This is a shout-out to the two people (and many others) that constantly keep me in check at the gym. 🏋️♂️ One being Max, my coach that pushes me to my limits—who understands my strengths and weaknesses. 💥 (belated birthday post too! 🎉) The other one is Intan, my gym bae who at times prove that gender doesn’t necessarily defines strength. 💞 Seeing her kill it in most workouts makes me want to work even harder, bringing out the competitive side in me! 😜
Can’t wait to see what 2019 brings!
Barefoot or shoes? I definitely prefer barefoot for just about everything in the gym. Your feet are NOT built for shoes, they are mechanical marvels of the body that work best with limited interference. More connection with the ground means more stability and more proprioceptive awareness/feedback from your feet.
Deadlifts and squats are two movements that I commonly coach people to try out barefoot. The videos show the difference from one of our athletes doing some heavy deadlifts. With the shoes on you can see the foot floating and unstable. But when the shoes are off the foot is solid.
Of course there’s the caveat of safety and environment. There’s a time and a place for some good shoes, look for those that allow your feet to act as naturally as possible.