Squat Secret #2: Squat Barefoot
Lifters are great. Regular shoes are necessary for daily life.
But get out of your shoes whenever possible. If you’re always using lifters, your performance might excel, but that comes at the cost of the overall health of your ankles. Chances are you live in your shoes a minimum of 8 hours a day.
After talking to Dr. Aaron Horschig from Squat University, I realized how important it is to strip footwear completely. The benefit here is that you’ll also understand what it’s like to grab the floor with your feet, which is an essential skill to movement in general.
Give yourself a challenge by accumulating 10 minutes in the bottom of a bodyweight squat throughout your day. Knock it out one minute at a time throughout your day or do it all at once.
Just get it done. Try that for 30 days and let me know how your flexibility, mobility, and overall awareness improves. You’ll notice that instead of taking 30 minutes to warm up, you’ll be able to shave this down to 10-15 minutes with consistency.