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Squatting/DLing in Skate Shoes?


#1

ive used the search function and read a few different posts (on more than just this website) about squatting in skate shoes... i just wanted to get you guys' opinion on it. what constitutes a good shoe to squat in? flat sole? i usually squat barefoot, but i just got a job at bally's total fitness and i dont want to ask if i can squat barefoot... cause they have a rule about close toed shoes only.

so im assuming i cant :frowning: which means i have to educate myself on what a good squat shoe is. i dont particularly want to spend the money on a pair of weightlifting shoe, but i will if i absolutely have to. would squatting in skateboarding shoes be ok? i also have some dvs slip on shoes (very low under the ankle) that are totally flat... but theyre kind of loose. does that matter? is tight and flat what i want? should it come above the ankle? thanks guys.


#2

For DLs, the lesser the heel/sole the better. Squatting is a personal opinion. Some like flat, others use a heel.

StormTheBeach uses skater shoes so they can't be all bad


#3

I've used skate shoes plenty of times for squatting and deadlifting. But you have to make sure it doesn't have any of the newest "super impact insoles" or a gel heel pad. I loved deadlifting (and skating) in my vans eras.


#4

That's cause in between sets STB ollies over shopping carts and shit.. Box jumps are lame....lol


#5

Ripptoe advocates using a heeled shoe for deadlifts because it allows a lifter to get in the start position easier. I hate it because I feel like I'm cheating on my most powerful muscles.


#6

IMO As long as the sole is stiff, the rest is up to you. I personally deadlift in skate'like shoes with the insole taken out so bottom of the shoe is basically a 2mm piece of rubber - perfect. For squat, I like a bit of a heel so prefer not to use skate shoes.


#7

VOIDH, just cause i would love to see that


#8

Thanks guys! :slightly_smiling: skate shoes it is.


#9

I used to DL & squat barefoot all the time but hot tired of pouting my shoes back on to tasker a piss. Got some Vibram 50s fingers...can't go wing with those.


#10

I like my chucks, you can also get a pair of wrestling shoes cheap


#11

Damn, didnt know many PLs skated! I pulled out the insoles from old skate shoes like suggested before but eventually I got a pair of chucks


#12

nice lift; just a recommendation: letting the weight completely stop at the bottom for a second or two (like it resting on the ground for a second or two) after each rep, is supposed to really bump up your max. i think Christian mentions it in this video: http://www.T-Nation.com/strength-training-topics/deadlift
but idk. just an idea


#13

This depends where you are weak in your lift...if you are strong off the floor, there is little point to resetting.


#14

I usually let it stop and rip it off the floor (I usually dont wear straps too) but I'm working on the triples and doing the last 2 reps with a touch and go for now to see where it would take me


#15

Nice footplant fs fingerflip. Don't see that one too often.

Fuck wrong forum. Nice deadlift.


#16

(I was fooling around a bit) Its a deadlift standing on a skateboard if you dont care to watch, The folks who squat on bosu balls would love this crap


#17

^^ laugh Nice! :slightly_smiling:


#18

chucks, wrestling shoes, barefootshoes all work great for squats/deads, whenever i lunge or do single leg work though i have noticed i actually enjoy wearing a running type shoe, while a bit of a heel and cushion, feels more natural. I also have a pair of oly lifting shoes with a super small heel (maybe 1nch?) those work great too, just experiment.


#19

Fuckin A !!! Thats a functional Deadlift...LOL

That would be cool at the X games. Have to deadlift 2xweight right before you hit the half pipe on your board.


#20

definitely chuck taylors