My numbers have been all over the place in the last few weeks. So have my moods. But today was decent. Or at least the one pull I cared about was.
RDL 5/45 5/95
Conventional DL 5/137 3/157 1/177 belt 1/202 1/227 suit and belt 1/242
The 242 flew up. Easy.
Sumo DL . . . just messing around with a really wide stance and narrow grip 5/135 3/155
Wide-Stance Squat . . . playtime 5/5/95
Lat Pulldown 3/8/90
I'm three weeks out from a regional meet: USAPL Rocky Mountain State Games. Working on dialing in my attempts, which has become increasingly difficult since my lifting has seemed somewhat erratic lately. The bottom line is that I want to hit very specific numbers. Squat: 203.5+ lb, Bench: 110 lb, and DL: 248 lb. All would be USAPL state records and meet PRs for me.
I'm thinking about this:
Squat First attempt: 192.5 Second attempt: 203.5 Third attempt: 220?
Bench First attempt: 99 Second attemt: 104.5 Third attempt: 110
DL First attempt: 226 Second attempt: 248 Third attempt: 253.5?
I had to laugh at "pushing the envelope" with a 110-lb. bench. And you must understand that I love to squat and hate to DL. I'd never consider passing on a third-attempt squat but would jump all over the idea of bailing on a third-attempt DL. But I appreciate your thoughts, as always.
No. I prefer to be a moody, perfectionist annoyance to those around me.
So here's a video from sumo-ing last week. I really don't know what I'm doing and need serious help with setup. I am actually pushing my elbows into my knees to get leverage. I can handle the weight fine. But I think I'm doing just about everything wrong here: Feet too close in for my leg length, grip too wide, hips too high, etc. I'm hoping to be getting some help soon from some serious sumo-ers.
Maybe its just me but on your first rep you looked really uncomfortable and didn't get your knees out. But on the following reps you pushed your knees out further and aside from your hips being high, which might just be how you lift, were much better.
DF: Damn, you're a sweet young whippersnapper. You know my nickname, Snap, came from "whippersnapper." Of course, that was a long time ago for me. Like 20 years. Shit. Thought about getting a pic of my brother's kids (all four of 'em) in their "hog" attire when they were visiting a few weeks ago since you're a Razorback.
Joe: You're absolutely right. Do you think the judges would allow me to pull for reps on the platform and take the best outta three? I just can't let go of the fact that I think I could handle a lot of weight with this stance if I learned how to do it right. And I just can't get away from pulling high-hipped with either stance.
Try and go a bit wider if you can. Width varies by person and where they are strongest. The wider you go, the more adductor you're using. When I set up I cross my ankles/shins at the rings. That seems to work best for me but my legs may be longer.
I wouldn't worry about a higher set up. I tend to set up a bit higher. However, it looks like you are pulling conventional with a wide stance. By that I mean you appear to be bending over and pulling with your back. I fall into this all the time when I get fatigued. How I cue myself is to spread the floor with my feet. When I remember to do that, it's like magic how fast the bar comes off the floor. When you push your feet out, everything is straightening up.
I think if you work on it, deadlift will be your lift. You will certainly get a crap ton more out of a suit.