Everywhere I go, I get questions. “Are those comfortable? How do you like those?”
“Yeah,” I say, “I love them!” After having over-shared with a few too many individuals who were looking for a one liner, I try to reserve my enthusiastic testimonial. My wife says that I am a marketing professional’s dream customer. I go into REI and while trying on new VFF’s (Vibram FiveFingers), everyone around me starts trying on and buying the shoes after hearing my testimonials. I LOVE them, own 3 “good” pairs, train for everything in them, wear them everywhere and will talk about them all day long. It is not the shoe, though, it’s the philosophy. It is more natural. The closer I can get to my intended natural state, the better my body functions, and short of going barefoot, this is as natural as it gets. Because going barefoot in the urban society isn’t an everyday option, I choose VFF’s.
But don’t take my word for it. I asked 3 of my clients for their testimonials. Here’s what they have to say about their “Almost” Barefoot footwear.
“In my minimalist footwear, I feel much more secure during workouts with better balance and more confidence.”
Matt Soon to be Ninja, Mid-30’s, wears Merrells
“I run sprints and hurdles in track and field. The closer to barefoot the shoe is, the more natural of a feel I get when training. All the bulk from other athletic shoes weigh me down and hinder my foot from naturally flexing like it wants to.”
Kevin King of Speed, late teens, wears VFF Bikilas (Kevin is one of the top hurdlers in the State of California, making it all the way to the Masters. Check out the Stanford Invitational.)
“I grew up going barefoot everywhere. My Sprints are the closest to barefoot that I can get in an athletic shoe. My toes are free, my body is balanced and strong and because of that I’m able to push harder with the plyos and of course, on the BOSU! It’s awesome! I ran my first half marathon in the VFF Trek and loved them. My toes are liberated and will NEVER go back.”
Nettie “Princess” BOSU, early 30’s, wears VFF Treks and Sprints
To learn specific feet strengthening, foam rolling and stretching exercises that are best for your transition to barefoot footwear, check out a Workout Evolution clinic.
|Travis Grosjean, a certified personal trainer, is a NASM CPT, a TRX Suspension Trainer, former collegiate track athlete and creator of Workout Evolution clinics- 1 hour jam packed, educational workshop/clinics, where you learn new exercises and equipment to enhance your workout and improve your health. Your workout, Your way.|
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