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Old 02-18-2008, 01:40 PM   #1
Tom Rawls
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Default deadlift variations

Is there any reason to do different kinds of deadlifts, from the classic to sumo style to snatch grip? It the variety "functional," or mostly useful in that it adds a bit of freshness to training?
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Old 02-18-2008, 03:59 PM   #2
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T Nation would have you believe that snatch grip deadlifts off a box (ie extend the ROM yet further) pack on muscle like nothing else and will stop you getting raped in prison.


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Old 02-18-2008, 04:34 PM   #3
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Snatch grip on a box is painful variation....feels more like a squat than a DL. You use less weight...but get more ROM. Like anything....varying up movements is always good for progress. I believe it was Poloquin who made the comment about putting on Mass, he's a smart guy so I have to assume he has seen some results from it. It's a time under tension thing....more stimulus for back and legs, more volume, but less weight. Good for hypertrophy, I would assume there might be better variations for strength.
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Old 02-18-2008, 04:55 PM   #4
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Yeah, it was Poloquin. I think there was a thread about on here at the time.

I've never found it too painful but I have smaller plates and have to go pretty low on a normal deadlift. I've noticed a 7-10kg difference between a max with my bar at home and a standard set up (in favour of the standard). Spoke to a rower I know recently and it had just been introduced into their schedule and he thought it was murder. He's a fair bit taller than me.

Poloquin suggested lighter weights but with the use of straps because you're going for higher reps. I did them for a couple of months last year and didn't see the benefits that I have gained (both strength - primary goal - and a bit of bulk) from regular heavy standard deadlifting. I like them as a lighter option at the weekend:

SGDL @ bodyweight
DB Push Press @ 40% bw
10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 reps

that sort of thing.

Not keen on sumos but that's a feel thing.
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Old 02-18-2008, 05:11 PM   #5
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I don't really vary my DLs much.

That being said, I do like including "deadlift-type" movements of various styles, from the PMenu rx'd clean/snatch DLs, to sumo DL high pulls, single-leg DLs, sandbag cleans, tire flips, rowing, etc. etc. I think the variety is hugely beneficial in both motor learning and prevention of CNS burnout.

Also, noting that most things I would probably DL in real life require a stance more along sumo lines, and sumos really tax my adductors, I should definitely include them more often. Much like the "B" squats that I've been forgetting to include. D'oh.
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Old 02-20-2008, 01:54 PM   #6
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thanx for the replies.

Let me try one additional question, if I may:

How do various pulls compare to deadlifts? Snatch pull. Clean pull/high pull.

Can they be used a substitutes?

I know some people say there is not such thing as a stupid question. I hope I am not disproving that notion.
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