Many sumo deadlifters struggle at lockout, which can often be due to a simple technical flaw rather than a lack of strength.
Here’s one of my favorite cues to improve technique for a stronger, more efficient lockout.
Lockout your knees before your hips.
Spread the floor apart and lock your knees out as the bar passes them.
With your knees locked, squeeze your glutes and hump the bar hard to lockout your hips.
Stand tall with your knees, hips and shoulders locked.
Andrey Belyaev executes this perfectly here with 860lbs! He holds the current deadlift world record in the 198lb weight class, with an 870lb pull.
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