Shoeless??

  • Joeyphx444

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    Apr 18, 2014 6:24 AM GMT
    I have recently seen a lot of guys doing leg workouts without shoes on. They wear socks but they take their shoes off when doing squats or presses. Why? What does it do, if anything? I don't understand. It makes me nervous for some reeason
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    Apr 18, 2014 6:27 AM GMT
    removes the unstable cushioning from under the heel of the foot letting the heel, ankle and leg properly stabilise against a solid surface.

    Shoe's have a lot of padding under the main strike points (heel) of a shoe which are soft and squishy
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    Apr 18, 2014 6:36 AM GMT
    Yup. If they're not shoeless, then they're wearing Vibrams or Converse Chucks.
  • madsexy

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    Apr 18, 2014 1:00 PM GMT
    This is pretty common at my regular gym (BSC) - there was a big deal with the management about it last summer when it seemed that it caught on with enough guys that the management took notice, but now it's just the everyday way. MUCH better on the feet/ankles I'm told (the stability discussed above).
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    Apr 18, 2014 1:12 PM GMT
    Would not be allowed at the Y lol
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    Apr 18, 2014 3:25 PM GMT
    I find it is much better to do squats or deadlifts without shoes. Your knees and hips are at a natural angle, which will reduce the possibility for injury.
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    Apr 18, 2014 3:40 PM GMT
    xrichx saidYup. If they're not shoeless, then they're wearing Vibrams or Converse Chucks.
    Chuck Taylors are not only good for lifting. They're great for tennis as well. When you wear normal tennis shoes, your shoe absorbs a lot of the force you apply with your movement causing less of the desired effects from Newton's Third Law.
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    Apr 18, 2014 5:23 PM GMT
    If the weights are heavy and the shoe's cushioning is thick, it's almost like trying to do the exercise with small bosu balls underneath each foot. It's unstable. But you don't have to go barefoot/shoeless. Just wear shoes that don't have such thick soles.

    I have also found it difficult to do calf raises on the leg press machine while wearing my usual running shoes. The point of contact of my feet with the machine tends to drift after several reps, and I have to either readjust or stop the exercise to prevent my feet from slipping off entirely.
  • kew1

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    Apr 18, 2014 5:25 PM GMT
    woodsmen saidGross.


    Feet in socks are gross?
    I haven't seen anyone use shoes when dead lifting in a long time, the PTs prefer us not to.
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    Apr 18, 2014 6:23 PM GMT
    Most gym have insurance carriers and rules that say proper footwear is required. The definition of proper footwear gets skewed. In Texas, lots of folks think that means flops. Up north, tennis shoes / sneakers. Now, with esoteric shoe designs...well hard telling.

    I've been wearing wrestling shoes for decades. They're flat; they stick to the floor; they're comfy; they're supportive in right places; they don't tear up gym benches.

    Technically, you're supposed to wear shoes, but...many folks prefer to do squats, deadlifts, or the stairs, shoeless. I hate doing stairs with clunky shoes because my calves get so pumped up.

    Sanitation is another thing. If someone has a foot fungus...should they be spreading it around?

    Some gyms are stricter than others, even in the same chains. E.g. LA Fitness in Lewisville doesn't tolerate no shoes, nor idiots doing stupid stuff on the stairs (actual stairs). LA Fitness in Carrollton...nobody cares about anything and idiots jump rope in the free weight area and so on.

    I'm not sure not wearing shoes is a health risk. I mean, the gym is full of germs. Just the nature of the place.

    Feeling snug / flat to the floor does help in leg and back movements.

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  • BAHBAA

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    Apr 19, 2014 6:36 AM GMT
    kew1 said
    woodsmen saidGross.


    Feet in socks are gross?
    I haven't seen anyone use shoes when dead lifting in a long time, the PTs prefer us not to.


    sometimes its ok but given the hygiene of some people I've encountered at the gym i'll say its gross.
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    Apr 19, 2014 6:56 AM GMT
    I prefer to wear shoes when I do legs workouts. But I have shoes that are intended for volleyball. The inner and outer soles have very little cushioning, and are flat. I might pick up a pair of Nike Free trainers next time they go on sale.
  • chgobuzz1

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    Apr 20, 2014 7:38 AM GMT
    I do kettlebell class barefoot and it teaches you how to balance & use the muscles in your feet for stability which is great.
    Our foot muscles are forgotten in shoes too often. I wash my feet afterward. Its just part of doing the workout correctly and safely. The instructor insists on no shoes.
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    Apr 20, 2014 9:49 AM GMT
    I hardly see any guys shoeless at my gym hmm idk
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    May 25, 2014 3:48 AM GMT
    I've never seen a guy shoeless working out at any gym I've been to unless you count the "shoes" with toes, whatever they're called.
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    May 25, 2014 5:21 AM GMT
    Several guys at my CrossFit gym workout barefoot, including running on the streets.
  • AMoonHawk

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    May 25, 2014 5:35 AM GMT
    Stretches your shoes out of shape so they don't last as long .... nobody wants their $300 sneakers getting all stretched out of shape icon_smile.gif