Jim Smith Approved

Posted on May 9th, 2017 to Barefoot Training

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 LIVESTRONG.com, Muscle & Fitness, Men’s Fitness, and Schwarzenegger.com 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 | dieselsc.com

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