On Monday, October 27, Russ K. hit a full-depth, 225-pound front squat for one rep (after grabbing 215-pounds for three reps a few minutes earlier).
On Saturday, October 18, Mike S.—at a body weight of 153 pounds—nailed a 185-pound clean from the floor.
And, since our nutrition course on October 16, John S. has tightened up his diet and lost eight pounds!
In our opinion, the best shoes for training are the Puma H-Street and low-top, Converse Chuck Taylor All-Stars. Many indoor soccer shoes—those with traditional, vertical lacing patterns, are also good choices. Why? These shoes are minimalist; they do not change the normal alignment of the foot by elevating the heel. Because they are flexible and do not have any padding, they allow the muscles of the lower leg and foot to stabilize and fire during each foot strike—the way nature intended. In addition, without two inches of cushion separating the foot from the ground, stability is greatly increased, which is helpful for strength training. Over time, it has been our experience that training (and living) in these shoes improves performance by correcting musculoskeletal imbalances of the lower leg, up through the hip complex. And yes, you can run in these shoes.
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–Melody and John