Wondering if you want to spend the money to get weight lifting shoes for CrossFit? You’re not alone.
With the explosive growth of CrossFit in mainstream culture and studies showing the benefits of weight training over the past few years, weight lifting shoes are more popular than ever before.
For those considering buying weight lifting shoes, it’s also well known that they can come with a hefty price tag, tipping the registers anywhere between $100-$200. They’re no small purchase!
Here are three things to consider before buying weight lifting shoes for CrossFit.
Do you like lifting heavy?
While weight lifting shoes provide added stability due to their raised heels and firm soles, they don’t come with inspiration to move heavier weights.
If you find that you’re rarely attempting PRs on your back squat, front squat, jerk, and clean, simply because you’re not overly interested in increasing your strength numbers, weight lifting shoes can probably wait.
Chances are, you already own a pair of CrossFit shoes (like the CrossFit Nano or a pair of Inov-8’s) that provide increased stability for weight lifting; those should be just fine when you’re not chasing new strength numbers on a regular basis.
Are you doing a strength program?
If you’ve committed to doing a strength program, especially one based around squats, this could be the time for you to invest in a pair of weight lifting shoes.
After you’ve started a strength cycle, like Wendler or Burgener, you’re already looking for strength gains and weight lifting shoes can add the heel stability to help you get there. While some weight lifting shoes, like Reebok’s CrossFit Nano Lifter are designed to be hybrid shoes that can work in some WODs, most weight lifting shoes are designed solely for their named purpose. Most weight lifting shoes would cause severe limitations in your movement and comfort for the majority of WODs (especially those with running), simply because it’s not what they’re made for.
If you’re investing the time and effort into a strength program, it could be time to strap on those weight lifting shoes.
Have you been doing CrossFit consistently for more than six months?
If you’re still new to CrossFit, chances are you have the newbie bug. Consider slowing down your purchases and really working on improving your form and movements before investing in a pair of weight lifting shoes.
There’s no doubt that you see people in your gym with multiple pairs of CrossFit shoes, who change into weight lifting shoes for strength portions of a workout. That could definitely be you one day, but make sure that you’re committed to either weight lifting or CrossFit for the long term before investing in a pair of weight lifting shoes. They’re not cheap!
Most people have friends who have a closet full of rollerblades they never used, a snowboard they’ve used once in five years, or a road bike that only saw the road coming home from the store. Before buying weight lifting shoes, prove to yourself that you’re excited about continuing to improve your form, core strength, and of course, your PRs. Then, reward yourself with a pair of weight lifting shoes.
With the added heel stability and snug fit that they provide, weight lifting shoes can help you break through to your next level of PRs. However, your attitude and commitment towards your personal strength goals are ultimately the driving force behind your success.