For the past few years, I have typically trained mostly in either the GEL-Nimbus or GEL-Cumulus. However, I recently decided to try a lighter shoe for my tempo sessions, which would condition my legs for competing in racing flats or spikes. Therefore, the arrival of the ASICS GEL-Super J33 offered a unique training opportunity.
I am always trying to find ways to improve my leg strength as well as my running, without adding the risk of injury. The GEL-Super J33 comes from the ASICS Natural33 line, which are lightweight, natural running shoes. The model offers a soft landing with some stability, but lighter weight (7.3 oz size 10), to support my legs during tempo sessions or even longer steady-state or progression runs. The one-piece upper fits snuggly onto my foot without any overlays that cause foot irritation.
Previously, I have never been a fan of lightweight trainers, but after trying the GEL-Super J33, I have noticed a significant positive difference in my gait. The FluidAxis technology allows the foot to have a more natural foot-strike onto the ground. With another shoe to help with my biomechanics, I can only see benefits from using this model to mix up my training and bring out the best in my running over the long term. It is also nice to have a lighter and still stable shoe to incorporate in my weekly rotation with the GEL-Nimbus and GEL-Cumulus.
Adam Freudenthal was the first member of ASICS Greenville Track Club-ELITE and also works as a sales associate for the Run In in Greenville, SC.