15 PEAKS AND VALLEYS
15 RUSSIAN BABY MAKERS
15 LEG RAISE TO OVERHEAD
2:00 FOAM ROLLING - BACK
2:00 BANDED COUCH / HIP FLEXOR
20 MINUTES TO FIND A 1RM SUMO-DEADLIFT
“Partner DT” (10 Min AMRAP)
12 DL (155/105Rx – 115/65Sc)
9 Hang Clean
6 Jerks (STOH)
Athlete #1 will do 1 FULL Rd of DT, then Athlete #2 does 1 full Rd. Continue for 10 Min. Either athlete can start the WOD. However you may not change it during the WOD.
*Spring Cleaning is the competition begin held May 03, at CrossFit Garwood. We currently have a couple athletes participating. If you'd like to partake, register here:
excerpts courtesy of:
6 Tips to Master the Sumo Deadlift
by John Gaglione | 03/12/14
• Sumo is a much more technical lift than the conventional deadlift and it takes time to learn it. Don't write off the sumo deadlift even if it hasn't worked for you in the past.
• Even if you don't plan on competing in the sumo stance, it's a powerful exercise to help develop your hips and entire posterior chain.
• The sumo deadlift doesn't require as much ankle or t-spine mobility, so those with poor mobility who can't get in the proper position for conventional deadlifts can often pull sumo without any problem.
3 Main Benefits of the Sumo Deadlift
1. It shortens the range of motion of the pull.
2. It works your hips more.
3. It's less stressful on the low back.
Here are 6 tips to simplify the sumo deadlift as much as possible.
1. Find Your StanceGet your knees out to where your ankles are. Geared lifters can get away with going a little wider, but most people need a more moderate sumo stance. The sumo deadlift is typically harder to get moving off the floor and easier to lock out, so don't go so wide that you can't even get the bar moving.
2. Point the Toes Out
You don't want to "duck" your toes all the way out because that would make it very difficult to create any tension, but you certainly can't keep your feet straight ahead; that would essentially put the bar an extra inch out in front of you (which makes it all the harder). By turning your toes out slightly you can place the bar on the smooth part of your inner shin. This will allow the bar to start closer to the body and set the position for a smoother and shorter pull.
3. Drop Your Balls to the Bar
The length of your legs and your current level of mobility depends on how low your hips can start. You don't want to squat the weight up, but you want to get your hips as close to the barbell as possible to improve leverage. Great examples of this in action are Dan Green and Caitlyn Trout, each of whom have shorter legs and great mobility so they can get their hips low without their knees coming forward. (If your knees come forward, this puts the bar out in front of you and you'll be putting yourself in a bad start position.) A good rule of thumb is to get your hips low enough to get your back straight and still have good hamstring tension.
4. Get Your Body Behind the Bar
Once you figure out your hip position, it's important to start to leverage yourself behind the weight. The more of your body weight that's forward of the bar, the harder it'll be to lock out. If your head and chest are in front of the bar at the start, it's going to be very hard to finish the lift. A good way to help position your bodyweight behind the bar is to pull yourself down into the bar before the lift, and then pull the bar into your body. This helps keep tension on the lats and helps prevent the upper back from collapsing and the hips from shooting up.
5. Spread the Floor
Spreading the floor is super important for breaking the weight off of the floor. This will help keep tension on the hips and get the bar moving. Typically the hardest part of the sumo pull is the start, so you need to be patient and create a lot of torque in your hips to crack the plates off the floor. It's important, too, to keep forcing the knees out on the way up so your knees don't get in the way as you get close to lockout.
Isometric seated band-abductions are a great exercise to help with this. Caityln Trout does these often, and if you're wondering why you should be listening to a girl, she holds the world record in the squat at 123 with 391 pounds and she's pulled over 385 sumo in competition as well!
6. Shoot the Hips Through
In a powerlifting meet, you must stand erect with the knees and hips locked out in a straight line. As such, it's really important to focus on driving your hips into the bar to finish with a smooth lockout. Even if you aren't a powerlifter, this will help save your lower back and teach you to finish with your hips. Oftentimes people make the mistake of overextending the lower back and that ends up forcing the knees to unlock.
Hip-hinging exercises like pull throughs, RDLs, good mornings, along with glute-emphasis hip thrusts and barbell glute bridges will help strengthen the lockout portion of any deadlift.