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Roddy
10-10-2006, 10:21 PM
i decided to copy some squat master at the gym. I notice he always takes off his shoes to squat and deadlift... i overheard him saying how much more stable it is.

So i tried it... SO much more Stable!

Stray
10-10-2006, 10:26 PM
Converse rocks for squats...but I squat barefoot in my garage.:indian:

TommyBoy
10-10-2006, 10:35 PM
No shoes for squats........now you guys are HARDCORE!!!!!

Roddy
10-10-2006, 10:36 PM
ya it friggen rocks!

DokterVet
10-10-2006, 10:45 PM
I squat barefoot in my basement.... well in my parents' basement.

beatlesfreak
10-10-2006, 10:53 PM
Roddy,

You rock. Great timing.

I was just preparing to ask this very question when I noticed you beat me to the punch.

I squat 3x per week, always either barefoot or in flip-flops. I get some crazy stares at times, but it feels stable and my lifts are still progressing so I keep doing it. I'm curious as to how many others do this.

Roddy
10-10-2006, 10:56 PM
^^ ya no ****, been doing this for a month... steady progress, and i dont feel any instability in the knees like before. And ya, i get the looks from alot of people. lol

Stray
10-11-2006, 12:08 AM
I think I get better leverage barefoot...something very barbaric and caveman like squating a asston of weight with nothing between you and the floor.:clap:

getfit
10-11-2006, 02:38 AM
i squat barefoot often.

Chris686
10-11-2006, 03:12 AM
I don't think I've ever done it.

Hrm. Maybe I'll give it a shot.

Abecedarian
10-11-2006, 06:39 AM
I prefer to do squats, dead lifts, and cleans bare footed. The increase in stability is very noticable. Can't say I would agree with doing these lifts in flip-flops (as beatlesfreak mentioned) though. I have tried doing so, and if anything, the presense of flip-flops seemed to de-stabilize me (feet tend to turn and slip from the flip-flop.. could just be me though).

rdkraus
10-11-2006, 06:47 AM
Would not be allowed in my gym.

Proper footwear is required (after a run of people
in flip flops and sandels; I believe there was an
injury involved).

Agree: Bare foot lifting = hard core.

WORLD
10-11-2006, 06:55 AM
Yeah but when you squat heavy, you want to push your feet out and "spread the floor" on your way up. Good shoes can help support that and give you a better squat.

russianwol
10-11-2006, 07:52 AM
Hmmm since I wear orthodics I would probably not benefit from squatting barefoot. But I would think that the special powerlifting shoes can give me the stability I need. Gotta try them shoes.

Guido
10-11-2006, 08:40 AM
I've deadlifted in just socks and it was great. I don't personally don't feel as stable squatting barefoot, though, so I wear shoes for that. I have weird feet.

RickTheDestroyer
10-11-2006, 09:11 AM
I deadlift barefoot. Narrow stance squats I'll do barefoot, but I like my fake chucks for PL stance.

Keith
10-11-2006, 09:56 AM
Ive never tried barefoot squats but I know I will soon. If it's a PL stance though, you gotta wear shoes to spread the floor, like WIY stated. Narrow squats though, I'm sure you can get away with squatting bare footed.

MixmasterNash
10-11-2006, 10:02 AM
No freaking way will I deadlift sumo barefoot!

500squat
10-11-2006, 10:04 AM
Would love to try squats bare foot. I have done calves in socks...But squats, I dunno, my dogs are terrible looking....lol!!

deeder
10-11-2006, 10:12 AM
I always squat and deadlift in my socks. There are rules about shoes at my gym too but I just don't walk around in my socks and no one seems to care.

Dinosaur
10-11-2006, 10:15 AM
I always squat and deadlift in my socks. There are rules about shoes at my gym too but I just don't walk around in my socks and no one seems to care.

Same here. I do tend to use Oly-lifting shoes for overhead squats though.

malkore
10-11-2006, 10:48 AM
Converse rocks for squats...but I squat barefoot in my garage.:indian:


agreed, I bought a pair of chuck taylor hi-tops, and they are soo much nicer for squatting and deadlifts. I feel more stable and can feel more force pressed through the heels than the toes.

reason is because most sports shoes have a thicker heel than the ball/toe area.