The SUMO DEADLIFT (not SDHP!!!) has a lot of haters. In the Powerlifting community some scorn it, and its not been allowed in CrossFit competitions. I use it when someone (usually tall and inflexible) can’t get into a proper conventional DL setup, but feel that its worth the work to get them to at least learn conventional. So why Sumo? Well, even though we sped a lot of time trying to hammer out our weaknesses, sometimes its pounding a round peg into a square hole. Notice how quickly Mario and Chris took to this? That doesn’t mean they never have to work on flexibility again, but they were able to load up and move heavier weight safely. That matters. I also find that in most real life situations tat call for picking up something heavy, arms will do inside the legs. I’ve worked at a moving company, and when someone talks about “functional training”, I picture some scenarios where band curls on a BOSU wouldn’t cut it. The Sumo Deadlift would.
Finished with a Met-con burnout:
12 Minute ladder
1 BOX JUMP
1 DB PUSH PRESS
2 BOX JUMPS
2 DB PUSH PRESS
3 ETC. ETC.,
Lets try to get more legit comments than spam on this one, post heaviest set of Deadlifts and highest ladder completed, thoughts on the Sumo, or random musings.