Running shoes Advantages In my opinion, there is no advantage at all to squatting in running shoes.They are designed to absorb shock and cushion the foot against impact. From a back squatting point of view, the last thing we need to be doing is compressing the shoe instead of driving up. Robbing us of that vital power at the bottom. It's also not in their design brief to handle the sideways pressure put on them in the squat. Disadvantages ALL OF THE ABOVE Flat soled shoes(Chuck … [Read more...] about What Squat Shoes should I wear?
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What Deadlifting Shoes Should I Wear and Why? Flat sole (chucks) - molded sole flat shoes, solid heel weightlifting shoes or running shoes? Running shoes are just that running shoes, designed to cushion your feet against impact with soles that compress and spring back, all things a powerlifter doesn't want. This will rob the lifter of that vital power at the bottom of a squat or the start of a Deadlift. Flat sole canvas uppers rubber sole, Chuck Taylors and the … [Read more...] about What Deadlifting Shoes Should I Wear and Why?
Hi Team, I get asked a lot about the thumb loop on the Getstrength Wrist Wraps, so I thought it may make for a interesting article for the "How to and Why" section on Getstrength.com "What is the idea behind thumb loop on the wrist wrap and do I have to use it?" Seems simple right...... Well its definitely up to the individual. The thumb loop on the wrist wrap can be used to help adjust the tension of the wrist wrap depending on the individual athlete's requirements but by no means … [Read more...] about Wrist Wraps – What is a thumb loop?
In my last article "Are there any disadvantages to the Front Squat Harness All Sport (compact), other than not being able to do Zercher Squats" I touched on how to use the new Getstrength Front Squat Harness All-Sport. In this article, I would like to go into more detail on technique with the Harness. Now the new FSH All-Sport is not to be confused with the existing They both are used to improve the Front Squat technique but they are very different in how they feel and how they are to be … [Read more...] about How to use the Front Squat Harness All-Sport Correctly
Hi Getstrength, I would like to ask a couple of questions. Why do i need Weightlifting Shoes and what is the difference between the Weightlifting shoes you sell and the Lifting Shoes? Hey, great questions! Why do I need Weightlifting Shoes? Let start by explaining why you need Weightlifting Shoes and not sneakers. We are in the business of selling shoes, so this may come as a surprise but I am going to be completely honest with you, not everybody will require weightlifting shoes to train … [Read more...] about Why you need Weightlifting Shoes!
Hi, What is the difference between the normal standard Wrist Wraps and the new GS Power Wraps you guys are now selling? How do I use the new GS Power Wrap? Thanks very much for the questions. The biggest difference is the material the GS wrist wraps/supports are made from. The normal GS standard Wrist Wraps are manufactured from elasticated webbing of various densities, whereas the GS Power Wraps are made from a light, non-stretch nylon fabric. The other point of difference is how the … [Read more...] about What is the difference between the normal standard Wrist Wraps and the new GS Power Wraps?
Hi Getstrength, I am a personal trainer and really like using the strength bands with my clients, they are just so versatile. The only problem is, how do I know the resistance level of each band? i.e If I have a client doing assisted pull ups, how do I know how many kgs of assistance is being applied at the bottom? Hey, thanks very much for the email. This is a great question, we get asked this a lot. It is very tricky to answer because there are so many variables, for an example, how … [Read more...] about How to Measure the Resistance of Strength Bands
Why would i want Lifting Hooks in my gym bag, isn't using steel lifting hooks just a cop out? Thanks for the email. Once upon a time I would have completely agreed with you, but lately I have come to the realisation that just about every training aid serves a purpose and there are arguments that can be made for and against the use of training aids. We have all heard the argument with regards to grip strength and its importance. "You are only as strong as your weakest point". Don't get me … [Read more...] about Lifting Hooks have their place in your gym bag
I had an email today from a customer, they were asking the question " Why should I use Knee Sleeves?" I have compiled a list of 20 reasons why you should train with knee sleeves. I would like to thank all the Getstrength Facebook page fans in help with creating this list. Regards Steve Thompson Knee Sleeves can help prevent injury Gives your Knees support during exercise. Knee Sleeves use compression to increases blood flow. Knee Sleeves can … [Read more...] about Why Should I use Knee Sleeves