GREAT WORK today by everyone who attended Skill Saturday! Please let us know questions or comments you have because all of the coaches know you have a lot of information to digest!

Also, if you have time this weekend, click on the tab above that says “Olympic Lifting”. All of our posts that involve Olympic lifting are cataloged there – you can see pictures and videos that may help you better visualize some of the new things your coach told you today. Be sure to check out this post and this one too!

I joked with my group of all girls (who were AWESOME, by the way!), that I secretly want to be a four foot Chinese lifter…why?? SPEED THROUGH THE MIDDLE. These girls are FAST. (This video is from Coach B and has his notes in it to watch for…..)

We talked in my group about lifting shoes as well. I told them I would repost shoe info, for those of you who are interested in getting a pair:

Lifting shoes may not seem like a big deal to have, but they make all the difference in executing explosive lift
s. For starters, they have an elevated heel, which will place you at the right angle to start the lift; the shoes place you slightly above the bar, with shoulders ahead of the bar path. You can’t get to that position as easily in other footwear. Lifting shoes also force you to lift in the heels, driving your weight down through your heels, keeping you off of your toes. In any other shoe, your foot will rock inside of the shoe, especially in tennis shoes, causing the weight to not be centered over your body in the least line of resistance (which makes you lose the weight as soon as you are out of position). Last, as a coach, when you see an athlete squat in tennis shoes, often, as the athlete comes up with the weight, their ankles roll in, which causes the knees to roll in, creating an unsafe lift. Put the athlete in lifting shoes, and you see less ankle movement and much more stable lifts. If you don’t have lifting shoes, get some – they are a definite must-have!

Lifting shoes are available online only. Read this first to find out reviews and which shoe will work best for you. If you are unsure of fit, try on some at CF7 to figure out which pair you like best. They fit pretty true to size, and once you buy a pair, they will last you forever!

Below are several styles available:

VS Athletics

Again Faster– there are several styles and colors available here

Risto Sports, USA Weightlifting (sales of these shoes, from Coach B, benefit Steve’s Club). Risto also provided the option to get custom made shoes!

Nike Romaleos, Rouge Fitness


Reebok also makes a lifting shoe that is specific to CrossFitters. We saw it at Regionals, and it won’t be on the market until Christmas time. Josh Everett helped design this shoe, so I have no doubt it will be great!

If you own lifting shoes, post to comments your shoe review!

Skill Saturday!

3 thoughts on “Skill Saturday!

  • June 25, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    I have the VS Athletic lifting shoes and love them. I also just found the custom made shoes on Risto – that is beyond awesome and makes me completely giddy…..

  • June 25, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    Hey Amie! Thanks for the post AND thanks for the awesome skills instruction today! You da bomb! :o)

  • June 25, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    Crossfitters beware. . .the competition has returned!!!!! 😀

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