Cable Row | The willPower Method Foot Fitness

I’ve had some pretty heated (spirited) debates with a dear friend about “finger shoes”. Although she’s taken my willPower Method® workouts for years, (barefoot!) I simply cannot convince her of the benefits of being in a minimal shoe during her other workouts.”They’re just weird” she says  -” I just don’t see the purpose”.

So, I’ve started looking around the fitness floor. Of the few gym-goers who are brave enough (smart enough) to wear a five-toed shoe like the  Vibram FiveFingers, most people are not necessarily using them “with purpose”. Ok, I can sometimes empathize with my friend who is simply fashion forward.

I’ve been noticing movement which is not very different than when the feet were supported and cushioned.  This movement indicates that the general population is not fully aware that they can use their feet and ankles much more… with great purpose. (Job security for me… big smile.)

Today’s Foot Fitness Video:  Cable Row

A cable row is a pulling exercise to strengthen the back (latissimus dorsi and rhomboids), which will lead to more healthy spinal alignment and posture (by removing stress from other muscles and joints.)

The willPower Method® | Anterior CompartmentThe back is typically overstretched (in a rounded position)  since we are a culture hunched over computers and steering wheels for most of the day.

In the above video, I’ve added a simple Foot Fitness exercise to the upper body workout. Dorsi-flexing the ankle will strengthen the tibialis anterior (the muscle in the which runs along the shin bone). Lengthening and spreading the toes will lead to a stronger and more confident gait.

Confidence is seen through movement and recognized in how we carry ourselves. When we spend time working out, doesn’t it make good sense to enhance movement and posture from head to toe? In my opinion, an upright posture and confident stride is the foundation of confidence.  How’s that for purpose, my friend?

Stacey Lei Krauss

Stacey Lei Krauss

Stacey Lei Krauss is the creator and developer of the globally recognized barefoot cardio fusion program, The willPower Method®. Specializing in foot-fitness since 2000, she helps people understand why and how to develop healthy, fit bodies, from the ground up. Reiki practitioner and student of transformational arts, she's a mover, writer, traveler, and general truth-seeker. Recipient of the 2014 ECA Best Female Presenter Award, she's the Mindful Music Advisor for Power Music® and has programmed educational courses and workouts for Nike , Vibram FiveFingers®, BOSU®, Schwinn® Cycling, and Peak Pilates® .


  1. Andrea
    Sunday, April 21st, 2013 at 9:30 pm ·

    I have bunions and to wear the 5 fingers will rub, not on the bunion but the inside of the big toe because its pulling. Any suggestions?

  2. Jeff
    Sunday, October 28th, 2012 at 9:22 am ·

    Great suggestion in the video, I wIll definitely apply that my next time I row. I’ve been training in Vibrams for about a year now. My workout regimen is about 95% Crossfit-based. I love my Vibrams! Not only has using them evened out pressure on my joints therefore eliminating an annoying hip pain I had, but my proprioception has increased immensely! I don’t only wear them to the gym though, I wear them all throughout the week. In fact I only really wear “regular” shoes when I dress up or play certain sports! I always recommend using them to anyone that inquires!!

  3. mary a rowe-douglas
    Saturday, October 27th, 2012 at 9:16 pm ·

    after long sedentary life i started slowly on the mini-trampoline. besides just bouncing, I’ve started doing squats, barefoot, on the rebounder. After a session of these squats, my shod gait is much more balanced, less arthritic knee pain and much less BACK pain. Keep up your advocacy for bare feet!