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Old 12-08-2008, 06:30 PM   #1
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Lesson learned -- raised heels for squats are a plus

So, I've been getting some [FREE!] lessons on the Olympic lifts recently. A few weeks ago, my coach wanted me to put my Vibram-clad heels on some 2.5 lb. weight plates to mimic squatting in lifting shoes. I went with it to be cordial and all, but thought it was kind of pointless. At the time, I just didn't see the application; how often are you going to have weightlifting shoes on in a life situation where you might need to mimic a squat movement?

Well, today, I began another SS cycle and--again--immediately had trouble with my IT bands once I got my squat weight close to my upper limit for a 5-rep set. So, because I've been through a number of form changes to try and alleviate this problem, I decided that the only option I had left was to see if having my heels raised would help. I went scrounging for a couple of 2.5's (which are incredibly hard to find in this gym BTW) and set them down where I would be standing. And, to my great surprise, it helped! I think the squat was actually a little bit harder--probably due to not squatting with a foot angle like that before--but I had zero IT band pain during my final set.

I don't have the money to buy a pair of weightlifting shoes, so I am going to resort to standing on plates for as long as I need to, but I highly recommend anyone having similar problems to give either this or some lifting shoes a chance. I was totally shocked.

Has anybody else experienced this?
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Old 12-08-2008, 07:20 PM   #2
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Re: Lesson learned -- raised heels for squats are a plus

As an aside, dress shoes make a decent "poor man's lifting shoe"
Hard slightly raised heel, thin soles.
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Old 12-08-2008, 07:44 PM   #3
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As an aside, dress shoes make a decent "poor man's lifting shoe"
Hard slightly raised heel, thin soles.
I've thought about that . . . .
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Old 12-08-2008, 08:04 PM   #4
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Re: Lesson learned -- raised heels for squats are a plus

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As an aside, dress shoes make a decent "poor man's lifting shoe"
Hard slightly raised heel, thin soles.
Oh, good. Another reason for people to give us weird looks at the globogym.
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Old 12-08-2008, 08:22 PM   #5
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Re: Lesson learned -- raised heels for squats are a plus

Christian, I wear wear my wedding shoes to squat for exactly the reasons you listed, and at least they're getting more mileage than the odd wedding or funeral that I attend throughout the rest of the year
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Old 12-08-2008, 08:37 PM   #6
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Re: Lesson learned -- raised heels for squats are a plus

Is this a good use for my Navy Corframs now that I've retired?
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Old 12-10-2008, 07:57 AM   #7
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Re: Lesson learned -- raised heels for squats are a plus

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Oh, good. Another reason for people to give us weird looks at the globogym.
What, you think it looks odd? I don't see anything off here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4v2FDRLt45M (wfs)
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Old 12-10-2008, 08:57 AM   #8
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Re: Lesson learned -- raised heels for squats are a plus

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What, you think it looks odd? I don't see anything off here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4v2FDRLt45M (wfs)
At least you wore dress socks with the shoes. White tube socks would've been a disaster.
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