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andy51
04-09-2004, 11:35 PM
As the title says I have kind of short arms compared to my legs and rest of my body. This makes deads a little more difficult to do because im in like a deep squat to start off. Any one else like me? or am I just a freak? My max has been kind of stagnant for a while so if you have and tips or techniques that helped you please let me know

DontGiveUp
04-10-2004, 12:05 AM
What style is you deadlift? conventional or sumo?

If it's conventional, you may give sumo a try. This will get you closer to the bar and give you better back postion. Of course, you will need to train this approach to deadlifting as it recruits muscle groups in a different fashion to accomplish the lift.

Max-Mex
04-10-2004, 07:11 AM
Best bet is sumo since the range of motion is shortened.

phreak
04-10-2004, 08:37 AM
You're not alone, Andy! And I agree with the others: try sumo.

Adam
04-10-2004, 10:59 AM
I've got tiny arms too, i find sumo waaaaay harder though. Reason is, with lockout on sumo's my hands have to slide over my thighs which is a ton of friction. Best conventional 503 sumo 405

drew
04-10-2004, 01:36 PM
Same problem here, but I still do them conventional. I tried sumo and didn't much care for them, but you should go ahead and give them a try anyway.

andy51
04-10-2004, 10:21 PM
Alright thanks everyone

Txlifter07
04-13-2004, 10:58 AM
I know how you feel I use to have trouble deadlifting but I started use sumo instead of regular. I have both short arms and legs so I lift wide on every thing, bench, squat,and dead. anyways just my 2 cents.

Joe

Scott S
04-13-2004, 12:30 PM
Sumo!

da'ville's-big1
05-16-2004, 01:47 AM
i'm 5'9 230 pounds, i find that when i deadlift 315 my arm lenght has no baring on anything, i have the same amount of resistence as people even taller than me.

Songsangnim
05-16-2004, 07:07 AM
, i have the same amount of resistence as people even taller than me.


And exactly how are you able to determine this?

NateDogg
05-16-2004, 07:10 AM
i'm 5'9 230 pounds, i find that when i deadlift 315 my arm lenght has no baring on anything, i have the same amount of resistence as people even taller than me.

Same resistance sure, but two people the same height one with short arms, one with longer arms, the guy with longer arms doesn't have to move the bar as far. Therefore, an "easier" lift.

da'ville's-big1
05-16-2004, 03:26 PM
no i think it's the other way around, because a person with shorter arms would probably have shorter legs than a person with longer arms, and to complete a deadlift you usuallly have to bring the bar to your hips. I was watching the worlds strongest man contest last night on ESPN and this guy was six foot six and he could only get 3 deadlifts compared to a guy who was 5 foot 10 who got 13 lifts. since the six foot six guy had longer limbs it was a much longer range of motion for him compared to the shorter guys.

NateDogg
05-16-2004, 03:55 PM
...two people the same height...