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    Do you lift on bare feet?


    Now that I've got a Power Rack at home I've been doing squats and deadlifts not using shoes. From my personal experience, the movement seems much more natural and my legs are starting to have major growth spurts. Anyone else here lift without shoes?

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    Yea with squats and deadlifts.
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    never. chuck taylors feel like bare feet though.
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    I just couldn't get comfortable with bare feet for lifting. I've just started using Chuck Taylors myself, and love these shoes for squatting and deadlifting. My knees feel much better since switching to these shoes, and my form is much better, as the shoes have flat soles, which prevents me from leaning forward during these exercises.
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    Sorry to hijack but where did you guys get your chuck taylors?
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    online shoe store, lol. 35 bucks.
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    I bought mine at Sport Chek (Canadian sporting goods chain) for around 55 bucks or so. I was skeptical at paying that kind of money for shoes this flimsy looking, but it has turned out to be money well spent.
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    Agreed--Chuck Taylors = bare feet!
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    No way man!!! About 14 years ago I lifted wearing wrestling shoes all the time. They are thinner than Chuck Taylors with no type of arch support. Too many heavy leg days lead to fractured bones in both feet. Try using a 2x4 wood block under your heels. This should help squats and leg press feel more natural. This also shifts the stress angle on your foot.
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    What do you guys think about regualr converse allstars for lifting?
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    Quote Originally Posted by magic8ball
    No way man!!! About 14 years ago I lifted wearing wrestling shoes all the time. They are thinner than Chuck Taylors with no type of arch support. Too many heavy leg days lead to fractured bones in both feet. Try using a 2x4 wood block under your heels. This should help squats and leg press feel more natural. This also shifts the stress angle on your foot.
    Sorry no wood blocks allowed in comp.
    -Chuck Taylors=Squat, provide superior side support the #1 shoe for squatting. Look around at some pics of 1000lb squats and I bet at least half are using CTs
    -Wrestling shoes=Deadlift ONLY! who ever gave you advice to squat in wrestling shoes should be casterated. I also like Otomix, but when the heavy weight comes out, the wrestling shoes or DL slippers come out.

    When you use wood you shift the angle of lift on your legs, this may be great for focusing on your quads or whatever but if your goal is to lift heavy and make your legs grow it's not a very good idea, also dangerous. Anyways why not wear big heel boots instead? If your lifting properly (sitting back on the squat) a 2X4 would cause your toes to lift up and put on the stress on your heels and cause loss of balance, a good squat shoe will have minimal arch support, have stiff sides and a hard bottom=Chuck Taylors!

    Another thing to think about is that with a 2x4 you get below parallel a long time before your actually at parallel. With this type of squat you have to literally bury the squat with Ass on calves to get full range of motion, with heels up your increasing the range and you are unable to lift as much.

    Just some things to think about
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    hmm.. Arnold squatted on bare feet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jdubz
    hmm.. Arnold squatted on bare feet.
    He also never lifted more than 405! (course he did insane reps with it).
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    I use the Nike Free shoes, also feels like your barefoot. The only reason I dont do barefeet at the gym is due to health issues (athlete's foot, fungus, etc.).
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    I actually just started doing this yesterday myself. I liked it. I lift at home too so I don't have to worry about any health issues. I think I'll continue to lift in my bare feet, it just felt a lot more comfortable and natural. I think the only problem I had with it was that I lift in my (unheated) garage and it got mighty cold yesterday.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NecroFeelYa
    I actually just started doing this yesterday myself. I liked it. I lift at home too so I don't have to worry about any health issues. I think I'll continue to lift in my bare feet, it just felt a lot more comfortable and natural. I think the only problem I had with it was that I lift in my (unheated) garage and it got mighty cold yesterday.
    I think the biggest fear would be slipping, but if you have a good mat under your feet shouldn't be a problem. Some of my most scary lifts were when I forgot to tighten laces and my feet start moving in my shoes! I bet some chalk might help with slipping issues also.
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    Quote Originally Posted by max silver
    I just couldn't get comfortable with bare feet for lifting. I've just started using Chuck Taylors myself, and love these shoes for squatting and deadlifting. My knees feel much better since switching to these shoes, and my form is much better, as the shoes have flat soles, which prevents me from leaning forward during these exercises.
    Agreed. The Chucks also allow me to exert more pressure on the outer part of my feet while squatting. They also just plain feel a lot better to squat and DL in.
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    After reading this thread I was intrigued. I always like the Nike Free for some reason and now I had an excuse to buy them . Just bought a pair from ebay
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    It probably makes a big difference with stability in the size of foot you have also. I wear size 16's
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    I got my Nike frees....omg, they are sa-weet! I just wear them with no socks and they are great. Did legs on friday and it just feels better, especially doing calfs!!
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    what kinds of chuck taylors? Im guess the the core HI they have like 3-4 diffrent type of shoes I'm just guessing but it not the low top cuz those would give no support from side to side like you were talking about.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scarfacebling
    what kinds of chuck taylors? Im guess the the core HI they have like 3-4 diffrent type of shoes I'm just guessing but it not the low top cuz those would give no support from side to side like you were talking about.
    The original high top style
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    No, I need to wear my gym shoes because of safety reasons. I would think that the gym shoe will take some of the impact, if a weight should fall on your foot.

    Or if a 300 pound guy step on your foot.
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    I wear shoes, since I can afford them
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    Foot bones are alot like the rest of our body in that they can withstand increased forces if allowed to adapt progressively to an increased load. I'm not saying it's right for everyone to go sans footwear, but there currently is a "shoeless" movement in distance running. (it develops previously unused foot/ankle muscles and tendons)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Innings Eater
    Foot bones are alot like the rest of our body in that they can withstand increased forces if allowed to adapt progressively to an increased load. I'm not saying it's right for everyone to go sans footwear, but there currently is a "shoeless" movement in distance running. (it develops previously unused foot/ankle muscles and tendons)

    I KNEW IT! During a summer when I had to get in shape for long distance running I ran barefoot and developed enlarged muscles in my feet. I thought they were strange but they were there nonetheless. Then I started wearing shoes and they kind of disappeared.
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    I have a home gym and I've always worked out with bare feet. Just for some reason I feel comfortable that way.... I'm glad someone brought this up..... Thought I was weired or something.
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    I'm bare footed when working calves since I feel I get a better feel when working them.
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    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!!!)
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    sorry... kinetic dependant variables.
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    I like my nike airmax running shoes.
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    I wear puma's, tried the CT's but I just look goofy with my size 13.
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    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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    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.
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    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.
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    i thought i was the only one who religiously lifted in chucks
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    bare feet all the way here!
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    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
  

  
 

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