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7/25/2008 8:57:35 AM - Andrew
Hello,
I was curious to know the history of the sumo deadlift. Was conventional at one point and time the only way people would pull. Who first began to pull sumo? Or were the sumo and conventional stance deadlift both thought up at the same time?
I was just thinking about this earlier today and figured Elite would know.
Thanks
Drew

Andrew,
After some extensive research on your question, the following is what occurred. Prior to 1891 world championships in the "health lift" or now known as the dead lift, everyone pulled conventionally. But, in the World Health Lift Championships, held that year in Narita, Tokyo, Japan, Boris Loddalifski from Russia came down with a severe case of epidermitis in "near" region of his groin. Back in this time the lift was actually done in the raw. No deadlift suits or briefs, we are talking buck naked. In any case the inflammation caused such discomfort that Loddalifski took a wide stance on the platform before his approach to the bar. The Japanese started to go crazy, not only did they think that Loddalifski was honoring their National Sport, Sumo Wrestling, he was also blessed with "apple size" testes. The place went nuts (no pun intended). Well with all the energy surmounting in the arena, Boris Loddalifski broke and reset the World Record for the Health Lift at a mere 675 lbs. When the report was sent around the world, they changed the lift to be called what is now known as the Sumo Dead Lift.




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Harry Selkow


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