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Training in Chucks?


#1

Running the 5/3/1 program, is training in Chucks optimal?


#2

It doesn’t really matter. Wear whatever shoes you like.


#3

Wear what you feel stable in. If everything is going so right in your training that optimising shoe selection is going to make a difference then I feel that 1kg and some sort of record should be involved.


#4

I’d say red Chuck’s with a Black Sole and Yellow Strings would be optimal. Anything else you are pretty much wasting your time.


#5

appreciate the sarcasm; saw this video that’s why I asked. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lytCL3rm3Xg


#6

Follow Jim or follow Rippetoe… Actually no never mind don’t follow Rippetoe… Stick with Jim…


#7

Rippetoe is a silly man.


#8

I prefer chucks for everything other than squats, but that’s just personal preference. Not sure if it’s optimal.


#9

chucks are fine - if you can afford them, get squat shoes for squats. I run in running shoes, squat in squat shoes and do all other training in Nike metcon 3’s - which are the best shoe I’ve ever deadlifted in.


#10

I use low top chucks for all lifting, especially like them for squats and deads. Nice, even support with the hard sole


#11

Anything with a hard sole. Chucks, original laced Vans. Barefoot.

I do squats in Chucks,

Deads and OHP in socks. (I have long DL socks that “protect” my shins -only if the bar has no knurling)

Bench I keep my running shoes on…


#12

I use New Balance Minimus shoes for training. Not sure they’re optimal, but they last a long time and I like them.


#13

Not trying to hijack this thread, but I’m contemplating getting squat shoes. Any suggestions, or should I not worry about it? I don’t really lack any flexibility, but I was curious if it would help or not


#14

Squat and bench in Olympic lifting shoes. The adidas ones about 100$ have them for 3+ years still good.
DL and OHP in Samba. Likewise same pair 3+ years. Still good.
I don’t wear either outside the gym. Running shoes for cardio.


#15

I really like squatting and Olympic pulls in a 1" heel. Biggest difference in front squats and snatch grip deadlifts/pulls.


#16

I like them over other types of shoes for squats. I have a pair of Inov-8 FastLift 370 BOA.


Weird fastener but makes you feel like a superhero getting dressed.


#17

Adidas Adipowers are great for squatting and they’re probably at a very reasonable price now. I only paid $135 or so for them a couple years ago. You’ll never want to squat in anything else. I cannot believe it when I see people trying to squat in tennis shoes.Chucks and Sambas are fine, but tennis/running shoes are the worst. What makes them good for running around in makes them TERRIBLE for squatting. Good way to get hurt.


#18

I agree; squat shoes are best for squatting. But a good pair of flat soled, non-cushioned shoes will work fine. I use my Adidas squat shoes for squatting and Nike Metcons for everything else.


#19

Shoes matter and shoes don’t matter. I wouldn’t ask you to squat in 20 year old running shoes but I think people get a little too carried away with finding the most optimal shoe. Chucks are fine, olympic lifting shoes are fine. One may feel a bit better than the other but at the end of the day, don’t be a slave to a shoe.

But to answer your question - Chucks are fine.


#20

OLYMPIC lifting shoes MAY BE the best shoe depending on the persons individual leverages, past injuries, and goals. A blanket statement like this is beyond ignorant.