deadlifts the sumo dead lift is a great exercise for full body
development. While the only visual differences from regular deadlifts are
the stance and grip, sumo deadlifts have some mechanical differences when
compared to standard dead lifts.
Which form of deadlift you choose for your exercise program is largely a
matter of preference. If you feel more comfortable with a wider stance sumo
deadlifts are best for you. Regardless of your workout split, the deadlift
should be one of the very first exercises you do in your program because they
require full body strength. It would be unwise to perform any exercises which
fatigue your grip before doing the sumo dead lift.
Safety Precautions for Sumo Deadlifts
Regardless of whether an exercise is considered to be "safe" or not, there is
always a risk of getting injured. Having current and past injuries will always
increase the risk so make sure you are 100% when you attempt challenging
The risk when performing the deadlift and sumo deadlift is increased as
weight is increased. With proper form, the deadlift is a very safe exercise but
extremely heavy loads can cause even the most experienced lifters to lose their
perfect form. When perfect form is compromised it is important to know your
limits, if you are at failure and cannot get the weight any higher, drop it.
Wearing a weight belt can help reduce the chance of lower back injury so use
one when you are lifting heavy. If dead lifts are not working for you, try the
barbell hack squat which is easier on the back.