I actually pull sumo because I feel it more on my back and traps. The feeling is almost like doing a rack pull, but from the floor. I do use my glutes and leg drive to initiate the pull though.[/quote]
Don’t know how that’s really possible, when you pull sumo your back is far more upright throughought the entire lift and it’s much more legs and hips. I understand the rack pull comment though, it makes sense because sumo has a shorter ROM just like a rack pull does.
A huge reason why conventional hits the back harder is because most people struggle at the lockout when pulling that way, while the sticking point for those who pull sumo is usually the initial pull off of the floor up to the knees. Sumo pullers typically never have much trouble with the lockout but with conventional, lots of people miss lifts because they can’t lock them out. That’s why I think it makes a lot more sense to do rack pulls conventional and deficit pulls sumo, as well as why I think bands/chains work better for conventional.
When you’re pulling sumo, is your stance wide? Are you pointing your feet out to the sides (as opposed to straight forward) and getting your hips as close to the bar as possible? Also, are you pressing your feet out towards the sides and pushing your knees out? Those are all things that make the sumo pull more efficient and allow you to lift with your legs and hips instead of your back. There are two great articles about pulling sumo on EliteFTS by Brian Schwab and Marc Bartley that talk about it. [/quote]
Actually my stance for sumo is not actually wide, just wide enough so that my arms are inside my legs at 90 degree to the bar and my feets pointing out. Its more like a conventional deadlift but with my arms inside my leg instead of outside. Somehow I feel this stance feel more natural to me. I tend to imagine my whole upper body (including my hip) at 45 degree angle to the ground when I pull.
btw thks for the read regarding sumo deadlift. It was a good read.