Tip-toeing into Minimalist Footwear (Day 5)

Today I wore my fivefingers during a 30 min. workout at the Fitcorp Copley gym with trainer Ron Abecassis and I must say, it felt pretty good.  We did a lot of functional movement strengthening exercises using a variety of fun gym equipment.  Maintaining a plank position felt great on the feet because my feet had the freedom to actually get a good stretch on the plantar (bottom) aspect of the foot… much more so than when I have worn any other type of athletic shoe.  Doing a front lunge with a twist was certainly more of a challenge than it usually is because my feet had to maintain my balance without the support of a more rigid sneaker.  My feet were much more engaged in the process of balance and generating force for my movements and in order to do that, I had to concentrate more on my form… which is always a good thing.  I am planning on wearing these shoes again during a workout.  For one there isn’t the continuous and repetitive stress that I could imagine with a long walk or a run, and it forces you to be more conscious of what your feet are doing while going through all of those motions.  Now if I could just get over how ridiculous my feet look in the shoes, I would be all set!

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