Everything with the sumo deadlift starts with a strong start position.
You are only as strong as your weakest link. If your start position is weak you will be weak at the top.
The top pull of sumo is fixed at the bottom before you start your deadlift.
It’s important to understand positions of strength and weakness.
Last year one of the athletes I coached pulled a National Deadlft Open Record.
She did this with a lot of hard work, but also by improving technique.
Lifting is not just all about strength for women technique is everything.
The devil is in the details.
In these two pics i got her to change her start position.
Everything starts with the set up and a strong start position.
Picture 1 on the left was her normal deadlift, picture 2 on the right was a small change to hips and knee position.
Pulling the hips back more, not dropping the hips so low, this will help her not get “jammed up”.
Also less lower spine tuck & overall a stronger position.
As well this will allow for a more “Vertical shin” angle which is a very good thing for sumo.
You are only as strong as your weakest link. Find those weakness’s & improve them.
Technique is everything especially when coaching females.
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Rob King is a Competitive PowerLifter, Coach and Writer.