BEST SHOES FOR LIFTING
The right shoes gave Cinderella a one-way ticket to the good life. For weight lifters, choosing the right shoes may just be the ticket to better lifts. Lacing up that perfect pair (or ditching the shoes entirely) is often a personal preference, and varies depending on the frequency and dedication of that individual. But one thing holds true for any lifter, from the weekend warrior to the guy who closes down the gym every night: Not every shoe is fit for the job.
HOW TO CHOOSE THE BEST SHOES FOR ME?
Before you go and put a dent in your bank account and get those fancy new shoes, there are few things that you should be consider. The checklist goes like this;
1) “Is the shoe good for me?”. If the shoes bring more harm to your body than good (even if the shoes make you lift heavier) the don’t use those shoes. Your physiotherapist would agree with me. Get a clearance from an expert (orthotics specialist) and if you get the green light, boom! Go get yourself a shinny new pair.
2) “What sport?”. Are you going to do Olympic lifting? Or powerlifting? Or just something you want to wear during the workout that consists of squatting and deadlifting a lot. You need to know what sport are you in so you know which one to get.
3) “I really want to improve my squatting and deadlift, and i am serious about it!!” If this is your answer, go ahead and do it. You need to be serious and determine about it because once you’ve change and stick to the shoes for your lifts, its hard to go back without it.
Like a pair of new shoes, you will need to “break in” or get used to training without shoes. You will find it a little awkward at first and mainly on few lifts such as front squat and lunges, but after few adjustment you should be find. Some commercial gyms will not allow you to go barefoot. But if you only have commercial gym to train at and really want to do this, i suggest go to an empty yoga studio (which most of the gym have one) and warm up without your shoes.
I will suggest not to do heavy lifting (near max) back squat as it will feel awkward to step back from the squat rack barefoot with 200kg on your back. Deadlift will come natural with barefoot. Most of great deadlifters in the world only going to deadlift with either chucks, deadlift socks or barefoot.
The benefits of making the transition to barefoot training, or the closest equivalent are considerable.
Look, there’s a word “running”. Ditch it! Jokes, but seriously running shoes are made for running not lifting. The air & gel filling is great for reducing impact shock from running but is Bad for lifting. Running shoes will limit your strength due to lack of ground contact (soft soles) and limit your ability to a good lifting technique, they are kind of like Kryptonite to Superman.
Unstable. Soles are squishy so you can’t predict their behaviour on each rep. This makes it harder to control your technique and lift properly.
Power Loss. The soles absorb the force generated against the floor instead of directing it towards moving the weight. You lose strength.
Dangerous. Higher risk of injury, especially with heavier weights, since the soles make it hard to balance yourself and are less stable.
These are a very good all round shoe. Most powerlifters use chucks for their deadlift and low bar squat. They are easy to find and are great value for money, also they last just short of forever as lifting shoes.
Stable sole. The sole is flat, thin and cant be compressed. Therefore you will have better stability and movement control. This is because of your feet are closer to the floor.
Strong material. Chucks canvas are pretty hardcore and strong. This allows you to be in a good position during a squat. We talk about spreading the floor with your feet and activating your glutes.
Ankle Mobility. Full ankle mobility with low tops Chuck Taylor’s. If you buy high tops, leave the top part unlaced.
Weightlifting shoes made for weightlifting. But you don’t have to be a weightlifter to wear one. The science behind weightlifting shoes is the strong, sturdy heels. The force produced between your feet and the ground determine the efficiency of your lifting. Such as a snatch, clean and jerk or a squat. I wear weightlifting shoes when i do my squats and boy ‘o’ boy, i manage to get into position far easier.
This isn’t a holy grail blog for a better and heavier squat or lifting in general. You still need to look at a lot more aspects and i just mentioned few of most important ones. Also it will take sometime for you to get use to lifting with these shoes and it won’t come quick. You still need to practice and keep your training in consistence.
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