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

Return to work creates exercise boom for least active [Study]
Return to work creates exercise boom for least active [Study]

We wanted to understand how the exercise habits of people who were forced to work remotely during the pandemic were impacted by returning to the office full-time. To do this, we surveyed 2,494 people[…]

Gym Harassment: 56.37% women harassed while working out
Gym Harassment: 56.37% women harassed while working out

We wanted to understand how prevalent harassment is in gyms and how it impacts members, gyms, and the industry as a whole. To investigate this we surveyed 3,774 gym members (1107 female and 2667 male)[…]

Scientific Benefits of Exercise [Research Review]
Scientific Benefits of Exercise [Research Review]

In 2021, we began a project dedicating a significant amount of time towards researching the scientific benefits of exercise for your health. Reading, reviewing, analyzing, and reporting the findings o[…]

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[…]

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[…]

Fitness Trends 2021: New Trends in Fitness [Global Report]
Fitness Trends 2021: New Trends in Fitness [Global Report]

The pandemic has forced drastic changes upon the fitness industry, producing a sizable shift in how people approach staying fit and maintaining the health benefits of regular exercise. In order to lea[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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 Powerlifting shoes
Best Powerlifting shoes

Many workout programs include a form of weightlifting in their exercise lineups. In effect, many training shoes, especially those from big brands like Reebok and Adidas, have features that support wei[…]

Best Shoes for jumping rope
Best Shoes for jumping rope

There are loads of training shoes for jumping rope to choose from. And there are also loads of features to consider to get the right pair. It can be tedious, which is exactly the reason why this list[…]

Best Nike training shoes for men
Best Nike training shoes for men

Any jump rope junkie, gym buff, or hard-core weightlifter needs a good pair of reliable and stable training shoes. Thankfully, Nike has over 50 of those. And you know what's more? RunRepeat is here to[…]

Best Weightlifting shoes for men
Best Weightlifting shoes for men

Since weightlifting shoes look so much alike at first glance, finding the best one can be pretty confusing. But not with the help of RunRepeat. This team of shoe-doting nerds has got you covered, whet[…]

Best Cross-training shoes for men
Best Cross-training shoes for men

Working out is an addiction, and it’s the only type of addiction that we approve of. It not only makes you healthier, it also makes you look better and feel happier about yourself. These benefit[…]

Best Training shoes for men
Best Training shoes for men

Exercising should be an integral part of every man’s routine. For this, he needs trainers that not only ensure that he’s safe but also push him to perform his best. There are a lot of trai[…]

Best Workout shoes for men
Best Workout shoes for men

No pain, no gain. This mantra is common among men who are fitness and bodybuilding enthusiasts. Given this, we could just imagine how intense their workouts are gonna be. If they are to succeed, they[…]

Best Training shoes for women
Best Training shoes for women

Like any other sports- and fitness-related domain, the training shoe market for women is dominated by Nike and Adidas. In terms of sales and popularity, no one else comes close to these two. But is it[…]

Best Nike SuperRep training shoes
Best Nike SuperRep training shoes

There are different types of workouts, each with specific targets and each enjoyed by a specific sector of the fitness-conscious population. The Swoosh courts the fancy of those who love HIIT, circuit[…]

Best Hiit shoes
Best Hiit shoes

High-intensity interval training isn't for the faint-hearted. It's truly high-intensity, and you will surely sweat it out. To do well in this program, you need the support of good training shoes that[…]

Best Nike training shoes
Best Nike training shoes

Nike fans looking for a pair of versatile and dependable training shoes for gym workouts, non-stop jumping, and hardcore weightlifting need not look far. A brand known for its stylish sneakers and per[…]

Best Crossfit shoes
Best Crossfit shoes

WOD entails a lot of different movements: lifting, jumping, sprinting, and more. That’s why Crossfit shoes must live up to a large span of expectations. We have tested over 40 trainers from 7 di[…]

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

Training shoes must be some of the most versatile athletic footwear. They are meant for every imaginable activity at the gym, including jumping, lifting, treadmill running, rowing, among other exercis[…]

Lab tests and in-depth reviews

Nike Metcon 6
91
Superb!

Who should buy the Nike Metcon 6 If you want to own just one premium training shoe for everything at the gym or in a CrossFit WOD, we highly recommend the Metcon 6. It is a solid all-arounder from Nik[…]

Reebok Nano X
92
Superb!

Who should buy the Reebok Nano X Nano X is best for functional fitness and CrossFit-style workouts. It also works for an ordinary gym session with lots of lifting and a little bit of everything. Who s[…]

Nike Free Metcon 3
88
Great!

Who should buy the Nike Free Metcon 3 It is a great choice for workouts that include dynamic exercises with lots of jumps, sprints, lunges, and moderate weightlifting. It is also recommended for Bootc[…]

Reviews

New Balance Minimus TR
83
Great!

The New Balance Minimus TR is a great minimalist shoe that provides just the right protection for the foot during indoor workouts. Whether you are into agility exercises or stable weightlifting, this[…]

Nike Zoom Metcon Turbo 2
86
Great!

The Nike Zoom Metcon Turbo 2 aims to be a more generic training shoe, and it truly passes as one, with flying colors at that! It's stable enough for moderate lifting, it's cushioned enough for treadmi[…]

Nike Air Zoom SuperRep 3
75
Decent!

The SuperRep has got to be Nike’s most flashy training shoe series. The third iteration receives some design tweaks to give you the right balance of cushioning for jumps, flexibility for planks,[…]

Under Armour HOVR Rise 3
86
Great!

The HOVR Rise 3 is a solid cross-trainer that can do it all but is not specialized in anything particular. It is perfect for those who do a little bit of everything at the gym. The trainer is priced l[…]

Reebok HIIT 2
84
Great!

HIIT is in this Reebok shoe’s name as well as in its core. With the brand’s signature Floatride midsole, you are sure to experience a high level of cushioning and support for the most inte[…]

Under Armour Project Rock BSR
83
Great!

”Dwayne Johnson would know what makes a good shoe for training.” And the Project Rock BSR does perform excellently across the board without being too specialized for any particular activit[…]

Adidas Trainer V
87
Great!

The Trainer V from Adidas is a no-frills sporty trainer in the affordable price tier. Receiving a lot of positive comments on its visual aspect, the trainer doesn’t disappoint in the workout sce[…]

Under Armour TriBase Reign 4
75
Decent!

The TriBase Reign 4 is another noteworthy training shoe from Under Armour. Its wobble-resistant base makes it a reliable partner for weightlifting. Its breathable upper makes it such a worthy companio[…]

Nobull Trainer+
89
Superb!

The Nobull Trainer+ proves to be a solid step-up to its popular predecessor. The shoe veers away from being a grounded and firmer platform toward a well-rounded and comfortable cross-trainer. It's got[…]

Under Armour HOVR Apex 3
89
Superb!

From its striking visual appearance to impressive gym performance, the HOVR Apex 3 is a reliable all-arounder. It can handle various exercises but is especially effective for high-intensity interval t[…]

Nike Air Max Bella TR 5
83
Great!

The Nike Air Max Bella TR 5 is a well-received gym shoe. Experts and users are so impressed that they consider this shoe a great alternative to more expensive models such as the Nike Metcons. The Bell[…]

New Balance Nergize Sport
81
Good!

This shoe from New Balance is a well-received one, mainly because it is really affordable. While most of its wearers actually end up using this comfortable shoe as their all-day wear, the Nergize Spor[…]

Altra Solstice XT 2
84
Great!

The Altra Solstice XT2 is designed for indoor gym workouts. It is cushioned enough for short runs and flat enough to not meddle with the weightlifting a typical fitness enthusiast does. What makes it[…]

Reebok Nano X2
82
Good!

The Reebok Nano X2 shoe carries over the dependable grip of the X1. It also has its well balanced cushioning. It is far more stable because of the modified implementation of the heel counter and heel[…]

Adidas Dropset Trainer
83
Great!

Designed for the usual fitness enthusiast, the Adidas Dropset Trainer feaetures a dual-density midsole that makes it suitable for short runs, plyometric exercises, and light weightlifting. High-abrasi[…]

Nike City Rep TR
78
Good!

Well-ventilated, nicely cushioned, and really light, the Nike City Rep TR is a good option for those who want versatile training shoes that they can also wear all day. Its fit is close to the skin, so[…]

Nike Renew In-Season TR 11
73
Bad!

Like many Nike training shoes, the Renew In-Season TR 11 is designed with versatility in mind. It is as much for strength training as it is for cardio exercises such as sprinting. There are issues, bu[…]

Nike Renew Retaliation TR 3
83
Great!

As is the case with other budget training shoes, it's quite understandable that the Nike Renew Retaliation TR 3 has serious functional limits. It's just not the best for powerlifting, longer runs, and[…]

Nike Metcon 7 FlyEase
80
Good!

Many users declare that on-off is a lot easier because of the special FlyEase technology infused in this training shoe. Indeed, the Nike Metcon 7 FlyEase succeeded in what it aimed to do; and it does[…]

Reebok Power Lite Mid
87
Great!

The Reebok Power Lite Mid is a powerlifting shoe that's been in the market for several years. Throughout these years, it's been released and discontinued consecutively while maintaining its popularity[…]