Training Without Shoes

Squat

Why do I ask my athletes to remove their shoes when first teaching the squat?
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Most of us wear general fitness (running) shoes which are designed to absorb repeated impact and cushion the foot. When squatting, it’s important to have a close connection with the floor beneath you, not a soft one.
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Hard, flat-soled, shoes are great but when learning how to position the foot, bare feet reign supreme. It allows me to get a solid look at your arch (or lack thereof) and allows you to feel the difference between a poor squat setup and a strong one.
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Squatting barefoot won’t suddenly make you a stronger squatter, but it will allow for quick and easy feedback!

Joshua MoutryComment