Deadlift Socks, Pants, Shin guards- Are They Really Necessary?
Obviously when deadlifting, the main point to take into consideration and what is often stressed is to keep the bar as close to the shins as possible.
This is one very useful piece of advice that is absolutely critical in getting deadlift technique down and not screwing up your back or getting injured. Now as many of you know, keeping the bar close to the shins is key.
However, banging up your shins, causing some unwanted bruising, scabbing, and whatever else your shins take, keeps you from having the bar close to your shins.
There is probably three options or two options you can go with this.
– Toughen it out and take it full force.
– Wear pants or some type of padding
– Use shin wraps, guards or deadlifting socks.
All three can be viable options, but can largely depend on which route you would like to go.
I will cover some options on the best ways and you can decide for yourself.
Why Protect Your Shins From Deadlifting?
I admit, I cannot do this. There comes a time when my shins starting coming out looking like candy canes after the constant scraping against my shins. I am white, so the red tends to stick out like a sore thumb.
If you are the type of person that lives by “No Pain, No Gain!” More power to you!
The only advice I can give on that is, you must have some alligator type skin to be taking some serious beating on those shins. I on the other hand have a peach fruit type skin where I cut easily.
The good part that can come out of the shin onslaught would be that they would grow more thick skinned the more you put wear and tear on them. Don’t quote me on that, I am not a dermatologist or any type of skin expert.
Deadlifting With Long Pants?
Long pants! We all have them and we all mostly likely wear them in the cold, frigid days. They are not just for show anymore, but doing deadlifts with longer pants can definitely aid you from beating your shins to a bloody pulp.
If you are like me, long pants I don’t typically like to workout in, but for deadlifting purposes, I will eventually begin to change that.
The pants don’t have to be some type of fancy ones or they don’t have to cost $100 bucks for any special pair.
Grab some sweatpants that you feel comfortable in and are somewhat loose as descending in the bottom position will be a little difficult if your pants are so tight that it looks like someone sucked the air out with a vacuum.
Under Armour has pants that are great for training and also Champion too. Either way, be comfortable and be able to be mobile with them.
Deadlift Socks Or Shin Guards Are They Worth It?
Another option to go would be the idea of using deadlift socks or deadlift shin guards. Either way, they do what they are intended to do which is protect the shins, prevent scraping and bruising & most importantly, prevent any hiccups in your workout.
Deadlift socks many like them as they are the same as soccer socks or just regular normal fashionable or not fashionable (depending how you sport them) type of everyday socks.
They are long for a reason and they work absolutely perfect for you serious deadlifters out there or even for crossfit.
If your shins are completely torn and beaten from doing a taxing deadlift workout, these may be useful.
However, if you still happen to get some type of marking or bruising even while wearing them, consider using shin guards for deadlifting.
These would be mainly called deadlift shin guards or we can call them crossfit deadlift shin guards.
Whatever you want to call them, they pretty much have much more protection and more of a padding base compared to just socks. Plus you look cooler just like Sub-Zero in Mortal Kombat. I myself ordered a pair and can’t wait until they come in.
I prefer to go the gym and look like I am going to kick some major ass when I walk in with these puppies. Not only do they command attention, but they make you look like a serious deadlifter.
Another cool thing I like is if somebody criticizes my shin guards, I give them a round house kick to the face and they change their tone pretty quickly if you know what I mean.
Other than that, deadlifting with or without protection all comes down to personal preference.
You can be a spartan warrior and have some battle scars or you can come out looking like a champion and protect your shins.