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    Default Are Converse Chuck Taylors as good as going barefoot?

    Hello, I've been taking my running shoes off in the gym for Squats and Deadlifts but I was wondering if it would be easier just to wear Converse Chuck Taylors.

    I know that Pavel says that they're ok but are they AS good as wearing nothing?

    Thanks!

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    No, they are not AS good as barefoot, but it's the next best option(or maybe 2nd behind Vibrams five fingers) if you don't have the choice of training barefoot(gym doesnt allow) and is generally acceptable. And it's much better than wearing cushion shoes like running shoes.

    However, for feet strengthening/health barefoot is best.

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    Ok thanks, the gym I go too is not crowded at all so I'm allowed to go barefoot (socks only though :P), guess I'll continue doing that.

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    No.
    While chucks are nice and flat they still confine the foot so it can't spread out naturally.
    IMO if you can as zendfone mentioned, go bare foot and squats,DL's,KB exercises.
    You will feel more neurologicaly connected(rooted) to the ground.
    Lots of nerve endings on the foot that get dulled by wearing a layer between the foot and the ground.

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    Here's a question to the Barefoot advocates:
    (please think and ponder this idea for a bit)

    Why do Olympic Weightlifters (the strongest, most technically skilled lifters and strength athletes) train (not just in Oly Lifts, but Deads, Squats, and KBs) in Shoes that have 3/4" heels?

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    Deadlift in your socks (as long as there isn't a traction issue) and squat in the chucks. I use the chucks for overhead stuff as well.

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    Stephen many will argue that olympic lifters are not the strongest strength athletes. Strongmen and powerlifters are stronger depending on your definition.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stephen Maze View Post
    Here's a question to the Barefoot advocates:
    (please think and ponder this idea for a bit)

    Why do Olympic Weightlifters (the strongest, most technically skilled lifters and strength athletes) train (not just in Oly Lifts, but Deads, Squats, and KBs) in Shoes that have 3/4" heels?
    It is not hard. If you are lifting on the platform, you want to be wearing shoes because there is a lot of ballistic force on your heels that are much higher than just the weight lifting. Oly lifting in barefeet is just painful.

    The heel is a anterior weight shift that makes getting into a full squat receiving position easier. The groove of a back squat and an oly front squat are different, thus the difference in heel differential.

    Also, I lift in two gyms that have concrete floors. Barefoot would not be optimal. I lift in All-Stars (hard and flat sole). Think of All-Stars as a floor you can bring with you. If you want to talk about proprioception, I would argue that you would get better proprioception with chucks and no socks that you would with socks alone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pats View Post
    Hello, I've been taking my running shoes off in the gym for Squats and Deadlifts but I was wondering if it would be easier just to wear Converse Chuck Taylors.

    I know that Pavel says that they're ok but are they AS good as wearing nothing?

    Thanks!
    I train with Chucks only when I have to wear shoes - otherwise I show up in those $6 Chinese "Kung Fu Slippers" then train barefoot. Training with Chucks, I had to be careful to make sure that I was keeping my toes clamped down to the ground - for whatever reason (and because my feet are fairly small) the soles on the chucks tended to curl upwards at the toe, making it look like I was rocking back and forth. Compensating for this caused me to start doing weird things with my toes that had to be un-learned. This only seemed to happen with 1 of the 2 pairs of Chucks that I own, so it might not be an issue for you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RJ79 View Post
    Stephen many will argue that olympic lifters are not the strongest strength athletes. Strongmen and powerlifters are stronger depending on your definition.
    Strongmen and powerlifters are not stronger than Olympic lifters by any (rational) definition. Nor the other way round. As there is no basis for comparison whatsoever, it is impossible to argue who is stronger.

    Having in mind the various developments in powerlifting (geared, raw, full raw, 'roiders, drug free, strict versus relaxed judging rules, etc.), it is impossible to determine which group of powerlifters is stronger than the others, let alone allow for comparisons with athletes from other sports.

    I've heard that powerlifters use special shoes for squats and DLs and that the elevated-heel shoes are better for squatting than going barefoot. Haven't tried them, barefoot works for me.
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