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    What's the best deadlift stance for a tall person?

    Hi Guys,

    Sorry if this question has been asked by somebody else but I had a quick look and couldn't find my answer.

    Basically, what's the best deadlift stance for someone who is tall? I am 6ft 3 and I am desperate to start deadlifting. I've been putting it off for so long but decided last week that I would give it a go while at the gym.

    However, when I tried deadlifting it felt awful. My form looked ok but I felt like I was going to mess my back up. The motion didnt feel natural at all using the normal stance.

    I was thinking about trying the sumo stance next time to see if that feels better. Would the sumo stance be better suited to a tall person? I have long legs!

    I have some weights at home so I could post a couple of videos later of me performing the deadlift with a low weight to see what I am doing wrong.

    Thanks for any useful info..
    Lee

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    I would suggest lowering the weight until you are comfortable with the form. I believe sumo lets tall people move more weight because it reduces the range of motion, but really it all depends on your strengths. If your back is stronger than your hams, conventional is the way to go and vice versa.

    My vote, though, is to do both. If one is weaker than the other, it's a sign of a weakness.

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    Personally, when I do sumo deadlifts, my legs get used more than regular deadlifts. So being able to lift more doing sumos depends on how strong your legs are, at least in my case (I'm 6'1'' by the way). Also, sumos feel much more natural for me and it's easier for me to keep good form while doing them.
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    Yeh I get what you are saying...

    I knew you was gonna say lower the weight. I forgot to mention that I used a light weight (somewhere between 150lbs and 160lbs) to keep form it just didn't feel right.

    Also, the gym was quite busy and I felt like everyone was watching me. But now that I think about it, i've never seen anybody deadlifting at my gym before (i bet they thought, whats he doing?)

    If sumo feels better, I could perhaps use that for a bit to get used to deadlifting and then move to conventional stance. Would that be a good idea?
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    Sumo. It lets anyone have a shorter ROM.

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    First of all, the discomfort you are feeling is pretty normal for someone just starting to deadlift as your body isnt used to it yet. Sumo can be good for tall people... even better if you have really long arms.
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    Well I've got long arms and legs ... when the future ex wife gets back from work I will post up a video in the video section to see what going wrong.

    Thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by leetuck View Post
    when the future ex wife gets back from work
    That's cold, brother...

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    :evillaugh .. I was wondering if someone would pick up on that. My partner thinks that's cold aswell when I say it ... but I'm only messing.
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    i like both and im 6'2" so i would say just try em both and once you get the form down then decide which you like better....or just do both
    Last edited by ncsuLuke; 09-03-2007 at 12:13 PM.

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    Hi chaps... I've uploaded some videos of my deadlifts.

    Would like to know if I am doing something seriously wrong.

    Take a look:

    http://www.wannabebigforums.com/show....php?p=1776470

    Thanks
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    I'm 6'2", and sumo is a lot more comfortable for me--I can lift more weight, too.

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    yeah as has been said keep your head up. You should at least be looking forward. And it looked like your shoulders could be pulled a bit further back.

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    yeh I can see what ya saying ... I mentioned in the other thread that I was prob looking down to making sure the bar didn't hit my knees on the way up

    So head up and pull the shoulders back and I should be ready to start.

    Thanks for the help chaps.
    Last edited by leetuck; 09-03-2007 at 03:08 PM.
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    6'3", much prefer sumo for long leg reasons, but I do both.

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    yeh ... I think I'm gonna go with the sumo style at least until I feel comfortable with the movement then do both.
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    I am 6'3" as well and I have always used sumo style to deadlift. It is how i was taught and it is what i feel most comfortable with. Good luck though!
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    Same problem here. I'm 6'4" and I deadlift using the regular stance, sumo feels way too awkward for me. No matter how low I squat down to start the deadlift my back is always rounded and I work on this hard. I think it just might not be possible for me to avoid. Any suggestions? I've never had a problem with my back hurting the whole time i've been deadlifting/

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    Your stance should depend mostly on your training goals and not your height, imo. Are you training for sports, to get bigger, or to get stronger?
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    To me, the best stance for you depends foremost on comfort, and secondly on your body proportions. If you have long arms in proportion to the rest of your body, it will help either way. There are plenty of tall guys who are good pullers and a lot of them pull conventional (world recordholder Andy Bolton, for instance), though I've seen plenty do well with sumo, as well.
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    I used the sumo stance. works well for me

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