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1/3/2015 2:54:35 PM - Mike
Hey Brian, question about the sumo deadlift. I've noticed I can get any weight to my knees pretty fast, but at that point, my knees are locked out and it puts me in a bad position to push my hips forward so my lockout is always slow. What can I do to correct this? Do you think it's a problem with my form, a weakness, or a mobility issue? Thanks.

Hi Mike,

To be honest, I do the same thing. Some of the best deadlifters of all time, including the great Ed Coan, do the same thing as well so itís not necessarily a bad thing. Of course, if itís preventing you from completing the deadlift, then itís definitely an issue.

It could be related to form, mobility, or weakness so your best bet is to work on all three.

-The first thing you need to do is make sure your form is correct. If you have the same issues with lighter weights then correct them before progressing heavier.

-Make sure your hamstrings arenít too tight. Always warm up and foam or pvc roll adequately before pulling. If they still feel tight then stretch them after youíre done pulling.

-Strengthen your weaknesses. Your glutes are most likely lacking. Incorporate more GHRs, pull throughs, and stiff deads (possibly even with a wider stance) for higher reps of 6 to 10 for hypertrophy work.

I hope this helps. Let me know if you need any more information.

Thank you for the question,
Brian Schwab

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