-Workin’ Out Barefoot!-
Just a short post today, because i’m about to get to work on setting up a second blog that will be devoted to my triathlon training. Yes, i’ll be linking it to my main blog, so no worries for those of you who are interested in what my own training is like in preparation for The Austin Triathlon!
LOTS going on…more this week regarding upcoming guest blog posts, magazine interview, etc!
As many of you know, I am a BIG fan of working out barefooted. I do my total-body workouts at home, and most of the time, i’m barefoot. I have wanted to get a pair of Vibram Five Fingers for months now, but still haven’t gotten ’em. Why? I don’t do any total-body workouts outdoors at the moment b/c the heat is unbearable. Yes, i’m doing tri training outside when I can, but i’ve also got indoor accomodations for swimming, biking, and running if need be. Gotta be smart! Anyhow, I typically run in my Nike Free 5.0’s and love ’em!
Why am I bringing up barefoot training today, you ask? Well, my 7:30am client, Kay, worked out barefoot for the first time this morning. I’m excited about this because she already knows my “slant” on barefoot training and already noticed a difference as she exercised. For those of you who may not know a lot about training barefoot, in a nutshell, shoes interfere with our bodies’ natural proproceptive abilities. Shoes cause the body to compensate, which of course isn’t a good thing. Training barefoot rocks because you can “feel” the floor. This always brings me back to my gymnastics days. You see, in gymnastics, the ability to “feel” the floor and especially the balance beam is very important. Watch any gymnast perform the simplest of tricks on the beam, and you’ll see a ton of foot action. Gymnasts develop extremely strong feet and toes from gripping the beam, as well as constantly pointing the toes. Mark my words – I feel gymnasts have some of the best physiques in the sporting world. Why? The emphasis on bodyweight training, body control, and balance. No one muscle group is overutilized. A lack of mobility is obviously not an issue.
Wow…boy, did I go off on another road in talking about gymnastics…and my main point was to discuss barefoot training!
Okay, back to Kay’s workout this morning. What she noticed was that she felt more in control of her body. Go figure, right? 🙂 What I noticed was this, especially on tri-planar lunges, but also that pesky little right foot/ankle issue she has seemed to be less of a problem. You see, her right foot wants to externally rotate & pronate, and yes, I realize all the possible reasons as well as corrective strategies for this. We have really been working to iron-out this issue, and it’s gotten a lot better. Without shoes, though, the issue seemed less obvious. From now on, i’m thinking Kay’s new nickname will be “Barefoot Boxing Babe,” as she got to hrow a bunch of combos at the focus mitts this morning as well! 😀 Pretty soon, Laila Ali will be getting a run for her money!
So…stay tuned for more regarding Kay’s adventures in training barefoot, as well as upcoming info regarding my next “outdoor fitness experience” here in Baton Rouge!