The 5 Olympic Weightlifting Shoes for Under $200 in 2012:
1) Adidas Adizero Adipower 3 – Price: $199.
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2) Nike Free 4 – Price: $149.
99 (Nike Store)
3) New Balance 997v4 – Price: $129.
4) Salomon Speedcross IV – Price: $119.
5) Adidas Adipower 2 – Price: $89.
99 (Adidas Store)
The Adidas Adipower 3 is one of the best all around weightlifting shoes. It is very light, comfortable and durable.
It provides good support and stability while allowing your feet to move freely without any pain or discomfort. This shoe is great for both indoor and outdoor training sessions.
As for the other two weights, they are not bad but they lack some features. They have no arch support which means that if you fall down from a jump, it will hurt more than usual.
Also, these shoes don’t provide much cushioning when jumping and landing so you may feel a little soreness after each session. You might want to consider buying another pair of weightlifting shoes with better features such as arch support or cushioning.
The New Balance 997v4 is a good pair of weightlifting shoes for those on a tight budget. The shoes are comfortable and durable but they lack some essential features such as strong lateral support and cushioning.
The Salomon Speedcross IV is a great pair of outdoor weightlifting shoes. They are very comfortable and fit your feet like a glove.
Unfortunately, they provide little ankle support and the soles wear out very quickly on hard surfaces such as wood or metal.
The Adidas Adipower 2 are a great pair of all around weightlifting shoes. They are comfortable and durable enough to last you a long time.
The only downside is that they don’t have much grip when doing pulls or cleans from the floor. They will probably slide out from under you so keep that in mind.
You should definitely try them all on before you buy them to see which ones fit you the best. Do not buy them too tight or too lose.
If they are too lose then your foot will slide all over the place and if they are too tight then they will be very uncomfortable to wear. The weightlifting shoes should feel like a pair of gloves for your feet and they should give you the best performance out of all the shoes that you have tried on.
We also discussed some factors you should consider before buying a pair of weightlifting shoes. You can also use these factors to determine whether or not the pair of weightlifting shoes you’re looking at buying are any good.
Also, you will not need any type of lifting shoe if you are just getting started with Olympic style weightlifting. Save your money and don’t buy anything.
As your technique improves you will realize the need for a lifting shoe.
Do not spend more than $200 on a pair of weightlifting shoes unless you want to be that guy (or girl). There are just many great pairs of weightlifting shoes out there that cost much less than $200.
And Lastly, if you have the money to spend, then I would recommend buying two pairs of weightlifting shoes; one for outdoor training sessions and one for indoor training sessions.
Just remember that your shoes are not going to help you get stronger. You can have the best pair of weightlifting shoes but if you technique is not correct then none of that matters.
Use these tips and buy yourself a good pair of weightlifting shoes and your olympic weightlifting career will skyrocket to new heights!
Personally, I would recommend buying two different pairs of weightlifting shoes; one for outdoor training sessions and one for indoor training sessions.
Don’t forget, good weightlifting shoes can greatly enhance your performance so if you want to be serious about lifting then buy yourself a pair.
Go to the gym, set a goal for yourself, look in the mirror, and say, “I am a weightlifter.” Because you are.
Now that you have a good pair of weightlifting shoes you are ready to begin your journey to becoming an Olympic weightlifting champion!
Once you have that goal set in mind, find yourself a good training program to help you reach it. There are many different training programs out there but I have chosen to recommend the programs made by Matt Foreman, head coach of the US Olympic Weightlifting Team.
Matt has created two different programs for you to choose from:
His 8 week training program will run you through the basics of Olympic weightlifting and get you started off on the right foot so to speak. You can find that program here: 8 Week Training Program.
Once you become more advanced in your training and are looking to take your weightlifting to the next level, Matt also has a 12 week training program for you which you can find here: 12 Week Training Program.
Remember, these programs are only guides. You do not have to follow them exactly with perfect precision.
Feel free to make minor adjustments to them in order to accommodate your busy schedule.
If you have any questions about either of these training programs then please go here: Training Program Questions.
Good luck on your journey and keep on lifting!
4th Place – lionsclaw
Many things in life are straightforward and easy to understand. You eat, you drink, you breath – it’s all very simple.
However, some things in life are not so simple and require a little more effort to achieve. Like getting huge and having a great physique.
Well, it seems strange that something that takes no effort at all to achieve (breathing) is easier than something much more complex (getting huge and having a great physique). It seems illogical.
I mean, how can something so simple be harder than something so difficult?
Just like the things in life that we are used to, getting huge and having a great physique is not as simple as it looks. It requires an awful lot of work behind the scenes.
Most people don’t care for hard work.
I mean, who wants to work hard at anything in life? Nobody right?
We’re all lazy bastards and would rather find the easier way to do things.
Getting huge and having a great physique is not something you achieve via the easy way. It’s something that requires dedication, consistency, persistence, hard work and most of all, patience.
Everyone has these traits to some degree.
The question you have to ask yourself is do you have enough of these traits to achieve your goals?
So, you want to get huge and have a great physique. Let’s be honest; if you’re on this page, you want to get big and look good without putting in any real work.
I mean why else would you be on this page?
You could be picking any number of “how to get big” articles off the internet. So let’s not waste any more time and get straight to it.
Before we begin, I’m going to tell you that this is what I believe to be the fastest way to achieve your goal. There are many different paths to reach your destination and this is just one of them.
If you choose to follow this path, than great! If not, then that’s fine too. At least it gives you something to think about.
Anyways, let’s begin.
The first thing you need to do is set a goal. Your goal doesn’t have to be anything crazy.
Don’t set a goal like “I want to be on the cover of Muscle Mags” or “I want to be Mr. Olympia”. While these goals are admirable, they’re pretty difficult to achieve and if your ultimate goal is to be on the cover of Muscle & Fitness or win the Mr. Olympia then you’re going to be sorely disappointed.
Instead, keep your goals realistic and something that you actually can achieve. For most people, their goal is to add size and achieve a better looking physique.
Sounds good to me. If this is your goal then here’s what you need to do to achieve it:
I want you to set aside at least 30 minutes, 2 times a week to train properly. Please don’t waste my time and tell me you don’t have an extra 30 minutes to train.
You make time for the things that are important in your life and this falls under that category.
But how can you expect someone to add an extra 30 minutes of training per week? Won’t that interfere with their job or schoolwork or social life?
It sure will, and that’s the whole point. Nothing worth having comes easy and if you want to achieve your goal then sacrifices have to be made.
You’ll learn to manage your time properly and get your homework done before classes or work and not during it. This will free up a good portion of your day.
The other 10-15 minutes of added training can be done right before you go to bed. I know it sounds crazy, but running on a treadmill or stationary bike or lifting some weights will not take up that much of your time. If anything, you’ll probably fall asleep much quicker and have more energy the next day.
If you’re still stuck on the 30 minutes, then try taking baby steps. Add 5 minutes per week until you reach the goal.
If you find that such a short amount of time is not helping you, then try adding more time, but no more than 10-15 minutes each week.
Now that we have that out of the way, it’s time to choose your goal. The following is a list of goals and the training routine that goes with them.
You can choose whichever goal you wish, but I suggest choosing one that is closest to your current condition so that you see quicker results.
If you’re really skinny and have little body fat, then try the Beginner routine.
If you’re skinny but have a little bit more body fat, then the Intermediate routine would be better for you.
If you fall into the Normal category, then the Intermediate routine will work best for you.
If you’re pretty big and bulky, then the Advanced routine will be best for you.
If you’re a complete monster with massive muscles, then the Ultimate routine is what you need.
Keep in mind that these are just goals and training routines. You can always switch training routines if you want to achieve a different goal later on.
You can even mix and match to create your own routine.
Once you’ve chosen a routine, then you’re ready to begin!
Table of Contents
Click on the button of the routine you wish to follow or just scroll down to begin.
Intermediate Bodyweight Routine
The Intermediate Bodyweight Routine is designed for skinny beginners who have little knowledge of how to workout or weight train. This routine starts slow, building your strength and teaching you proper form and technique.
I suggest following this routine for at least 3 months before moving on to the next routine.
For each exercise, you have a choice between variable resistance and constant resistance. Variable resistance means that you will use how much weight you think you can lift for that given exercise.
So if you’re doing a push-up, you put your hands down on two books and try to do as many reps as you can. Then, you put your hands down on a bunch of books and try to do as many reps as you can. You keep adding books, until you can no longer do more than 6 reps. This is called the “Repeated Bout Effect”.
Constant resistance means that you will use a set amount of books for every set. So, for every set of push-ups, you will put your hands on the same number of books no matter what.
This is called the “Continual Load Effect”.
The choice is up to you for each exercise, but I will suggest a weight to use. Choose wisely, and if at any point you feel pain then reduce the weight or stop that exercise completely.
Note: All of these exercises can be completed in 15-20 minutes. If you are taking longer than that for any reason, then you need to reduce the amount of weight you’re using.
Monday – Chest & Back
Exercise Books Required Sets Completed Time Variable Resistance?
Bench Press Beginner: 6
Advanced: 10 1-2 13 Push-ups Beginner:
Advanced: 20 2-3 15-20 Upper-Body Twist Beginner: 5
Advanced: 10 1-2 12 Constant Resistance?
Wide-Grip Pull-Up Beginner: 3
Advanced: 7 1-2 11 Dumbbell Fly Beginner: 6
Advanced: 12 1-2 15 Tricep Extension Beginner: 6
Advanced: 12 1-2 15
Tuesday – Legs & Abs
Exercise Books Required Sets Completed Time Variable Resistance?
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