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    Are weightlifting shoes worth it?

    I am roughly 6'1'' and mobility is not the ace up my sleeve, hence I wonder if its worth it to buy a pair of weightlifting shoes with an elevated heel, to help my high-bar squats, or if I can just put a 2,5kg plate under each foot, wearing chuck taylor's.?
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    Originally Posted by Gurrman View Post
    I am roughly 6'1'' and mobility is not the ace up my sleeve, hence I wonder if its worth it to buy a pair of weightlifting shoes with an elevated heel, to help my high-bar squats, or if I can just put a 2,5kg plate under each foot, wearing chuck taylor's.?
    If mobility is an issue, definitely get shoes. Placing foreign objects under your feet does not provide a stable platform on which to perform a squat, which is paramount for proper execution. I strongly recommend a pair of lifting shoes with elevated heels for you.
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    Originally Posted by Gurrman View Post
    I am roughly 6'1'' and mobility is not the ace up my sleeve, hence I wonder if its worth it to buy a pair of weightlifting shoes with an elevated heel, to help my high-bar squats, or if I can just put a 2,5kg plate under each foot, wearing chuck taylor's.?
    Even if you do ultimately get a pair of lifting shoes with elevated heels, I suggest also doing squats with your Chuck Taylor's in order to help maintain ankle flexibility.
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    I have a little flat foot, semi-flat arc or something, do not remember the medical term. A shoe with a heel feels better for me, than a flat shoe...

    I try lifting with my basketball shoes before buying the weightlifting shoes, and also did the 2.5kg plate under the chuck taylor; dangerous maneuver. Obviously, not the same as weightlifting shoes, but it is like a sort of preview. Can give you an idea.

    Anyways, you do not need to get a pair ASAP. Eventually; your regular shoes are going to need to be replaced. Buy some weightlifting shoes when that time comes.
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    Originally Posted by Gurrman View Post
    I am roughly 6'1'' and mobility is not the ace up my sleeve, hence I wonder if its worth it to buy a pair of weightlifting shoes with an elevated heel, to help my high-bar squats, or if I can just put a 2,5kg plate under each foot, wearing chuck taylor's.?
    it's really going to depend on where you are with your training. If you are relatively new / still increasing weight - then you will be better off working on increasing your mobility rather than compensating for it. If you are seasoned and have stalled out and have tried other methods for breaking through, you probably wouldn't need to be here asking.
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    Originally Posted by Gurrman View Post
    ....... I can just put a 2,5kg plate under each foot, wearing chuck taylor's.?
    Don't do that.
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    Originally Posted by BloodType3R View Post
    Don't do that.
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    Originally Posted by Gurrman View Post
    I am roughly 6'1'' and mobility is not the ace up my sleeve, hence I wonder if its worth it to buy a pair of weightlifting shoes with an elevated heel, to help my high-bar squats, or if I can just put a 2,5kg plate under each foot, wearing chuck taylor's.?
    you're stressing the heel while doing bar squats, get proper shoes to save your heels
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    Thank you all for the answers.. My ankle flexibility has stalled, or I am just stretching it poorly. I'm stretching it several times per day, but I still get a pretty massive forward lean when I squat down without heel elevation.

    What is wrong with adding plates below heels? It is rubber plates, so they are sturdy.
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    Originally Posted by Gurrman View Post
    Thank you all for the answers.. My ankle flexibility has stalled, or I am just stretching it poorly. I'm stretching it several times per day, but I still get a pretty massive forward lean when I squat down without heel elevation.

    What is wrong with adding plates below heels? It is rubber plates, so they are sturdy.
    There is a post in the forum. I can't put the link. Busca en google "putting plates under heels squatting". El primer link q te sale es del foro " The biomechanics behind putting a plate .....".

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    Originally Posted by Gurrman View Post

    What is wrong with adding plates below heels? It is rubber plates, so they are sturdy.
    You don't see anything wrong with putting large amounts of weight on your back, then awkwardly stepping backwards, only to precariously perch yourself onto small moveable objects while you heavily exert yourself?

    I'd suggest you just buy the shoes.
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    Originally Posted by Iceway View Post
    There is a post in the forum. I can't put the link. Busca en google "putting plates under heels squatting". El primer link q te sale es del foro " The biomechanics behind putting a plate .....".

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