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This week I have been mostly thinking about…proprioception

I bought some new trainers recently. It’s not like weightlifting shoes, there’s a lot of choice out there, as a strength and conditioning coach you want to make the right decision because having the correct kit is important. The shops are full of medial postings, torsional stiffeners, air bubbles, anti-pronation etc etc which turns what should be a relatively easy experience into a science in itself.

In the end, I decided to pass on all this technology and go back to basics and picked up a pair of these bad boys Inov-8 F-Lite 230’s. The reason was proprioception. Any running I do for training is generally high intensity interval based so I don’t do big miles on the road, I also use some circuit based work for conditioning and also spend a lot of time on my feet. These shoes take me down the barefoot road so I get a lot of feeling for what’s going on under my foot and a lot more reliance on proprioceptive feedback to maintain balance, particularly with unilateral work.

A proprioceptive focus is something I put into all of the programs I design, I think it’s a very important component of training and competitive performance and maximising it’s influence is always something I’m keen on. I’ll be recommending the shoes with vigour.

Neil Welch

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