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Author:  KenDowns [ Mon Nov 17, 2014 12:37 pm ]
Post subject:  Narrow stance sumo

So I tried this stance for the first time Saturday.

Background: Lifetime 1RM is 465. Did not work out for 4 months (!) and last month could not get 405 off the ground. This is 425. What amazed me after the pull was how natural it felt, and how it did not drain me the way conventional deads always have.


Author:  Proper Knob [ Mon Nov 17, 2014 4:47 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Narrow stance sumo

Funnily enough, after following this thread I tried out some sumo deads, one with a narrower stance, for the first time in a long time tonight. The narrower stance felt awkward to me, probably because I'd never done it before, whereas the sumo deads felt good, albeit with straps. I have a slight nagging lat issue at the moment, which was flaring up slightly during my conventional sets yet not my sumo sets. In the spirit of this thread it might be time to give the sumo stance a go again.

Author:  Matt Z [ Mon Nov 17, 2014 7:06 pm ]
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What's with the wooden blocks under the barbell? How far off the ground are the plates?

Author:  KenDowns [ Tue Nov 18, 2014 11:39 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Narrow stance sumo

Matt, Doc asked the same question some time ago.

the blocks are to prevent me dropping the bar onto the garage's concrete slab. to eliminate the blocks I'd have to build a platform to absorb the shock which I haven't gotten around to.

The center of the bar is exactly 9 inches high with the blocks - regulation competition height. So no I ain't cheatin'

Author:  jeremy8c [ Tue Nov 18, 2014 6:22 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Narrow stance sumo

Not bad! I thought the blocks were some sort of deficit deadlift move or something.

Author:  KenDowns [ Tue Nov 18, 2014 7:35 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Narrow stance sumo

Put more 2x4's under the blocks for rack pulls, put some boards under your feet for deficit.

Speaking of which, deficit max triple attempt is in 2 weeks...

Author:  Crow [ Sun Nov 23, 2014 1:29 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Narrow stance sumo

@ Ken

You probably know this already?
http://www.powerliftingtowin.com/semi-sumo-deadlift/

Author:  KenDowns [ Mon Nov 24, 2014 9:53 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Narrow stance sumo

Crow, had not seen that video or that site before.

He said that Ed Coan would actually sacrifice some of his strength off the floor to get an easier lockout. For me though I get it off the floor easier with my feet a bit spread.

It's probably too soon for me to analyze, i'm just experimenting for 2 weeks now.

The largest problem I have now is getting my hands even. I missed 450, which came off the floor fast, but my hands were uneven and I had to dump the bar. Bummer.

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