Myths about CrossFit & Equipment

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  • Myth # 1 : Weigthlifting shoes makes you a better lifter and should be used in workouts often

Blair Morrison: “True. Plus they make lots of noise. Awesome.”

Morten Sværke: “False. They do not make you a better lifter—they simply help you lift. That being said, I wear them every heavy workout that does not involve running :)”

Average Joe: “False. I don’t wear high heels.”

Liz Gunner: “False.They are not necessary to perform better and are a matter of preference in workouts.”

Kyle Raymond: “True and False.  Weight lifting shoes are designed for increased power transfer (hard sole) and to effectively increase the range of motion for your ankle.  If I recall correctly, increasing the ROM for your ankle makes it easier to drop into an advantageous position at the bottom of the Olympic lifts.  This obviously would allow one to lift more weight.  On the other hand wearing weight lifting shoes in order to be able to perform pistols (seems to be quite common) is an indication that you need to work on your flexibility.  Also Olympic weight lifting shoes are not designed for dead lifting and back squatting and their use should probably be avoided for such exercises.”

  • Myth # 2: It’s dangerous to squat in running shoes

Thor Larsen: ” True! With any significant weight it is – you want a stable platform and the soft sole of a running shoe is the exact opposite”

Morten Sværke: ” False in one way aspect, true in another. All-out dangerous, no. Sub-optimal, definitely! The soft heel will have you “floating” on a less than stable foundation—which, admittedly could be dangerous. Also, I have heard of some shoes being damaged from the heavy loads, meaning when you run in them next, the heel will not cushion your fall properly. I have not seen any damaged running shoes personally, though… So take that as anecdotal evidence, not empirical.”

Liz Gunner: “It’s dangerous to squat with improper technique. The shoes you are squatting in will not fully correct bad technique.”

Kyle Raymond: “From experience I would say false.  I’m sure however that there is a convincing biomechanical argument taking into account how the load is distributed and how the force is generated that would say otherwise. “

  • Myth # 3: Fivefingers will be the optimal choise of footwear in all workouts

Thor Larsen: “False! Weightlifting shoes are good for weightlifting and thus front and overhead squatting + high bar back squats. The challenge with CF is often the combination of oly lifts and running or other activities that demand a flexible sole. This means you always have to find a compromise.”

Morten Sværke: “False. In many, yes—in all, no. As I mentioned, I wear my weightlifting shoes in heavy WODs without running. In most other WODs, I’m either barefoot or wearing fivefingers.” 

Blair Morrison: “False. Weightlifting, jump heavy WODs, or longer runs aren’t optimal for fivefingers.”

Jason Mulligan: “False. They dont even fit me properbly”

Average Joe: “False. Chuck Norris would never wear them.”

Kyle Raymond: ” False.  If anything can be learned from the steriod scandals in sports, it’s that elite athletes will look for any possible advantage they can obtain.  So, until fivefingers make there way onto the feet of marathoners, track athletes, weight lifters, etc at an elite level I would have to imagine that there is better foot wear out there for those tasks. On the other hand, fivefingers may be optimal if you have to perform a combination of those activities in a single workout/wod but I would never admit that since I think they’re hideous.”

  • Myth # 4: It’s uncool to bring gloves to the gym

Blair Morrison: “True for veterans, False for beginners. Like training wheels–need to grow out of them.”

Jason Mulligan: “False. You can bring gloves – just don’t wear them during your workouts”

Thor Larsen: “True! Unless they match your purse! The only reason for wearing gloves is if you’ve ripped your hands to pieces doing kipping pull ups and you don’t want to share your STDs with the rest of the gym. And in that case you should sit down in a comfy chair and have a long think about exactly why you are doing kipping pull ups to an extent that it fucks up your hands – or why you have STDs.”

Morten Sværke: “False. Do whatever you feel like, man. If it helps you, use it (but try not to become too dependent on it. Dependencies are never good).”

Liz Gunner: “False. If they help someone in a workout or make them more comfortable, he/she should bring them.”    

Kyle Raymond: The best way to answer this question is with another question.  Do you still have training wheels on your bike?”   



One thought on “Myths about CrossFit & Equipment

  1. a very good interview! i really like this site, and the site name is great lol! 🙂

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