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    jetronin is offline Senior Member
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    Default Switching to Sumo

    Standard deadlifts have always been a little wierd for me.No matter how hard i work on tech i've always found my lower back to be a weak link when a cycle starts to get heavy.Last night i tried sumos and it was a bit of a revelation tbh.On the initial pull(where,in standard deads,my lower back would be taking the brunt of the lift)i was able to get my hips and legs more involved in the lift and therefore had a stronger,tighter lift with little pressure on my low back.
    So,i'm changing over to sumo deadlifting.
    As there is a wealth of experience on this forum i thought i'd ask if there were any insights or tips on changing to sumo deads.Flexibility issues,assistance exercises,best rep ranges(pttp 5s' ,3x3, heavy singles),just any snippets of advice really.
    Thanks in advance.
    Jet.

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    A good friend of mine switched so Sumo's a few months back and has been having good success in competitions.

    The main thing he has found is in difficulty doing sumo's for reps in the standard fashion.

    Now, when doing sets of sumo's for more than 1 rep, we will reset between reps, re adjust feet if necessary and begin each rep as if just going for a 1 rep lift.

    Seems to be workig very well.

    Assistance wise - wide stance squatting is a good one, in addition to performing regular deadlifts.

    Hope that helps

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    I had the same problem. I found sumo's to be good at first but then just a workaround the original problem.

    I switched to just doing highbar rock bottom squats. for 4 weeks then deadlifted again and the results were great. Sometimes you just need a break from a lift.

    I went from sumo single 166kg to conventional 182kg through this method.

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    jetronin is offline Senior Member
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    Quote Originally Posted by boozeyslick View Post
    I had the same problem. I found sumo's to be good at first but then just a workaround the original problem.

    I switched to just doing highbar rock bottom squats. for 4 weeks then deadlifted again and the results were great. Sometimes you just need a break from a lift.

    I went from sumo single 166kg to conventional 182kg through this method.
    That's a VERY good point.It would be just a workaround for me.I'll stick with regular deads a bit longer.Thanks.

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