Nicholas Rizzo

Nicholas Rizzo

Nick combines 10+ years of experience in the health and fitness industry and a background in the sciences in his role as the Fitness Research Director. During his competitive powerlifting years his PRs have him sitting in the top 2% of bench presses (395 lbs), top 3% of squats (485 lbs) and top 6% of deadlifts (515 lbs) for his weight and age. His work has been featured on Bodybuilding.com, LiveStrong, Healthline, WebMD, WashingtonPost, and many more. Along the way, collaborating with industry leaders like Michael Yessis, Mark Rippetoe, Carlo Buzzichelli, Dave Tate, Ray Williams, and Joel Seedman.


Articles

Running Boom: 28.76% of runners started during the pandemic
Running Boom: 28.76% of runners started during the pandemic

We surveyed 3,961 current runners to investigate how many began during the pandemic. We wanted to learn about their motivations for running, whether they’ll participate in races, and how they di[…]

1/3 gym members won't return after vaccine (11K surveyed)
1/3 gym members won't return after vaccine (11K surveyed)

A year ago, at the start of the lockdowns, we found that nearly 50% of gym members didn’t plan to return to their gyms upon reopening and that more than 10% had canceled their memberships. A fol[…]

Calories Burned Walking: How Many Calories Burned Walking
Calories Burned Walking: How Many Calories Burned Walking

In order to stay active and enjoy the benefits of exercise, people began getting active outdoors during the pandemic. In fact, activities like walking was the top fitness trend in 2021, so we wanted t[…]

Calories Burned Running: How Many Calories Burned Running?
Calories Burned Running: How Many Calories Burned Running?

All types of exercise benefits you by burning calories. Specifically, running is one of the most effective exercises to help you burn calories. In this study, we analyze the number of calories burned[…]

Calories Burned Biking: How Many Calories Does Cycling Burn
Calories Burned Biking: How Many Calories Does Cycling Burn

Riding a bike at home or outdoors is on the rise, with our fitness trends report showing outdoor exercise and home fitness as the most popular trends of 2021. We know exercise benefits you in losing w[…]

40+ Weight Loss Statistics 2021
40+ Weight Loss Statistics 2021

We scoured through various studies and polls, researching and collecting data regarding weight loss to provide a comprehensive breakdown of: Weight loss statistics Weight loss success statistics Weigh[…]

Average Gym Membership Cost 2021 [Gym Price Analysis]
Average Gym Membership Cost 2021 [Gym Price Analysis]

We compiled the prices of the different membership plans at 16 popular gym chains in the US (as of January 15th, 2021) to analyze the average gym membership costs in 2021. The comprehensive analysis s[…]

60+ Personal Trainer Statistics, Facts, and Trends
60+ Personal Trainer Statistics, Facts, and Trends

We spent 37 hours reading, researching, analyzing, and compiling personal trainer statistics, to provide a comprehensive breakdown of: Personal training industry statistics [size, growth, and trends][…]

39.14% of avid gym members switch to home fitness in 2021
39.14% of avid gym members switch to home fitness in 2021

In our previous study, we found 41.38% of gym members were “avid gym members”, or those who stated gyms, health clubs, fitness centers, studios, or bootcamps were their primary way to stay[…]

How Will Gym Members Stay Fit in 2021 [Hint:Not the Gym]
How Will Gym Members Stay Fit in 2021 [Hint:Not the Gym]

Although nearly half of gym members said they would return to their gym when it reopened back in April, only a third had returned since August. With the pandemic only worsening as 2020 comes to an end[…]

200+ Gym Industry Statistics 2021 [Global Analysis]
200+ Gym Industry Statistics 2021 [Global Analysis]

We spent 57 hours researching, analyzing, and compiling data on the global gym industry to produce a comprehensive global analysis. These 200+ gym industry statistics cover: Global gym industry statis[…]

COVID's Impact on the Fitness Industry [35+ Stats and Facts]
COVID's Impact on the Fitness Industry [35+ Stats and Facts]

The global pandemic is the biggest disruption the fitness industry has ever faced. To develop a greater understanding of just how the industry is being impacted and shifting, we spent hours researchin[…]

77 Gym Membership Statistics, Facts, and Trends [2020/2021]
77 Gym Membership Statistics, Facts, and Trends [2020/2021]

We researched, read, analyzed, and compiled data and facts on everything regarding gym memberships and gym members, to bring you a comprehensive breakdown of gym membership statistics. Gym membership[…]

Quarantine Weight Gain: 35.82% Gained Weight During Pandemic [19,903 Person Study]
Quarantine Weight Gain: 35.82% Gained Weight During Pandemic [19,903 Person Study]

In previous research, we found that the lockdown led to people exercising more than they were prior to the pandemic - staying active to enjoy the health benefits of exericse. Additionally, we have fou[…]

A Fifth of Gyms Are Still Closed [6,812 Member Survey]
A Fifth of Gyms Are Still Closed [6,812 Member Survey]

Four months after our initial gyms reopening survey we ran a follow-up survey that found only 30.98% of gym members had returned to their gym to enjoy the benefits of exercising. To learn more about t[…]

Only 30.98% of Gym Members Have Returned [5,055 Member Survey]
Only 30.98% of Gym Members Have Returned [5,055 Member Survey]

Prior to gyms reopening in May, we surveyed 10,824 gym members regarding how they felt about returning to their gyms and their memberships. Four months later, we have surveyed 5,055 gym members to lea[…]

Gyms Reopening: 46.67% of Members Won’t Return [Study]
Gyms Reopening: 46.67% of Members Won’t Return [Study]

In the face of this pandemic, some places are beginning their initial stages of reopening. During so, people have had to go elsewhere to stay active and enjoy the benefits of exercise. With the disrup[…]

50+ Ways Strength Training for Golf Improves Performance
50+ Ways Strength Training for Golf Improves Performance

It is well known that exercise benefits sports performance in a variety of ways. For this study we researched and analyzed over 130 scientific studies in order to investigate the effect of strength tr[…]

323,776 Reviews Say "Expensive Workout Shoes Aren't Worth It"
323,776 Reviews Say "Expensive Workout Shoes Aren't Worth It"

Are expensive workout shoes worth it? This study analyzed 323,776 reviews of 336 workout shoes from 20 different brands. The analysis focused on the pricing, rating, and savings for shoes across the e[…]

CrossFit Open 2020 - Expert Predictions
CrossFit Open 2020 - Expert Predictions

With the 2020 CrossFit Open kicking off on October 10th, RunRepeat conducted a survey among journalists and CrossFit experts around the world. The survey consisted of 14 questions regarding their pred[…]

The Political Divide: Dems and Reps Can't Even Agree on Shoes
The Political Divide: Dems and Reps Can't Even Agree on Shoes

The political divide is seemingly greater than ever. Although we are all citizens of the same country, there are clearly differences in the people that fall on both sides of the aisle. Which begs the[…]

Sprint Interval Training: Burn 40% More Fat Than HIIT in 60% Less Time
Sprint Interval Training: Burn 40% More Fat Than HIIT in 60% Less Time

From fitness gurus and gym trainers to that one colleague who never shuts up about Crossfit, all will tell you exactly what you need to do to lose weight. We all know the benefits of exercising - desp[…]

33 Couples Yoga Poses to Take Your Relationship to the Next Level
33 Couples Yoga Poses to Take Your Relationship to the Next Level

From Instagram gurus, major publications, family and friends to your work colleagues, it is hard to go very long without hearing about yoga. We get it. Yoga is a great form physical activity to reap t[…]

Stronglifts 5x5 Workout - Best Strength Training Program for Beginners
Stronglifts 5x5 Workout - Best Strength Training Program for Beginners

The fitness industry is littered with fad workouts that tell you what to do, how to do it, and promise amazing results. They come. They go. And a new one is born. The 5x5 workout is not one of those f[…]

78 Science Backed Benefits of Weightlifting for Seniors
78 Science Backed Benefits of Weightlifting for Seniors

The aging process is a daunting and inevitable one.Which is why effort and action must be taken to improve the overall health, longevity, and quality of life. Despite this, 80% of adults are not engag[…]

The Complete Science-Backed Guide to Lifting Shoes: Barefoot and Beyond
The Complete Science-Backed Guide to Lifting Shoes: Barefoot and Beyond

Why do we wear shoes? I mean, it isn’t like cavemen used to camp outside for 2-3 days to cop the freshest pair of shoes from the Air Jordan Hunter Gatherer collection. Yet, they seemed to have d[…]

Guides

Best Crossfit shoes
Best Crossfit shoes

WOD entails a lot of different movements. That’s why crossfit shoes need to live up to a large span of expectations. This guide will correlate shoe features with crossfit activities, so you can[…]

Best Workout shoes
Best Workout shoes

Workout shoes, also called cross-training shoes or cross-trainers, are engineered to accommodate a wide range of training activities. This guide will present the best workout shoes on the market and w[…]

Best Weightlifting shoes
Best Weightlifting shoes

Also known as lifting shoes or squat shoes, weightlifting trainers come with a wide non-compressible platform, raised heel, and a strap to keep you stable under the heaviest loads. Whether you are a c[…]

Best Training shoes
Best Training shoes

What are training shoes? Training shoes are used for training (duh). They are constructed differently from running shoes as they target exercises which are performed in the gym: aerobic/anaerobic cond[…]

Lab tests and in-depth reviews

Nike Metcon 6
92
Superb!

The verdict from 13 expert reviews The experts unanimously agree that the Nike Metcon 6 is a superior training shoe. One reviewer goes as far as calling it his “favorite training shoe to date,&r[…]

Reebok Nano X
93
Superb!

The verdict from 10 experts and 100+ user reviews “One of the best” is the consensus among experts regarding the Reebok Nano X. As befits a Nano, it is a versatile cross-trainer which is &[…]

Nike Free Metcon 3
89
Superb!

The verdict from 6 expert reviews All reviewers find the Free Metcon 3 a ‘pretty comfortable’ training shoe but ‘definitely not a great CrossFit shoe.’ They are pleased with it[…]

Reviews

Under Armour Charged Commit TR 3
81
Great!

Beating your previous personal best and beating it at the gym is made possible with the Charged Commit TR 3 from Under Armour. This shoe has an impact-absorbing cushioning that screams comfort and sta[…]

Reebok Nanoflex TR
87
Great!

An extension of the brand's Nano line, the Reebok Nanoflex TR keeps alive the lineage's expertise in the gym. It is a cushioned daily trainer that highlights comfort and affordability. Most recommende[…]

Nike SuperRep Go 2
81
Great!
Nike Air Max Bella TR 4
81
Great!
Reebok Lifter PR II
89
Superb!

If you want an excellent entry-level lifting shoe, then the Reebok Lifter PR II is the one to check out. It is an updated iteration of Reebok's original PR weightlifting shoe that highlights stability[…]

Adidas Futurenatural
81
Great!

The Adidas Futurenatural is a training shoe designed to be an ideal companion in a wide range of exercises. It highlights a futuristic design, a foot-mimicking shape, and a wide base for stability. It[…]

Nike Savaleos
57
Bad!
Nike Free Metcon 4
70
Decent!

Known for stability and efficiency in the gym, the Free Metcon 4 carries on the same well-loved features as the rest of its Metcon siblings. However, unlike the rest of the Metcon shoes, it is designe[…]

Nike Renew Retaliation TR 2
79
Good!

The Retaliation TR 2 has been refreshed through the Nike Renew Retaliation TR 2. This new iteration remains consistent with its lineage's excellent performance and classic design. It is designed for c[…]

Nike SpeedRep
72
Decent!
Under Armour TriBase Reign 3
89
Superb!

The TriBase Reign 3 from Under Armour might be a deal sealer if you're after a versatile, modern workout shoe. Ticking off every essential element for all-around trainers, this UA shoe

Reebok Nano X Unknown
83
Great!

The Nano X Unknown stays faithful to the Nano lineage's essence - efficient functionality for most workouts. This time, this efficiency is wrapped up in a stylish athleisure look and provides better a[…]

Nike React Metcon Turbo
91
Superb!

Experience the iconic benefits of the Metcon line in a lighter package and with more responsive comfort when you opt for the React Metcon Turbo. It performs efficiently in most exercises, making it an[…]

Nike ZoomX SuperRep Surge
86
Great!

The ZoomX SuperRep Surge is Nike's response to people being forced to workout indoors due to the pandemic. It is a highly-cushioned daily trainer designed for exercises in the studio, gym, or at home.[…]

Nike Air Zoom SuperRep 2
78
Good!

The Nike Air Zoom SuperRep 2's performance-ready qualities stay true to the original SuperRep training shoe. Responsive and stable, it is a HIIT-focused shoe that will help soften landings and make hi[…]

Reebok Nano X1
85
Great!

The Nano X1 lives up to its lineage's name, but gears away from Crossfit-centered functionality. Reebok now describes it as the shoe for "ultimate fitness." It is designed for people who love to train[…]

Nike MC Trainer
63
Bad!

The Nike MC Trainer is another entry to the brand's basic training shoes. While it is made for daily workouts, reviews have reflected quite the opposite to its performance. Even at its affordable pric[…]

Reebok Reago Essential 2
80
Good!

Designed for low-intensity interval workouts, the Reebok Reago Essential 2 gets high marks for its overall comfort, performance, and style. The shoe's sleek and airy design makes it suitable for casua[…]

Reebok Mega Flexagon
78
Good!

Gym patrons who need an all-around workout shoe may want to check Reebok's Mega Flexagon offering. The combination of comfort, enough support, and lightweight breathability makes it efficient for most[…]

Reebok Flashfilm Train 2
85
Great!

If your thing in the gym is fast-paced workouts, and lightness, breathability, and responsiveness are what you're after in your shoes, the Reebok Flashfilm Train 2 does not disappoint. The shoe can al[…]