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Effective immediately, we are instituting a NO STREET SHOES policy in the Combat Athlete Training Systems facility. Bring indoor only training shoes and change before beginning your training session.

“Street shoes” means any shoes, regardless of whether they are running, training, walking, or other shoe worn outdoors for any purpose. Street shoes will not be allowed on any of the training environments, including turf, black mats, and Zebra mats. The reason behind this policy is your safety and health. This is a private facility where training is often conducted barefoot, on your hands, and on the floor. In order to ensure the safety and health of everyone, including you, our clients, staff, and coaches, this policy will be strictly enforced.

For further explanation for our policy, consider the following:

1. Bacteria
Your shoes pick up sneaky bacteria which are then spread when you wear shoes inside. A study from the University of Arizona collected germs and microbes on footwear. The researchers found 421,000 units of bacteria on the outside of the shoe, including E. coli, meningitis and diarrheal disease; Klebsiella pneumonia, a common source for wound and bloodstream infections as well as pneumonia; and Serratia ficaria, a rare cause of infections in the respiratory tract and wounds. Granted the study was co-sponsored by The Rockport Company, but even so, it definitely brings the point home.

2. Toxins
EPA studies provide proof that various toxins can also be tracked indoors via our shoes, including lead, mercury, and gasoline in contaminated soil, along with coal tar, a known carcinogen used in driveway sealants, which is tracked indoors from driveways and parking lots. Even the US government is concerned about the carcinogenic nature of coal tar and the dangers it poses to people and especially children, both outside and indoors. This doesn’t even begin to touch on other toxins that we trudge through outdoors, including carcinogenic herbicides and other toxins that can cause immediate and relatively minor problems like skin rashes and gastrointestinal upsets

3. Dirt
Bacteria and toxins aside, street shoes also just bring in a lot of plain old dirt and grime. This means more cleaning, which means: A) more cleaning; B) more cleaning products; and C) wear and tear. Wear and tear means replacing training surfaces more often, leading to increased costs.

Our new policy does not mean you need to go out and buy new indoor only training shoes. If you have a pair of shoes you use to train, simply toss them in the washing machine and bring them when you come for your next session, wearing alternate shoes to get to the gym. You will change into your clean shoes once you arrive at CATS.

If you have any additional questions about this new policy, please feel free to ask either Coach Nave or Coach Roumell.