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    Barefoot Squats and Deadlifts?

    what is your opinion on this?
    I've been doing these work outs barefoot or with vibrams on and have had no problems so far. I feel I engage my thighs/legs better.


    The other day this guy mentioned that he began to use work out shoes because the weights on deadlifts where getting very heavy and thought his feet needed arch support to resist the heavy weights being pushed onto his feet. I thought that was interesting...


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    What are "work out shoes?" Do you mean weightlifting shoes? Or some kind of ridiculous fluffy-gel-soled "cross-trainer" B.S.?

    What does he think will happen to his feet if he deadlifts without arch support? That they'll actually develop musculature that's appropriate for weight-bearing exercise?

    I deadlift in Chuck Taylors and squat either barefoot or Vibram-clad. Not sure if you'd consider the weight I lift heavy, but it certainly feels heavy to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RichMahogany View Post
    What are "work out shoes?" Do you mean weightlifting shoes? Or some kind of ridiculous fluffy-gel-soled "cross-trainer" B.S.?

    What does he think will happen to his feet if he deadlifts without arch support? That they'll actually develop musculature that's appropriate for weight-bearing exercise?

    I deadlift in Chuck Taylors and squat either barefoot or Vibram-clad. Not sure if you'd consider the weight I lift heavy, but it certainly feels heavy to me.
    Hey Rich why different shoes for squats vs. deadlifts?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sjmc View Post
    Hey Rich why different shoes for squats vs. deadlifts?
    Just don't want to cheat myself out of 1/2" of ROM for the deadlift.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RichMahogany View Post
    Just don't want to cheat myself out of 1/2" of ROM for the deadlift.
    Ah got it. I have just recently started lifting with a barbell, and I followed the general advice to use the full-size light weights until 45s are needed. I wonder if that's even necessary, since I am so short...the bar is practically at my knees. So I think maybe it makes sense to scale the height. BUT on the other hand, assuming I want to someday lift with 45s, it makes sense to practice from that height. (I squatted 50kg my last workout ... I haven't set an honest baseline yet for deadlifts).

    ^This was a question I've been wanting to ask, so excuse me for rambling into it here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sjmc View Post
    Ah got it. I have just recently started lifting with a barbell, and I followed the general advice to use the full-size light weights until 45s are needed. I wonder if that's even necessary, since I am so short...the bar is practically at my knees. So I think maybe it makes sense to scale the height. BUT on the other hand, assuming I want to someday lift with 45s, it makes sense to practice from that height. (I squatted 50kg my last workout ... I haven't set an honest baseline yet for deadlifts).

    ^This was a question I've been wanting to ask, so excuse me for rambling into it here.
    If you never plan to compete in a Powerlifting meet, then you don't "need" to be used to deadlifting from the standard height.

    There was a point when I did all my deadlifts with the little 25 lb plates for the extra ROM. This would basically emulate what's called a "deficit deadlift"

    What is important is consistency. Both for form and because you need a way to gauge (and drive) your progress. So if you'll be using 45's to deadlift eventually (which you will, don't worry), I'd just stick to pulling from that height for now. You can always specifically add some longer ROM work later on (like deficit SLDL's or whatever else sounds fun) when you're a more advanced lifter.

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    barefoot or vibrams for me. about 15 years ago when i saw all of those old videos of arnold and all of those giants muscleheads squatting and deadlifting barefoot, i decided that if it was good enough for the biggest and strongest guys in the world, it was good enough for me. you could also get away with some chuck taylors or a barefoot style shoe like a merrel trail glove if you wanted to

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    Since I lift in the morning about 15 minutes after I get up, and I'm still in my PJs, I lift barefoot. I prefer barefoot over even barefoot shoes, because I need the feedback of how far my heels vs my toes are sinking into the carpet (keeps me from tilting back or forward.)
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    I used to do them barefoot, but now I wear Vibrams. I lift in my basement, and there are tiny metal shavings, wood splinters, etc. that are scattered about and completely invisible. I got tired of getting splinters in my feet, so I wear the VFFs for protection.
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    I use weightlifting shoes for squat, but deadlift in socks alone.

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