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Fleet-footed runners may want cushioning for each heel strike, but it’s actually better to lift weights in hard-soled shoes. Non-compressible footwear with good traction gives the lifter a strong, steady base that isn’t going to shrink or slip under the pressure. Wear indoor soccer shoes, flat sneaker, or weightlifting shoes to get the best base. For those looking to develop foot and ankle strength, consider going barefoot or shuffling around the weight room in slippers to keep the joints and small foot muscles strong.

Do It Today: At the weight bench today, stick to low-cushion, flat-soled shoes like Chuck Taylors to promote stability and strength.

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Another benefit of light shoes? They’re easier to lift during pull-ups!