Well, I was reading a scientific article about how sumo requires less total energy to pull the bar up compared to conventional. So I tried sumo today. put 225 on to warm up with and I had was surprised at how difficult it was. Did 5 reps quickly.
Then I upped the weight to 315 and did 4 reps conventional style. THen I went to max out. I put 345 on and attempted it sumo style. I got the bar off the group about 1" no joke. Then I immediately switched to conventional and got it up.
I am just shocked at how much harder it is to get the bar off the ground on sumo style! I would imagine the upper part of the lift however is easier than in conventional style.
Mad props to the guy here to posted the video of him sumo DL'ing 515 @160
you just have to get used to it
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I doubt that would help. It just felt like I had no leverage at all with sumoOriginally Posted by ryuage
You don't mean that you switched from sumo style to conventional style midway through the lift do you?
lol no. I attempted sumo, got it about 1" up, put it down and then repositioned to conventionalOriginally Posted by Behemoth
Phew, you had me scared brother.Originally Posted by GMCtrk
Obviously the sumo takes less energy. The weight is moving less far. I don't think most people are naturally suited to sumo style lifts though.
I have a feeling I know, but can someone describe a sumo d/l for me? I've never seen it done, and am not sure on the form. What's the specific benefit over a conventional d/l?
I don't think you can simply switch to sumo and expect to meet or exceed your max. You are still in a new position, using muscles that aren't accustom to the weight at those angles, so to expect them to just assume the load of a max lift the first time is pretty unreasonable.
I will switch to sumo soon, but will start off quite light and build up the weight over probably a month or two.
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I find that sumos take more effort than conventional. That's just for me though. I feel I can drive better with my legs when doing conventional. When doing sumos, I feel I lose leg drive and rely more on hip/ham strength to get the bar up.
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