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Old 11-08-2008, 06:14 PM   #1
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Sumo Deadlift or Reg Deadlift?

Hey guys i wrote a few weeks ago about joining the power lifting team at my school and i think im goina go for it, one thing i noticed however is the deadlifts they do on the videos of there website are all sumo deadlift, and ive been told you can get more weight up, however it seems to me like its easier. I can do about 355 1X5 on traditional deadlift, so idk what that would equal for a sumo deadlift, but i mean should i start training on sumo and keep doing normal? I dont want to be cheating myself as far as strength gains go just to compete in these tournaments doing sumo deadlift if traditional is better.
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Old 11-08-2008, 11:36 PM   #2
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Re: Sumo Deadlift or Reg Deadlift?

I don't pull sumo - it feels very awkward to me, whereas conventional feels "right." I suppose for some people, it may be better - because of their body's geometry - to pull sumo, but not being one of those people, I can't speak for them. But there are two things I'd like to point out about sumo pulling... One: the sumo stance seems to be popular amongst equipped lifters because the stance yeilds a greater carry-over from the suit (in the same way wide squatting yields more carry-over than does narrow squatting). Two: NONE of the top-tier deadlifters use the sumo stance. Andy Bolton? Conventional. Benedikt Magnusson? Conventional. Kevin Nee is now pulling over 900 with a conventional stance. Most sumo guys are stuck under 800 (despite equipped squats approaching and exceeding 1000). All that seems to shoot down the "you can lift more in a sumo stance" argument...
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Old 11-09-2008, 02:46 AM   #3
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Re: Sumo Deadlift or Reg Deadlift?

well thats good to know, cause i really dont wanna do sumo deadlift, i like to do the traditional way it feels right so ya ill just keep with it i guess
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Old 11-09-2008, 03:25 AM   #4
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Re: Sumo Deadlift or Reg Deadlift?

From what ive felt, sumo is a lot easier on my lower back and very abusive to my hammies and glutes. i can lift a lot more conventionally but i still sumo every once and a while tobuild strength in my thighs.
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Old 11-09-2008, 10:45 AM   #5
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Re: Sumo Deadlift or Reg Deadlift?

Try and train both for awhile. The regular stance is considered better for general athletes, but for a powerlifting meet, do whatever allows you to yank the most weight...and win.
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Old 11-09-2008, 12:54 PM   #6
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Re: Sumo Deadlift or Reg Deadlift?

good plan lol
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Old 11-09-2008, 02:49 PM   #7
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Re: Sumo Deadlift or Reg Deadlift?

Do both. You have to switch things up once in a while.
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