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KyleT
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The OP asked this question in 2005 when she was 14. Today she would have been lifting for at least 5 years and be 19 years old. I bet she looks fffiiineneeee.

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mawg
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This will freak some of you out, but read the following link:
http://birthdayshoes.com/...ive-fingers-kso

These put your physiology back to the way it should be. No more back, knee or ankle problems.

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mallen5
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threekings wrote:
Hoss

Lifting your heels while squatting indicates you lack ankle flexibility. You need to work on some specific ankle flexibility work, including some calf work, calf stretches, achilles tendon stretches, all done after your body is warmed up. It can help for you to wear boots or use a wedge to help alleviate until you gain the flexibility to squat flat-footed.


This could be true, but there are other possibilities for why her heels are coming off the ground.... i.e. tight hip flexors

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TimScott
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Jewlez wrote:
Hey there
I'm 14 and have been training for about 4 months now. Some of the people I train with recommended that I buy proper weight lifting shoes. They claimed this would help my form a lot as I tend to lift my heels up slightly when squatting. The thing is I have no idea where to start looking, or what to look for. I was wondering if anyone could give me any information on good makes or tell me what to look for?

Thanks xxx


Hey Jewlez... my name is Tim Scott... i am also an olympic style weightlifter... i want to urge you to forget what other people have said about not needing weightlifting shoes.... they are not only helpful with stability, but with technique as well... you can get a good starter pair from vs athletics....

there are many opinions inthe sport of weightlifting, but there are also many facts... and the fact is if you want to be great in this sport, you need to build all the skill strength and technique on a solid foundation... Weightlifting Shoes.... every serious lifter has them, and its not a popularity thing, it's because it is just a tool of the trade and it will help you become a better athlete.

look me up on Facebook... you will find that i am a legit source and i actually know what i am talking about with the shoes.... in three weeks i am going to Michigan to attend Northern Michigan University to be a part of the United States Olympic Education Center weightlifting Team.

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TimScott
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mallen5 wrote:
threekings wrote:
Hoss

Lifting your heels while squatting indicates you lack ankle flexibility. You need to work on some specific ankle flexibility work, including some calf work, calf stretches, achilles tendon stretches, all done after your body is warmed up. It can help for you to wear boots or use a wedge to help alleviate until you gain the flexibility to squat flat-footed.


This could be true, but there are other possibilities for why her heels are coming off the ground.... i.e. tight hip flexors


it is just natural for your heels to come up off the ground when you squat... thats why weightlifting shoes are at an angle... so it take the tension out of your calves... not the hip flexors or hamstrings.

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TimScott
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Bolx wrote:
14 or 44, no matter...Chuck Taylors, especially for squatting. Just dont try running in them!


chucks are okay... and certainly better than running shoes which have a soft sole that will give when you squat.. but the best shoes to lift, especially squat in are going to be a weightlifting shoe that has a reased heel that is solid so you have stability and and ballance

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TimScott
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Tank53 wrote:
I've never heard of such a thing.

And you're 14? Don't worry about these guys. Your Nike or Adidas shoes are fine weight lifting shoes. I'd say you'd have to get on an extreme side of lifting to get anything like this. Weight lifting shoes, if there is such a thing, goes along the lines of bp shirts, x-vests, etc. You can certainly live without it now plus I'm sure you have better things to waste..er...spend your money on.

If you wanna invest your money in something worth while, get some lifting chalk and buy more vegetables to eat.
-T



sorry to say, but just because you "never heard of such a thing" doesn't mean that it isn't applicable or doesn't matter. and weightlifting shoes are nothing like bench shirts or x-vests... they are something that helps you with technique they do not help you lift weight that you couldnt without them... and if you wnat to have even just a little bit of success at weightlifting they are essential for progress... and deffinitely not a "waste"... you really need to at least look into what your talking about before you give advise, because your completely wrong about the shoes

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brauny96
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AlisaV wrote:



Wait -- if fake Oakleys are Foakleys, then fake Chucks are ...


FUn shoes :)

But for realz, get yourself some LOW top converse. Why low top you say? Its cheap for good ankle mobility, and a flatfooted feel.

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brauny96
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brauny96 wrote:
AlisaV wrote:



Wait -- if fake Oakleys are Foakleys, then fake Chucks are ...


FUn shoes :)

But for realz, get yourself some LOW top converse. Why low top you say? Its cheap for good ankle mobility, and a flatfooted feel.


Yeah this is a 5 year old thread...OP I'm 19...get at meh

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daemian
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olympic lifting shoes are 100% necessary for doing olympic lifts properly for the vast majority of people who would consider doing them. I don't give a shit how much you stretch out your calves. It's impossible for virtually anyone to maintain a vertical torso at the bottom of a squat position without the heels coming off the ground.

Unless you want to fuck around with a very heavy weight in a very vulnerable position using just your well-stretched calves, you need lifting shoes. I am not addressing the bodybuilding types who think of squatting as something you do with your knees behind your toes; I am talking about olympic lifts where your knees as a necesssity are out past your toes. It's funny how much shitty advice people are willing to dole out.

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MikeShank
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daemian wrote:
olympic lifting shoes are 100% necessary for doing olympic lifts properly for the vast majority of people who would consider doing them. I don't give a shit how much you stretch out your calves. It's impossible for virtually anyone to maintain a vertical torso at the bottom of a squat position without the heels coming off the ground.

Unless you want to fuck around with a very heavy weight in a very vulnerable position using just your well-stretched calves, you need lifting shoes. I am not addressing the bodybuilding types who think of squatting as something you do with your knees behind your toes; I am talking about olympic lifts where your knees as a necesssity are out past your toes. It's funny how much shitty advice people are willing to dole out.


Outstanding! Couldn't agree more. The sports (bodybuilding/olympic lifting/powerlifting) are too different in regard to footwear. It would be like a rugby player criticizing an american football player for wearing shoulder pads.

Thanks Daemian for posting this. Old thread but people do read this for advice (how many times has a beginner been ripped on for not using the search function). Lots of photos out there of bodybuilder Tom Platz wearing his olympic lifting shoes when squatting and he had incredible flexibility.

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