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iStandOnMyHands
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ive used the search function and read a few different posts (on more than just this website) about squatting in skate shoes... i just wanted to get you guys' opinion on it. what constitutes a good shoe to squat in? flat sole? i usually squat barefoot, but i just got a job at bally's total fitness and i dont want to ask if i can squat barefoot... cause they have a rule about close toed shoes only.

so im assuming i cant :( which means i have to educate myself on what a good squat shoe is. i dont particularly want to spend the money on a pair of weightlifting shoe, but i will if i absolutely have to. would squatting in skateboarding shoes be ok? i also have some dvs slip on shoes (very low under the ankle) that are totally flat... but theyre kind of loose. does that matter? is tight and flat what i want? should it come above the ankle? thanks guys.

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critietaeta
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For DLs, the lesser the heel/sole the better. Squatting is a personal opinion. Some like flat, others use a heel.

StormTheBeach uses skater shoes so they can't be all bad

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gorangers0525
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I've used skate shoes plenty of times for squatting and deadlifting. But you have to make sure it doesn't have any of the newest "super impact insoles" or a gel heel pad. I loved deadlifting (and skating) in my vans eras.

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StrengthDawg
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critietaeta wrote:
For DLs, the lesser the heel/sole the better. Squatting is a personal opinion. Some like flat, others use a heel.

StormTheBeach uses skater shoes so they can't be all bad


That's cause in between sets STB ollies over shopping carts and shit.. Box jumps are lame....lol

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Fletch1986
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Ripptoe advocates using a heeled shoe for deadlifts because it allows a lifter to get in the start position easier. I hate it because I feel like I'm cheating on my most powerful muscles.

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arramzy
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IMO As long as the sole is stiff, the rest is up to you. I personally deadlift in skate'like shoes with the insole taken out so bottom of the shoe is basically a 2mm piece of rubber - perfect. For squat, I like a bit of a heel so prefer not to use skate shoes.

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critietaeta
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StrengthDawg wrote:
critietaeta wrote:
For DLs, the lesser the heel/sole the better. Squatting is a personal opinion. Some like flat, others use a heel.

StormTheBeach uses skater shoes so they can't be all bad


That's cause in between sets STB ollies over shopping carts and shit.. Box jumps are lame....lol


VOIDH, just cause i would love to see that

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iStandOnMyHands
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Thanks guys! :) skate shoes it is.

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michaelbielaski
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I used to DL & squat barefoot all the time but hot tired of pouting my shoes back on to tasker a piss. Got some Vibram 50s fingers...can't go wing with those.

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Achilles of war
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I like my chucks, you can also get a pair of wrestling shoes cheap

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lunchead
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Damn, didnt know many PLs skated! I pulled out the insoles from old skate shoes like suggested before but eventually I got a pair of chucks

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iStandOnMyHands
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[quote]lunchead wrote:
Damn, didnt know many PLs skated! I pulled out the insoles from old skate shoes like suggested before but eventually I got a pair of chucks


nice lift; just a recommendation: letting the weight completely stop at the bottom for a second or two (like it resting on the ground for a second or two) after each rep, is supposed to really bump up your max. i think Christian mentions it in this video: http://www.T-Nation.com/...topics/deadlift
but idk. just an idea

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VTBalla34
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iStandOnMyHands wrote:
(like it resting on the ground for a second or two) after each rep, is supposed to really bump up your max.


This depends where you are weak in your lift...if you are strong off the floor, there is little point to resetting.

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lunchead
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I usually let it stop and rip it off the floor (I usually dont wear straps too) but I'm working on the triples and doing the last 2 reps with a touch and go for now to see where it would take me

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gorangers0525
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[quote]lunchead wrote:
Damn, didnt know many PLs skated! I pulled out the insoles from old skate shoes like suggested before but eventually I got a pair of chucks


Nice footplant fs fingerflip. Don't see that one too often.



Fuck wrong forum. Nice deadlift.

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lunchead
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(I was fooling around a bit) Its a deadlift standing on a skateboard if you dont care to watch, The folks who squat on bosu balls would love this crap

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Kristoph
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^^ *laugh* Nice! :)

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bignate
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chucks, wrestling shoes, barefootshoes all work great for squats/deads, whenever i lunge or do single leg work though i have noticed i actually enjoy wearing a running type shoe, while a bit of a heel and cushion, feels more natural. I also have a pair of oly lifting shoes with a super small heel (maybe 1nch?) those work great too, just experiment.

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FISCHER613
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Fuckin A !!! Thats a functional Deadlift...LOL

That would be cool at the X games. Have to deadlift 2xweight right before you hit the half pipe on your board.


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lunchead
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definitely chuck taylors

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arramzy
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I just can't get over how unbelievably low your IQ must be for you to decide to deadlift standing on a skateboard... Sigh... A couple more attempts at that and we will be observing natural selection at work.

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CATMAL
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Luv it! My buddy Nic is a big strong concrete finisher that still skates. I gotta show him that video.

S/F

Al

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qwertylifts
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Skate shoes are perfect for deadlift. Specially the old school vans. I deadlocked barefoot once never again... ended up getting athletes foot. The gym is one of the most unsanitary places u can be. Sweat all over equipment. Skin cells on barbells

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DRice311
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arramzy wrote:
IMO As long as the sole is stiff, the rest is up to you. I personally deadlift in skate'like shoes with the insole taken out so bottom of the shoe is basically a 2mm piece of rubber - perfect. For squat, I like a bit of a heel so prefer not to use skate shoes.



This. I pulled the insoles out of my chucks. It is kind of a bitch to get out, but way better than slippers imo.

Personally, I use weightlifting shoes for squats, but it really depends how you squat. Wide stance with little knee slide, and a flat sole will probably work better. Don't pull the insoles out of the shoes you squat in - the thickness is meaningless, and you need the arch support.

Mark Bell makes a pair of PL shoes now that I've heard pretty good things about. Looks a lot like chucks, but with features designed with PL specifically in mind.

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lunchead
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arramzy wrote:
I just can't get over how unbelievably low your IQ must be for you to decide to deadlift standing on a skateboard... Sigh... A couple more attempts at that and we will be observing natural selection at work.

You are correct, Deadlifting is already such a dangerous exercise, standing on a skateboard and doing a 2.5 bw lift should be a crime in my country.

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