Saturday, May 07, 2011
Yesterday, I set a new PR in the deadlift: 325 pounds. That's 5 pound better than my previous best. That may not sound like much, but I set the previous PR about 3 years ago and frequently overstress my lower back when doing this exercise. Since starting at CrossFit Diesel, I have been working on my form, trying to avoid injury. I've recently be doing my deadlifts sumo-style---wide stance, hands between the feet---and really seems to help. Sumo deadlifts transfer some of the load from the lumbar region to the glutes. That's an improvement, at least for me. My new long-term goal is 2.5 times bodyweight, which currently works out to 337.5 pounds.