For those that train barefoot or powerlift. This may be of some interest to you. I will be ordering a couple pairs for myself.
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AHH!! Those are horrible! They are like those toe socks that drive me nuts. >_<
On a side note...let us know how they are.
"The only easy day was yesterday."
I've seen those before for people who like to run barefoot
it never even occurred to me to use them for lifting and I've been wanting to DL and SQ barefoot
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I've been deadlifting barefooted for the past few months (a little bit of front squatting too) and I love it. I'd really like to give these things a shot if I ever have a little extra money.
Recently they put up a small sign in my gym right where I normally deadlift that says "No shoes, no workout". I wonder what they would say about these things?
21, Male, 5' 10", Cutting
Starting weight: 228lbs. Currently (05/01/08): 168.2lbs (59.8 lost)
Alright! I'm done cutting for now. It's been a long ride, I went from obese to average. Now to put some muscle on, then cut again down the road.
Also if you stub your toe, it's not going to hurt nearly as much as it would if you were barefoot.
For those reasons...and sanitary ones, I never lift barefoot...but to each his own.
Thanks a HEAP Maki! I've been looking for something like these for a few months now, I though they were the nike free's - to my huge dissappointment.
That's really cool. I'm wondering if they would be legal in most powerlifting feds?
Maki, those are really great shoes... I got a chance last August to do a product comparison with them and the Mion (http://www.mionfootwear.com/products...nt_sandal.jsp).. over 5 days, doing light hiking, camping and beach walking - outdoor utility shoe... up at Acadia National Park in Maine.
It was a tough battle over which to buy.. I finally went with the Mion, mostly b/c I thought they would be more durable and there was a little more stablity on small rocky surfaces... for trails, beach, roads and for walking, they were awesome.
However... I've been battling whether to look at the Nike Free or these as gym shoes too (for a change of pace from my chucks).. I can't wait for your review... Eric Cressey has been talking up the Free for about a year... and it seems that everyone who has tried them in the gym love them.
Instead of "barefooted" I should have said "without shoes" because I keep my socks on when at the gym (not at home). I don't think that's unsanitary.
It feels more natural, and it has been suggested that there's less power loss when pushing through the floor since you don't have to push through the cushioned sole of your shoe. I can vouch for that because my deadlift feels much smoother now. I'll never deadlift in shoes again.
Safety is definately an issue. If you knew you were going to drop a 45 on your foot, would you prefer to have a shoe on or not? If you are going to squat on a smooth floor, would you prefer to have a soled shoe or not?
IMHO, it's important that you choose a shoe that doesn't have too much cushion, yet gives some arch support and a solid, stable surface to push on. I don't have any clue about the vibram five fingers - someone mentioned it to me on Sq Rx #8, or the Nike Free shoes, but make sure they fit that criteria.
A child does not learn to squat from the top down. In other words, he does not suddenly make a conscious decision one day to squat. Actually, he is squatting one day and make the conscious decision to stand. Squatting precedes standing in the developmental sequence. This is the way a child's brain learns to use the body as the child develops movement patterns. Therefore, a child is probably crawling, rocks back into a squatting position with the back completely relaxed and the hips completely flexed, and stands when he has enough hip strength. This approach makes a lot of sense and can be applied to relearning the deep squat movement if it is lost. -Gray Cook
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I have been lifting barefoot for years, the weight room is right next to where we grapple and stuff at. I can really feel a differance in balance when I am driving with my heel with and without shoes. We have a towel on the floor (to wipe our feet) at almost every "station" with chalk next to it. The only exercise I prefer shoes on is OH Press...and to be honest I don't know why.
After looking more at the pictures of those shoes...I don't think I would like them. Plus I have Flintstone feet...size 14 and itty bitty toes!
I love squatting and dl in bare feet personally... I may have to read more about the vibram sock thingys.
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