As a competitive strongman it’s basically a staple to have a strong deadlift. I come to you guys today concerned about my TERRIBLE speed off the floor. I have pulled 500, and it seems like even a 315 warm up is somewhat slow off the floor, but once it hits my knees it flies up. I’m 5’9", 230lbs, short arms with very NOT flexible hamstrings (lol).
Basically, I’m bending down pretty far to get to the bar; when I pulled my 485 for a double, I had a VERY close foot stance and fairly close hand placement in hopes that this would make up for my incompetent body structure. However, I’m starting to think I’d be more advantageous for me if I chose a more wider stance with my feet and my hand placement as it’d allow me to get more posterior chain work into the lift instead of a close stance demanding my lower and upper back.
What do you guys think would be the best stance for somebody like me?
Are there any other assistance exercises that train the lift off the floor other than deficit deads?
485x2, tried a third rep, just not 100% yet!
SLDL’s on 3-4 inch defecit
hip thrusts w/ axle
213x10,10,10 gut check on all of them!
x8,8, calling it, hamstrings feeling fried/crampy