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8/31/13 5:23 P

For insurance purposes and safety the gym I belong to does not allow barefoot lifting but does allow the finger shoes. Seems like very little difference between the two

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8/31/13 4:55 A

I do absolutely everything in bare feet, from running to yoga to dancing. I hate shoes and socks. You will be okay, just be careful of those toes!

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8/30/13 4:25 P

ever had a broken toe

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8/30/13 2:32 P

1-4 pound weights does not qualify as "lifting weights."

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8/30/13 11:32 A

I did martial arts in my bare feet for years. I do yoga bare footed too. My only concern ? If you accidentally drop the weights on your feet. Of course, I've accidentally dropped weights on my feet when I was wearing shoes too. lol.

Also, do you have an injury ? As DRAGON pointed out, most women carry bags that are heavier than the 1-4 pound weighs you're using in that class. I can assure you that lifting a heavier weight WILL NOT cause you to get big muscles. that's a misconception. women don't pack on muscle the same way men do. We just don't have the necessary testosterone. I can't tell the how much work the cover models on Oxygen have to do to get their bodies in that kind of condition. so, don't be afraid to try 5-10 pound weights in that class.

I teach a group strength class. I do encourage the students to try lifting more than 5 pounds. That's because most women don't realize how strong they are.

Are you a parent ? If you can carry your toddler in one arm and your groceries in another, you can lift more than 1-4 pound hand weights. Try it some time. Weigh your gym bag. I'll bet it's at least 8-10 pounds.

8/30/13 8:49 A

I wear minimalist shoes at the gym for lifting. Flat shoes or bare feet helps you maintain good contact with the ground, you don't want to add instability if you are lifting heavy weights (although this isn't an issue in the first post). Even Olympic weight lifting shoes don't have steel toes in them.

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8/30/13 4:33 A

could be painful and I don't mean dropping one but there is nothing between your soles and the floor

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TACDGB Posts: 6,136
8/30/13 12:08 A

with the tiny weights you are using you should be fine..........I lift at home bare foot with my heavy weights.

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8/29/13 5:20 P

There are people who run in bare feet, rock climb in bare feet and many other activities. If you have discomfort then stop. "If it hurts don't do it"!

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8/29/13 4:50 P


The previous posters are correct. You should be fine to do those exercises in bare feet. Just be careful :)

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8/29/13 4:35 P

I prefer to do workouts in bare feet at home where I know what's on the floor --- but in a gym it would make me nervous about germs and the possibility of contracting athlete's foot. There have been many articles, even here on Spark People, about wearing footwear at gyms all the time

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8/29/13 4:33 P

Your purse is likely heavier than those weights. I wouldn't worry about it.

Honestly, bare feet provide good balance; I was going to say that I wouldn't lift heavy weights without shoes, when it occurred to me that the kind of shoes most people wear to the gym wouldn't provide any protection from dropped weights anyway.

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8/29/13 4:09 P

between wearing traditional raised heel shoes or barefoot, barefoot is by far the better choice to lift weights in. That said, you almost certainly aren't challenging your muscles at all using such tiny weights.

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8/29/13 4:05 P

I lift heavier in bare feet at home. and do a lot of my other workouts in bare feet as well. I feel like I have more control than with shoes on.

8/29/13 2:48 P

Considering the virtual non weight of the tools you are using you will be fine. My only concern is what is the floor in the yoga room made of? As mentioned before your bare feet will provide more stability on a solid surface than will shoes.

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8/29/13 2:24 P

Your bare feet will provide the necessary stabilty for weightlifting.

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8/29/13 2:18 P

My light weights (1 - 4 pounds) exercise class had to more into the yoga room, so we are not allowed to wear shoes. I would be fine with since I do yoga in that room myself. But, does it seem safe to be lifting weights in bare feet? I'm not worried about dropping one on my foot, but I'd think we'd need to support our feet and ankles. I can't find anything on line discussing this.
Also, I broke my ankle last year. It's healed but, still, I'm a little leery.

Is there a way to get one of the sp experts to comment on this?

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