I am planning to start taking Olympic lifting classes. Since I want to take it seriously, I wanted to makes sure I am geared properly. Currently, I am using orthotics due to the leg length discrepancy (longer left leg) and flat feet which is combined with hyper-mobile feet.
Because of the collapsing of my arches on my feet, my feet have naturally gotten wider than average and it is sometimes a pain to find proper shoes also. I would love to do all my power lifts bare-feet but experience shows me that it is best to do it with orthotic intervention. So I need some sort of vessel to house the correction insoles and make sure there is no intra-foot movement, because I once tried dead-lift only with the soles, and that turned into a fiasco due to lack of traction... even Steve Wonder saw that coming!
The gear I currently use are: - Chuck taylors for powerlifting excersizes - Asic Gel Nimbus 15 for running - Adidas Supernova Glide for running, walking with anti-pronation support for walking - Adidas Samba classics from the 90's with a tough rubber sole for when I need a change of gear.
I have a couple of questions regarding this. I hope you folks can help me.
- Which brands do you use? (I was thinking of Adidas Adipower or Adidas power perfect 2)
- What type of materials should I ask my podiatrist to use in case new insoles need to be cast
- What else can I do or use to make sure that learning Olympic lifts will be more fun than rather concentrating on corrections and deficits all the time?
Thanks a big bunch!