Sumo Deadlift: Get Back, Control Down

Hey man,

You’re sumo form is always on point. (Or at least it’s what I think a sumo pull should look like). Could you give me any tips or critique on mine? Anything would be appreciated.



1) Start with your feet more under the bar—shins against the bar, almost creating a negative angle with your shins.

2) When you squat down to the bar, don’t let your knees go forward (over top of the bar). You are getting forward on almost all of you reps. Ass back more and stay on your heels.

3) When you bring the bar down, control it more and soft touch the floor. You are slamming the weight and that will always get you out of position. Also, as previously stated, you are getting forward when you come back down. Squat more and stay on your heels.

Start there.

-Jeremy Frey


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Jeremy brings to the team a world of hands-on experience. He played football in high school and rugby in college, all the while pursuing powerlifting on the side. Today, in addition to being the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at a Division III college, he has become a serious, competitive powerlifter. In fact, Jeremy was the 2005 Junior Division APF Senior Nationals Champion, as well as that year’s WPC Junior Division World Champion. Jeremy is has a passion for helping teach others along with an ability to motivate and inspire those around him. His philosophy is straightforward: “Success comes from learning from those who have been there, by doing it yourself, and having an understanding that you can always learn something new.” In the November 2005 WPC World Championship in Helsinki, Jeremy turned in the following performance in the 220 lb. junior division: squat, 788 lbs.; bench, 501 lbs.; deadlift, 661 lbs. View Jeremy’s Training Log HERE