Pull Ups, Push Ups, Sit Ups and Squats

Posted: August 20, 2010 in bodyweight, crossfit, pull ups, sit ups, squats
The Athlete: Jonson Tan
The Workout:

“Barbara”
5 Rounds for time of:
20 Pull Ups
30 Push Ups
40 Sit Ups
50 Squats
Result : 38:49 (CTB, CTF)
Note: CTB = Chest-to-Bar, CTF = Chest-to-Floor)

Standing at a height of 6 feet, having the Zigtechs on gave me an additional reach to the pull up bar thanks to its thick soles; this means that I had to jump less to hang from the pull up bar. This was beneficial, as the workout itself is very challenging. When totaled over 5 rounds, the athlete (myself) would have completed 100 Pull Ups, 150 Push Ups, 200 Sit Ups and 250 Squats.

This workout is not an ideal workout to test the shoes in because majority of the movements/exercises does not engage the shoes capabilities. The shoes can barely be tested during the Pull Ups, Push Ups or Sit Ups hence majority of this review would be based on the Squats of the workout. Since the workout has a high number of squats, I was testing the shoes base on comfort, stability and support. Going through the Squats there was a notable difference, mainly because I am use to doing my squats barefooted.

The Zigtechs are comfortable to squat in and it felt like I was squatting on springs. There was a definite increase in the speed which I carried out my squats. As comfortable as they are around the feet due to the cushioning inside of the shoe, the soles at the base of the shoes were proving to be slightly uncomfortable by Round 3 of the workout. The mid foot and the ball of my feet were starting to ache and I felt that those 2 areas were the pressure points of my feet during the squats. The shoes are not very supportive for flat footed people like me. Due to the Zig Zag pattern on the soles, I found myself losing balance especially at the bottom of the squat.

By the end of Round 4 I struggled to stay standing as the base of my feet were aching but that did not stop me from completing the workout to my best abilities. I will always push myself to do the best with I have and to never quit.

In conclusion, the workout was great and the extra height to reach the pull up bar was definitely beneficial.

Rating for this workout : 6/10 (base mainly on squats)
Pros: Higher reach to the pull up bars, the insides of the shoes were very comfortable, very soft soles.
Cons: Not designed for flat feet, strain below the arch of the foot and ball of the feet.
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