications of Pavel Tsatsouline. He persuaded me to lift wearing Chuck Taylor sneakers, because they are flat. For a while, I thought they were the best shoes to lift heavy barbells with. Later in my career, I prioritized Olympic Weightlifting over powerlifting. I learned from…

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