I read somewhere that partial movements like rack lockouts should be used sparingly or they could have a negative effect on the length of the muscle’s exercised. Don’t flame me for saying anything that isn’t anatomically true. It’s just what I read.
Is there any danger in using rack pulls or sumo deadlifts or other exercises that don’t work through a full ROM if I’m using them for a program that lasts about 8 weeks?[/quote]
FightingScott, there’s nothing wrong with rack pulls. Keep in mind that they can and should be done from different pin heights. Two big benefits of the rack pull…
You can handle heavier loads than you are used to with full ROM.
You can strengthen your DL at your sticking points.
Just like ATG squats, you should also include deficit deadlifts to your program. The weight will be less than your regular deadlift, but it will boost your starting strength off the ground.
Also, Sumo deadlift technically isn’t a partial ROM lift since you are starting from the ground and lifting to lockout. Plenty of competitors only pull sumo. If you are weak at pulling that way, then you should be doing it on occasion. It will bring your conventional DL up as well.