So a while back I bought some Adidas weightlifting shoes. This whole time I thought I was just trying to be a part of the cool kids club, with snazzy shoes that make loud noises when I stomp at the bottom of a clean thus making aware the surrounding people to the presence of my cool kicks.
After a while, I began to suspect there was a purpose to these shoes. It actually made it a bit easier to sit my hips down and keep good spine position with my squats. The elevated heel, it turns out, is a huge assistance for the limits of one’s ankle mobility. This is especially true for those high bar squatters, and for front squats, which coincidentally are quite popular work for the Olympic weightlifting sorts. I myself am a low bar guy and not a weightlifter, and it still helps to an extent. And I do a bit of front squatting too. So I decided to keep the shoes.
This should not be license to ignore ankle mobility though. Its an oft overlooked aspect of mobility for the squat, as most folks spend their time focusing on hip and spine issues. If you are looking to become more involved in Olympic, you can’t continue to ignore it. Just watch top lifters, and their mobility from the ground to the bar will be tremendous.
So where do you need to begin?
Fix Your Squat: Part 1 – Ankle Mobility for Squatting w/ Dr. Aaron Horschig of Squat University (from Barbell Shrugged)
Tight ankles | Feat. Kelly Starrett | MobilityWOD (from Kelly Starrett)
The 2 Minute Fix: Ankle Mobility (from Full Body Fix)
The Best Ankle Mobility Exercises (from Dan Pope)
The BEST Ankle Mobilization Exercises | Knee Pain (from GuerillaZen Fitness)
Squat BETTER in Seconds – Increase Ankle Mobility (& T-Spine) (from CriticalBench)