Lift More With The Barbell Sumo Deadlift
If you are a powerlifter who is looking to add some poundage to your total, then changing the way that you lift could be a quick win. While conventional deadlifts are a great exercise, the barbell sumo deadlift has a lot of benefits. Not only does it put less stress on your spine since most of the hinge motion is from the knees rather than the hips, many people find that they can lift more, too.
With the sumo version of the deadlift, you adopt a wider stance and your butt stays higher. You are lifting from the knee, rather than from the butt, and this means that the bar travels a shorter distance. A shorter pull means that there's a good chance that you can lift more weight. Some lifters even find that the biggest problem they have for adding more weight becomes their grip strength rather than their ability to move the bar with their legs and hips.
You can train grip strength with kettlebell versions of the lift, and transfer the strength and the confidence in your form that comes from that to the barbell version of the lift, and hopefully towards boosting your Wilks score dramatically!