i tried sumo a couple times and i can dl much more using a traditional stance. take a look at the world record dlers, they all lift conventional- bolton, benedikt mag., etc. i dont know if this is just chance or if theres some correlation.[/quote]
The really weird thing is that most of the biggest DLs by coefficient are from sumo, but most of the world record DLs in absolute weight are conventional. I remember reading that from either elitefts or one of the sites linked from here.
The WSB guys have pulled both in the past and I’ve heard them say that while you may pull one way in competition, it’s a good idea to be able to pull nearly the same weight with the other method, otherwise it may indicate an imbalance. Interesting thought.
I pull both ways. Sometimes if I feel like my low back has really taken a beating I will pull sumo on that day to keep some pressure off the low back. I can pull almost the same weight in either stance. Sometimes sumo feels stronger and sometimes conventional does.[/quote]
It just occurred to me, although I should have thought about this much earlier–this difference in feeling is probably due to the different muscle groups recovering at different rates. If your hams and glutes are fresh and your back is fried, sumo will feel better.
So, maybe when we’re tired and sore going into a DL day, we should think about pulling with a different stance to keep the load up (assuming not a severe imbalance between the two stances). I’ll have to try this out.