Benefits of barefoot training:
– strengthens your ankles and feet
– improves ankle mobility and calf flexibility
– develops better balance
– better force production as feet can grip the ground
– gain SuperFoot status with your strong claws
– it’s all the rage
I cringe when I see people doing squats, deadlifts, one legged strength work or Kettlebells with chunky runners on. It really gives me the heebie jeebies.
If you have to wear shoes, wear a ‘barefoot style’ like Nike Free or Vibrams or Vivos – there are so many out there. If you want to walk or run in the same trainers, I suggest a gradual transition. For example, someone currently wearing a very ‘supportive’ shoe like Asics Kayano, should gradually buy flatter shoes. And with each new level of ‘flatness’, reduce the volume of running/walking then build it back up. This is to give the ankles and feet time to adjust.
Remember, barefoot is best! I do all my weight training in Toesox. Look ugly? I don’t care!