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    Anthony's deadlift form?

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    I remember seeing this vid back when Anthony first posted it. The form used is unorthodox, the stance isn't nearly as wide as most sumo lifters. I gave these a go the other day and they felt amazing. Regular style deads tend to upset my old back injury no matter how good my form is, whilst sumos just have too limited a range of motion to be as effective a muscle building movement. So the form used here seems to be the perfect compromise. Indeed the regular deadlift is often described as a natural movement, when in fact the natural and safe way to pick up heavy items from the floor is much more like the form used here. So I wonder why such form is not seen more regularly, seeing as it appears to be safer, and probably recruits the glutes more.
    Anyone have any opinion on this?

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    Try that.
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    I'm not sure how you think a sumo pull won't build muscle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chubrock View Post
    I'm not sure how you think a sumo pull won't build muscle.
    To be fair, he said they aren't 'as effective'

    I've never tried them myself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chubrock View Post
    I'm not sure how you think a sumo pull won't build muscle.
    Agreed.

    You should PM Anthony and ask why he uses that stance. He could be working around a hip injury or something like that.
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    Try that.
    Cheers.

    To be fair, he said they aren't 'as effective'
    Indeed I did, and that is what I meant. I'm not saying that sumos don't build muscle, I pulled sumo for a while, and enjoyed the extra glute work. It's just that I found the time under tension was far less than regulars, and the duration of each rep is undoubtably a factor in how training affects your body overall. So all things considered the wide sumo stance just isn't something you'd see put in a cookie cutter routine.
    Anyway my point was that it seems deadlifts are usually described in an almost diametric fashion between sumos and regulars, without taking into account that every stance in between the two is a legitimate way of lifting a loaded barbell off the floor.

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    Funny thing-- I actually did them like that today because if I went wide, the wooden platform I was on would lose its tack when I push out with my feet, and they would slide apart. I kept narrowing them until I got to around the point shown in the video, and my deads felt great!

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    That's actually how I deadlift. With wide sumo or conventional stance, I can't pull as much.

    I'd like to also add that it feels a lot more comfortable and puts less stress on my body.
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    I 'accidentally' discovered that stance and not only got a 40 pound PB on my old 1rm but got it for a set of 4. Sure all the Oly lifting I did since my lsasy heavy deadlifts helped but conventional reps were a real struggle

    That stance is perhaps the most functional form of the deadlift (try picking up a coach conventionally) it is the ideal deadlift stance as the hamstrings an glutes are used much more and the lower back can be kept in a much tighter position.
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    Looks good, might adopt this stance since it's underhand and I'm still struggling with overhand grip to keep hold of the bar (no straps yet) :/

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    Quote Originally Posted by gratz View Post
    Looks good, might adopt this stance since it's underhand and I'm still struggling with overhand grip to keep hold of the bar (no straps yet) :/
    If by that you mean mixed grip... Then yes.
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    There are alot of people at the gym I go to that use this stance. They are all pretty successful with it.

    And, I guess someone should mention that you can use any grip you want with any stance.
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    I train them both ways. mix it up, hit the muscle from all angles.

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