Contact Info

CrossFit Sarasota

1650 Barber Rd

 Sarasota, FL 34240

(941) 223-3674

View Map

Send Us an Email

CrossFit SRQ

4520 McAshton St

Sarasota, FL 34233

(941) 404-9774

View Map

Send Us an Email



Steve's Original



Event Registration

Email Newsletter icon, E-mail Newsletter icon, Email List icon, E-mail List icon Sign up for our Fitness Newsletter
For Email Marketing you can trust
Log In

Olympic Weightlifting Shoes 

So you are a serious CrossFitter? You have your boardshorts or lululemon, and your innov-8's (at least until you rope climb in them) but there is one crucial piece of the wardrobe missing. Olympic Weightlifting shoes...

Olympic weightlifting shoes come in a lot of colors and styles and you doubt have seen people putting them on before a lift. Here are the basics. They are a shoes designed specifically for the sport of Olympic Weightlifting providing a stable platform and a raised heel.

Before the invention of these shoes all the clean and Snatch were performed as a split. Staying upright in a heavy front or overhead squat just wasn't going to happen in normal shoes. The raised heel lessens the need for ankle mobility and allows you to stay more upright in a stable position while allowing you to squat deeper at the same time. Want to preview this...through a metal plate under your heel and do a few squats. Feels like cheating right?

Additionally, the shoes provide through a couple of features much more lateral support. Why is this important? Simple, we are always telling you to spread the floor when you squat. This support will give you something to push out against helping to increase the strength of the squat and pull.


So now that you know what they do you need to get a pair and there are a lot of options. They run the gamut and a lot are based on individual factors. Are they good for wide or narrow feet? How serious am I about lifting? Do I want to use these from CrossFit?


Here is the basics

Basic Oly Shoes

Risto $119

Addidas $199

Pendlay $104 - $119

Rogue $119

VS - $79

Good Olympic lifting shoe. You can't use for CrossFit but for heavy lifts they are fine. You may eventually want to order Crossfit shoes or hybrids


Both of these will probably work for both. The Reebok would be the better choice but run about $60 more.

Reebok $149

Addidas Powerlift $90

The Reebok are ok for lifts and ok for CrossFit that doesn't involve running

the Addidas are better for CF and less so for lifting.



"If you insist on wearing gloves, make sure they match your purse."


Mark Rippetoe is a funny and smart guy. And generally correct. When it comes to barbell training, his specialty, there is no need to cover the hands. They will gradually toughen up and function just fine until they do. Sure they may hurt a little but they aren't going to rip open and bleed.

Throw some kipping pull ups in to the mix and that all changes. We are going to ignore the other issues that need to be addressed, including weak dead hang pull ups, poor kipping technique, etc for now. We work on that stuff all the time. Let's focus on gloves for now.

The desire for a pair of gloves makes sense. Ripping hurts...for the next week. It also limits you training. So we should all run out and get gloves right? Not so fast my friend. Gloves really don't work well. They put a thick slippery surface between you and the bar thus making the bar hard to hold on to. Not cool. Even worse gloves have been known to cause even  more tearing as they increase the friction on the hand.

Pick a pair up here

Ok, gloves are out. What's in? Grips. There is a reason gymnasts use these over gloves. They work. And they are fairly inexpensive. These may not stop all rips but they help. A lot. Add a pair of wristbands to keep the wsweat off and you just might be able to shake a couple of hands on Friday night.