EP. 20 ANDY BRANT - STABILITY, SHOES, & OUR FEET
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Stability is one of the most important, overlooked variables that significantly influences how much you can get out of any exercise. When I take a look at peoples shoes at the gym, oftentimes they’re overly cushioned, do not provide stability at the sides, or do not have a flat sole.
I don’t know who had the idea that squatting, or doing any movement on *basically* PILLOWS would be a a good idea.
We have 104 different mechanoreceptors on the bottom of the feet. They respond to different stimuli such as texture, deep pressure, skin stretch and vibration. Roughly 80% of the receptors on the bottom of the feet are sensitive to vibration. This is actually how we detect impact forces coming in to our bodies!
Guess what shoes and socks do? They block this powerful information from coming into the body via the nervous system making the information delayed or inaccurate.
In order to improve balance and stability, we want to stimulate these small nerves in the skin on the bottom of the feet. Having a minimal shoe that enhances your natural foot function (not replace it) will allow this information to travel to the brain quicker and place you in a more stable position.
In this episode of anabolic radio I had the pleasure of chatting to Andy Bryant who has been a practicing podiatrist for 10+ we dive into the nitty gritty details of feet, shoes, walking mechanics and much more! Tune into the episode for the full discussion.Support the show