Tip For Squatting | Maintain Tension In The Big Toe

Posted on April 29th, 2020 to Barefoot Training

While there are many tips and tricks when it comes to the squat (just do a quick search and see for yourself), one of the main reoccurring themes is “creating tension”. 

Creating tension is a starting point, but I think we can take it a bit further and MAINTAIN tension throughout the duration of the movement. Some tips/cues for tension include spreading the floor, pulling the bar through your body, etc. How do you really gauge your level of tension and core stability when under load? While I am impartial here, I would say that it all starts at the foot or more specifically the big toe. So, how do you make sure you are maintaining tension in the big toe? A couple of rubber bands!

If you are doing these right and maintaining that tension throughout, you should break a sweat relatively quick (I was pouring swear after just 3 x 5). 

Here are steps below:

Step 1 – Tie two rubber bands together

Using rubber bands to help maintain tension in the big toe when squatting barefoot


Step 2 – Place rubber band under the top of the big toe on both feet.

Squatting without shoes. Maintain tension in the big toe with a rubber band

Step 3 – Squat and maintain tension on rubber band throughout. 


We hope you enjoy this little hack and look forward to getting your feedback! 

Have fun and Ditch Your Shoes!



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