A good lift starts with a good set up.
The sumo deadlift is all about technique and set up.
You can’t muscle a sumo deadlift.
As well most lockout issues on sumo are fixed with a better set up or start position.
Here are some simple tips to improve your Sumo Deadlift Start Position.
Set Your Feet
Hands inside the knees
Arms straight down from the shoulders
Knees in line with toes
Ribs locked down
Hips back and high
Eyes on the horizon
Neutral Spine (doesn’t have to be perfectly neutral for some people)
Shoulders packed down and back
Patience with the set up
Hips back and high like a bow & arrow
It’s very important with the sumo deadlift to take your time, dial in your set up, don’t rush and make your technique perfect.
This all starts with your set up.
Always remember you can’t muscle a Sumo Deadlift.
Technique is always first.
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Rob King is a Competitive PowerLifter, Coach and Writer.