Hi there! My name is Nick, I’m 25 and I’ve been lifting for close to five years now. When I first started going to the gym I had no idea what I was doing and actually spun my wheels achieving nothing for probably the first 6 months. It was a dark time.
When I started getting more serious about it and learning a lot more about work out plans (Starting strength, 5×5 programs etc.) I finally began to see some progress. Once I started doing compound lifts I knew I had to do something about my shoes.
I was doing squats in tennis shoes and I could feel the wobble just walking the weight off the rack. It’s a little unsettling because you can feel the movement and have to work harder just to stay stable. There’s no way I could squat with proper form back then.
I did some research and bought a pair of lifting shoes and I haven’t looked back. They’ve been an invaluable piece of equipment for me in the gym whether I was squatting or deadlifting. That made me realize how important they were, and how other people could be having the same lack of knowledge I had when I began to work out.
I’m kind of a nerd (okay, more than kind of) and I love to compare things to see what the best tool to get the job done is. Whether that’s a graphics card for my PC or a pair of lifting shoes, I want to see the most return for my investment. It just seemed like a natural thing to do to start a site about it.
I hope that the site can provide some knowledge to help save you some time in finding the best shoe for the gym for your purposes. Whether you plan on doing the big three compounds (squat, deadlift, bench), Olympic weightlifting (Snatch, clean and jerk) or CrossFit. You’ll learn what to look for in a shoe for all of these activities so you can make an informed decision.