Weight Lifting Shoes
A lot of people have asked what’s the big deal with Olympic Lifting shoes and if they actually help. The simple answer is yes they will here are a few reasons why.
I’m sure almost every single one of you have bought a pair of running shoes to go running. Running shoes are built to absorb each step you take but they will not help you lift more weight. Olympic lifters will. Oly shoes have a raised solid heel. The raised heel allows you to get into a deeper squat because it increases you ankle range of motion. This is great for when you are Cleaning, Jerking, Snatching, or any squatting variation. With an increased ankle flexibility it makes it easier to stay upright holding onto the weight. The reasoning behind the solid heel is to give you more force to the floor as you rise up out your squat. With normal shoe cushioning you will lose some of that force because the shoe will absorb it as you push into the ground.
If you are on the fence about getting a pair of Olympic Lifting shoes I hope this post clarified a little bit.
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