Hope all of you had a wonderful fun filled Labor Day! Today is Tuesday, and this brings me to my topic; an exercise how to.
Today’s exercise how to, is another type of deadlift exercise, the “sumo”. Now depending on your stature, this movement is easy for some and harder for others — like myself. I don’t implement sumos in my workout because they always strike me as awkward when lifting and I never feel like I am doing it correctly, even when I am. Doesn’t mean they are useless, because in the above video you will notice he has good things to say about them and I do believe they are necessary, especially for those of you who may be powerlifters. My goal after watching this video is to find a time to really work on doing more sumo lifts so I become more comfortable with them – especially if I have to demonstrate them to clients.
How many of you like doing sumo deadlifts?
How to perform a sumo deadlift?
- Place the bar on the grounded, loaded with weights. Feet should be set very wide, bend at the hips to grip the bar, arms directly below the shoulders – inside the legs. The grips range from pronated, hooked or mixed grip.
- Lower your hips, look forward with head and chest up. Weight should be on back half of the feet, and drive through the floor – extending through the hips and knees
- When the bar passes through the knees, lean back and drive the hips into the bar – while pulling your shoulder blades together
- Return the weight to the ground, by bending at the hips and making sure to control the weight.
So like the romanian deadlift we have spoken about, this is a lot of leg work.
What muscles are being worked?
- inner thigh
- lower back
Overall a lot of leg work and makes for a good leg day workout if you can get the technique down, in my opinion, it is nice to do this to add variety but for basic lifters, it isn’t necessary – but I always say try something different and find out if you like it. Obviously if you have been hurt before and have previous conditions, speak with a doctor before performing this lift. Otherwise, if you enjoyed this post, follow, like and leave comments! thanks!