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Attention powerlifters of the Cayman Islands….The Cayman Islands Powerlifting Organization has arrived online!

We will be adding more to our site as we progress. We are proud to announce the Cayman Island National Powerlifting Championships will be held in October of this year. Start training now and look for info on this monumental event very soon!

Why You Need Weightlifting Shoes

Special shoes for weightlifting sports are generally found in contests and training centers across the world, and lots of lifters inquire, “Is it worth getting weightlifting shoes?”

As an athlete and coach, 100% of the time I’d tell someone seeking to become more proficient and competent in Olympic weightlifting to get a good pair of lifting shoes. As a faculty strength trainer and student of human motion nevertheless, my response might not be quite as definite, since I am frequently left to inform of the advantages and disadvantages of using weightlifting shoes to athletes who don’t lift weights.

Many people as the question “Do weightlifting shoes help with squats“. Usually lifting shoes have been created to enhance the total operation unique to the sport of Olympic weightlifting (the snatch plus clean & jerk). Weightlifting shoes possess varying raised heel peaks, each allowing for greater range of movement, upper torso and angles of shins, along with motion patterning unique to your lifter’s freedom. Also, weightlifting shoes are usually manufactured from sturdy leather or non-supportive materials in the vicinity of the foot and sole of the shoes. This is to lessen foot motion and boost overall sturdiness and grip to the ground during high pressure and or higher power motions.




Most normal shoes offer added padded, frequently with lavish foamy platforms and a thicker shoe structure. While getting cushioned footwear can be useful during certain tasks, explosive and heavy lifting (squats, snatches, cleans, deadlifts) ought to be achieved with sturdy shoes which don’t allow for excess motion of somebody’s foot inside a shoe. Weightlifting shoes have been created especially with inflexible, stiff heels (frequently made from solid wood or tough non-compressible plastic) that don’t allow for compression (force is lost) of the sole of this shoe when a lifter pushes into the ground. The extra mass in some weightlifting shoe types assists with a lifters grip to the ground to radically increase general sturdiness. My brand new shoes allow me to feel so planted, almost like I’m wearing cement shoes.

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Stability Laterally

Weightlifting shoes frequently are made with a couple of foot straps to buckle the foot in its correct place during lifts, so there is quite minimal lateral motion. When squatting and explosively with the toes outwards during power and strength lifts, we need the foot to keep in place inside the shoe, not permitting for slipping of the foot. Most non-weightlifting shoes lack the required lateral aid which may impede maximum strength and power operation, or worse, cause harm because of excessive lateral foot motion inside the shoe.

Correct Lift Position

Though a lot of people aren’t aggressive weightlifters; squats, pulls, snatches, and cleans (or their variants) are foundational power and strength movements in many sports. Functional exercise trainers, athletes, strength and conditioning instructors, strongmen and powerlifters can perform lifts which need appropriate placement to target specific muscle groups (bodybuilders doing large bar squats to complete depth to improve quad strain) and/or improve maximal performance. Weightlifting shoes have the capability to help an athlete to get an improved posture and motion for most power and strength lifts.