Barefoot at the gym?

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    May 05, 2013 1:51 AM GMT
    Since when is this a thing?

  • AMoonHawk

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    May 05, 2013 1:54 AM GMT
    yoga
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    May 05, 2013 2:01 AM GMT
    No, not yoga.

    But I've noticed at my $79 a month gym, a few guys are always working out either barefoot or with flip flops. And these are big dudes, so they know what they are doing. Is it just the hot South Florida sun?

    I'm not really complaining though. There's this hot Eastern European stripper that works out barefoot and I just want to suck his toes till he cums. That's another thread though...
  • HottJoe

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    May 05, 2013 2:04 AM GMT
    Maybe they can't afford shoes because their gym membership is 79 a month.
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    May 05, 2013 3:54 AM GMT
    this is why i like working out in my own private gym at work. I don't get all the weird shit that goes on. no barefoot stuff, no dudes staring me down in the locker room, no awkward "sup bro?" conversations. I just do my own thing, have CNN on in the background, and get the job done.
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    May 05, 2013 3:55 AM GMT
    I don't care. As long as their feet don't stink.
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    May 05, 2013 4:30 AM GMT
    Ugh, no. I think shoes would be worn at the gym.

    Only gyms where bare feet should be "a thing" are gymnasiums, yoga studios and martial arts dojos.
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    May 05, 2013 4:31 AM GMT
    Flip flops are fine but completely barefoot?

    The only time I do that is at the gym in my apartment complex super late at night when I'm sure no one else will be coming in there.
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    May 05, 2013 4:39 AM GMT
    jmusmc85 saidSince when is this a thing?

    Since way before your time.

    Now take your shoes off and get over it or GTFO of the gym.
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    May 05, 2013 4:51 AM GMT
    paulflexes said
    jmusmc85 saidSince when is this a thing?

    Since way before your time.

    Now take your shoes off and get over it or GTFO of the gym.


    Is your dementia kicking in?

    I just said I had no issues with it and would suck some guys toes. I think this means I'm pretty sure I'm ok with it...
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    May 05, 2013 2:07 PM GMT
    My partner (a southern boy) read this and said, "I'm confused, how can anyone from Arkansas afford $79/month gym membership?" icon_biggrin.gif
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    May 05, 2013 2:12 PM GMT
    The good-looking members there pay $49/mo.
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    May 05, 2013 2:19 PM GMT
    I can understand taking your cushioned shoes off for squats and the like and admit that I like to work out in my Vibrams; but bare feet or flip flops is really to dangerous.
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    May 05, 2013 2:22 PM GMT
    Hmmm...
    Athletes foot
    Warts
    God knows what else

    Drop a weight
    Stub a toe

    ...not for me, thanks.
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    May 05, 2013 2:25 PM GMT
    Wow. I thought this was becoming common. I see at least 2 or 3 people not wearing shoes everytime I go there. Is there a science to it? Is it better for your work out? Or the people at my gym just cray cray?
  • mikeeugene

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    May 05, 2013 3:03 PM GMT
    Since it became cool to have athlete's foot and crush your toes by dropping weights on them.
  • HndsmKansan

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    May 05, 2013 3:05 PM GMT
    It won't be at the YMCA. Besides being unhealthy, it's against the rules and
    a little offensive.
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    May 05, 2013 3:11 PM GMT
    I broke a toe working out barefoot(at home) once. Lesson learned.
  • Fritter

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    May 05, 2013 3:13 PM GMT
    I've seen alot of those "barefoot" shoes being worn at my gym. You know he ones that look like they just spraypainted colourful silicon on their feet. They have shoes on, but there is practically nothing between their soles and the floor!
  • Dominican_Gen...

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    May 05, 2013 3:17 PM GMT
    I wouldn't mind as long as the clean the blood mess once the inevitable barbell/plate lands on their feet. I don't want to step on somebody else blood mess!!
  • dc415

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    May 05, 2013 3:25 PM GMT
    for squats and deadlifts it's better to have shoes without squishy soles, and for deadlifts it's nice to be as close to the ground as possible. Is that what these guys are doing? I've never seen anyone at the gym go barefoot, though (I use the minimalist shoes).
  • dc415

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    May 05, 2013 3:29 PM GMT
    By the way you don't get athlete's foot by walking around barefoot.... I mean you might get it on your foot, but it won't stick unless you stuff your feet back into warm, moist shoes and let the fungus bake for a while. Yes, the proliferation of athlete's foot has been facilitated by shoes!

    (dunno about warts, though.)

    see http://www.uhs.umich.edu/athletes_foot:

    Skin contact with the fungi, however, is usually not enough to cause athlete’s foot. In fact, shoes can carry fungi for quite some time until conditions are good for growth.

    Favorable conditions for athlete’s foot include:

    Continually sweaty feet
    Wet socks
    Shoes that are too tight and cause friction
    A bandage that remains on the foot long enough to soften skin
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    May 05, 2013 3:30 PM GMT
    Expect "Members Must Wear Shoes" signs to go up at your gym. It's a liability for the gym. I'm surprised gym employees haven't told the barefoot members to put on some shoes.
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    May 05, 2013 3:34 PM GMT
    Coach_Mike saidExpect "Members Must Wear Shoes" signs to go up at your gym. It's a liability for the gym. I'm surprised gym employees haven't told the barefoot members to put on some shoes.


    Yeah that's a lawsuit waiting to happen.
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    May 05, 2013 3:46 PM GMT
    I've never seen people working out barefoot at any gym here in CO. Well, that is assuming that going swimming doesn't count. Barefoot exercise just seems rather unhygienic, though it's probably better for working your core. Regardless, I wouldn't do it. Like wiping down a machine after you use it, wearing shoes is at least a courtesy.