The Heel Lock Method

If you ever find your heels slipping out of your shoes, it could be one of two reasons:

1 – You didn’t tie your shoes snug enough

2 – Or you’re not employing the heel lock method

Very good chance it’s reason # 2.

What’s the heel lock method? I’m glad you asked.

The heel lock method (HLM) is a way to keep the heels from slipping out. This is especially problematic doing the push rotations on the machine. The last thing you want to happen is lose your shoes during the test.

There is one catch, though. The HLM is only useful if you have an extra hole by the ankle. If you have a pair of running shoes, you probably know what I’m talking about. It’s the hole no one seems to use. Nearly all running shoes will have that extra hole. Some cross trainers may have it as well. If you don’t have it, I’m afraid you’re out of luck.

If you do have it, then check out the video below on you can use the HLM to keep your heels nice and snug.

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