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    Lets say one person does 160 kg conventional deadlift for 5 reps at his RM5, how much more weight approx can be used in SUMO style?

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    completely individual to the person.

    Otherwise everyone would pull sumo in competition right? But they dont. For me sumo actually makes the ROM greater, and makes the weight hard to both get off the ground (because it is extra deep) and also to lockout, because my optimum grip with causes hands to hit my hips.

    I spent quite a bit of time experimenting, what I can pull for 1 with sumo I can pull for 3-4 conventional.

    Some people recommend starting with the style you find most difficult at the start of a training cycle and switch to your optimum one towards the end when things are tough.

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    That depends on the persons anthropometry, etc...just try pulling sumo and see what you get. There's no percentage conversion or anything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dastardly View Post
    what I can pull for 1 with sumo I can pull for 3-4 conventional.
    Yep, I'm the opposite. Depends on the person.

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    I've thought about experimenting with the switch. Any suggestions about what body types are better off for the switch?

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    ^ try looking at brian schwab of elite... a good look at his style here

    http://asp.elitefts.com/qa/training-...=124868&tid=92

    my view is that if your back angle is full of sucks when conventional then do sumo. or if you like sumo then do sumo..

    some say its wingspan but duhhh, wingspan influences back angle...

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