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What Are The Best Self Love Books Today?

​What Are The Best Self Love Books Today?

​​Self love is, at its essence, about forgiveness.

We never feel we're good enough. We can't get over that mistake we made. We don't like (and definitely don't ​love​) our bodies.

Self love is about seeing all of that... and offering yourself forgiveness.

Because no one is perfect. And in fact, your imperfection may be the most perfect thing about you.

Who Needs ​​Self Love Books?

​​​​Short answer: anyone who isn't a narcissist.

(don't give these books to a narcissist)

Longer answer: Self love books are all about getting your relationships right, starting with your relationship with yourself.

Self love books are written for those who struggle with:

  • ​Guilt
  • ​Depression
  • ​Anxiety
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    ​Stress
  • ​Shame
  • ​Body hatred
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    ​Feelings of not being good enough (insufficiency)
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    ​Feelings of not being as good as someone else (inferiority)

​​If you feel like you struggle with one or several (or, in my case, all) of these, then a self love book may be for you.

What ​Self Love Books Do

Self love books help remind you that you are actually kind of stinkin' awesome.

These books remind you that you are ​not​ your flaws, you are ​not​ your failures.

You are you.

And you are valuable.

Self love books help you see that your faults do not define who you are, whatever those faults may be.

​Once these books have helped you see your own value, they show you how to ​believe ​in your own value using cutting edge techniques straight from the science books.

These books take you full circle from seeing your faults truly and realistically to overcoming your own self doubt.

These books help you become the person you have always known you could be.​​​

​How To Choose The Best ​Self Love Book For You

​We all come to the table with baggage, and all of our baggage is different than all of someone else's baggage.

So you're going to want to pick a book that best solves the problem ​you ​are facing.

Some books specialize in dealing with emotions like self doubt or self hatred, while others are geared toward accepting your body.

Other books have an emphasis on relationships, while others are about achieving freedom through bravery.

The best book for you will be the one that helps you see your own specific issue in a new light and overcome it.

And don't worry, I've ​made it easy to identify which book does what 🙂

​​Our Picks For Best ​Crossfit Shoes

​​I've chosen ​the ​best ​self love books in the world to help you step up your game. These books were graded based on:

​1)​ ​The quality of the information

​2) ​How ​practical the book is

​3)​ ​Whether or not the book covers all that needs to be said about an issue (called "scope")

​For each of these metrics, we've assigned a star rating and then given our own rating, which is an average of all the metrics above.

Best ​For Dealing With Destructive Thoughts

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​​​Self compassion is at the heart of what it means to love yourself. 

And if you are dealing with thoughts or emotions that are destructive in nature, that are slowly consuming you, then this is the book for you.

First off, this book is grounded in high quality scientific information. It is ​not ​your​​​​ typical "think happy thoughts, say happy things"​​​ that could be sold in Walmart as Diet Science.

Dr. Gerner, the author, is an acclaimed psychologist to the point where he's often found speaking at Ivy League schools like Harvard.

But this book isn't ​all research. The Mindful Path To Self-Compassion really has a lot of ​​​practical, step by step instructions on how to begin eliminating negative thoughts and emotions from your life.

Finally, this book really covers a lot of ground. There aren't many types of mental or emotional sufferings that won't be addressed, but a few may get less focus than others.

All in all, if you are looking to heal from trauma, stop believing you aren't worthy, or conquer your feelings of self doubt, this book could really go a long way towards helping you out of the pit you've found yourself in.


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    ​Does a great job of giving science without giving ​too​ much and getting bogged down​​​
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    ​Practical tips
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    ​Covers a large portion of types of mental and emotional suffering
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    ​Great for those experiencing destructive thoughts or emotions
  • Does not cover every possible type of emotional and mental burden


Best​ For Those Who ​Have Unrealistic Expectations Of Themselves

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​​​​If you consistently find yourself alone, trying to take on the world, you may be setting expectations too high for yourself.

Feelings of loneliness have a ton of horrible effects on us (​we discuss them in this post) and always lead to us feeling burned out and betrayed by those we love.

The Gifts Of Imperfection takes that problem and tackles it head on.

This book is filled with up to date research helping you solve the real problem, not just the symptoms. The author uses a ton of quotes and paraphrases from others to help you get the best information on how to overcome this suffering.

​And then it shows you how to use that information.

This book gets top score on practicality. ​Every single chapter ends in a D.I.G. where the author sums up what you just read and then gives you step by step guides to start doing what you need to do.

That alone is an incredible resource.​​​​​​

And finally, this book does a great job of presenting the entirety of what you need to know to succeed while reading it.

​The only critique is that the author may have leaned a little too heavily on ​her personal life experiences, which some may love and others not so much.


  • ​Great science
  • ​Uses the voices of a ton of experts
  • ​D.I.G. at the end of each chapter will make sure you know how to implement what you just read (that's ​super ​useful)​​​
  • ​Author says all that needs to be said
  • Great for those setting expectations too high for themselves
  • ​Author may lean a little too heavily on personal experience


Best ​For Those Who ​Don't Love Their Bodies

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​​​​If you looked in the mirror this morning and said "Eww" then this is the book for you.

We all struggle with self image sometimes and it's easy to get discouraged after trying so hard and not seeing a difference in the mirror or the scales.

This book digs deep to find current information about both physical and mental health, and this book does a good job at showing the link between the two.

​This book isn't just a how-to book, instead it ​helps you address the root of you not loving your body (your own beliefs about how you look and, more importantly, who you are).

From that cornerstone, the book gets practical. It gives effective tips on how to most effectively love your body by being kind to it. Treat your body well, and it will slowly become the body that you love.

And this book really covers a lot of ground. It covers all the bases of body love, addressing what you can do, how you should feel, who you truly are (you are awesome), and helps you see the value in connecting with others who share the same ​goals in life.

The only critique is that some of the tips for health are already included in other books (which, if they work, makes sense).


  • ​Extremely high quality information
  • ​Tons of practical and useful tips
  • ​Talks about the full range of health both mental and physical
  • ​Goes ​beyond other health books by addressing the need for your beliefs to be right and your community to be helpful
  • ​Best for those struggling with body image
  • ​​Some health tips already mentioned in other books (to be honest, I just have to put something here so other people think I'm being fair)


Best ​For Those Who Want To Improve Relationships

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​​​​This is the only book on this list that is specifically written with women in mind.

That said, it's probably a book that a ton of people, both men and women, need to read.

If you aren't happy single, you won't be happy in a relationship. And until you get your relationship with yourself right, you will struggle in relationships with other people.

This book ​includes some great information on how to know what you really want from yourself and from your relationships.

Powerful questions frequently asked help you see whether or not you're on the right track.

Once the book has helped you see where you want to go and who you want to be, it gives you practical guidance towards becoming more and more of that person.

And after that, this book offers a step by step approach to finding or fixing the relationships of your dreams.

​Best of all, this book says all that needs to be said about your relationship with yourself and your relationships with others.

Some Amazon reviews mentioned that the author is a little repetitive and that she uses a lot of personal experience.

But even so, this is a great book for finding who you are before you search for who you want to be with.


  • ​Real and encouraging
  • ​Includes great questions for self discovery
  • ​Nicely written and easy to read
  • ​Helps you align with who you want to be and who you want to be with in your life
  • ​Great for those who are in or searching for relationships
  • ​Can be a little repetitive
  • ​Author may use too much personal experience


Best ​For Overcoming Fear And Being Brave

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​​​​Daring Greatly confronts the issue of fear with brunt force: 

Until we are vulnerable, we can never be brave.

Daring Greatly expertly combines the research and tips from a ton of different fields all into this one powerful book.

It is filled with well written research, analysis, quotes, and stories of personal triumph (and failure).

And sprinkled throughout the powerful information are pieces of practical advice that are both important and realistic.

The author does not waste time with ineffective or impossible tactics.

This book also does a really great job of talking about everything related to the issues of self-doubt, fear, vulnerability, and courage.

All that said, a few mentioned that the book may have been a bit boring.

All in all, this book checks all the boxes someone who struggles with fear or self-doubt needs. It is a great purchase.


  • ​Does a great job of giving science​​​
  • ​Approaches the concepts of fear and bravery from a new angle
  • ​Easy to read and easy to implement in your life
  • Says all that needs to be said about the topic
  • ​Great for anyone struggling with fear, anxiety, or self-doubt
  • ​Some reviews mentioned it may be a bit boring


Best ​Overall

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​​​​If you aren't exactly sure what the problem is, but you know that you need a solution, then this is the book that I recommend for you.

This book serves as a sort of catch-all, and could easily substitute for every category on this list. If you don't know where to start or feel like you have ​lots​ of books you need to read, I suggest beginning with this one.

First, it's loaded ​​​in great, well-researched, practical info. No rah-rah "everything will be fine" stuff here (unless, of course, ​you ​make everything fine with your actions).

Speaking of actions, this book gives you some great ideas on stuff to do. And not only does it give you action tips for a few things, it gives ​universal​advice.

This means that whatever situation you find yourself in, this book gives advice that can help you identify your mental surroundings and take advantage of the situation presented to you.

Whatever that situation may be.

This book is broad, and for that reason, it can lack focus on specific issues. While it may be your best option if you want to tackle several issues or don't know where to begin, you may be better off with another book on this list if you have only one deeply rooted issue.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​


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    ​Does a great job of discussing lots of issues
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    ​Well researched and high quality information
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    ​Universal practical tips that can help you in every situation
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    ​Best overall
  • ​May not be as good for dealing with one specific issue as others on this list


C​onclusion

​​Thanks for reading! Since there are so many variables in different workouts, I recommend different ​books for different circumstances. That said, if I only had to recommend one, I would recommend Self Compassion as the best book overall.

​Self Compassion deals with a wide range of various circumstances and is guaranteed to help you in some part of your life.

Let me know in the comments below: ​what is your favorite self love book?

Stay awesome. Have a great day.

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What Are The Best Shoes For Crossfit?

​What Are The Best Shoes For Crossfit?

​(For Men And Women)

​Crossfit, by almost every definable metric, has pretty much taken the world by storm. In fact, there are now more Crossfit gyms worldwide than there are Starbucks. (source).

​Since Crossfit is all about maximizing performance, it only makes sense that you'd want the best shoes in the world to maximize your effort in the gym.

We've got our full reviews down below, but here's a table made if you're just looking for the best.

Who Needs ​Crossfit Shoes?

​​​While everyone needs shoes to ​do ​Crossfit, not everyone needs shoes specifically ​for ​Crossfit. Particularly if you're just getting into it and not sure if you will continue, a pair of shoes specifically for Crossfit may not be worth the effort.​​​​​​

If, however, you are:

​1) ​Serious about strengthening your body, mind, and spirit

​2)​ Committed to exercising

​3)​ Wanting to maximize your performance in the gym and on the track

​Then a pair of shoes for Crossfit will undoubtedly by a great investment in terms of time, energy, and money.​​​

​​​What ​​​Crossfit Shoes Do

​​Crossfit shoes solve a problem that many Crossfitters face: your shoes aren't ideal for running, or they aren't ideal for lifting.

Often, your shoes aren't much use for running ​or ​lifting.​​​

But a good pair of shoes really makes a difference. In 2017 during Nike's Breaking2 project, a project using the world's greatest runners attempting to break the 2 hour marathon, one of the key pieces of equipment that Nike outfitted ​their runners in was nothing other than a new shoe geared for speed. (source).

In the same way, weightlifting shoes offer support for your feet and ankles and help assure that your heel (and, by extension, your entire leg) stays perfectly aligned with the floor.

​Crossfit shoes conquer both of these dilemmas by producing an ideal shape for running while also ensuring you have the support and stability required of weightlifting.

Crossfit shoes will:

  • Give you stable footing not found in normal running shoes
  • ​Allow you to biomechanically have a better lift due to construction of the shoe
  • Endure rigorous runs, rope climbs, or the other challenges Crossfit provides
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    ​Be comfortable in and out of the gym
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    ​Be significantly more lightweight than a weightlifting shoe to optimize running performance
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    ​Help you have better form on leg exercises due to lower heels (this means less strain on your back)

​How To Choose The Best ​​Crossfit Shoes For You

Crossfit is a sport with a lot of different variables; how much you run, lift, climb ropes, or run around pounding the ground and shouting after a successful lift will depend on what cage you're a part of.

​With all the possible variation in the mix, the best shoes for you may not be the best shoes for your buddy going to the cage across town.

​​Likewise, if you want to focus more on one area, there are shoes that will be able to help you accomplish that.

​The best Crossfit shoes for you will undoubtedly be the ones that help you do the lift, run the mile, climb the rope, or make you an all-around better athlete.

Pick the shoe that most closely matches what you'd like to get out of it and will provide the most value for you. If running is your favorite part of Crossfit and you do it outside the gym, (if you don't, here are five reasons you that are basically guaranteed to make you want to start) then you may want to get a pair that helps you beat the clock all the more while still providing support for the big lifts in the cage.

If you're an avid weightlifter and love snatches, cleans, and lifting heavy things, then there are shoes that get your heels closer to the ground (keeping strain off your back), give ankle support, and will still speed up your mile time.

Whatever you're looking for, don't be afraid to stand out among the crowd and get the shoes that you (not your friends or your buddies in the cage) want.

There are Crossfit shoes out there with fitting your style and those shoes have your name on them. Don't be afraid to do a little digging to find them; we promise it will be worth it.

​​Our Picks For Best ​Crossfit Shoes

​​I've chosen ​the ​best Crossfit shoes in the world to help you step up your game. We've graded these shoes based on:

​1)​ How much they help your runs

​2) ​How much they help your lifts

​3)​ How durable these shoes will be

​For each of these metrics, we've assigned a star rating and then given our own rating, which is an average of all the metrics above.

​We have sections for both men and women and we start our reviews with the ladies. Click below to jump straight to the reviews:

Men

Women

And if you're not looking for a review and just want to get straight to the best options, here is a neat little table below where you can click and go straight to Amazon.

Enjoy 🙂

Best Crossfit Shoes For Women

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Our Rating

​​The Nano 8.0 is ​one of the absolute best shoes in the world for those Crossfit lifts, rope climbs, and sprints.

The Nano has a wide toe box, allowing you to stabilize during lifts, and a low rise from roe to heel meaning that your heels are that much closer to being on the ground.

This is ​great​ news if you struggle with form on higher weights, have knee problems, or experience back pain while lifting.

The Nano is also super durable, meaning that it will last you more than a few rope climbs without you having to tear the soles out. It'll also do you well if you do a lot of running on gravel or other rough surfaces.

Running is probably the Nano's biggest weak spot; while you can definitely run in these while staying comfy, these shoes aren't designed with much more than a mile in mind.

If you're doing sprints of any kind, you'll never know the difference. If you're looking to clock a 5k, 10k, or marathon, you wouldn't be bad off to look for other shoes dedicated to running.

​This shoe is also super fashionable. It has a huge variety of colors and the reviews say that it fits true to size.​​​


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    ​Wide toe box for stability
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    ​Low toe/heel rise - will help with form, knee pain, and keep stress off back
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    ​Very durable - you won't have any problems with ropes or running on rough surfaces
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    ​Extremely lightweight and great for sprints
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    ​Fashionable with wide variety of colors
  • ​Low toe padding, so not the most comfortable shoe for long runs


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​​​The Tazon 6 is a shoe that very few Crossfitting women will ever regret getting.

First off, this thing is great for running. It includes toe padding and heel padding to ensure that you won't start feeling the miles later on in your run, and may even help with your speed a bit due to light weight and aerodynamic design.

​The Tazon is also packing in the durability: it's surefire that this shoe won't give out on you during your brutal punishments. This shoe can climb rope, run around, and box jump with the best of them.

​Due to its great design for running, this shoe suffers a bit on weightlifting. It does have good support for your feet and ankles, including feet padding to ensure that you aren't moving on the edges of your feet.

Keeping you off the edges of your feet while lifting really helps to keep your knees out, protecting you from injuries. 

Yet this shoe doesn't have anything stellar as far as a wide toe box or low toe/heel rise. The toe box isn't super necessary, but the low toe/heel rise can be helpful if you struggle with form, are going for high weight, or have pains.

All in all, this is an incredible shoe for Crossfit and one of the better options for those whose emphasis is running.

This shoe looks good and has several color options. Some said it fits true to size, others say it fits a bit small. I would say if you're between two sizes with most brands, go up a size, but otherwise you are probably fine.


  • ​Toe padding makes running comfy
  • ​Heel padding also makes running comfy
  • ​Lightweight and aerodynamic
  • ​Extremely durable
  • ​Fashionable with variety of colors
  • ​Helps you stay off the insides of your feet - great for injury protection while lifting
  • ​No toe box
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Our Rating

​​​The Cell Raize Heather is meant to be a cross-training shoe and it delivers spectacularly.

​While this shoe is not the best shoe on the market for either running or lifting, at time of writing it is the shoe with the lowest price tag by a significant margin, making it the value pick of this review.

The Cell Raize Heather comes with padding for both toes and heels plus has a light weight and aerodynamic feel to it.

This shoe also comes with some foot support and helps you avoid the inside of your feet when you're lifting.

​The Cell Raize Heather does not come with a wide toe box for heavy lifts and doesn't have much to brag about in the way of toe/heel rise, so don't expect any miracles when you try this shoe on and go for a deadlift.

This shoe has some serious durability. Whatever you intend to put it through, it will last with the best of them and you'll be laughing when all your friends go to buy new shoes.

The Cell Raize Heather also lost half a star due to lack of s​erious ankle support.

Many ladies said it was comfortable, but may have been sized a bit too small. Several reviews mentioned the wish that they'd have bought half a size up.

The Cell Raize Heather looks great, but doesn't have a lot of color options.


  • ​Toe padding makes running comfy
  • ​Heel padding also makes running comfy
  • ​Very durable - you won't have any problems with ropes or running on rough surfaces
  • ​The value pick
  • Helps you stay off the inside of your feet while lifting - great for injury protection
  • ​No wide toe box
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    ​Nothing to brag about as far as toe/heel drop
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    ​Not much ankle support for side to side moving
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    ​Not a wide variety of colors


Best Crossfit Shoes For Men

​Running

​Lifting

​Durability

Our Rating

​​​​The Nano 8.0 for both men and women consistently have the highest reviews and the best performance for Crossfit shoes.

This shoe, like the women's version, has a wide toe box and the toe/heel rise is made for people looking to set PRs in all forms of Olympic lifts. The low toe/heel rise is also great for anyone who suffers from knee, hip, or back pain as the low toe/heel rise keeps stress off these areas.

This shoe was also made to endure the tough trials of Crossfit; specifically made to last during rope climbing sessions, the Nano 8.0 won't wear out on you whether you're climbing the rope, lifting, or cranking out some more sprints.

While the Nano 8.0 excels at lifting, it's not the greatest shoe in the world for long distance runs. It has enough padding where you won't have any problems at all in short bursts like sprints, but you probably don't want to run a marathon in these.

But as long as you aren't going much more than a few miles, these shoes are comfy, durable, and made to set records in your cage.

Most people say that these fit true to size, but a few say purchase a half size up. I would say purchase your size and return them if they're a fuzz small for you.

This shoe looks really good and has tons of colors available.


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    ​Wide toe box for stability
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    ​Low toe/heel rise - will help with form, knee pain, and keep stress off back
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    ​Very durable - you won't have any problems with ropes or running on rough surfaces
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    ​Extremely lightweight and great for sprints
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    ​Fashionable with wide variety of colors
  • ​Lack of a lot of toe and heel padding means that these aren't the most comfortable shoes for long runs


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Our Rating

​​​​The Glove 4 is one of the premier shoes for Crossfit with an emphasis on helping you log the distance and speed you want while running. 

These shoes are lightweight, aerodynamic, and have both toe and heel padding to make sure that your run is as comfortable as it can be.

These shoes are also extremely durable. Having been made for the purpose of trail running, the Glove 4 is meant to last you through any terrain, any lift, and any rope. It's actually the trail running characteristics that make this shoe ​so good​ for Crossfit.​​​

While the toe/heel rise isn't anything to write home about, this shoe does have a nice toe box for stability and the design will help you stay off the insides of your feet while lifting (which will help you make sure your knees aren't going in during the heavy lifts).

Most reviews say that these shoes fit as expected, but some say to order a half size up. I think for the majority of people, ordering your true size is probably fine.

The Glove 4 looks great and has tons of color options.


  • ​Toe padding makes running comfy
  • ​Heel padding also makes running comfy
  • ​Very durable - you won't have any problems with ropes or running on rough surfaces
  • ​Wide tow box
  • Helps you stay off the inside of your feet while lifting - great for injury protection
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    ​Lots of color options
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    ​Nothing to brag about as far as toe/heel drop
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    ​Not much ankle support for side to side moving


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Our Rating

​The Charged Ultimate 2.0 has unique traits that make it one of the best shoes on the planet for Crossfitters, particularly anyone looking to shoe shop on a budget.

The Charged Ultimate is lightweight and aerodynamic, plus it includes some pretty good padding for the heels and toes. This shoe will also help you land and stay on the outsides of your feet, giving you more running power and stability, as well as keeping your knees from pushing inward when you're lifting. These attributes make the Charged Ultimate a great running shoe.

It is also a pretty good weight lifting shoe. It has some decent ankle support, but the toe/heel rise can't compete with shoes that are made only for weight lifting. The toe box is fairly wide, which will help with runs and lifts.

While this shoe is durable and will last you a while, it is the value pick of this list and probably won't handle as many rope climbs and runs on rough surfaces that the other shoes we've will.

At time of writing, this shoe has the lowest average cost of any shoe on this list, so this is definitely a go-to for the budget shopper looking for value.

Most people said this shoe fit to size, but some said it was a fuzz small. If you usually don't have any problems with shoes feeling too small, you're probably fine to shop at your true size.

Some comments were made about the tongue on this shoe being different. Some said they didn't like it, no one said that they loved it, but the vast majority of people said it just took some getting used to. Many reviewers specified that after wearing the shoe for a bit, it was extremely comfortable.

The Charged Ultimate 2.0 has a few colors to choose from, but not too many.


  • ​Toe padding makes running comfy
  • ​Heel padding also makes running comfy
  • ​Ankle support
  • ​The value pick
  • Helps you stay off the inside of your feet while lifting and running - great for injury protection
  • ​No wide toe box
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    ​Nothing to brag about as far as toe/heel drop
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    ​Not much ankle support for side to side moving
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    ​Not a wide variety of colors
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    ​Not the most durable shoe


C​onclusion

​​Thanks for reading! Since there are so many variables in different workouts, I recommend different shoes for different circumstances. That said, if I only had to recommend one, I would recommend the Men's Nano 8.0 and the Women's Nano 8.0 as the best Crossfit shoes overall.

The Nano 8.0 series gives you the support you need for lifting, the comfort and speed you need for sprints, and are durable enough to last a long time.

Let me know in the comments below: What are your go-to Crossfit shoes?

Stay awesome. Have a great day.

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Audible Review: Is This Famous Audiobook Seller Really Worth It?

​​Audible Review: Is This Famous

Audiobook Service Really Worth It?

​​​​​​​​My alarm clock (meaning my phone) buzzed beside me, rattling my whole nightstand.

It was time.

​Again​.

I showered, got dressed, ate a measly breakfast, and got in the car for my 45 minute commute to work.

​The radio played the same songs that it had played yesterday and the day before.

​And frankly?

I was sick of it all.

My morning routine, my job,​ my life. But the one thing that truly ​irked​ me was something most people wouldn't even bother to consider.

I hated driving 45 minutes to work and back.​​​

Pretty pathetic, huh?

I was tired of the same roads, tired of the same routine. I felt like if I could drive less, I would have more time to spend on my personal development and my own goals.

And even then, I knew that time spent on personal development was time spent on my dream life.

It was time spent on being happy.

Feeling constricted, needing a change in routine (and life), I bought my first audiobook. It was The 4-Hour Work Week​ by best selling author Tim Ferriss.

​I plugged in my aux cord, started listening, and literally overnight, my entire life dynamic changed.

​This will sound extreme, but immediately I was excited to wake up in the mornings. I showered fast, sucked down some breakfast, and was always early to work because ​I loved being in the car​.

​I changed the worst part of my day and the rest of my day followed suit.

Now not only was I listening Monday through Friday on my drove to work, I found myself listening to books on the weekends. I listened while exercising, working around the house, running errands, ​even as I was falling asleep​!

​People all over the world have fallen in love with audiobooks. And if you love to read but don't have the money or time, want ​to devote more to your own self-improvement, or simply want to change the routine, I've written this post to be an honest review of the audiobook giant Audible.

If you're looking for anything in particular, here's a quick table of contents for you.

This Audible review is written for those who may be on the fence about Audible or audiobooks​​​​​​​​​​​​ in general. This company is a powerhouse and a giant (being owned by Amazon) and has gained a ton of ground since I started using it.

But first thing's first: who needs it?​​​

Who Needs ​Audible?

​​​Audible was created for people who want (or need) to read but are unable (or just won't do it).

It is perfect for people who have a reading disorder and find books challenging yet still want the knowledge within.

It is perfect for people who want to fall in love with incredible characters, a beautiful story, and be hooked into an excellent plot, but just don't have the time.

Audible is a masterpiece for those that realize the importance of self-improvement but simply are unable to spend the proper amount of time constructing their dream lives.

If you want to read but don't have the time, need a change in routine but don't know where to go, or desire the knowledge that books contain without actually wanting to ​read​ (there's no shame in not enjoying reading), then Audible was created with you in mind.​​​

If any of these are you, Audible is perfect for you.

​​​What ​​​Audible Does

​​Audible started from the great idea (seriously, it was brilliant) that the company would make reading easier, faster, and more accessible.

How would they do this?

​They would read the book to you​.

Today, the company continues that time honored convenience.​​​

Audible reads books to you.

​And we'll talk more about this later, but Audible is capable of reading ​a lot​ of books to you. Like, a whole lot of books.

​Everything from New York Times Bestsellers to indie mom-and-pop books can be found on Audible. Audible even have their own exclusive books, meaning that some books can ​only be found​ on Audible.

It's perfect to listen in the car, turn on during a run, or even for some great background noise as you clean the house, watch the kids, or do whatever your tasks for the day are.

And most surprisingly of all, having your personal butler read you books doesn't cost​​​​​​ as much as you would think.

My average cost per audiobook is less than $9.88. At less than $10, I actually listen to books less expensively than I read them.

Audible brings the power and joys of knowledge, stories, and lives to you inexpensively in a way that anyone can use.

​The Competition And Audible's Slim Chance Of ​Success

​​​Audible has to compete with a couple of competitors in the audiobook space and everyone should ask one simply question when looking to get any new service: "Is this one the right one for me?"

And the fact of the matter is this: the audiobook space has a lot of players.

Each one claims to be the best at something and tries to accomplish everything, so the odds of one player being better than all the others (no matter how fragile some of them are) is really slim to none.

​While there are many players in the audiobook space, only a few are truly worth considering. Outside of a few large players, other companies are extremely limited in titles (such as only having audiobooks from your local library), narrated solely by volunteers instead of professionals (and thus lowering overall voice actor quality), or only allow you to "rent" books (preventing you from downloading, listening offline, or keeping the title).

Audible's main competitors are Audiobooks Now, Audiobooks.com, and Playster. Let's take a look at each of these.

I've judged each competitor based on the size of their library, the features used, and the price of the service.

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​Features