Weightlifting shoes are characterised by a hard, flat sole, an elevated heel, straps, and a snug fit around your foot. They are perfectly designed to optimise your performance when it comes to weightlifting and workouts involving heavy barbell work, but how exactly do their features help you to improve?
GREATER SUPPORT FOR INCREASED STRENGTH
Designed for the heavy lifter, the Nike Romaleos AMP Weightlifting Shoe delivers lightweight stability with a honeycomb-shaped plate, while Flywire technology and a midfoot strap lock down your foot during intense workouts.
- Synthetic leather and mesh for support and breathability
- Flywire cables and a midfoot strap offer dynamic lockdown
- Honeycomb TPU plate in the sole for lightweight stability
- Solid rubber tread provides durable traction
- 20mm offset allows natural movement
THEY PROVIDE A FIRM PLATFORM TO GENERATE POWER
Effective lifting demands a solid platform if you want to generate the maximum amount of power for every lift. This applies to both the surface you stand upon and the shoes you choose to wear.
A hard, flat sole helps you to utilise all of the force that your body generates in order to propel the weight upwards.
If you can generate more force through the ground then you will be able to pull the bar higher. This means that you have a greater chance of getting under the weight and catching it properly.
With exercises such as the snatch, clean and jerk, and overhead squat, this firm platform will also help you to drive the weight upwards when you stand up with the weight. A soft, cushioned sole is designed to absorb and distribute power (think of the soles of running shoes), which will reduce the direct output of power. With weightlifting shoes such as The Nike Romaleos 3 AMP, you can feel secure in the knowledge that none of your energy is being unnecessarily wasted.
SNUG FIT AND STURDY SUPPORT
It is essential when you lift to have absolute control over your body, movement and technique, and this starts with your feet. The nylon midfoot strap on the Romaleos 3 AMP locks your feet into position and prevents any lateral movement – vital when you are pushing beyond your limits into new PR territory. The Flywire cables assist in creating a snug and responsive feel that gave me confidence during the time I spend lifting in these weightlifting shoes.
The TPU heel plate also securely fastens your feet in place, and helps you to generate force from the heel as well as the balls of your feet and toes.
The last thing you want when supporting heavy weights above your head is to have your feet slip or slide around on the floor. The flat sole of a weightlifting shoe provides a large textured surface area that will attach your feet firmly to the ground.
MORE VERTICAL TORSO AND SHIN ANGLES
Weightlifting shoes place you in a more upright position during lifting. This will improve your first pull from the floor and general squat position. This also helps to avoid any unnecessary leaning forward during lifts that can result in lower back problems or failed attempts in the case of front rack exercises such as the clean and jerk or front squat.
CONFIDENCE AND STYLE
Confidence is everything when it comes to maxing out a new PR. You must be completely committed and any seed of doubt must be stamped out of your mind completely.
Training helps to build confidence through direct experience and progression. Using top quality equipment helps to give you a psychological boost, as well as the clear functional benefits, when you lift. Looking good and enjoying wearing the gear that we train in also helps us to feel good, which in turn helps to build confidence as well.