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Deadlift/Squat Unbalanced

I’m not very tall… I’m only like 5’9.

If my weak squat has anything to do with my body, I would say it’s the way I’m built. Ideal for a squat is generally shorter, stockier, thick core, shorter and thicker legs.

I’m long limbed and lean. The only place I’m relatively broad is in my shoulders. I have the V-taper without working out lol. Probably why at 156lbs and only 4 months of consistant lifting, I can incline press a little more than I weigh for sets of 5 with dumbells but can’t squat for shit :P.

The shoes that I currently wear are Asics with custom insoles… does that suck for lifting?

[quote]JFG12 wrote:
The shoes that I currently wear are Asics with custom insoles… does that suck for lifting?[/quote]

I don’t know a thing about Asics, but you should consider picking up some Chucks if your shoes have an elevated heel at all.

They’re ‘lower to the ground’ so to speak, so you won’t have to pull the weight quite as far on deads, and you’ll have an easier time staying back on your heels in general

http://www.converse.com/#

Lets not change the thread topic too much though :stuck_out_tongue:

[quote]Flow wrote:
JFG12 wrote:
The shoes that I currently wear are Asics with custom insoles… does that suck for lifting?

I don’t know a thing about Asics, but you should consider picking up some Chucks if your shoes have an elevated heel at all.

They’re ‘lower to the ground’ so to speak, so you won’t have to pull the weight quite as far on deads, and you’ll have an easier time staying back on your heels in general

http://www.converse.com/#

Lets not change the thread topic too much though :P[/quote]

The site has like hundreds of Chuck Taylors. Are they all the same really? Hightops are best?

I’d have to say that the lowtops are better.

The tibiotalar joint is largely based off mobility, so it’s best to avoid ankle support and opt for a shoe with more freedom of motion.

I’m pretty sure they’re all the same, barring color and high top / low top style.

Go for the simplest pair.

The pink ones work best.

[quote]Hanley wrote:
Con’s are probably your best bet. I’ve had a pair that I wear at least 3x a week to training every week for the last 3 years and they’re only now staritng to fall apart.[/quote]

These cons good? http://www.getoutsideshoes.com/product.php?id=155

Is the soul thicker than usual?

[quote]JFG12 wrote:
Hanley wrote:
Con’s are probably your best bet. I’ve had a pair that I wear at least 3x a week to training every week for the last 3 years and they’re only now staritng to fall apart.

These cons good? http://www.getoutsideshoes.com/product.php?id=155

Is the soul thicker than usual?[/quote]

That does look thicker. I think the new ones they’ve released have higher heels.

Try this

http://www.classicsportshoes.com/con-55682.html

I saw basic Chucks at Target yesterday. Didn’t catch the $$ though.

BTW, didn’t realize this was your thread, JFG.

Totally thought you were someone hopping in changing the OP’s discussion topic.

Turns out you are the OP, so I retract my statement.

But yeah, you should go barefoot or get Chuck’s. I prefer barefoot, as I know everyone that works at my gym and they really don’t give a shit.

Go to any Foot Locker they have Cons on sale for $44.99.

just DON’T buy those insoles they WILL try to sell you.

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Oy, you’re complaining about that? My squat (wide, low bar, well below parallel) is about 140 lbs less than my deadlift (sumo).

Thanks for all of the help so far.

So I’m thinking this might be the sum of this thread…

  1. Get some more traditional powerlifting footwear and see how that affects my lifts.

  2. Keep working on my squat… but don’t sweat the discrepancy so much. Improve the squat, but embrace the fact that the deadlift is more natural. So I should continue to strengthen that lift as much as I can, even if it only widens the gap between squat and deadlift.

???

Sound about right?