We’ve reviewed the Sumo DL a few times in the past (including once back in June and then again more recently in August, which included a link to a great review on set-up and execution from the European Powerlifting Federation).
As with any new movement, the sumo DL can take some getting used to. However, we’ve hit these more than a few times in class recently, and some people are beginning to figure out whether the sumo-style of deadlifting or the more traditional-stance works better for them. At this point, it should be pretty clear that all of us is built differently. We are all unique in our strengths, flexibility, and leverages, to name just a few of the contributing factors that will dictate what the best form is for each of us to use when lifting.
However, simply because one style may suit you over another doesn’t mean you should neglect those movements that don’t work as well for you. There are gains to be had from each style, but the most valuable gain is simply from the variation. You will achieve greater gains in strength and power by varying your approach and execution.
Once all was said and done, and massive amounts of weight had been moved and the stamping and salt-throwing were all over, it was time to finish off with a well thought-out and planned met-con. Of course, that met-con didn’t account for a 20+ person class, so it was duly scrapped while something else was hastily put together. Suffice to say, that’s usually when things get nasty.
Many thanks to Jessica and Javier for joining us on Sundaywhile they were in town from Miami.
Also, excellent work from Tom A., Brendan, and Dan for fighting their way through the 31 Heroes tribute workout down at Trident CrossFit this past Saturday (that’s them pictured above flanking Trident owner’s Andrea Seward and Chriss Smith Jr.)