Do I need lifting shoes?

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They’re not required, but depending on your goals and your body, they might really help. There’s no rule: some people prefer Converse for squatting, some deadlift barefoot. It’s mostly a matter of personal preference.

Crossfit shoes are squishy (for good reason) but squishy doesn’t help you with lifting. You want a solid base from which to push off of the ground. Lifters can help stay more upright in squats by increasing your ankle range of motion.

Do you need to wear them every time you lift?
No. Depends on what you’re doing. They’re great for squats, cleans, and snatches, but you can also use them for things like wall balls. One option is to assess the movements and determine if the cost will outweigh the benefit. For example, if the workout has snatches, wall balls, and box jumps you might decide to wear lifters because they’ll help you with the snatches and wall balls, even though they might be a little bit of a challenge for the box jumps. Again, it’s all a matter of knowing your body and figuring out what works best for you. 

So how do you decide your preference!? Try them! We have a few pairs of lifters to try at the gym. Next time we lift, give them a shot. You can also talk to your coach about your particular challenges and goals - they’ll have plenty of good ideas.

Want to know more? Read more or talk to a coach! 

How am I going to keep up with everyone else?

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We hear this question often. Here’s the answer: You aren’t. You are going to do your version of the workout, not theirs.

Think of it like a car: Cars are tools designed to be customized to the driver. You adjust the seat, the mirrors, the radio. You decide how fast, what lane, etc. A car’s job is to get you from point A to B.

Crossfit is the same: workouts are a tool to get you to health & fitness. You can adjust weight, speed, movements, etc. The goal isn’t to do it just like someone else, it’s to get the work done in a way that works for you. All workouts are adjustable to your specific level and ability - we’ll help you figure out how. That’s what we’re here for! That’s actually one of the benefits of CrossFit over a typical gym membership: a supportive coach will guide you through the class and help you find the best way to do the movement.

Would you be upset if you got to the end of a trip and didn’t drive your car the exact same way someone else did, with the exact same settings? We hope not. Youshouldn’t be upset if something similar happened in CrossFit.

The point isn’t to drive someone else’s car - it’s to drive yours