Connect
To Top

Review: WodLIFTS Shoe Inserts

wodlifts

wodLIFTS.

This week, we take a moment to review a set of shoe inserts called wodLIFTS.

Item: wodLIFTS
Price: $39.95
Manufacturer: wodLIFTS
Purchase: http://wodlifts.com/

Ever wish that your Nanos or Inov8s had a little more height for WODs? I ran across wodLIFTS recently – they’re an insert for your minimalist functional fitness shoes that add about 1/2” of hard plastic to your heel. I was intrigued, so I ordered a pair from Eric, the founder.

The idea itself is intriguing. I’m a big fan of proper Olympic lifting shoes, but there are often WODs that combine some light-weight Olympic lifting, thrusters, or squats with gymnastics movements. Of course, in these situations, Olympic shoes are often heavy or cumbersome.

Also, I travel a lot and I am a minimalist traveler, and I would never bring my Oly’s with me on a trip – they’re just too bulky and I only wear them in the gym. But wodLIFTS are small and easily packable, so maybe they’d solve my snatch problem while on the road!

At the same time, wouldn’t lifts on top of normal functional fitness shoes just be unstable and weird? I decided to put a pair of wodLIFTS to the test to find out for myself. Here’s what I thought:

wodlifts

The Good

Easy to put in and take out: The wodLIFTS are hard plastic and weigh only a few ounces each. As such, they slide in and out of my New Balance Minimus or Reebok Nano Speed shoes with hardly any effort. They are super easy to install and work well with all my pairs of shoes.

Improved Mobility in Oly Movements: I did a snatch workout in the wodLIFTS and I definitely noticed the improved mobility compered to my New Balance Minimus shoes. Combined with the height of the Minimus’ heel, my heel was raised about 3/4” with the wodLIFTS, and I certainly noticed the difference. This height was definitely helpful for Olympic Lifting, squats, and even for wall balls and thrusters. That said, I did switch to my Oly shoes for my snatch work sets.

3/4 design: The 3/4 design of wodLIFTS help give you more mobility and movement during gymnastic skills. The inserts fit snug into the back of your shoe, but do not extend to the forefoot. This allows the shoe to continue to flow in the forefoot. This is helpful when you are transitioning from squat or Oly based movements, to gymnastics or calisthenics based movements like double-unders and box jumps.

Light weight: The wodLIFTS weigh just a few ounces. I didn’t notice their added weight in my shoes, or while carrying them in my gym bag.

Great Size: These things are small. You can throw them in your gym bag without worrying about space. As I mentioned, I am a minimalist traveler – and I even think they’ll fit in my backpack without a problem!

wodlifts

The Bad

Some heel pain when snatching: Even though I only used the wodLIFTS for my warmup sets, I noticed some heel pain when I was snatching. I talked with Eric at wodLIFTS about this, and he suggested using the wodLIFTS under my insoles. This did help alleviate the heel pain, although it also made it slightly harder, and more annoying, to insert them and take them out of my shoes.

Best for minimalist shoes: As one of my friends said, “a 2×4 on top of a pillow is still unstable.” So you should use wodLIFTS in stable, minimalist shoes. I doubt they’d be a good option for shoes with a high heel, or cushiony running shoes.

Doesn’t increase stability: Good Oly shoes make you feel like you are stable and secure to the ground. Of course, the wodLIFTS can’t feel like this, since they are just an insert to your normal functional fitness shoes. I didn’t feel any more un-stable in wodLIFTS than in my normal shoes – but by no means did they improve my stability while wearing them.

wodlifts

Conclusion

The wodLIFTS won’t replace my Olympic Lifting shoes, but they definitely have a place in my gym bag (especially since they are so light and packable). Actually, they’ve probably even earned a spot in my backpack when I travel!

They are light, easy to use and can provide some great benefits during functional fitness workouts. In addition, they also sell for a reasonable price and are a great alternative if you don’t have the money for a brand new set of Olympic Weightlifting shoes.

wodlifts

More in REVIEWS

  • Review: King King Fuel Meal Prep Backpack

    This week we take a moment to review King King Apparel’s Fuel Meal Prep Backpack: Item: King King Fuel Meal Prep Backpack...

    John Michael BricOctober 17, 2018
  • Review: F-Lite 290 G by Inov-8

    This week we take a moment to review the late functional fitness shoe by Inov-8: the F-Lite 290 G. Item: F-Lite 290 G...

    Ashley StewartOctober 2, 2018
  • Review: Xology’s Pre Workout Energy

    This week we take a moment to review the Pink Lemonade flavoured Pre-Workout Energy supplement by Xology. Item: Xology’s Pre Workout Energy...

    John Michael BricAugust 19, 2018
  • Review: Pavlok Shock Clock 2

    This week we take a moment to review the Pavlok Shock Clock 2: Item: Pavlok Shock Clock 2 Price: $145 USD Retailer: Behavioral Technology...

    Ashley StewartAugust 14, 2018
  • Review: Crossrope “Get Lean” Jump Rope

    This week we take a moment to review the Crossrope ‘Get Lean’ jump rope: Item: Crossrope Jump Rope, “Get Lean” Version Price: $79...

    Ashley StewartAugust 6, 2018
  • Review: Synergen3 Dietary Supplement

    This week we take a moment to review a new supplement to hit the functional fitness market – Synergen3: Item: Synergen3 Dietary...

    John Michael BricJune 20, 2018
  • Review: PRS Nano Support Compression Socks

    This week we take a moment to review a pair of PRS Nano Support Compression Socks: Item: PRS Nano Support Compression Socks Price: $29.97...

    Ashley StewartMay 3, 2018
  • Review: MobilityWod’s “Mushy” Supernova

    This week we take a moment to review the latest mobility tool from MobilityWOD: the “Mushy” Supernova: Item: “Mushy” Supernova Price: $29.99 USD  Retailer: MobilityWod...

    Ashley StewartApril 9, 2018
  • Review: Swolverine – Kre-Alkalyn Creatine

    This week we take a moment to review Swolverine: Kre-Alkalyn Creatine: Item: Swolverine: Kre-Alkalyn Creatine Price: $54.99 USD (300 grams) Retailer: Swolverine Purchase: www.Swolverine.com The...

    John Michael BricMarch 26, 2018

The Rx Review is an independent fitness website, reporting on the Sport of Fitness, functional fitness news, The CrossFit Games, health and diet related information, and also provides reviews on sports performance products.