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Old 03-27-2010, 11:40 AM   #1
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What are your thoughts on these?

Honestly, I find them uncomfortable, my ROM sucks (I'm already short as it is), I dunno. They just don't feel as natural to me as conventionals.
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i avoid these too cause they are uncomfortable for my knees. but i do try to get my legs close to a sumo style to do some leg press's.
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You just need to find what works for you. I switched to sumo a couple years ago because I was able to move more weight (shorter ROM? More hip drive? I dunno). Although, I will probably switch back to conventional soon just to mix it up a bit.

I'm not sure if it's better or worse on the knees in a sumo stance or conventional.
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i avoid these too cause they are uncomfortable for my knees. but i do try to get my legs close to a sumo style to do some leg press's.
Knees? It was more uncomfortable on my hips, I thought. Leg press is different, I like to go wide with those.

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You just need to find what works for you. I switched to sumo a couple years ago because I was able to move more weight (shorter ROM? More hip drive? I dunno). Although, I will probably switch back to conventional soon just to mix it up a bit.

I'm not sure if it's better or worse on the knees in a sumo stance or conventional.
I believe you can lift more weight with sumo (once you get the movement down) but it just feels odd for me, I guess.

I guess my main question would be, are they needed? I see a lot of powerlifters using sumo, and not as much conventionals.
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I don't think they are necessary over a conventional stance. So long as you are doing deadlifts (heavy), you're covered.
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I use them occasionally as an assistance exercise. I have weaker hamstrings and a wide sumo stance really helps hit this weak spot.
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doesnt it depend on your body type and what feels better?

i dont think one's over the other.... however, you mention sumos are better, but the top deadlifters use conventional (andy bolton, knostinin, others).
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Start out very narrow, and work your way out. Look for a comfort zone.Experiment with toes pointed forward, toes out. Practice on a challenging weight you can do for 3-5 reps and do singles with each from with 3-5 minutes rest in between so you can gauge what feels best for you.
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What are your thoughts on these?

Honestly, I find them uncomfortable, my ROM sucks (I'm already short as it is), I dunno. They just don't feel as natural to me as conventionals.
Once I get my flexibility back in my lower spine and hamstrings I am all over these! I have always been a fan of the Sumo DL.
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Knees? It was more uncomfortable on my hips, I thought. Leg press is different, I like to go wide with those.
i was pointing my toes out at a 45 and whenever i don't get my feet straight out shoulder width apart i have trouble finding comfort in my knees. i think this may just be a problem with weak legs though.
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