There is a pattern of movement involved when you are performing Olympic weight lifting exercises such as the Snatch or Clean and Jerk. These exercises require that a great amount of force be exerted from your body and is supporter through the feet. Therefore your feet require proper cushioning and padding in order to manage that force. This will allow you to enjoy full benefits of the exercise and avoid injuries.
Why can’t I use regular shoes?
-The main issue when lifting in regular shoes is that they are usually padded on the sole which makes the body ‘sink’ into the shoes when you try to perform our lifts. This will lower your capacity to exert force and press up against the weight because the padding is absorbing lots of tension.
-Another problem is that you have a higher chance of injury due to the instability of in the design of other shoes. An ankle roll when doing heavy weight lifting can be extremely severe. This is because you are normally lifting weights that can cause significant injury if mishandled.
-Weight lighting shoes have a solid flat sole design and less soft cushioned surface, hence, they reduce the chances of ankle rolls and instability issues. Keep the cushioned shoes for activities like running.
Olympic weightlifting shoes: Tools of the Trade
One of the most essential equipment a lifter should own is a pair of Olympic weightlifting shoes. Weight- lifting shoes are secure and keep your foot in place to prevent it from moving. They offer firm contact with the surface and reduce sole compression.
Olympic weightlifting shoes are design from the ground up for the purpose of Olympic weightlifting. When you have a shoe that has a singular focus the end result is a quality product for a deserving sport.
Qualities of Olympic Lifting Shoes
The soles of the best Olympic weightlifting shoes should be made of rubber which is perfect for both support and traction purposes. It’s important that you feel tightly fixed on the surface with your shoes. If you feel like you are slipping then problems are likely to occur. Most of the best Olympic weightlifting shoes also tend to have a flat sole surface. This is a perfect design for the sport because it promotes greater stability.
When purchasing Olympic lifting shoes ensure that you buy ones that suit your body and will allow you to lift the maximum quantity of weight you can achieve. Make sure that the shoes are fitting your body well and that you are comfortable in them for long gym sessions. You must know your foot structure.
Do you have narrow feet?
-Do you have narrow wide feet?
-What is you “true” foot size? (Tip: Try on a pair of dress shoes. This is a good way to determine your weightlifting shoe size.)
-Do your feet sweat? (Important in determining if you should get a breathable shoe)
Check the support system the Olympic lifting shoes offer. Look out for firm heel support that makes you feel sturdy. This is particularly essential if you have weak ankles which tend to roll in or outwards when doing squats. You should get less ankle motion and have the ability to hoist more weight.
Also observe the heel high that is right for you. The best Olympic weightlifting shoes will have a heel high between 1/2″ or 3/4″ inches.
Olympic lifting shoes weight
Olympic weightlifting shoe brands offer somewhat different weight so be observant. Expect your typical weightlifting shoe to be heavier than typical running shoes due to the additional support required. In spite of the heavier weight, the shoes should not be too heavy to limit your movements.