What is Barefoot Training? Like it sounds, barefoot training is simply that; training (running, hiking, lifting weights, moving, etc.) without shoes.
What Are The Advantages of Barefoot Training?
1. Increased Balance, Stability, and Power
Do you ever wonder why so many martial arts are practiced barefoot? Well, in these disciplines balance is extremely important. Having a close connection to the ground has been shown to improve balance. Also, in order to generate the force and velocity required to perform kicks in Muay Thai, or Taekwondo you need to have solid ankle and lower leg stability. This stability can be improved by training barefoot to strengthen the stabilizers of the lower leg.
[Check out the stabilizers of the lower leg at work here. George St. Pierre has exceptional balance, control and precision in his foot movements. Man he is tough! GSP and other martial arts stars train and compete barefoot! Keep reading to find out if barefoot training is for you.....] Continue reading