Tip to learn sumo deadlift technique while improving pull from the floor.
What's up guys (and gals!)? Being a shorter guy I wanted to experiment with sumo style deadlifts and found that while they do feel heavier from the floor, mechanically they felt more comfortable. I'm currently running Madcow's variation of Starr's 5x5 routine which involves barbell rows on days 1 and 5.
Last workout I started doing something interesting that may benefit anyone trying to make the transition from conventional to sumo style deadlifts, so I wanted to share.
I need to work on my sumo deadlift technique and the hardest part of the lift is from the floor. When doing barbell rows, if I place the bar on the floor I have to pick it up from the floor every set to row it. Deadlifts from a deficit are used to improve pulls from the floor, and using sub-135 weight as my program requires for several sets (for now) allowed me to sumo deadlift the bar from a deficit because of the plate-heights. For this reason, you can purposely use multiple 25's or even 10 lb plates to create this deficit.
If you are using a relatively light weight (a lower percentage of intensity for YOU) you can do this between each rep to practice technique. Personally, I do the pull from the floor 2 or 3 times, then lean forward and begin my rows. If you are not using the same routine I imagine you can find a way to easily incorporate this idea.
Hope this helps and good luck transitioning!
My Training Journal
5' 8" Current BW 207 (94) lbs (kg)
20 JAN 12 at 200 (90) BW
- 385/275/405 (175/125/184) SQ/B/D
29 MAY 12 at 206 (93) BW
- 135/175 (61/79) SN/CJ