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    Squatting barefoot

    Does anyone not use shoes when lifting? PArticularly squatting. The only shoes I have are workboots and some old "walking" shoes that are 40% superglue.

    Are there any negative side affects to this?

    If so what kind of shoes do you recommend?

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    converse chuck taylors or something are popular for squatting. i dont think theres negative effects of going barefoot other than it may feel awkward for a while and you may have to tone the weight down a bit.
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    I like squatting barefoot.I feel more grounded.But my feet start to kill me at night.Try it for awhile.Arnold and those guys back in the day use to do it.

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    That's how I've done it for as long as I've been lifting. I just read recently though that it was bad for your joints or something. I've never had any problems, though. So I thought I'd ask

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    i've always squatted barefooted. it feels better to me. When i'm using a sneaker, i use http://www.omarskicks.com/images/Puma-011-1.jpg They feel really comfy to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jed View Post
    converse chuck taylors or something are popular for squatting. i dont think theres negative effects of going barefoot other than it may feel awkward for a while and you may have to tone the weight down a bit.
    Everyone says this but i never knew why it is better to wear a thin loose shoe like chuck taylors?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mike42506 View Post
    Everyone says this but i never knew why it is better to wear a thin loose shoe like chuck taylors?
    i believe its for the same reason squatting barefoot is kind of good for you. they have a flat sole and offer very little ankle or foot support so when you squat its the most natural you can get while still wearing a shoe. i think all in all it gives the most natural way to squat while also providing cushion for the bottom of your feet. someone with knowledge correct me if i'm wrong.
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    I dont know if its just me, but I find it harder to get really low when barefoot. However im not discounting it in any way. Just my own experience.
    Even the 1/2 inch or more that an average training shoe lifts your heel makes a serious difference when going deep. I do know that depth will ultimately depend on your hamstring/glute flexibility more so.

    I think it is a case of, the less fancy the shoe, the better. (by fancy i mean shox, gel, air or whatever......incorporated in the heel). The softer the heel, the more movement occurs. There really isnt much to those canvas type chuck taylor shoes so using them would be as close to barefoot as possible without entering the gym shoeless.

    I prefer a slight lift. Wouldnt go as far as using a board though.
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    I believe the key thing to avoid is "squishy" soled shoes. You don't want your heels to roll. Anything that is hard or flat should be fine. Even work boots. I think flat soles are more specifically recommended for dead lifts.

    I usually lift barefoot. But sometimes I'll wear my Nike Frees or flip-flops depending on the level of cardio I'm planning on doing for general warm up or after lifting. I'm also lifting on top of 3/4" solid rubber.
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    i use olympic lifting shoes with the heel for squatting, but deadlift barefoot

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    Many records have been set squatting in a pair of old workboots. There's nothing wrong with squatting barefoot, but nobody wants you spreading your DNA around the gym when you drop a plate on your foot, so do it only in your own home please.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kastro View Post
    nobody wants you spreading your DNA around the gym when you drop a plate on your foot
    So don't drop them!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bendthe Bar View Post
    I dont know if its just me, but I find it harder to get really low when barefoot. However im not discounting it in any way. Just my own experience.
    Even the 1/2 inch or more that an average training shoe lifts your heel makes a serious difference when going deep. I do know that depth will ultimately depend on your hamstring/glute flexibility more so.

    I think it is a case of, the less fancy the shoe, the better. (by fancy i mean shox, gel, air or whatever......incorporated in the heel). The softer the heel, the more movement occurs. There really isnt much to those canvas type chuck taylor shoes so using them would be as close to barefoot as possible without entering the gym shoeless.

    I prefer a slight lift. Wouldnt go as far as using a board though.
    i think front squats are easier and i can get way deeper with weightlifting shoes (VS's) but back squats are easier and i can get deeper with chuck's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tennessee Mike View Post
    Arnold and those guys back in the day use to do it.
    Yep.

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    I do everything in Oly lifting shoes.

    I have the flexiviltiy to comfortably full squat barefoot but any decent weight makes my feety hurt alot. I prefer the solid support and hard heel of my shoes.
    Being a strong teenager means nothing.

    My wrists hurt, but some people don't have wrists to be sore. My knees have tendinitis, but some people don't have legs to get tendinitis in. I seem to be going backwards with training, yet some people can't even walk let alone lift 400 pounds on a daily basis.

    Dust out the vagina, and keep on lifting.

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    I workout naked so ya, barefoot here. But I dont go to a gym...

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