Yesterday I decided to change out my usual go to Sumo Deadlift to a “standard” Deadlift. As you’ll quickly findout, what I write about is my training and why I’m choosing it for me. These are not recommendations for you. If I write about someone I’m coaching, you’ll see a clear distinction between their training and mine.
Now lets get to it…
My choice to change my deadlift was based on something I noticed with my riding. My foot placement on my pedals was effecting my pedaling effeciency, and ability to move my hips on my bike. As you can see in this picture of me racing at Mammoth a few years ago that my heels are pulled in. This has been effecting my ability to manipulate my ankles, and I traced it back to when my fascination with sumo deadlifts started. I also noticed that my choice of using an alternate grip may have been effecting my ability to control my handlebars symmetrically. We see the issue, now I’m addressing it by lifting with a parallel stance and pronated grip.
Observation after my first day: To my surprise I pulled the exact same weight as I did the previous week with sumos. I felt more inline and was able to move a bit better with my feet parallel. We’ll see what happens with a few added exercises and over the course of a few weeks.
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