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    Sumo Deadlifts

    I assume sumo deadlifts are just wide stance deadlifts with the grip in between the legs. Is that correct?

    If so, I'm considering doing these instead of conventional deadlifts. I just started doing deadlifts two weeks ago, and I'm having trouble with the bar hitting my knees on the way down. Does anyone have any tips to prevent this or should I try sumos?

    The reason I think a wide stance might be more comfortable is because I'm tall (6 feet) and squat with a wide stance.

    Thoughts?

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    Go for it. I prefer sumo's to conventional for that reason.
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    I agree. I'm a sumo person. It allowed me to get more drive in the motion. It also helped me stay straighter during the pull. It is really a personal decision, but I prefer the sumo.
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    Ok, cool I guess I'll try them out.

    This question applies to both squats and DLs:

    Is using a wide stance ever considered cheating? Is it considered easier? Or is it just another way of doing both of the excersizes?

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    Thats what I want to know, about wide stance squats and dl's are they considered cheating?

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    they all count at a meet. wide stance just means you dont have to go as far up/down. its no more cheating than using a bench shirt or squat suit in place of a lifting singlet and t-shirt.
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    Hmm...
    well I don't plan on competing in powerlifting, but I just don't want to be cheating myself, you know? But I guess shorter people have it easier in the first place. I'm just evening the odds.

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    You won't be cheating yourself, just different muscles will be stressed. Conventional you use your erectors, lower back and quads more. With sumos, you stress inner thighs, hams, and glutes more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Max-Mex
    You won't be cheating yourself, just different muscles will be stressed. Conventional you use your erectors, lower back and quads more. With sumos, you stress inner thighs, hams, and glutes more.
    WOuld it be better to do a set of conventionals and sumo's to get all the muscles hit?
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    You could, but if you lift heavy enough with deads, you'd probably be to tired to do too many sets. Also, you weakest link in deads is the lower back. The possiblilty of hurting yourself due to bad form increases as you do more sets and reps (exhaustion). I guess you could switch it from workout to workout. That would be safer and cover all the bases.
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    Sumos are a great accessory exercise to help with your squat too. The hip/glute involvement is great.

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