Training Barefoot – Crazy Talk or Good Idea? 

Many good ideas sound a bit crazy at first: the automobile, small phones that you can carry around and manned space travel all come to mind.  But what about ditching your shoes and training barefoot?  Sound a little nutty?  Well, consider this: 

  • Your feet and ankle muscles make up almost 20% of the muscles in your body.

  • Shoes provide so much support that they leave your feet and ankles under-utilized and weakened.

  • Weak feet and ankles impact your posture, your hips and other parts of your body causing them to compensate for this deficiency.  This leads to poor posture, back and knee problems and spinal issues. 

What to do?  Train your feet like you would any other body-part!  Yeah, yeah:  I know it sounds a little crazy but its a lot easier than you might think.  Besides, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain.  Before you get started, you’ll need a few months of regular training.  After that, you can start with the following:

  • Squats.  A lengthy stretching session is necessary to squat barefoot.  Your hips need to be especially flexible.  Other than that, it’s the same move.  After you’ve done this for a while, you’ll notice that your legs feel more stable and your gait will feel a bit more lively!

  • Deadlifts.  As with the squat, you’ll need to stretch out thoroughly.  

  • Standing or Seated Calf Raises.  This exercise is great for building your lower-legs and you’ll notice a huge difference once you start doing them barefoot!

Training barefoot may seem a bit unorthodox but, after you’ve done it for a while and see how natural it feels, you’ll realize that training with regular shoes is the real unorthodoxy!