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Old 04-20-2010, 12:40 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Barefoot Training?

Just wondering if anyone has been training barefoot, including running and weightlifting? I have been trying this out for the last couple weeks and i am feeling better during sparring sessions. i think i am lighter on my feet. when running outside i use vibram Five Fingers. They are barefoot shoes. they look kinda funny but I think they are worth it if they help training, check them out if you have never seen them - http://www.fivefingerfootwear.com/po...ootwearcom-faq
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Old 04-20-2010, 12:50 AM   #2 (permalink)
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If its a shoe... you aren't barefoot. Even if its V.F.F.'s.

I train barefoot, but only my striking and grappling since you don't compete with shoes on.

I wouldn't recommend lifting barefoot ever, just doesn't sound smart.

Running barefoot, unless its a clean beach, also wouldn't recommend. If for no other reason than to avoid stepping on something sharp you failed to see and slicing your foot.
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Old 04-20-2010, 12:54 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Ya, thats what the FiveFingers are for. they have tough soles and its the only way i could run atleast somewhat barefoot on my route.

As for weightlifting, its been kind of a different experience lifting barefoot. I feel like my stabilizer muscles in my legs are getting a harder workout.
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Old 04-20-2010, 12:27 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I do some of my training barefoot, and some with shoes/socks. When I'm hitting a heavybag or shadowboxing, or sparring I'm barefoot. However when I'm running I wear underarmor running shoes, and when I weightlift...I could care less what I have on my feet, I'm building muscle in my trunk as well as legs, my feet are of no concern as long as their flat and balanced, I usually am wearing socks I believe.
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