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Old 02-04-2011, 04:05 AM   #21
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The old timers like big squat chief Paul Anderson used healed shoes for squatting. Actually dress shoes were popular at that time among the lifters.





I use a pair of these..



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dont lie Swede i saw you last week in the gym with your shape up shoes!!!!! lol
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I do zerchers barefoot and with a 1/2"-3/4" heeled shoe; they both have a different feel to the movement and although I don't prefer one above the other, I reckon with the heel feels like a smoother movement.

Back squats I've only just started but decided to use the shoes and seemd fine, no throwing me off balance etc; that could well be because I've done zerchers though or because I've also practised the wall squat (Pavel style).

I wonder whether it's not so much the heel throwing a person forward, when that occurs, but more a case of worry about sitting back with the weight load.
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dont lie Swede i saw you last week in the gym with your shape up shoes!!!!! lol
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Can you imagine going to the gym today in your wing tips? Then I can't imagine squatting in jeans and yet a few pages back is a pic of Draper doing just that.
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Old 02-04-2011, 09:13 PM   #26
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Same as doing squats with your heels on a board.
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Same as doing squats with your heels on a board.
Somewhat, but the million dollar question is, can you maintain good (knee healthy) form on a 2x4, 4x4, or an Olympic Plate?
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Nice topic. Whenever I put a plate in my heels it certainly feels easier to hit ATG and I feel it in the quads more, or at least used to. But then I began really watching videos of squat form of guys that know what they're doing and the issue stopped. All of the following squat barefoot/flat sole/vibrams I'm pretty sure none of them have an elevated heel. I'll post vids of their squats and quad development, as pictures/videos will be more exciting than words



Josh Hyaduck (Uses Vibrams)
(He's not big on taking videos, he used to swear by the hack squat/reverse hack squat and usually uses those for Sheiko):


Most recent pics (20+ weeks out from WNBF World's):

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RJ Perkins: (Not sure of his contest plans...squats barefoot, I think?)





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Cohn Wolfe: 12 Weeks Out (Squats in Vibrams)



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The vid that helped me the most was Rip's Hip Drive Vid:




Since using that for around a month, my squat form is basically a spitting image of RJ's
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Ran across this thread and just wanted to comment..... I just got some Chucks and I am loving them!!! I felt an immediate improvement on squats and deads the first time I used them. I was lifting in a cross trainer and found myself leaning too far forward on the squat. ( had a slight heel ) I have not been lifting long but I noticed a difference right away.
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