Over the past couple months, I’ve been having some complications regarding my sumo deadlift. In March I pulled 540 for six doubles with straps (the first double was so fast that in retrospect I could probably have had 600 on the spot that day), and that was my highest ever performance. I incorporated huge amounts of deadlift volume and it went through the roof as a result.
Some time after that I decided to get more strapless work in, and instantly it was like all of my progress over those months vanished into thin air; I could barely pull 515 on my first session strictly sans straps. Since then I started Sheiko to focus on bringing my strapless pull up, but for some reason my hook grip (the grip I use) has been tearing my thumbs and hands up to a degree that I never had to deal with before; I was struggling to pull 425 for five triples because of my goddamn hands.
All of my sumo pulling is strictly deadstop, and the straps don’t place me at a higher up stroke than w/ straps. Why the discrepancy? I saw a video of Chris Duffin pulling (many of you undoubtedly have as well by now), and he lifts 715 without straps, then puts some on, and then completely smokes 805. I wonder if straps still have a place in my deadlifting at this point.