Is Sumo Deadlifting Really Cheating? The Final Nail In the Coffin

April 14, 2020


The sumo deadlift is cheating, this phrase is commonly thrown around in various powerlifting circles. The controversy often centers around the differences in range of motion between the sumo and conventional deadlift styles. The argument is overly simplistic and sounds something like this.



“The sumo deadlift allows you to move the bar a shorter distance, therefore, less mechanical work is performed. Thus, it is cheating.”


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