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Old 12-20-2009, 02:59 PM   #1
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deadlifting in olympic shoes

OK, so I am a competing powerlifter, but I did read that article @ Elite FTS from Rip where he said using olympic lifting shoes when deadlifting brings in the quads at the start which helps...also the added height isn't much, its just the difference between the middle of the foot and the back heel. Anyone have experience with this?
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Old 12-20-2009, 03:22 PM   #2
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Re: deadlifting in olympic shoes

I do snatch-grip deadlifts on blocks (as high as possible while still getting the feet under the bar), with a relatively vertical torso. In this movement, I use olympic lifting shoes. If I wanted to set a deadlift PR, I would go barefoot.
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Old 12-20-2009, 03:31 PM   #3
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Re: deadlifting in olympic shoes

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OK, so I am a competing powerlifter, but I did read that article @ Elite FTS from Rip where he said using olympic lifting shoes when deadlifting brings in the quads at the start which helps...also the added height isn't much, its just the difference between the middle of the foot and the back heel. Anyone have experience with this?
I deadlift with OLW shoes. I do think they allow for more quad recruitment b/c your knees go farther forward in the setup. I don't think you can deadlift more weight with OLW shoes because your glutes and hamstrings are stronger muscles than your quads, and your center of gravity is messed up with OLW shoes. When you deadlift, you try to pull back, but OLW shoes make you want to pull upwards moreso than back.
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Old 12-20-2009, 05:23 PM   #4
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Re: deadlifting in olympic shoes

From what Rip was saying at his cert, you just have to be aware of what the shoes will encourage you to do (i.e. drive forward out over your toes) and make sure you adjust your drive accordingly, pushing through the middle of your foot so the bar stays over midfoot. Oly shoes with a little less heel would be a better choice than a pair with a huge heel. And as Andrew said, if you're going for a deadlift PR barefoot or something very thin-soled is probably best because you don't want to have to lift the bar any further than absolutely necessary.
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Old 12-20-2009, 08:19 PM   #5
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From what Rip was saying at his cert, you just have to be aware of what the shoes will encourage you to do (i.e. drive forward out over your toes) and make sure you adjust your drive accordingly, pushing through the middle of your foot so the bar stays over midfoot. Oly shoes with a little less heel would be a better choice than a pair with a huge heel. And as Andrew said, if you're going for a deadlift PR barefoot or something very thin-soled is probably best because you don't want to have to lift the bar any further than absolutely necessary.
I have the 2008 Adidas Adistar's....are the heels OK?
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Old 12-21-2009, 11:54 AM   #6
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Re: deadlifting in olympic shoes

The adistars are more than adequate for deadlifting. The heel is very small compared to most oly shoes out there!!!
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Old 12-21-2009, 09:41 PM   #7
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The adistars are more than adequate for deadlifting. The heel is very small compared to most oly shoes out there!!!
Really? Most of the other shoes have an even bigger heel? damn lol
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Old 12-21-2009, 11:26 PM   #8
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Re: deadlifting in olympic shoes

I have a pair of Do-Wins from Rogue and like them..... I prefer to deadlift Heavy barefoot, but realize that isnt an option for you..
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Old 01-15-2013, 01:44 PM   #9
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Re: deadlifting in olympic shoes

Year old thread, but I am trying to figure out the truth about if this OK or not.

I always hear that flat = better for deadlifts vs. Olympic shoes.
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Re: deadlifting in olympic shoes

You'll have to see what works best for you. Personally, I don't like having an elevated heel or a longer distance to pull when I deadlift, but some people benefit from the slightly different angle.
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