Running shoes are often used for various sport activities, one of which is weightlifting. But actually, running shoes are not entirely suitable for weightlifting. Why?
1. The toe box is narrow and lifted (toe spring) making the feet and toes unable to splay when lifting weights.
2. Thick soles making proprioceptors of the feet, toes, and ankles not able to work properly.
3. Cushion and elevation inside the shoes, making the feet unstable*. According to research, standing on soft cushions can reduce power production by 7-10%**
Then how does barefoot or minimalist footwear compare?
1. Thin and flexible sole enables maximum proprioceptive reflexes
When sensory stimulation is maximum, the input provided can activate the foot and ankle as well as other muscles involved. So that the weightlifting technique becomes perfect and reduces injury.
2. Zero-drop sole helps the body to be more stable
Try standing on one feet barefoot for 20 seconds and do the same thing wearing cushioned shoes or standing on a pillow. Which one is easier? In minimalist footwear, the soles used are very thin and flat. The front part that widens follows the shape of the foot, making the feet more stable when lifting weights.
3. The open forefoot frees the muscles and ligaments of the foot that are not activated when wearing running shoes. Activated muscles**** will strengthen the legs.
4. Its lightweight structure frees the feet and can increase energy when lifting weights.
The condition of each person's feet can be different. If you are used to wearing a protective/cushiony shoes during training, it is suggested you transition slowly into a barefoot shoe/sandal. You will need to gradually adjust as your feet strengthen.
However, if you are used to training in bare feet, jump right into your Pyopp Fledge and start lifting! Choose the most appropriate shoes wisely and consult with experts if there are special conditions experienced. Always, listen to your body and your feet