No, these are not children’s shoes. I have tiny feet. Don’t judge me.
People ask me all the time why I have so many pairs of shoes. The short answer is because I’m a woman. But contrary to popular belief, most my shoe collection does serve a specific purpose, most importantly my olympic weightlifting shoes. Shortly after I started training at CrossFit215 I noticed many athletes were starting to wear weightlifting shoes for squatting and practicing the lifts. I never understood exactly why I needed different shoes, but I figured if it might help give me an edge then I was all in! I did some research online, spoke with other athletes who owned weightlifting shoes and made the purchase. If you are serious about training and have it in your budget I highly recommend getting a pair of weightlifting shoes. They don’t need to be fancy or expensive, and if you take care of them (i.e. only use them for lifting) they should last a long time. There are a lot of companies who have recently started producing weightlifting shoes designed for both CrossFit and weightlifting, so it is important you ask yourself what purpose the shoes will serve and make sure you become educated about what you are buying. The best guide resource for reviews and articles I’ve found is wlshoes.com. Additionally, the below article flushes out some arguments about why the investment may be worthwhile.
Why Olympic Weightlifting Shoes Matter
While shoes can help, they are by no means a magic pill. They can improve your squat by giving you the ability to squat deeper, increase range of motion in the ankle, and create more stability. On the flip side, if you have poor flexibility in your joints, especially hips and ankles, you need to be working on fixing those issues first and foremost. Don’t use the shoes as an excuse to bypass problems that can be fixed. If you slacked during August Mobility Month I encourage you to utilize the resources we provide at the gym. I guarantee if you put in the work you will see changes and results.
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