Hello my lovelies and welcome back to another training post! I can sense your excitement 😉
So, today, for the first time ever, i wore converse trainers whilst at the gym training legs. Now i have never done this before as i just thought ‘why not take your trainers off to be on a flat surface?’. However, now i see why people do it!
I usually ALWAYS take off my trainers when doing compound movements like squats and deadlifts. Mainly because i feel more grounded and my feet can sit in their natural state. BUT recently i’ve been having a few issues with squatting in socks on a wooden surface…i’m sure you can guess what i mean, slightly slippery. Which completely puts me off my set and even my workout, as i didn’t feel i could do enough. All the trainers i have are Nike (obviously), and either aren’t supportive or have a sole which forces your feet in a certain position. Don’t get me wrong i LOVE my Nikes, but they aren’t really the type of trainer i want to be squatting in.
As you will know, if you have read previous blog posts, i have suffered with, lets say dodgy ankles. I have basically got very flexible joints and my ankles seem to roll inwards which has caused me lots of problems in the past with running etc. Thats another reason i don’t like wearing trainers with a curved sole when squatting. My ankles roll in as it is, they don’t need to be forced in another direction with a heavy weight on my back, not helpful!!
I’ve seen a lot of people using converse when squatting and deadlifting and i thought why not give it a go and see how it feels?! In all honesty, i actually found it to really help. I was secure on the floor, i felt grounded and i haven’t experienced any achy ankle pain!
Of course, it’s not for everyone, but personally i think i will be doing it again. I also wanted to try using converse because when i went crossfit last week (yes, i went there!), the coach advised i kept my trainers on, as in crossfit you can be doing one exercise then have to run to the next and you don’t want to be doing that in bare feet now do you!
Converse are very similar to crossfit trainers, they are both very flat and have a thick sole, making sure that your weight is evenly distributed over your feet whilst performing lifts. Also, by having a flat surface allows you to make sure that your weight is on the heel of your feet and not the front. Having your weight on the heels and thinking about driving up from your heels, will help massively with your squats. Putting the weight on the front of your feet could potentially cause knee pain. I find that once in a while it’s always good to record your lifts to check your technique and improve, have a look at mine on Instagram.
Have you tried training in converse? I know it’s something everyone has opinions on so let me know what you think/experienced in the past! Full videos are on my Instagram!