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Do Strength Shoes actually help you build muscle?
Strength Shoes weren’t actually tested methodically until recently, when scientists at Tulane University put the shoes through some thorough tests. Twelve intercollegiate track and field athletes, all participants in running or jumping events, followed a training regimen. Was this training program created by the scientists at Tulane? No. It was actually recommended by the Strength Shoe manufacturers, Strength Footwear, Inc., over an eight-week time period.
It seems that the results of the study ought to have been in their favor, as the exercise regime was one intended by the manufacturers themselves.
Half of the athletes wore their regular training shoes, while the other half tried the Strength Shoes. The actual training regime consisted of stretching exercises and increasingly challenging plyometric drills. Workouts were performed three times per week and lasted around 45 minutes. In addition to this particular system, the participants continued their normal training.
The results of the Strength Shoe training study
Regrettably, the Strength Shoes didn’t end up doing anything exceptional. After eight weeks:
* ankle flexibility had improved by almost exactly the same amount (only one percent) in both groups.
* While ankle strength was also basically the same in the two groups, there was still a stronger plantar flexion tendency, ankle motion that happens when the toes and top of the foot move away from the shins, for the non-Strength-Shoe wearers.
Physical performance tests generated close to the same results:
* Strength-Shoe and non-Strength-Shoe wearers improved their 40-yard-dash times by about the same quantity.
* Calf size was also nearly identical between the two sets. Although not a significant indicator of performance potential, calf size was assessed by the researchers because the Strength Shoe producers maintained that the devices would advance calf diameter.
* Finally, I get so many questions about whether or not Strength Shoes will increase your vertical leap, and science has made a ruling. In this study, improvement in vertical leaping ability was actually slightly greater in the non-Strength-Shoe people, although the difference wasn’t statistically noteworthy.
Vertical leap is actually hindered with Strength Shoes due to risk of injury.
Alarmingly, two of the six subjects wearing strength shoes developed anterior tibial, or shin-splint, pain during the training period, and one of these athletes actually left the study after only four weeks because the pain was so severe. Because neither of the two athletes had experienced leg pain before the research began, and none of the people who trained in regular shoes encountered lower-limb distress during the research, the Tulane researchers stated that this was confirmation pointing to the relationship between the use of the Strength Shoe and anterior tibial pain.
write by Neala