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Squatting Barefoot: Is It Better?

Barefoot squats: If it's good enough for Arnold, it's good enough for me!

Maybe I’ve spent too much time doing yoga in Hawaii (it is day 6 after all), but I’ve come to love doing squats with bare feet.

Several months ago, I read something about squatting barefoot while doing research online. While it doesn’t have a cult following like barefoot running, squatting sans socks is definitely an increasingly popular trend.

So, I decided to give it a try.

As the barefoot squatting devotees had mentioned, I was able to balance better without sneakers. It’s just foot against floor, with no compressible cushion in between. By being barefoot, I received better tactile feedback from the floor – and so it’s easier to balance or adjust. With increased sturdiness, you may even find that you’re able to increase the resistance.

While most gyms require socks, shoes and shirts, I encourage you to be a rebel and give barefoot squatting a try. I honestly think you’ll be surprised – and impressed – by the difference it makes. And maybe you’ll become a believer, too.

Bottom line: If squatting barefoot is wrong, I don’t want to be right.

Have you ever tried barefoot squatting? Let me know in the comments below!