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2016 adidas Leistung Weightlifting Shoe Review - Enrique Martinez

Jacob McCormick

2016 adidas Leistung Weightlifting Shoe Review


Adidas has been making weightlifting shoes since the early 1970’s when Tommy Kono was sought out by adidas to help collaborate and change the design of weightlifting shoes going forward. Tommy Kono had lunch with Adi Dassler and went over shoe design and flaws in some sample footwear. At the time high top, Soviet designed boots were the standard. Adidas took input from one of the great weightlifters of that time to make a shoe that improved lifter safety by making a low cut design that improved ankle mobility. Since then adidas has been a leader in designing and manufacturing weightlifting shoes for some of the world’s greatest Olympic Weightlifters.

This year adidas brought to the table the 2016 Leistung Weightlifting shoe, leading into the 2016 Rio games. The name “Leistung” translates to “Power” and this shoe definitely does that. I recently picked up a pair and thought I’d do my own review of this shoe. I’ll add this disclaimer that I am a rep for the adidas brand, but my critique of this shoe is my own with both the good and bad.


When photos first leaked online, most people hated the design, including myself. I actually saw them in person a few months the photos were leaked and there were some changes that came in the actual manufacturing of the shoe. The first thing is the “triaxle” design which really looks more like a bunch of Star of David branded all over the shoe. I think most weightlifters like a more traditional look, so just having a smooth texture to the upper would have been fine. The infrared color around the collar is another I was not fond of, which looks more of a bright pinkish color. I don’t remember it being that color on the initial design. Had the heal liner been black; I think it would have added a better dimension to the shoe. And last flaw I initially felt with this shoe is the BOA lacing system. But really the only flaw in the BOA lacing system is aesthetics of it, not the way it actually functions, which I’ll get to later. It looks futuristic, and I think most would have just preferred the look of a traditional lace and strap system.


The Good-

The Leistung has a higher heel than its predecessors. This model has a 24.8 mm offset as opposed to the adipower’s which has a 20 mm offset. It’s even higher than the Nike Romaleos 2, which had one of the biggest pitches; unfortunately I don’t have the exact offset of them. The heal is definitely noticeable as soon as you put them on. Anyone that has any sort of ankle mobility issues, this is very much welcomed. As someone who has struggled with mobility, I did love how much easier it was getting to the bottom position on the lifts. For squats it almost felt as if I had a cheat code to get in and out of the hole. Now I did find that on snatches, it took me awhile to get use the position off the floor as this shoe made me want to get on my toes early. The same goes for catching a clean. More experienced lifters with better body awareness than I, might be able to adjust a little bit easier and stay back with relative ease. The heal is made out of TPU with injected polymer, for reinforced strength without adding weight. I do like the clear plastic design of it.

The BOA lacing system provides tightness securely to the foot, with the turn of the dial. I did love how the tightness was evenly spread over my foot. With a lace and strap system, everyone once in awhile I’d have to retie my shoes and play with it to get the right feel. The tongue has some nice padding to it so there is a next level of comfort in this shoe compared to others. And for any concerns about durability issues from the BOA lacing system, it does have a lifetime warranty by BOA Technology.

The upper is a new synthetic material. It doesn’t have as much give as the adipower, so be aware with sizing because it likely won’t stretch or break in as much with time. However I had no issues with sizing compared to my adipower. There are breathable mesh inserts on the upper helping keep your feet cool during longer training sessions. This was very welcomed from a guy who lives and trains in South Florida where it’s brutally hot and humid.

Finals Thoughts-

I went from initially hating this shoe to now loving it. The look of the shoe took awhile to get use to, but it has grown on me. I’m sure the same will happen to others when they see some of the worlds greatest use them on the biggest platform next month in Rio. The features and performance are all a positive, which should be a given being that the retail cost of this shoe is $225. Is it something you need to go out and buy right away? No, simply put. If you have a quality pair of the adipower or Nike Romaleos in good shape then it’d be hard to justify spending money on a pair of lifting shoes right now. If you are in the need of new shoes, then it is one you’d want to consider. Or if you’re like me you go out and buy another pair to rotate through, problems of being a sneaker head. Plus seeing Aleksey Torokhtiy do a 180kg Snatch complex in person in these, and recently doing a 245 Power Jerk in the Leistung give me hope they’ll make me a better lifter. Realistically they probably won’t.

Update from Alaska - Jeff Lund

Jacob McCormick

When I started fly fishing maybe ten years ago, there were plenty of fragile moments. I couldn’t cast ten feet, I hooked everything behind me. I caught no fish. After maybe a half dozen trips, I almost made a promise to myself that if I didn’t get results, I’d end this self-taught disaster. Naturally I caught a fish and have never looked back. But life usually doesn’t usually give in to ultimatums. 

It’s unreasonable to assume you’re going to be good at something without trying - unless you’re LeBron James and it’s dunking. We have to work to get the results we want. 

Tomorrow I’m going to get hopped up on coffee and head to my favorite trout river. All that I’ll say is that it’s in Alaska somewhere between Barrow and Metlakatla because I don’t want everyone going to it. The trail is so lightly worn I can be delusional enough to believe that maybe not so many people know about it. 
Anyway, it’s not my favorite because I get the biggest fish, or the most fish, though both of those are possible. It’s my favorite because no one will be there but me, I know what to do, and I will get the results I want thanks to my previous work.  

I survived the frustration of being a beginner and have ascended to a level I like to call, “advanced average,” one step below “sorta expert.”
Give me a few years. 


Jeff Lund lives in Ketchikan, Alaska. He is a co-founder of LMT. Follow him @lmt_lifestyle on Instagram. 

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Some insight on training while on vacation, an update from our Alaskan correspondent, Jeff Lund

Jacob McCormick

Road Fitness


One lap around the parking lot to warm up, and I was glazed in the layer of anticipatory sweat that an Alaskan gets when he’s visiting Tucson and has been awake just long enough to eat an energy bar, drink water and drive to the local CrossFit. First up at the 6:30 a.m. workout? Run a mile. Then rowing, then other stuff to fill 30 minutes. 

I don’t mind running. The previous week I ran two miles worth of 800s, but it was 54 degrees and overcast in Ketchikan, Alaska. At 6 a.m. it’s 70. 
I’m toast.

But that’s sort of the point. Best-case scenario: stuff is lifted, carried, hauled or jumped over causing little muscle tears that will heal stronger and bigger than before, #swole. This is usually done in a familiar location, but when you take your desire for fitness on the road, all of a sudden you’re gasping for air that feels like hot breath, not the cool refreshing ocean. 

You finish the mile run ahead of your bother, which is good, but after the wall climbers you collapse with such vigor that you wake up a baby sleeping in a car seat in the corner…which is bad. 
Then you go back outside for 2000 meters of rowing. It’s getting hotter. Mean hot. Baked Alaskan hot. But you stay with it. It’s not your gym, but these are your people. You met them before you were fully awake and now you’re sweating with them as the clock slowly, almost defiantly, makes its way to 30:00. 

You don’t care what the rest score, or where you place – as long as it’s faster than whomever you came with, in my case, my brother. 

When it’s done, it sucked, but it’s over. You get the gym shirt to wear like a badge of voluntary misery and talk to your new friends. Yeah, you could have pretended you couldn’t find a place to work out, or say vacations are for relaxing and no one would have cared, but you made it work. 
Besides, the post-workout meal opportunities out in The World are so much better than that of The Island, and after the beating you endured, nothing is off limits.

Who is Tired of Kale? - Chef Brandon Gross

Jacob McCormick

What Greens Have You Had Lately?


Who is tired of kale?  I know that the nutrition value and versatility in the kitchen are amazing, but why not shed light on different seasonal greens that share some of these qualities?  Seasonal lettuces include: butter lettuce, collard greens, radicchio, red leaf, spinach, watercress and Swiss chard.  Although less familiar to most, we cannot forget to include these as well: mustard greens, arugula and dandelion greens.   Let’s go off the beaten path to explore some fantastic bitter, peppery, nutritious greens.

Although mustard greens, arugula and dandelion greens are also seen in the wintery months, they are most vibrant and full of vitamins in the spring and beginning of the summer.  These are great to accompany meats fresh off the grill or mixed in salads.  Arugula is the most common of greens seen here and is great in salads or simply tossed in olive oil, salt and pepper alongside a great steak.  Mustard greens and Dandelion greens have been overlooked for a long time, simply because people are not as comfortable using them.  All of these greens are readily available in all grocery stores. 

Mustard Greens: The peppery leaves are a rich, dark green and have a wonderful mustard flavor. They are full of vitamin A, C, Thiamine, and Riboflavin.  They can be steamed, sautéed or simmered with an array of ingredients.  My favorite is to grill them with some salt and pepper, then toss them with some fire roasted cherry tomatoes, balsamic vinegar and Pecorino Romano cheese.  If you like feta cheese it also pairs nicely.

Arugula:  Known as Italian cress and rocket to some people, it looks very similar to the tops of radishes, and is often mistaken for them.  Arugula is peppery, slightly bitter, and has a hint of radish flavoring. It is rich in iron, vitamin A and C.  Arugula makes great additions to salads, soups, sautés, and even makes a great pesto.  My favorite way to enjoy them is to leave the leaves raw, not adding to much to them.  I simply take the arugula and toss it in olive oil, salt and pepper, placing it alongside your favorite piece of grilled meat.

Dandelion Greens:  The bright green leaves have a slightly bitter, tangy, flavor that adds zest to a wide variety of salads.  Dandelion greens have been prized for their health benefits: being a mild diuretic and to aid in lowering blood pressure.  These greens are also an excellent source of Vitamin A, iron and calcium.  The roots can be eaten as vegetables or roasted and ground to make a root "coffee".  I love them grilled or wilted.  The best time to cook with this green is early spring before the plant begins to flower.

I found Root Coffee to be the most interesting of the three greens facts listed.  I am always up for a new food application and discovering the benefits of the things we eat.  While writing this article, I was thrown slightly off course when I stumbled upon the application of coffee/tea root.  Although I knew these bitter, peppery, flavorful greens were great for eating and cooking, I had no idea coffee could be derived from the dandelion root. 

This specific type of root coffee holds many nutritional benefits.  Dandelion coffee helps with your liver, and can aid in lowering high blood pressure.  Drinking this coffee a few times a week can cleanse your system and aid the need for caffeine, while giving your body many additional nutrients.  This coffee is an excellent source of Vitamin B Complexes, A and C, but most of all it will give you a good source of potassium, while other cleansing items will deplete them from the body.  This great recipe packs a punch but the nutrient value is wonderful:  I hope you enjoy experimenting with new food applications as much as I do; sometimes they tend to consume me.

I’d say we stepped off the beaten path a bit discussing the health benefits of seasonal greens and some new applications both in and outside the kitchen.   I look forward to hearing your thoughts on cooking with these great ingredients.  Below you will find a recipe for one of my favorite ways to enjoy dandelion and mustard greens.  This recipe goes great by itself or alongside your favorite piece of grilled meat. Enjoy!


Grilled Greens

1bunch Dandelion greens or Mustard greens

2Tbsp              Olive oil

2Tbsp              Balsamic Vinegar

1pint                Grape tomatoes

1/2cup             Crumbled or cubed Feta Cheese

Salt and Pepper to taste

1.     Coat greens with 1Tbsp of olive oil and a little salt.  Grill green until they ae charred and roasted

2.     Let the greens slightly cool so you can handle them.  Chop up in bite sized pieces and place in a bowl

3.     While the greens are resting place the tomatoes on the grill or roast them in a hot oven until they are blistered.  Set aside

4.     Take remaining olive oil and balsamic vinegar and combine

5.     Gather all ingredients, except cheese and mix in a bowl.  Season with salt and pepper to your liking

6.     Top with cheese and enjoy

Till next time.


Brandon Gross