Should I Wear My Lifters?

Should I wear my Lifters?

Charlie Sims

Every single day, I get a question from my athletes about footwear.

Should I wear my lifters for this WOD?

I’d like to take the next half page and offer my perspective on weightlifting shoes.

If a football player walked up to me before practice and asked if he should wear cleats, I’d tell him that it would be dumb not to. Those shoes are made specifically for football, and anything different would put him at a disadvantage and potentially in danger of an injury.

If a weightlifter walked over from our weightlifting platform and asked if she should wear her lifters for her lifting session, I’d tell her the same thing I told the football player. Those shoes are made specifically for the Snatch and Clean and Jerk. They offer a distinct advantage for both leverage as well as stability. The joint angles are easier and more comfortable for the lifter when wearing those weightlifting specific shoes.

For the CrossFitter, the question becomes a little more cloudy, which is why I get this question on a daily basis.

We do a whole lot of weightlifting in CrossFit. Sometimes it happens in somewhat of a vacuum. If this is the case, lifter away! If all you’re doing is Snatch or Clean and Jerks, there’s no reason not to utilize those expensive shoes that you bought to look cool.

But, we now have shoes made specifically for our sport. At this point in the CrossFit timeline, here are so many options available to us that it’s almost exhausting. Essentially they’re all pretty similar. They’re made to be stable and durable, as well as offer some kind of benefit within a broad range of activities. Some of those activities will include the Snatch and Clean and Jerk.

So, maybe I’ll offer a quick and easy guide to the “should I wear my lifters” question.

Are you doing CrossFit? No. Don’t wear lifters.
Are you doing Weightlifting? Yes. Wear your lifters.

Besides, running and snatches will eventually show up together in the same workout, and your time will definitely suffer if you’re spending half your time changing shoes.

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