Just like CrossFit itself, footwear has made leaps and bounds in the past couple of years. As many of you are well aware, there are even “CrossFit” shoes, specifically designed for common CrossFit activities. However, CrossFit can be any and everything, from thrusters to rope climbs, mountain hiking marathons to changing a tire for time. So what shoe is “best”? Well, the best answer I can give to the question is, “It depends . . .”
Obviously, there are companies like Reebok and Inov-8 make great shoes for CrossFit. But, you can do CrossFit barefoot. Many Orthopedists and Podiatrist would stress the goal of getting as close to barefoot as possible. That’s why many CrossFitters look for Minimalist footwear, giving you minimal support and protection which will allow you to build the strength in your feet to support you for the activities you enjoy. Companies that make quality Minimalist Shoes include New Balance, Vibram, Merrell.
The only kind of shoe I would discourage is one with “shock absorbing” properties like Basketball shoes or running shoes with a lot of cushioning. We’re typically trying to utilize the force we produce from the ground. We don’t want our shoes soaking in that energy.
With that in mind, a specialized shoe I would recommend is a weightlifting shoe. These shoes have hard soles usually made out of wood or hard plastic that don’t absorb energy so that you may transfer that force to the barbell. They also have a raised heal to focus pressure on the middle of the foot. They do, however, get expensive. Major companies like Nike, Reebok, and Adidas make weightlifting shoes along with Pendley and
TODAY: THURS, SEPT 26, 2013
2 REP MAX BENCH PRESS
THEN, 3 SETS OF 2 AT 90% OF YOUR 2 REP MAX
GROUP CORE WORK