January 16th, 2014 by John Kim
The sole purpose of training is to achieve a physical goal with the utmost in preparation, attacking the task at hand with the “you got this” mentality. Since 1987, Nike has fervently pushed the Trainer as the be-all-end-all footwear option for those willing to put in the work to get things done. It started with the Air Trainer 1, a shoe that Tinker Hatfield created with no particular athlete in mind, but it was Bo Jackson’s emergence as the ultimate do-it-all athlete that made the earlier Air Trainer line his own. What followed was a series of designs and other signature models for Barry Sander, Michael Vick, Darrelle Revis, and more names that align with the “elite” category, and ends at the newly unveiled Nike Lunar 180 Trainer SC. Walk through this Genealogy of Nike Training for a time-line of significant designs and short descriptions of each and let let us know which classic (or contemporary) Trainer model you like best.