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    sumo deadlift pwned me today :(

    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

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    Quote Originally Posted by ryuage
    you just have to get used to it
    I doubt that would help. It just felt like I had no leverage at all with sumo

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    You don't mean that you switched from sumo style to conventional style midway through the lift do you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Behemoth
    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 conventional

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    Quote Originally Posted by GMCtrk
    lol no. I attempted sumo, got it about 1" up, put it down and then repositioned to conventional
    Phew, you had me scared brother.

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    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.

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    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?

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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by ElPietro
    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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