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    Squat/Deading Barefoot

    I have been squatting, deadlifting and doing good mornings all while barefoot for the past month. Being that I pretty much only have Nike Shox and running shoes (which have in the past make me have terrible form) it doesn't leave me with any other option. So while I'm not exactly a muscle man, I'm not exactly new to weights either and I was just wondering will doing these things barefoot have any longterm effects on foot arches and such. I have a high instep naturally and don't want to have messed up feet later in life. Thanks in advance guys
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    Why don't you just get some flat-soled shoes like chucks or something? I don't really think that doing it barefoot would be that bad though.

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    i squat and dl with barefeet (socks ofcourse). i dont think it really matters. running shoes are a problem b/c they have that forward lean. and i have flat feet and it hasn't aggrivated me feet.
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    Longterm effects?... Stronger feet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thexile View Post
    i squat and dl with barefeet (socks ofcourse). i dont think it really matters. running shows are a problem b/c they have that forward lean. and i have flat feet and it hasn't aggrivated me feet.
    No, running shoes are a problem because they compress under your weight which can throw you off balance when squatting a couple hundred pounds.
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    The running shoes caused extreme pain in my lower back, hips... never will attempt that again. First time I did it barefoot was amazing, everything was so solid.
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    wow, verry interesting. I have always been lifting in my running shoes.

    What type of shoes do you guys reccomend then? Skate shoes or what?
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    alot of people go with the converse/chuck taylors
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    I lift in nike shocks and havent had any problems yet. Just dont play basketball in them. You will break your ankles.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 300for1 View Post
    I lift in nike shocks and havent had any problems yet. Just dont play basketball in them. You will break your ankles.
    Well to be fair, you dont squat...

    I pull and squat barefoot and never had any problems.
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    I used to squat in Shox, never bothered me, but when I first went barefoot it was just so "solid" (hard to explain) - wont be going back anytime soon
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    I squat and dead barefoot.


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    When you guys all squat/dead barefoot or in socks, do you guys also do variations barefoot or in socks as well. ie GMs, RDLs, SLDLs, and the like. My guess would be yes but...
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    wrestling shoes.

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    I wear jogging shoes and I've never had any physical discomfort. I tried squatting and DLing in thin aquatic shoes and I could NOT move nearly as much weight.

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    my workout parter and I both dead and squat barefoot. We both wear shox normally. I think they are too high and throw off the balance. I also have chucks that I wear sometimes.
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    You should be fine. I don't think your feet will suffer.


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    I do em barefoot and my feet are fine so far
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    I pull and squat barefoot but after an incident last night I will no longer squat barefoot. If your power rack is on carpet and you happen to be wearing socks you can actually squat out of your socks... at least I did (on a PR attempt). I will be ordering some metal squat shoes for xmas to remedy the situation.
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    I have lost the ability to squat barefoot because I have become very used ot my Olympic shoes. imo, the shoes feel more stable then the knees, and I drive off the heel so much more.



    These or good old chuck T's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fuzzy View Post
    I have lost the ability to squat barefoot because I have become very used ot my Olympic shoes. imo, the shoes feel more stable then the knees, and I drive off the heel so much more.



    These or good old chuck T's.

    Oly shoes are freaking expensive and not worth it unless your a full time Oly lifter.
    I don't know why so many people are willing to spend $100+ for a pair of b-ball shoes even if they suck, but won't shell out a dime for decent squat shoes... Even if you aren't an OLer, olympic weightlifting shoes are a great investment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by someone smarter than you
    Shoes don't sweat, bare feet do
    I use Converse All Stars (NOT Chucks), flat sole, no 'air', no arch. They have served me well. I use them instead of Chucks because I use orthodics.
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    i've been looking at the adidas website and could not find "olympic lifting" shoes or "squat" shoes using the search...what is the shoe type for that? i don't mind shelling out the money as squats are my favorite exercise, not to mention those shoes look pretty good.

    edit: nvm, they're called adistar weightlifting shoes. (the one that fuzzy has pictured above) i've only found one place that has them for $200. an alternative are the ironwork II shoes which i've found some places for under $100.
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    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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