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January 29, 2023

The Bench Press: Flat Bottomed Shoes VS. Ones With Heels
By Eric Talmant for CriticalBench.com

The Bench Press: Flat Bottomed Shoes VS. Ones With Heels

Question: Eric, Does the Tendo data basically tell you that it doesn't make any difference whether you squat in heels or not? The numbers seem close to each other and are probably within experimental error (?).


Interestingly, it actually did say to us that I was perhaps a bit better with heels on. However, wearing the weightlifting shoes resulted in an injury for me in August and another in October. You can surmise all you want, but those were pretty much the first injures I had incurred in powerlifting; and that dates back to competing in 1995-1996 and then starting back up in 2002 to the present at 4 or so meets a year.

The Bench Press: Flat Bottomed Shoes VS. Ones With Heels

It is interesting to note that my strength curve changes a bit depending upon which shoes I am wearing.

After my 2nd injury in October we went back to the flat soled shoes and I seem to be back to where I was a year or so ago. It was a valuable lesson and we will never get those 9 or so months back; but we learned that for me, squatting in flat soled shoes is a "safer" bet (pun intended).

We will be posting more of these in the coming weeks and months. My next skills evaluation is set for March 25th.

About Eric Talmant

Eric Talmant is a top lightweight powerlifter and has a "passion for all things nutrition." A 1996 graduate of the University of Evansville, Eric is a certified Metabolic TypingŪ advisor and Functional Diagnostic nutritionist.


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