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Posted: 31 July 2009 09:47 PM   [ Ignore ]
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Im looking at getting a pair of the ” Vibram FiveFingers” just wondering if any of yall have used them while Crossfiting? Im concerned about developing stoner bruises ( bone bruise) while running.  I really like the concept of the shoes tho.

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Posted: 01 August 2009 08:19 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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These are discussed frequently.  Start here:

http://www.crossfitbrandx.com/index.php/forums/viewthread/5255/

I’ve worked out with several people that swear by them, though they all say it takes a while to adjust.  Note that they also scare small children-not the most fashion forward shoe choice out there.

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Posted: 01 August 2009 11:39 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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I have a pair. Got them when I got into Pose running. Just got them back (my house was in storage for a couple months (I love moving!!)

They are pretty nice, but yes, they take a while to get used to. Recommendation:

1. go barefoot as much as possible to start.
2. Walk in them to start
3. Do short “Pose-style” runs (2-3 x 2-400m) a couple days a week for a few weeks then build up. You WILL land on BOF wearing these (if you heel-strike, it’ll hurt like hell) so be prepared for some calf soreness - stretch before and after and work slowly into it. DON’T do anything crazy if the “Run 10k” comes up and try to run in these if you haven’t already worked up to running 5-7k a few times a month - you WILL hurt yourself and be a long time recovering.

That said, they aren’t for everyone, and like RS said, they will cause some looks… but then, our WODs do that already, so you should be used to it. wink

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Posted: 01 August 2009 12:15 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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I have a pair. Got them when I got into Pose running. Just got them back (my house was in storage for a couple months (I love moving!!)

They are pretty nice, but yes, they take a while to get used to. Recommendation:

1. go barefoot as much as possible to start.
2. Walk in them to start
3. Do short “Pose-style” runs (2-3 x 2-400m) a couple days a week for a few weeks then build up. You WILL land on BOF wearing these (if you heel-strike, it’ll hurt like hell) so be prepared for some calf soreness - stretch before and after and work slowly into it. DON’T do anything crazy if the “Run 10k” comes up and try to run in these if you haven’t already worked up to running 5-7k a few times a month - you WILL hurt yourself and be a long time recovering.

That said, they aren’t for everyone, and like RS said, they will cause some looks… but then, our WODs do that already, so you should be used to it. wink

I love my pair. I use them a lot for Crossfitting, short runs and I wear them out for fun. I am always barefeet. My wife thinks I am crazy for walking around barefoot all the time but hey what can you do when you grow up on an island. I agree work up slowly in them. I don’t use mine for runs longer than an 800 on the road, but on a track or off road I will take them for 2-3miles. I need to get me another set. Need a new color.

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Posted: 04 August 2009 01:08 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Thanks for your help! my friend and i are the only ppl who crossfit in baton rouge, so we already stand out.  what about the recovery time when i hurt my feet?

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Posted: 04 August 2009 01:10 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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Also what version of the 5fingers would yall suggest?

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Posted: 04 August 2009 01:40 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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jgleas1 - 04 August 2009 01:10 PM

Also what version of the 5fingers would yall suggest?

The good looking one . . .

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Posted: 04 August 2009 06:56 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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De-mostly-lurking ‘cos for once I have something useful to say…

I bought a pair around the same that I got back on the Crossfit horse after a long period off.  (And, really, off all non-mandatory activity.)  I’d been walking around barefoot whenever possible for about two months beforehand, so I was somewhat conditioned to it and had very little trouble adapting over all.  My feet in the Vibrams and my body overall are adapting to running again at the same time, so that hasn’t really been an issue either- my heart, lungs, and legs are in no better shape than my feet are, so while after a particularly long running day I’ll have some calf and ankle soreness, but nothing I can’t resolve with a long stretching session.

They’ve improved my running form, which sucked out loud to the point where I couldn’t finish a mile and a half run because of terrible lower back pain a year ago, immeasurably- I’m not sure if I’m up to POSE standards, but with nothing between my foot and the road but a thicker sole, my body pretty naturally found something that worked and left my joints pain-free even on days when I’m mandated to push myself.  I do absolutely everything active in them, including on paved surfaces, which so far hasn’t really bothered me unduly.  It now bothers me to put on “normal” shoes because I hate the way they immobilize my toes and take away my sense of what I’m walking on.

So from this still deconditioned and overweight (but improving along with those consistency and intensity things) customer, Five Fingers and Crossfit go great together.

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Posted: 04 August 2009 09:49 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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Never used them myself, but the guy who introduced me to crossfit uses them and he told me running in them cured his shin splints. Another thing is that doing barbell lifts in running shoes sucks, but you cant run well in lifting shoes, so maybe the new shoes are a happy medium. I know I prefer pulling a bar off the ground barefoot before doing it in running shoes.

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Posted: 06 August 2009 04:47 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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jgleas1 - 04 August 2009 01:10 PM

Also what version of the 5fingers would yall suggest?

The good looking one . . .

LOL. I saw some freaky looking colors. Next pair for me are the grey ones. Maybe even the blue ones. Don’t know, looking at them this weekend and getting a chalk bag for climbing/ lifting when I’m at work.

I prefer the ones with the Velcro strap over the top of the foot. But any of them are good. They are form fitting. Make sure you try on every pair in the size of the model you want. Sometimes your feet will feel better in one shoe then another one. I do these with boots and shoes all the time. I’m the guy folks hate in the shoe store because I ask for all the shoes I want in my size. Which usually there are only 2 or 3 pairs for size 13 anyways. I try them on, walk around, jump up and down, do some squats. I tie a little knot in the lace to mark the ones that feel good then when I am done, I pick the best lt and rt and I buy them.

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Posted: 08 September 2009 11:22 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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I have had a pair since they first came out a few years ago.  I used to use them for working out, but then they began to smell to bad.  I tried washing them, but that only lasted one workout session.  Now I used them for casual wear.  And yes, I can’t go outside without someone asking me about them.  Or calling them “water shoes,” which really pisses me off.  Give them a shot, but start slowly.  I notice that my back starts to hurt when I wear them all day and walk a lot.  Other than that, I love wearing them everywhere.  If anyone has solutions for a smelly feet problem, I am all ears.

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Posted: 08 September 2009 12:34 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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jgleas1 - 04 August 2009 01:10 PM

Also what version of the 5fingers would yall suggest?

The good looking one . . .

TP, really. Pleeeeaaassseee….. they really are (almost) all dog ugly.  bigsmile

I have the KSOs (stands for, wait for it… Keep Stuff Out… nice huh)... pretty decent actually, and if you want to wear them in an outdoorsy situation, probably a good idea.

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Posted: 08 September 2009 08:21 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 12 ]
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Then I also heard a rumour that some head instructor at Brand X had some…
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Posted: 13 September 2009 04:13 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 13 ]
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Bought a pair of KSO’s yesterday. Watched a few youtube videos on barefoot running. Did 2 real slow miles to get the feel of them this morning and did about 5-6 short sprints afterward. OK so far. Sprints felt faster. Knees have been hurting from regular running / shoes. Giving these a shot.

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Posted: 13 September 2009 04:35 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 14 ]
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Nappy5727 - 13 September 2009 04:13 AM

Bought a pair of KSO’s yesterday. Watched a few youtube videos on barefoot running. Did 2 real slow miles to get the feel of them this morning and did about 5-6 short sprints afterward. OK so far. Sprints felt faster. Knees have been hurting from regular running / shoes. Giving these a shot.

Cheers.

I am glad you joined the club on them. Im getting me another pair but I have to get me a set of oly shoes first. I use the crap out of 5 fingers in and out of the gym. I’ve gone up to 2 miles on road and 4ish miles off road. You will like them for Crossfitting. Great for those transition days. Have fun in them.

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Posted: 13 September 2009 06:30 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 15 ]
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I’m gonna try ditching the running shoes. I’ll work up to a few more miles next week. Shooting for 5-7 miles (gradually) knee pain free. I love running and hate to think about giving it up. I don’t like to think about it as running from somebody more like running after somebody.  cheese

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