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Technique Tuesday: Lowering the Bar During the Sumo Deadlift

I cover sumo deadlifts in part two of this Technique Tuesday series on how to lower the bar back to the floor. Sumo is tricky for several reasons, and getting back into the right position for each successive rep takes

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Technique Tuesday: What Should You Do Between Sets? (Deadlift Edition)

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Usually I prefer to cry in the corner by myself between sets of deadlifts (it’s historically been the most challenging of the powerlifts for me), but this week’s Technique Tuesday covers what to do between sets of heavy pulls. Our primary

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Technique Tuesday: How Wide is Too Wide for Squats and Sumo Deadlifts?

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This week’s Technique Tuesday answers a common question: how wide is TOO wide for squats and sumo deadlifts? One might assume that wider is better because it reduces the range of motion and means you can lift more weight. That’s

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Problem Solving with Paused Reps – Deadlift Edition

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In the final installment of this 3-part series, we’ll talk about how to use paused reps to target weak points in your deadlift. Paused deadlifts might be the most evil of all the paused variants of the powerlifts, but they

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Technique Tuesday: 3 Reasons Trap Bar Deadlifts Don’t Carry Over to the Straight Bar

Last week, I talked about two trap bar exercises to build upper back strength. I also mentioned how I didn’t like the trap bar for building the conventional or sumo deadlift, and received several questions as to why. You asked

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Technique Tuesday: Seated Sumo Deadlift to Help You Feel Your Legs

This week’s Technique Tuesday covers the seated sumo deadlift, which is a drill I use with lifters to fix a common problem: an inability to push with the legs during the sumo deadlift. Lots of lifters get out of position

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Technique Tuesday: 3 Common Sumo Deadlift Mistakes

Of all the powerlifts, the sumo deadlift might be the trickiest. While there are huge benefits to reducing your range of motion with a wide stance, it takes a perfect setup and lots of patience to effectively utilize the technique.

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