November 26, 2020
Shoes Or No Shoes? What’s Best For Training.

Should you be exercising with or without shoes?

Won’t a heel lift make your ankles immobile? Or will it help your squat technique?
Is arch-support a crutch or an excellent tool for improving form?

That question has almost become controversial in the fitness and health world. So, what’s the answer?

The short answer: it depends.

It depends on the individual. Shoes are neither angelic nor demonic. Rather, they serve an excellent purpose for what they are if you know how to use them in the right way.

In the short video below, I go over why we’ve brought shoes back into the gym at Beometry, and how you can use them to:
* improve your squat technique
* avoid compensating in your spine
* and more.

If you’re wondering what you should consider when you’re deciding whether to use shoes, read on…

When To Use Shoes

1. Use them for running.

Running is a repetitive activity. Plus, in modern-day society, most of us run on cement. So, a little support and cushion can go a long way in preventing injury.
If you want to make sure you’re in the best fit for you, I recommend going to your local running shoe store, where they’ll analyze your feet and gait to match you with the perfect shoe. In Tacoma, that’s Fleet Feet Sports Tacoma.

2. Use them for squatting.

For most adults, we’ve lost mobility in our ankles and hips. That means, we have limitations in how safely we can squat without compensating by using our back and knees in ways that can lead to injury. If you find that your knees cave when you squat, or your arches collapse, or something just hurts, shoes might be what’s needed. For the perfect fit, pick a shoe with a small lift in the heel and maximal support in the arch. If you’d like to get a more personalized idea of the right fit for you, or if you even NEED shoes for your squat, reach out to one of our coaches and schedule an assessment. We’d love to help you restore your ability to move pain-free and strong!

When To Go Barefoot

1. Free your feet for yoga.

When you’re doing gentle movement like restorative yoga, qigong, or meditation, going barefoot can work wonders in getting your body and mind grounded. Plus, setting your feet free can help you improve balance, strength, and mobility in your feet and ankles.

2. Go shoe-less for pre-hab and re-hab

Shoes are an awesome tool, but if you want to strengthen your ankles and feet before or after surgery, or if you just want to improve your movement in general, you’ll want to free up your toes from socks and shoes. Find a trainer or physical therapist who can help you learn how to use your feet, like the trainers at Beometry.

3. Every so often, just let those tootsies be free.

Our feet were never meant to stay indoors all day. Just like the rest of our bodies, feet need fresh air to avoid fungus, to stay mobile, and stay strong. So, every so often, walk around your house barefoot, let your feet dig into the sand, the dirt, and the grass.

If you found this article helpful, please share it with your friends and family!

In the meantime, stay healthy and keep moving!

– Coach Michelle

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