What Deadlift Style is Best for You?

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Use your natural build for a deadlift advantage. Lifters with longer legs and shorter torsos will usually be able to lift more weight in a sumo stance – this is why women are typically better sumo deadlifters than conventional deadlifters. If you have a long torso and shorter legs, stick to conventional deadlifts. If you’re only concerned with building muscle rather than picking a stance for a 1RM, use both types in your training for optimal development.

Source: Hales, M. (2010). Improving the deadlift: Understanding biomechanical constraints and physiological adaptations to resistance exercise. Strength & Conditioning Journal, 32(4), 44-51

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