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ForbyIconAnyone tried Deadlifting in Olympic Shoes?19-04-2013 @ 11:14 
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Just curious to see if this might help with any weeknesses I may have? if anyone has tried it?
macrothIcon...19-04-2013 @ 11:18 
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I've done it at times, if only because they were the only shoes I had brought at the gym on the day. It shifts you forward a bit and gets the quads involved more, if I'm not mistaken, but I can't say I've seen a huge difference. You get a higher heel, but a solid and stable surface to push on.

Some may say they're not ideal for deadlifting, but Oly lifters can still shift massive amounts of weight, so it's worth trying out if you're looking to change things.

What weaknesses are you trying to fix?
ForbyIcon...19-04-2013 @ 11:27 
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thanks for the reply
just something i would like to try out
usually hitch my lockout so thought this might help with that
TeddyIcon...19-04-2013 @ 12:42 
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The fella I deadlift with does so in oly shoes.

I've tried it in my lions but found it pulled me forward too much.
Ramsay777Icon...19-04-2013 @ 12:42 
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I find I can get into a much better starting position, but fall forward when I get the weight off the floor due to the raised heels so I usually just wear converse or take my shoes off.

However, plenty of olympic lifters shift a hellish amount of weight off the floor wearing them, with some adjustments to your standard technique in flat soled shoes, you'd be able to pull quite comfortably in them.



You'll probably end up "squatting" the weight up, much like Igor here, and Misha does a similar technique.
brownbearIcon...19-04-2013 @ 12:49 
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Ramsay777 said:I find I can get into a much better starting position, but fall forward when I get the weight off the floor due to the raised heels so I usually just wear converse or take my shoes off.

However, plenty of olympic lifters shift a hellish amount of weight off the floor wearing them, with some adjustments to your standard technique in flat soled shoes, you'd be able to pull quite comfortably in them.



You'll probably end up "squatting" the weight up, much like Igor here, and Misha does a similar technique.


misha doesnt squat up the weight, if you watch he moves up and is in a normal pulling position before the weight leaves the floor
DomRedshawIcon...19-04-2013 @ 12:55 
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i have been deadlifting in oly shoes for about 4-5 months now. i feel stronger off the floor but lockout is a bit harder. deadlift is about as strong, maybe feels a bit better in shoes

im slow off the floor normally n dont use much legs and didnt have a problem with lockout so theyve worked better for me. doesnt sound like they'll help u much if u hitch at lockout tho.

to the post about squatting the weight up i dont think thats true for most ppl, but a few lifters do pull that way, mostly oly lifters from what i gather it carries over into WL more. my hips still sit quite high
SimeonIcon...19-04-2013 @ 13:42 
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brownbear said:
misha doesnt squat up the weight, if you watch he moves up and is in a normal pulling position before the weight leaves the floor


He's also stopped deadlifting in oly shoes now I think
FatpeteIcon...22-04-2013 @ 07:24 
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I have used both squat shoes and slippers, currently I am using slippers. If I find that my start position is a shade too high I will switch to boots so as to get my arse lower, if in the boots my arse becomes too low I will switch back to slippers to raise it a little. Start position is very important, use whichever footwear enables to you to get the best one.
brownbearIcon...22-04-2013 @ 07:45 
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Fatpete said:I have used both squat shoes and slippers, currently I am using slippers. If I find that my start position is a shade too high I will switch to boots so as to get my arse lower, if in the boots my arse becomes too low I will switch back to slippers to raise it a little. Start position is very important, use whichever footwear enables to you to get the best one.


This is interesting Pete, how do you decide what is the right start position for you? Does it require a coach's eye?
FatpeteIcon...22-04-2013 @ 07:56 
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brownbear said:
This is interesting Pete, how do you decide what is the right start position for you? Does it require a coach's eye?


A coach is ideal, but anyone who knows about deadlifting will do especially if they are familiar with your deadlifting.

It's difficult to put into words but if you watch others lift you can generally tell if they need to get their arse down a bit.
brownbearIcon...22-04-2013 @ 07:59 
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Fatpete said:
A coach is ideal, but anyone who knows about deadlifting will do especially if they are familiar with your deadlifting.
It's difficult to put into words but if you watch others lift you can generally tell if they need to get their arse down a bit.


i am fairly sure i can tell when this is the case
FatpeteIcon...22-04-2013 @ 08:02 
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brownbear said:
i am fairly sure i can tell when this is the case


Exactly, maybe try videoing your lifts from the side, three with slippers and then the same three again with heeled shoes, then watch the six videos back. It may enlighten you, it may not, there is no harm trying.

When I went to coach Dan a few weeks back, "drop your arse" was the first thing I told him
brownbearIcon...22-04-2013 @ 08:05 
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Fatpete said:
Exactly, maybe try videoing your lifts from the side, three with slippers and then the same three again with heeled shoes, then watch the six videos back. It may enlighten you, it may not, there is no harm trying.
When I went to coach Dan a few weeks back, "drop your arse" was the first thing I told him


Should i use a moderate weight? I find it hard to drop much lower without shoes on

this is from a deficit



this is from the floor

FazcIcon...22-04-2013 @ 08:18 
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I think the potential to tip you forward is far too dangerous, could easily knacker your hamstring out if you fall out of position at the sticking point. I wouldn't do it.

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