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    Deadlifting...sumo or conventional?

    Interested in hearing everyone's pros and cons on the different styles. I've always lifted conventional until I forced myself to start sumo about 8 weeks ago , just to change thing up a bit. Now I prefer it. I feel more powerful and explosive conventional but sumo feels way more comfortable. I'll probably always include both in my programing but trying to decide which style I should really concentrate on. Thoughts ?

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    Conventional is better for overall development IMO, it's a larger ROM and and really torches your posterior chain. Sumo is taking advantage of leverage. I can basically switch from conventional to sumo and immediately lift more in sumo. I've been using sumo the whole way up to this meet but for my next meet i plan on training conventional most of the time and doing sumo every other week or maybe once a week then switching to it 2-3 weeks out.

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    You should do both. Alternate each week or do one for 4 to 8 weeks and switch. Variation will always help you develop better.

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    I have incorporated both in my programming. Funny thing is I was getting able to pull some pretty good weight conv. and when I started pulling sumo my weight obviously dropped until I kinda got the hang of it. After about 8 weeks of sumo I smashed my old conv. PR. I then went back to pulling conv. last week and tweaked my back pretty good on basically a warm up weight. Go figure. Went conv. at my last meet , but probably going to pull sumo at the one coming up next month. I train at a very small facility with only a few guys. They are all very knowledgeable but it's nice to come on here and hear opinions and suggestions from such a large group of experienced lifters.

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    Its weird how sometimes you can get injured on a light set. It usually happens with me when I am too confident and relaxed with my form and I don't stay tight enough and go too fast on the negative part of the exercise. Obviously with bigger warm up weight caution should be used but I think it gets taken for granted and our bodies let us know about it.
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    None of the above.

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