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Old 03-29-2012, 12:33 PM   #1
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Having a long torso and short legs, I squat with no problem.However I have trouble with pulls.I would appreciate any help

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Old 03-29-2012, 06:45 PM   #2
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More specifically. I dont deadlift well . What with long torso.and short legs would help me get the weight off the floor.instead of a coventional Deadlift setup?
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Old 03-30-2012, 07:13 AM   #3
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I have the same build. I used to deadlift with a higher hip start, conventional; sumo never did me any good.

If you insist on deadlifting, do pulls from a deficit- with a 2 inch block or couple plates under your feet. Helps greatly.
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Old 03-30-2012, 03:23 PM   #4
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More specifically. I dont deadlift well . What with long torso.and short legs would help me get the weight off the floor.instead of a coventional Deadlift setup?
If you are doing PL lifts, Sumo or Modified Sumo should be a better bet, relies on a lot more hip flexibility that you're likley to have as a close stance squatter. Neither of theses are deadlifts though. and furthermore, probably will not do much for your Olympic lifting.

As Mike points out, pulling while standing on a plate will correct all manner of Deadlift ills
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Old 03-30-2012, 03:28 PM   #5
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Thanks for the replies. What would help my pulls from the floor for C&J ?
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Old 03-30-2012, 06:06 PM   #6
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Thanks for the replies. What would help my pulls from the floor for C&J ?
Not deadlifting; your Dl will kill a good clean, but a strong back form cleans can build an okay deadlift. You can do DL style clean pulls, but I stand by the following: Pulls from a deficit, but also learn to pull for your clean by getting your legs into a strong position. You need to make sure the bar stays close, your chest stays up, the bar shifts toward you off the floor, and learn to move your torso. If you post some vids, I'l be able to suggest changes. So, too, would Greg and others here.
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Thanks..i will post one ... .you have been very helpful
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Old 03-31-2012, 10:44 AM   #8
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I just had an epiphany. I have the book and dvd.and I could try that:-) I have a marvelous command lf the obvious
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Old 04-04-2012, 10:47 AM   #9
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Van -

Definitely post some video and we'll all be able to give you much more useful suggestions. I agree with what Dave and Michael have said though.

I also like floating clean pulls - first rep regular clean pull, then lower the bar to as close to the floor as you can without it touching, hold, next rep pull, repeat. You can also do these on a riser, which will allow you to bring the bar to the full bottom position while still not touching the floor (and also give you 1 rep of a deficit pull to start with). Not only will they get you strong, they're great for putting you into a good position.
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