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|1/26/2015 10:54:49 AM - Adam C.
I have an interesting sort of counter intuitive problem. I've been powerlifting for a few years now and at first I started out on gym shoes, then I graduated to only style shoes, and recently I ordered minimalist flat soled shoes for deads and to experiment with squats. As it has turned out, I love them for squats and dislike them for deads. This is completely opposite of every scrap of conventional wisdom I can find online. When I wear my minimalist shoes for squat they're really great because I can get great forward lean while still keeping my hips under me which is a strong position for me. However, when I wear them for deads it feels like I'm way over the front even when the bar rides my shins and I can't get a good pull from the floor without getting way over the front. Could there be something about my anatomical proportions that could cause this or am I missing strength somewhere from pulling in oly shoes for so long? This is the most confused I've been in the gym.
I prefer Olympic shoes to barefoot pulling. Wish I had used them when I competed. All that BS about being closer to the ground and a shorter pull, blah, blah, blah! I'm not sure why, but I don't care. I just care what feels best.
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