Join date: Aug 2009
my squat sucks and has always hurt me, but it's getting stronger/safer
the two biggest things that have helped it recently are a nice belt and oly shoes. When I look back at it, the people that told me to go beltless/barefoot were weak themselves...
Ive been asking others at my gym for advice, and there seems to be 2 schools of thought: one is to go all barefoot and belt-less naturale, and the other is to belt up and lace up.
Browndisaster: Are you wearing the belt so that you have something your abs can push against? Im considering it to get it for this purpose only... to teach me how to embrace my core right. Would you use the belt even if you were squatting "lightweight"? (Im talking under 100kg).
What oly shoes do you have?
PS; I like your new avatar. Much better than previously.
my abs are weak, but this will change in the coming couple of months. Having a belt lets me keep tight. I've worn it a few times for back squats and military presses, but honestly will be wearing it a lot more as my poundages on front squats, deadlifts, and rows go up.
Usually when I was squatting barefoot sans belt, I'd mainly get back pain/hip pain. Now with a belt and oly shoes my lower body gets sore! imagine that
I'd highly recommend the belt and shoes. If you want to try out how the shoes would feel, squat with your heels on some plates
as far as shoes go I really had my heart set on some cheaper shoes, then later the 2008 adistars, but then went with the 2012 adistars b/c of black friday. I know I would've been happy with any shoe to be honest, but I'm glad I went with the fancier ones considering I'll be using these for a decade at least.
Reading reviews was mostly unhelpful, as it seems most everyone is happy with any oly shoe. wlshoes.com does a good job, I believe it's a single author who is doing all the shoe comparisons. and thanks, the avi is the shankle