When you visit CrossFit Gyms around the country, one thing you will notice is the different variant of shoes that crossfitters wear while they performed a workout. The age old question is what are the best shoes to CrossFit in? From my own personal gatherings through CrossFitting and talking to other CrossFitters is what are you training for and what workout are you doing for the day? First, let’s throw one pair of shoes out of the question. The bulky, heel dominated running shoe is possibly the worst case scenario for many of the workouts that we will be doing within a CrossFit gym. Not only do these western style shoes create bad form because of the overexaggerated development of the heel, they can in fact possibly cause injury to yourself. While you run with these shoes, it is evident most people heel strike because of the extra support in the heel. At the time, while you run or perform an activity, you might not feel the extra stress on your knees, shins, and back, but thereafter I am quite sure you will feel it when you arrive home and plopped down to watch some television. Through my own research and talks with experts in this field, the more minimal the shoes, the better you will be in the long run. For example, the converse all stars, vibram five fingers, and innov8 shoe wear could possibly be some shoe wear you could perform in during your CrossFit workouts. The new craze is barefoot running that is hitting the streets of athletic fitness, as it shows barefoot running will create better running form and overall strengthen muscles in your legs that you never knew existed. I do not suggest running barefoot through the streets of Brockton, but with minimal footwear like the ones I suggested above, will give you optimal results without the risk of stepping on something unpleasant. Some other shoes that I suggest to possibly invest in for weightlifting are the chuck taylors or weightlifting shoes. For olympic lifting, the best possible shoes are olympic lifting shoes which will give you more stability during your lifts. Chuck Taylors are great for powerlifting movements because they are low to the ground and while you perform these movements they actually better support your foot and work with the outward force of pushing and turning the foot outward naturally. Classic running shoes are by far the worst selection for weightlifting in because they force you to come up on your forefront and inevitably force the weight of your body to come on your toes. That is my two cents on this subject, so go out and try some new footwear, you could be pleasantly surprised in the gains you make in your CrossFitting!!
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