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I assume you pull Sumo to take advantage of your wide squat stance. If you are pulling conventional then I would try to transition to Sumo. Where are you getting stuck in your pull? Off the floor? At your knees? At lockout? The plan you have put together for the past two weeks looks good. Stiff-legged deadlifts and Romanian Deadlifts will definitely help your pull especially if done off of a block. I like seated good mornings a lot. It's like a prestretch of your entire lower body (hams, quads, hips, glutes) with a heavy good-morning to finish it off. I like them better than standing versions of the good-morning.
My best heavy-max box squat (1" below) is 575 lbs. with just a belt. I can't squat in the power rack in my gym because my feet fall outside of the cage. I squat in front of the rack so when I dump it's going to the floor. I pull around 625 lbs. with just a belt. My grip also holds me back, I think I could pull 25-30 lbs. more if my grip were better.
I don't understand why you can't pull more. I know you're strong enough so maybe it's your technique. Have you had experienced lifters critique your form?
These are some suggestions...
Exercises to increase your deadlift:
Heavy Rack Pulls
Stiff-legged Deadlifts (off blocks)
Squat exercises that throw your center of gravity forward such as Front Squats, Hack Squats, Overhead Squats, Zercher Squats and Belt Squats to help maintain an upright position instead of the unwanted rounding
High Pulls, Power Cleans and Hang Cleans to add explosiveness to the deadlift
Exercises to increase your grip:
Heavy Barbell & Dumbbell Static Holds for time
Hanging Bodyweight (added weight, 1-armed) static holds for time
1-arm Deadlifts with a barbell
C of C Grippers
Plate Pinches (2-25's are hard for me to hold for any significant time)
Standard Wrist & Reverse Curls
Hope this helps!
Last edited by Screwball; 22-Feb-2002 at 01:40 PM.