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Old 05-17-2014, 12:12 PM   #1
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Default Sumo for conventional DLers (and vice versa)

Is it worth the effort, of getting to know "the other deadlift", if all you want is to get bigger and stronger in general, and build your current deadlifting style's max?

I've heard a lot of mixed opinions, about the value of deadlifting (conventional or sumo) for building muscle much at all, but I don't know for sure.

As for the lifts "supporting each other", I've also read some differing views there. As always. Why would you (or do you) spend time learning/practising/building your "secondary" deadlift? Or would you / do you just choose other accessory work instead?

Anyone here have the two equal or close to each other, and if so do you see one or both as a "backup" if and as needed, for competing?

Lastly, I hear (from some people) that sumo is the more technical lift of the two. True?
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Old 05-17-2014, 01:48 PM   #2
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Unless you compete, there is no extra benefit to a sumo pull. Ian King said that.
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From my short lived experience when I increase my sumo pull my conventional went up as well. This did not happen vise versa though. When my sumo was at 425 my conventional was at 365. Once I got my conventional up to 405 I went back to sumo and made no progress. I brought my sumo up to 460 and my conventional went up to 405 for 5 reps. I am a primary sumo puller though and my leverages suit me better to some extent. I hope that helps in any way.
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I've never maxed with conventional. My sumo is 395 and my heaviest conventional is about 315.

To me, sumo is better simply for leverage. I just can't get a proper setup in conventional.

But! I do mix in conventional after my sumo work sets as accessory and to get stronger in that position (especially good for my back).
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Yes, work the other in no meet prep training. I pull conventional in my off season style training, and work my sumo form. Then when time for the meet I pull sumo during the training cycle. I coach people the same way, use your other during the off season training to build up weak areas.
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