Review: Reebok EasyTone Sneakers, Part 2

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Reebok EasyTone
Reebok EasyTone

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This entry is Part 2 of a multi-part review of Reebok's new EasyTone sneakers. Read Part 1 to learn more about the science behind EasyTone and my initial reactions to this new sneaker.

I’ve been wearing Reebok EasyTone sneakers for the past couple of weeks now-- mainly on my weekend walks around the neighborhood and when I run errands, such as trips to the grocery store or Target. While I initially felt that my legs were a little more tired after walking in EasyTone sneakers than normal athletic sneakers, I can now confirm that the feeling intensified with more wear. There is definitely something going on with these new Reeboks!

With regular use I have noticed that my legs, particularly my upper legs, get much more tired when walking in EasyTone sneakers. Not crazy, muscle-ache inducing tired, but clearly more of a “worn out” feeling than had I worn regular sneakers on my walk. I also noticed that it takes a little more effort to work up a steady pace while walking in EasyTone sneakers—my normal quick gait takes a little more out of me. I like it. I feel like I’m getting more done.

While I blame my tendencies toward horrible posture, not the shoe, I do notice that I tend to hunch forward a bit more after I’ve been walking for a while in my EasyTone sneakers. I feel like I hunch forward due to the fact that I’m working a bit harder with every step, kind of like a work horse hunching down to pull a load. But, when I caught myself and started to practice my super Pilates posture while walking, I could really feel my thigh and butt muscles engaged. I’ve decided that a conscientious application of my Pilates posture might yield even better results, so I’m determined to do just that from now on.

So far, each outing in my Reebok EasyTone sneakers has felt like it was giving my legs a little extra workout. I’m excited to see what I’ll be able to accomplish in the remaining couple of weeks in my Reebok EasyTone challenge. Stay tuned to find out how I do!