Deadlift Grip Width by Grind House Powerlifting Coach Sean Henry
A common mistake on the deadlift is grip width. It’s a mistake that can be fixed immediately and add pounds to your lift same day. Many lifters grip the bar too wide on the conventional and sumo deadlift increasing the range of motion of the lift and making it inefficient. So unless you like leaving pounds off the bar watch our video here.
Conventional deadlift– your hands should be directly outside your knees. This allows your arms to be in the straightest and longest position shortening the ROM and allowing for a efficient deadlift.
Sumo deadlift– your hands will be inside your legs. Let your arms hang and travel straight down to the bar this again will allow your arms to be around shoulder width. A wider grip in the sumo deadlift can be even more detrimental than the conventional deadlift because it will greatly affect your chest position at the beginning of the pull, it can also force you to pull over the top of the knees making the lockout extremely difficult.