Most of you have probably met John Sifferman in the comments section of my posts. John operates a website Real World Strength Training that is definitely worth checking out.
John has some really cool ideas and methods for training. I must admit that I stole the squat jump movements that I am currently doing from him.
The thing that amazing me most about John is his commitment to barefoot training.
I love everything barefoot. I workout barefoot at home, wear my Vibram Five Fingers shoes when I am hiking or sprinting etc. This has really helped my posture and has helped me to build strength in my feet, ankles and legs. Knee pain is now also largely a thing of the past. I have to laugh when someone tries to tell me that I “need support” (which happens all the time) because when you are used to going barefoot… twisting an ankle does not even seem like a realistic possibility… until you put shoes on. It is hard to explain but so true.
I thought I was pretty cool…. but no… I am not. I read posts on John’s site about him climbing mountains and taking long hikes barefoot.
I must admit… this makes me awfully… awfully…
I really want to build my feet up to this level of toughness and get to the point where I can even ditch my Vibrams.
I do have some reservations about this:
#1. The New Mexico desert is full of cactus, goatheads, thorny things and spiny things.
#2. The New Mexico desert is absolutely littered with broken glass.
#3. In the New Mexico desert, the ground gets awfully hot!
I can picture myself happily padding along a cool, packed dirt and rock mountain trail barefoot but I am having a harder time picturing myself trudging through a sweltering, sandy, sharp, spiny and painful desert.
Still I am going to go for it.
Any thoughts or advice out there? John?
I will try to remember to update everyone on how I am coming along.