Article from TabataTimes.com
There are lots and lots of accessories that you can tote to the gym every day in the hopes of improving your athletic performance. Which are worth your time? The Poliquin Group has put together a handy list of Ten Training Accessories and How to Use Them (How to perform better and look good doing it) – read on to find out which are worth the effort and cost.
1. Weightlifting shoes
In addition to being very rigid to give you a solid platform for squatting, weightlifting shoes have an elevated heel, usually about 1 inch. This heel enables the shins to incline forward further so the back can maintain a more upright position during the squat. This effect is especially valuable for lifters with tight calves, as they would have to lean forward excessively when squatting to compensate. The rigid design of these shoes also helps align the bones of the ankle and foot so it is easier to keep the knees in the proper alignment when squatting.
The unique features of weightlifting shoes are a sturdy base and an elevated heel, and often a cross strap for increased stability. There are slight variations in the heel height and the design of the heel – some lifters maintain that a wooden heel is better for jerking.
Some shoes have a wider forefoot, but usually if you are paying more than $75 you are paying for style. As for shoes that are marketed as being more versatile, enabling you to lift and run, the drawback is that such shoes compromise the stability needed for heavy lifting.
Many of you already have an arsenal of footwear to wod with (and some of you like to post pictures on facebook of all 10 pairs!) But you’ll have to click the link below to learn about the other 9 essential weightlifting accessories…