Almost everyone that lifts weights is wearing the wrong type of shoes!
Because of this, they are only able to handle a fraction of the weight they should be lifting.
In fact, you are probably much stronger than you think. You see, lifting heavy weights is mostly about using good form and getting good leverage.
Most people don’t understand that and as a result, they are constantly performing their workouts on an unstable cushioned surface.
The Worst Shoes For Weightlifting
For some reason, the first thing people think of wearing when they go to the gym is cushioned running shoes.
This is without a doubt the biggest mistake that people make in the gym (next to wearing a weightlifting belt the wrong way) and to me, it seems so obvious that I can’t believe I have to write an entire post on it.
The asshole inside me wants to go up to every one of those retards and ask them;
How the hell do you expect to perform a squat or deadlift properly when your feet are on an unstable cushioned surface?
Are you training to be in a balancing act for the circus?
Why Running Shoes Suck For Weightlifting
Lifting big weights starts from the ground up which means wearing flat shoes that have a hard sole is super important.
As I mentioned before, lifting heavy weights is more about form and leverage rather than pure brute strength. I mean sure, you could just muscle everything up with bad form, but you will eventually suffer from some type of injury.
Understand that running shoes were made to absorb the constant pounding that happens when a person runs outside on the hard pavement. This is why they are often elevated with many layers of gel cushioning.
Fancy gel-cushioned running shoes weren’t made to provide a stable lifting surface for someone that has 300 pounds on their back during a heavy set of squats.
So, now that you know what shoes to avoid, it’s time to reveal the best shoes for weightlifting.
Good Ol’ Chuck Taylors
Also known as Converse All Stars, they are by far the best and cheapest shoe solution for anyone that is serious about lifting heavy weights with proper form. Because of their flat sole design, they provide a stable surface which is perfect for weightlifters.
Not only will they help you greatly in your quest for building more size and strength, but they will also save you money. A brand new pair of Chuck’s will only set you back $45 at most local shoe stores or about $50 if you order them online.
Now, that may not sound like the bargain of the century, but its a hell of a lot cheaper than your useless $90 running shoes or $200 specialty squat shoes.
Chuck Taylors are also made with decent quality material so they last for a very long time. In fact, I have only gone through 2 pairs in the last 8 years that I have been lifting weights seriously.
I would still have my original pair if they didn’t smell so bad :).
The Best Alternative To Chuck Taylors
Now, if you can’t afford a new pair of Chuck’s and don’t have any other flat shoe alternative, there is also another option that is 100% free.
Lift barefoot or in your socks!
I use to do this when I was working at a corporate gym and forgot to bring my weightlifting shoes with me.
Being a personal trainer, you never know when clients are going to cancel last minute and open up an hour in your schedule that can be used for an unplanned workout.
Did I get some weird looks from people while walking around the gym in my socks? Yeah, but so what. Anything is better than lifting in running shoes! And some of the top lifters in the world today like Larry Wheels do most of their lifting barefoot or in socks.
Apply This Information Today
Alright, now that you have the knowledge, it’s time to go out and apply it.
Ditch those stupid running shoes and have yourself an unplanned training session TODAY while wearing the correct footwear.
I promise, you will be amazed at how much better everything feels and you’ll never go back to lifting without the correct footwear.
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