They’re too many types of shoes to count. Big shoes, and small shoes, fluffy shoes and rigid shoes, high top shoes, and low top shoes, kicks and loafers, slippers and clippers, Sneakers and brogues. So many- how do you choose? Running shoes, lifting shoes, rigid shoes, no shoes- and then, when you think you have it figured out, they came up with Hoka shoes. Now, I’m not going to dig Hoka shoe, if it is what works for you, do it, but I am going to put out a PSA. Please do not wear your Hoka shoe during your Crossfit WOD – or any running shoe for that matter.
To cushion the blow from jogging on such hard surfaces, running shoes provide a barrier of springy foam between the road and our sensitive feet. (http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2016/06/how-running-shoes-change-your-feet)
Because of this springy cushion that is provided for our oh so sensitive feet, our feet tend to roll side to side. The shoe is soft in the middle, which makes running feel more comfortable – makes sense, they’re running shoes. This in turn makes your muscles work harder, because you’re taking the spring out of your foot, but we aren’t here to argue barefoot vs. traditional running shoe. Where here to say that if you are doing crossfit, or weightlifting, or any type of hiit, you should wear a shoe that is meant for that.
“Any time you’re trying to lift something on an unstable surface, you’re increasing your risk of injury and reducing your output of power because you don’t have the right support,” - Dan McCarthy L3 CF.
An unstable shoe prevents power output, and can cause your ankle to roll, knee instability, and improper form. Movements required for weightlifting, Crossfit, HIIT, or circuit training requires a more rigid sole, with neutral platform. For weightlifting, when you’re getting heavy, you may even need to go farther and get a weightlifting shoe that has an even more rigid platform and raised heel.
“If you're performing compound movements like squats or deadlifts, I can see an increased injury risk due to the fact that your bilateral efforts are positioned on a pair of cushioned shoes that are unstable,” - Lee Boyce, C.P.T.
To sum it up, don’t be brash- go get a pair of kicks that has a neutral, rigid platform before you go to your local box to throw it down, or before you hit the back squat after your run. No reason to throw your hip out because you wanted your feet to feel like they each had their own cloud wrapped around them. Be safe out there people.
Hard Times Make Hard People. Live Uncommon.
- March 08, 2018
- Ben Seims