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    who takes their shoes off to squat?

    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!

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    Converse rocks for squats...but I squat barefoot in my garage.
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    No shoes for squats........now you guys are HARDCORE!!!!!

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    ya it friggen rocks!

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    I squat barefoot in my basement.... well in my parents' basement.

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    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.

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    ^^ 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

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    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.
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    i squat barefoot often.
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    I don't think I've ever done it.

    Hrm. Maybe I'll give it a shot.

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    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).

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    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.

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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    I deadlift barefoot. Narrow stance squats I'll do barefoot, but I like my fake chucks for PL stance.
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    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.
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    No freaking way will I deadlift sumo barefoot!

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    Would love to try squats bare foot. I have done calves in socks...But squats, I dunno, my dogs are terrible looking....lol!!
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    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by deeder
    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stray
    Converse rocks for squats...but I squat barefoot in my garage.

    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.

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