Weight Lifting Shoe Function
What are those weird looking shoes I see at the gym and what are they used for?
Weightlifting shoes have been around for a long time, yet they are still not understood by most gym-goers.
Weightlifting shoes have:
1) A Hard Flat Sole
2) Non-compressible raised heel.
The main benefits of weightlifting shoes are mechanical improvements during the squat. In the past I
have discussed the importance of adequate dorsiflexion and its role in squatting ( Read Article Here )
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The raised heel specifically will allow one to squat deeper while maintaining a more upright trunk
position, due to their role in assisting dorsiflexion at the ankle joint. By keeping the torso more upright,
proper compressive forces are sustained at the low back. Weightlifting shoes can also help keep the foot
in a stable position during the squat. A raised heel keeps the foot in a neutral arched position, which is
crucial for ideal squatting technique. Along with that, the weight, density, and flatness of the shoe
increases stability, making you feel cemented to the ground to maximize pushing power. In conclusion,
weightlifting shoes are a great tool for people with limited ankle mobility while squatting or anyone who
wants to improve their squat technique.