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Do you lift on bare feet?

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  1. sorry... kinetic dependant variables.


  2. I like my nike airmax running shoes.
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  3. I wear puma's, tried the CT's but I just look goofy with my size 13.

  4. I use Tiger Asics....(Wrestling shoes)....always had good luck with them....but I will be checking out CT's since they have gotten such rave reviews........
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    Quote Originally Posted by rake922 View Post
    I wear shoes, since I can afford them
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  6. Quote Originally Posted by rake922 View Post
    I wear shoes, since I can afford them
    x2....usually wear nike shox...have been for years...on heavy squat day..chippewa boots.

  7. Vans Slip-ons! I lift heavy and want a firm foot plant when I'm lifting. Basketball and running shoes are not ideal for doing heavy squats or deads.

  8. i thought i was the only one who religiously lifted in chucks
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  9. bare feet all the way here!

  10. I would but they have a rule at my gym that you have to wear shoes. What are some good shoes to wear for squatting?? tennis shoes just don't cut it

  11. I get to hot to wear a shirt or shoes or socks.
    but if i was at a gym i would def wear shoes. dont know about a shirt though ; ) haha jk.

  12. lifting in bare feet, hell no. Too much nasty stuff on the ground.....chucks all the way

  13. ya barefoot, at home untill i stubbed my toe!!! after that never again

  14. I dead and squat in my socks. I have Nike Free Pre's or whatever they are called but barefoot absolutely pwns all forms of shoes I have tried.

    Feels better on the knees and hips and more natural for sure.
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  15. Rogue Fitness Do-Wins... Mark Rippetoe advocates the weight lifting shoe, and I thought I'd give it a shot after reading through one of his books. One of the best training equipment purchases I've ever made.

  16. bare feet for squats occasionally...if i do, i'll throw some weights under my heel for a little bit of lift under there.

  17. check these shoes out, they are VIBRAM FIVEFINGERS shoes.

    a friend of mine brought some, they look interesting to say the least.

    http://www.vibramfivefingers.com/pro...TOKEN=32706761


  18. Quote Originally Posted by b unit View Post
    check these shoes out, they are VIBRAM FIVEFINGERS shoes.

    a friend of mine brought some, they look interesting to say the least.

    http://www.vibramfivefingers.com/pro...TOKEN=32706761


    Ah, the Five Fingers. Although I have yet to try them for myself, they get phenominal reviews. Most say it's as close to getting barefoot as possible while retaining adequate protection. Olympic weight lifting, to rock climbing, to trail running... lots of people speak very highly of them. Good post, I almost forgot about them. Definitly an interesting shoe.

  19. Quote Originally Posted by Highlanda01602 View Post
    Ah, the Five Fingers. Although I have yet to try them for myself, they get phenominal reviews. Most say it's as close to getting barefoot as possible while retaining adequate protection. Olympic weight lifting, to rock climbing, to trail running... lots of people speak very highly of them. Good post, I almost forgot about them. Definitly an interesting shoe.
    they definitley have merit, they aren't cheap though but they do look like they are worth it.

  20. I wanted to get a pair of the new NIKE romaleos, but they are all sold out of most sizes on their site..

    I need a new pair of shoes to lift in.

  21. Quote Originally Posted by CDONDICI View Post
    What do you guys think about regualr converse allstars for lifting?

    i use converse too..........flat soles..... they seem to work good.

  22. Quote Originally Posted by Kristofer68SS View Post
    i use converse too..........flat soles..... they seem to work good.
    IMHO the only problem with flat soles is that they get hammered when doing heavy calf raises, i've killed many a good pair of chuck taylor's from calf raises.


  23. I used to do squats, Deads and calves barefoot. now I used geretic chucks (wal-mart) on deads , and squats(might try it on calves sometime)
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  24. Quote Originally Posted by smeton_yea View Post
    I used to do squats, Deads and calves barefoot. now I used geretic chucks (wal-mart) on deads , and squats(might try it on calves sometime)
    the good old $10 pair of generic chucks, classic shoes, i've distroyed many a pair of those from working out.

  25. Quote Originally Posted by big trav View Post
    There are cutaneous proprioceptors on the bottom of our feet, they tell us/give us a sense of our surroundings and a sense of the kinematic dependent variables (forces) associated with any closed kinetic chain (planted on the ground) motion that goes through the foot. Take a look at inverse dynamics and you will see that the process involved in completing one of these equations starts with a ground reaction force (in this case coming through the foot) and works it's way up through every joint segment that you are willing to plug the trig data into. Arnold and some of the best powerlifters i know know how to utilize this proprioceptive input in order to maximize performance. I.e. lifting barefoot gives us a better sense of the relationship between our feet and every muscle that works with the foot!!! yes Arnold squatted only 405... but because he could voluntarily recruit muscles due to proprioceptive input he was able to rep 405 for 20 reps!!!

    (I lift in chucks too!!!)
    Proprioceptors have more to do with balance and stability then acute strength. Lifting barefoot or not is more of a subjective preference then a scientific benefit. I believe proprioceptors are excited by a sense of load, which shoes still provide. The inverse dynamic theory would only apply in the case of velocity, where you have Newton's Third Law working for you in the initial stage of that movement, so unless Arnold intended to jump with those squats, it doesn't really apply, or at least not significantly.

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  26. Workout and run barefoot.

  27. Quote Originally Posted by b unit View Post
    check these shoes out, they are VIBRAM FIVEFINGERS shoes.

    a friend of mine brought some, they look interesting to say the least.

    http://www.vibramfivefingers.com/pro...TOKEN=32706761


    a guy came into my gym wearing these, and they told him he couldn't ...i hate that place. i take my shoes off for cleans, snatches and deadlifts though. otherwise i use otomix stingrays

  28. Quote Originally Posted by Necroticism View Post
    a guy came into my gym wearing these, and they told him he couldn't ...i hate that place. i take my shoes off for cleans, snatches and deadlifts though. otherwise i use otomix stingrays

    what was there reason?

  29. i wish i could do deadlifts and squats naked. I'll have to invest in a gym in my shed. I'd imagine it would be quite cold though
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  30. Quote Originally Posted by Kristofer68SS View Post
    what was there reason?
    somebody could drop the weight on their foot and there is no protection or something.
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