Are you strong enough to squat without the little accessories? Or do you need Olympic weightlifting shoes, knee sleeves, wraps, a weight belt etc etc? You have to earn the ability to get ass to grass with nothing but bare feet and a barbell. It takes dedication to mobility, a focus on movement mechanics and progressive, periodized training.
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Barefoot and broke the century today!! 2 reps at 101kg to complete this ascending pyramid.
I'm loving that spring is here, it means I can wear shorts and let my feet get dirty 😬
- ironbryan29Your post is great 😎 !! 🙌
- parkourhobbitI like what you do !!!!! ☝️ ☺️ :)
- ceceiliaallweinOr lift lighter, and use those items for injury prevention when lifting heavier. Dependence is not great, but increasing likelihood of injury isn't ideal either. They serve a purpose; they're not "bad" inherently; and as always it depends on your goals and the person. For women who need to lift heavy to put on muscle (and have a scientifically documented higher rate of knee injuries), it's especially important.
- charlottemilesy@ceceiliaallwein Those accessories have their place certainly, but to squat raw is ultimately what our bodies our built to do. I personally would argue that using weightlifting shoes that compensate for poor ROM, also desensitize the foot from feeling the floor and therefore where your body is in space; so squat mechanics are harder to gauge. I have a torn meniscus and yet only use my lifters on 1RMs because otherwise i'm always relying on a crutch rather than addressing the reasons for my injury, which are rooted in poor muscular recruitment and ROM. Obviously this is just my body I am talking about; but I think that composite, raw strength is something worth pursuing no matter your sex, age or perceived physical limitations.
- chris.g177I would train both styles ( barefooted and with Olympic weightlifting shoes) instead only one. Barefooted forces you to stabilize more and have an greater feedback through your feet, while with Olympic Weightlifting shoes, you have still need to stabilize, but not so hard like when you are barefooted, but your feet is like nailed on the ground and with the elevated heel, you can stand more upright than without.
- ceceiliaallwein@charlottemilesy oh totally agree! What I'm saying is that they're important tools for certain types of activities (like 1RM's or competition or high volume training) and that the accessories aren't inherently bad in and of themselves. It's tough to see advice that fully dismissive when there is a time and a place to include them in healthy lifting--especially at high stress moments when most people without solid guidance might benefit.
- charlottemilesy@ceceiliaallwein I don't think the post was dismissive. Just suggesting that training raw is the ultimate for strength athletes and is something to aspire towards. Arguably, if you look at the conjugate system, there is a time and place for any and all accessories; but the goal is always to have a body that requires no assistance to shift the weight.
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