Doing leg workouts barefoot?
So, I just got back into the fit life recently and today is leg day...which I love! I prefer to go moderate on the weight and barefoot. I've been finding doing moderately weighted lunges, squats and deadlifts barefoot on a mat increases the use of all the smaller balancing muscles and tendons as well as all the large muscle groups! The day after I can feel that everything got worked!
Anyway, I was just wondering if anyone else does barefoot routines or if it's even recommended or dangerous?
And once again, I only go moderately heavy. I would never feel comfortable squatting for max while barefoot.
I would think so, most places recommend flat sole trainers. BUT
I read a study on trainers after a tribe who ran barefooted beat some professional runners with microchiped custom built trainers.
The study was examining why the tribe won and the results was quite controversial, it seemed Nike had been lying to us to sell trainers and other companies following suit.
Basically the arch of the foot is our natural suspension, our toes are the stablisers, our feet spread as it hits the floor, they are even covered in hard skin to protect them.
When we put on trainers or shoes we lose that natural ability of our feet and injuries become more common...Nike didn't fight this criticism as you would of expected thiu they didnt except it either, instead they brought out Nike Free trainers that allow more natural flex of the foot and are lighter, Asics followed with emphasis on pronouncation which way you lean on your foot.
Vibram went a 'step' further and brought out some slip on ballet shoes with toes.
The main idea is they protect the foot from debris etc.
See if you can find it on YouTube was quite interesting...does relate exactly to what you was asking but there is some cross over.
I would agree that barefooted does increase stability as I do kickboxing barefooted which includes weighted squats, lunges, skipping etc.