This may be a bit controversial and a bit out there. So please stay with us!
You don’t need to spend money on lavish or expensive footwear. Barefoot works just fine.
For strength training, barefoot is best- as a beginner, or even as an advanced strength trainee.
All those fancy weightlifting shoes you see or those crazy new cross trainers…. don’t worry about them just yet. There’s a time and place for them but for strength training barefoot works best
“The human foot is a masterpiece of engineering and a work of art” Leonardo Da Vinci
I don’t think I could have put it any better myself. The human foot has twenty-six bones, thirty three joints, nineteen muscles and around a hundred and seven ligaments. Not to mention the thousands of small nerve receptors running through it. It is proprioceptively rich, just like the hands.
These small nerve endings in your feet are highly sensitive to stimuli that include texture, vibration and pressure.
By training barefoot we’re activating your central nervous system. These sensory receptors help us to better feel and grip the ground. This is going to help activate your core and your glutes, and give us better proprioception under foot. This means better perception or awareness of the position and movement of the body.
Wearing traditional shoes with inflexible soles, padded heels and arch supports prevents a lot of these benefits as well as weakening the foot overtime
The feet are super important. If we don’t use our bodies we lose our bodies. Have a go next time you have the opportunity to go barefoot.