Deadlift cues for pulling Conventional and Sumo

July 17th, 2017 by

The deadlift is often called the “King of all Lifts” as it is one of the best “bang for your buck” multi-joint, compound lifts you can do. It doesn’t get any simpler than pulling a heavy barbell off the floor. Whether you prefer to pull “conventional” or “sumo” here are a couple of excellent cues to help you get your deadlift game to the next level.

When you pull sumo (which is technically moreadvanced than the conventional deadlift) imagine spreading the floor apart with your feet while simultaneously initiating the lift. By driving outwards and spreading the floor apart, you will better stabalize your pelvis, generate more force, and lift significantly heavier weight.

If the conventional deadlift is your preferred way of pulling use the cue of pushing the floor with your heels as you initiate the lift. By pushing your heels in and driving the floor away you will see your hips drive into the bar rather than shoot up. Your torso will stay solid and locked, and your spine will be kept in a safer, more comfortable position.

Ultimately you will recruit far more leg drive into the lift and be able to add more poundages on the barbell all through changing how you think about the movement. Happy lifting! ???