What you wear in the gym can be just as important as the equipment you use for your workout.
You would not wear a stiff pair of khakis and loafers in the squat rack – if you do, rethink your life choices, please. Instead, opt for flexible, comfortable clothing that allows you to freely squat, jump, push and jump. Your shoes should be even more useful.
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Whether you are an experienced weightlifter or just starting training, it is important that you find the right pair of weightlifting shoes ̵
A 2012 study found that when performed with a single-barbed barbell, they had a higher chance of getting the correct shape and lower back strain when wearing weightlifting shoes versus basketball sneakers to reduce. Another recent study similarly found that weightlifting shoes reduced ankle movement and helped lifters maintain an erect torso during squats compared to more common sports shoes.
Of course, shoes alone will not help if you do not have the proper technique. "They do not want 25 cent squats in $ 200 shoes," says Scott Caulfield, CSCS, the National Strength and Conditioning Association chief strength and conditioning coach. In other words, no matter which shoes you buy in the end, always remember to practice, practice, practice.