So I like to take off my shoes to Squat (in my socks) and been doing so for about a year now at my gym because I get a better grip doing back squats ATG. I found other shoes like Chucks to be bulky but I wear Nike Free for my other exercises so I only go barefoot when doing squats.
Anyways, I've been doing this for about a year with no complaints til this past weekend when a staff member told me I need to put on my shoes at all times, he cited a safety issue in case i drop bunch of weight on my feet. But I told him that's ridiculous because even with shoes if someone drops a bunch of weight it's going to cause injury, in addition, I've seen people wear those Vibrams glove shoes around so those pose the same threat as going barefoot.
What about accidently dropping the BB while bench pressing, see USC football RB, I mean, any free weight exercise there's going to be risks. So then he starts to backpedal and brings up hygiene issue and a potential lawsuit if someone gets hurt while he is working out barefoot which could be a loophole? I don't get that.
I can see if someone walks all around the gym barefoot it would be strange, but just at the squat rack while doing a couple sets and putting their shoes back on for the remainder of the workout, what's the harm of that. The only point i could see if they told me if looks bad for the gym when taking potential members around for tours, but that really isn't too bad. Dirty locker rooms or disheveled free weight room like dumbells scattered around is worse.
Thoughts? Do i need to buy those goofy looking vibrams?