Ok, so I’ve been lifting with my new adidas adistar shoes for about 3 weeks now. One word: amazing. Prior to this I was using a pair of old adidas indoor soccer shoes, which were alright for what I was doing. I’ve always been able to go ass to grass in squats without much trouble.
Now this is where the “amazing” factor comes in. The raised heel actually made my regular back squat go up right away just from the change in angle. My quads now are getting the full weight of the squat on them and I felt this after one of my last workouts.
I’m not saying that your squat will go up if you buy these shoes, or that they are magical slippers that will turn you into a squatting beast. However, if you’ve ever had trouble going rock-bottom in your squats or turning your squat into a good-morning hybrid, then these are for you.
Even in Arnold’s book, and in a picture, you can see that they put small boards under their heels. Maybe I’m on to something? The stress they allow you to put on the quads is amazing as well. Highly recommended.