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    The Blog — barefoot training

    The Glute Guy Smashes in his Pedestals

    Dr. Bret Contreras has created a surge in glute training across the strength and conditioning community and is responsible for some of the best bums out there. 

    We had the pleasure of crushing weights with him at the 2016 Fitness Summit and hear him speak about posterior chain training. He throws serious weight around with awesome technique and we are big fans of his work. 

    Bret was kind enough to share his experience with Pedestal with us:

    "I prefer to deadlift barefoot, but I don't like dirtying up my feet or quickly ruining my socks. Enter Pedestals - they're perfect for the job. They're durable, and they can be worn during warm-ups, deadlifts, jumping, or the entire training session for that matter. I support Pedastal Footwear's mission. 

    Bret Contreras PhD, CSCS"

    Thank you for visiting and Keep Crushing!

    In good health,

    The Pedestal Guys

    Back Bay Health Loves Their Pedestals

    (Pictured: Chi with the thumbs up, in the center Craig Liebenson, and Laura & Tim to the right from Back Bay Health)

    Back Bay Health is a leading Performance and Physical Therapy center here in Boston. BBH is lead by Tim and his wife Laura and they are always seeking ways to help their patients feel and function better.

    They recently attended a seminar with Craig Liebenson at Clientel 3 and Pedestals were the preferred footwear among the presenters and attendees. 

    Tim was kind enough to share a few words about why he enjoys working and training in his Pedestals:

    "I work in a private physical rehabilitation office where I need to dress semi-formally but also remain active. The Pedestal 2.0’s are great because they look sharp, they help grip the hardwood floors when demonstrating barefoot exercises and they don’t end up smelling rank at the end of the day. So it’s a win for me and a win for the patients."

    Thank you all for reading. Your support is always greatly appreciated.

    Keep Building Your Base!

    In good health,

    The Pedestal Guys


    Jim Smith Approved

    Our Testimonial Tuesday features Jim Smith aka Smitty Diesel. Below is a little more about him:

    Jim is the founder and owner of Diesel Strength and Conditioning. For the past 16 years, Jim has been helping pro athletes from the NHL, NFL, and UFC, as well as, high school and collegiate athletes from various sports achieve their strength and performance goals.

    Along with Joe DeFranco, Jim created the world-renowned CPPS certification, called by Muscle & Fitness magazine “the best curriculum for trainers we’ve ever seen.” Jim is on the Fitness Advisory boards for, Muscle & Fitness, Men’s Fitness, and and is regularly featured in Men’s Fitness, Muscle & Fitness and Men’s Health magazines.


    We run all of our warm-ups in socks and barefoot because all of my clients and athletes have locked up feet and ankles from wearing shoes all day long. The problem is, if you lose your ability to move at the ankle and your foot dexterity is terrible, it will have a massive negative effect on your ability to move well. This is a really big deal, especially if you're trying to optimize your technique for loaded strength training movements like deadlifts and squats - as well as expressing power and speed for all athletic movements.

    Pedestals have been a game-changer for me and my athletes! They are super comfortable and the grip is perfect for all of our ground-based movements. I highly recommend them for coaches, trainers, athletes, and everyone else who loves to train!

    Jim Smith |