[quote]Hard Hank wrote:
I do it sometimes because it gives stability and makes it easier to drive through the heels.
You’ve done this and you say it gives stability? I’m not sure you’ve done these then. How would an uneven surface give you stability??
ANYWAY! I do most of my Stiff Leg DL’s like this. I get a batter stretch in my hamistring and I just feel it more. Do be careful though, because as you get fatigued and your form starts to diminsh slightly you can lose your balance. (see what I mean about stability??) Also try standing on a small platform (Some gyms have those old step-up aerobics platforms) and picking your weight up off the ground. This also give a realy good stretch and your feet will be on even ground.
By the way- If YOU feel like YOU like them better with YOUR feet on some plates, and you get a better workout- why care what I or anyone else thinks?
It probably keeps him from being pulled forward by the weight on the descent of the bar. It also probably forces him to push through the heels rather than allowing weight to transfer to the balls of his foot.