[quote]Garrett W. wrote:
Concerning the later aspect of your question, biomechanically speaking, the shortest distance the bar must travel to lock out (point A to Z) will allow for the largest comparative load, given good form. Hence in dl’s off pins/blocks, one can move the most weight. Body type and an individual’s own strengths and weaknesses also play a large role in which dl is the ‘strongest.’ Each dl also has its own unique role in building strength. No one accusses SLDL as being the centerpiece of a legs session, but I find it a solid secondary move to hit my hamstrings. Check this site for how-to’s on each of the DLs and then go try them all out for yourself, focusing on form over weight, which will come in time.
Not entirely true. Try pulling off blocks off floor, halfway up shins, right below knees, right above knees and you’ll understand. Its not exactly a linear relationship like you’re implying or even an exponential one. Fuck there is really no relationship. Except some places you’re biomechanically stronger and speed will blast you through these places in the longer variants.
There’s also a matter of starting speed. When pulling from blocks or rack you must accelerate the bar from zero. Compare that to full version where bar alredy has some speed from the first pull. Also, RDLs start with an eccentric so you can use the stored elastic energy etc.
In my opinion, SLDLs are are harder on the low back since you’re supposed to go straight down. In RDL, the key motion is pushing the ass back while low back remains arched.
I think a good choice would be doing heavy conventional DLs one one day of the week, and then some lighter RDLs on another day.