If you are serious about barbell movements then you should invest in a pair of weightlifting shoes. These shoes provide a hard, elevated heel and rock solid support. Why are these traits beneficial? The elevated heel facilitates better depth that may suffer from lack of ankle flexibiliity. The firm nature of the sole provides a solid platform to deliver strength and power. While driving through the ground, any compression of a typical shoe will rob you of leg drive. While this difference may seem inconsequential, it is very noticable once they are worn. It's like any good piece of equipment. Once you try them, you won't go back. Pictured above is Dr. Kathy Meesner. She is built with extremely long legs and a short torso. These characteristics will make it difficult to achieve a good upright squat. Check out the shoes. Check out the smiles. Let us know if you are interested in a pair of weightlifting shoes and we'll steer you in the right direction.
I finally got around to making some red curry. Any curry dish is very simple and quick to make. The beauty of it is that you can add virtually any ingredient and come up with a delicious, original dish. Great dishes like curry remind me of wonderful, warm soups that go so well with cold weather. Orie Shafer has turned me on to what I've been missing. Check out his simple recipe. Masaman Beef Curry