There are many people who go to the gym to lift weights, but they don’t have the right pair of shoes to do the job. I have seen several weightlifters wear sneakers or running shoes while lifting serious weights. This can be very dangerous and significantly reduce performance.
Most of the people who are going to buy their first pair of “gym shoes” generally tend to look at things like appearance and comfort, as they do not know that there are suitable weightlifting shoes available on the market. Weightlifting shoes are designed for a purpose and running shoes or any other type of footwear should not be used for weightlifting for a number of reasons.
First, weightlifting shoes have hard soles that are designed to improve stability and performance. The stability that hard soled shoes provide is much better compared to running shoes. The reason behind this is that while lifting heavy weights, a lifter must bend the knees and ankles to their maximum limit to lower themselves as low as possible. A great deal of force is produced and all that force can cause the weightlifter to lose balance if he does not have a solid base to stand on, especially when bending so much. Try lifting weights on a trampoline and you will see how difficult it is to stay stable. A hard base is crucial for lifting heavy weights without losing your balance.
Another important thing that a hard sole does is that it helps the weightlifter use all the force produced to lift the weights. A running shoe, which always has a soft sole, will not only cause you to lose your balance, but will also dissipate all force to the ground. This greatly reduces the amount of weights a weightlifter can lift, as much of the force that is generated to lift the weights is wasted.
Finally, the raised heel of the weightlifting shoe and its benefits should be discussed. While performing a squat (a technique used by weightlifters to lift heavy weights while standing under the bar), a weightlifter should bend the knees and ankles to their maximum capacity, in addition to keeping both feet supported. on the floor. But keeping both feet flat on the ground while bending that far is quite impossible and instead, the feet automatically tend to rest only on the ball and toes. When lifting heavy weights, it is common sense to have both feet flat on the ground. Weightlifting shoes can take care of this due to the raised heel. The raised heel fills the space between the heel of the foot and the ground and allows for maximum stability.
So next time you’re out shopping for a pair of gym shoes, make sure you’re getting the right weightlifting shoes and not running shoes. You may think it is a waste of money, but once you wear them you will immediately notice the difference and you will not regret spending on your new weightlifting shoes.