Both professionals and amateurs know that weightlifting is very different than other sports or forms of martial arts, which means it requires specialist products and clothing. The right shoes are a major part of this as regular store brought sneakers don’t make the cut. Here are a few things to look out for from a weightlifting shoe when you shop online:
1. Trusted Brands
The first thing to look out for is a retailer such as Otomix which specializes in shoes for weightlifting and other martial arts and is a trusted name brand amongst the weightlifting community. This will ensure you will get shoes that are tailor made for weightlifting over other sports. Weightlifting trainers at Breaking Muscle emphasize the importance of specialist shoes as running sneakers are designed to absorb impact. Weightlifting requires shoes that expel as much force as possible instead, so wearing running sneakers would be detrimental.
2. Professional Standard
Not only does a weightlifting shoe need to be tailor made for the sport, it also needs to be made to a full professional standard. This means that shoes for amateurs should be the same quality as those used by professionals, and even by Olympians. This is the only way that the next generation of weightlifters can be trained.
The appearance of the shoes may be of less importance, but it does have a surprising amount of impact on the sportsman’s psyche. You are much more likely to perform better if you are dressed in a good looking outfit from head to foot than if you were wearing second hand bargain bin sneakers.
By looking out for these three things while you are shopping around for shoes, you can find the best ones which will help to take your weightlifting abilities to the next level. Remember that when it comes to sports shoes, top quality is always best for performance.