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    Deadlifts : sumo or conventional

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    What's everyone's preference ?

    Also , what are your pros & cons u find?

    I started with sumo then switched to conven but recently experienced some lower bk pain.

    I am wondering if this could be the cause?


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    If you form is off, conventional deadlifting is most likely the cause of your back pain. I pull conventional. Greater ROM and all that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ryancarter1986 View Post
    What's everyone's preference ?

    Also , what are your pros & cons u find?

    I started with sumo then switched to conven but recently experienced some lower bk pain.

    I am wondering if this could be the cause?


    From London England UK
    I prefer sumo but that's because I've messed my back up too many times and it allows for a more vertical body position.

    Really is depends on how you were made. Just remember you to are a special snow flake.

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    I've never tried sumo, I just stick to conventional, its my best lift so I don't want to mess with it too much.

    I'm 6 ft 3in. I think height is supposed to influence your choice, or more specifically arm length... Have a little Google session for more accurate info.

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    Conventional without a power grip for workouts. I alternate hands only on max lifts.

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    All it takes it one rep of the weight getting away from the shins! : )

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    I prefered sumo, until I began training my back heavily.

    I pendlay row 3x a week heavy (heavy for me atleast).

    Now I prefer conventional deadlifting because my back and core can support so much more stress.

    Sumo DL will target your hammy's and posterior chain, with minimal strain on the lower back. Its also a shorter range of motion.

    Conventional DL will tax your entire body.

    Both have their places...do both if you can. If you have back pain, then train lighter with conventional, and reserve heavy weight for sumo DLs.
    Last edited by SJK9er; 09-20-2013 at 02:15 PM.

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    Sometimes it pays to take your time and stay at a weight you can handle for a month at a time, especially if you are over 40. I found it to be a bit overkill, but it really helped my back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SJK9er View Post
    I pendlay row 3x a week heavy (heavy for me atleast).
    Ha ha. Pendlay row. Funny term. Like nobody did barbell rows before Glenn Pendlay.

    Quote Originally Posted by SJK9er View Post
    Now I prefer conventional deadlifting because my back and core can support so much more stress.
    Wait, which came first, the chicken or the egg? Maybe now your back and core can support more stress because you deadlift conventional. I don't know about you, but my mind is blown.

    Quote Originally Posted by SJK9er View Post
    Sumo DL will target your hammy's and posterior chain, with minimal strain on the lower back. Its also a shorter range of motion.
    Agree.

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    Conventional DL will tax your entire body.
    Also agree.

    Quote Originally Posted by SJK9er View Post
    Both have their places...do both if you can. If you have back pain, then train lighter with conventional, and reserve heavy weight for sumo DLs.
    Yeah, if you want to get strong and you can pull conventional, I think you should. If your anthropometry or injury history makes it an unsafe movement, sumo's a heck of a lot better than not pulling heavy ass weight off the floor.

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    I train both. Takes 15 minutes more.
    Not a big deal, huh?
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