By: Dr. Alex Mackenzie D.C.
The raw sumo deadlift has become a go to alternative for many high level powerlifting athletes such as Dan Greene and Connor Lutz. The short lever movement allows for those with a long torso and short limbs to maximize the pull. The key to this technical lift is the set up and proper prioritization of movements to allow for a proper line from the floor to the lockout position. If you are not mobile enough to get in the proper position, this lift will ultimately be unforgiving as it’s easy to overuse the back musculature and result in injury. I will now detail common faults and restrictions in this technique, and give you some mobility examples to help mobilize the areas of restriction.