Do You Even SUMO Lift Brah?

Lifting weights doesn't have to be boring and mundane through doing the same exercises week in and week out. The prospect of lifting weights could put some of you off from doing it if this is the case. Luckily for you guys, we have lots of different exercises you can slightly alternate to your benefit which also keeps it fun and interesting for you. A common reason why people stop exercising is because they don't see the results due to thinking you have to perform the same, boring workouts constantly. To be brutally honest, I would probably leave it if I had to perform the same workouts week in, week out. So what can you do? Well let's take  a look at these variations of exercises that you can do...

The SUMO Way

One way out of many different ways possible in mixing up your workouts is adopting a sumo stance for exercises you perform. When you think sumo you automatically think of the wrestlers and when they initially stand before fighting is with their feet wider than their hips and turned out. Just like the picture below illustrates....

 

As you can see from the image above, the stance is wider than hip distance with the feet turned out so impact from exercises is going to target the inner thighs. So what exercises can you perform in this stance which targets your body in a different way? Well here are some...

Sumo Deadlifts

Performing a deadlift is such a great exercise and a must do in my opinion. When you perform this as a sumo deadlift you will be incorporating more from your inner thigh muscles and may find it more of a natural lift. The wide stance means you do not need to travel as far with the bar due to the distance between extension and flexion of the knee. A big difference with sumo deadlifts and regular ones is the hand placement. Normally your hands will be outside of the knees in a traditional deadlift, but when you perform it this way, they will sit in the middle of your legs. Just like the image below, check our sumo deadlifts...

Sumo Squats 

Sumo squats are effective when you want to focus more on your inner thighs and not the outer. You see both of these exercises already are concentrating on the inner rather than the outer just by changing foot stance. Why is that important? It is important to work all muscles and not focus on more than the others as this could cause an imbalance. Sumo squats mean taking a wide stance yet again and having those feet turned out. Just like the image below. Give them a try and see what you think...

 

 

Finally, you can include the sumo stance in other exercises you perform like shoulder press, shrugs, bicep curls and so on. If you are standing with a regular stance why not mix it up to test your body and push it. If you need a slight change then this is something for you, why stick at doing something you don't like, to later on get frustrated and leave. Try this different way and see if it makes it more fun for you! Change is good....

About the Author

Job Role Nutritional and Fitness Advisor Qualifications Premier International Diploma in Personal Training, Nutrition and Sports Massage Therapy Scott has always been active growing up being involved in different sport teams and individual sports such as boxing and Jiu Jitsu. It wasn't until Scott dislocated his left knee during a Jiu Jitsu Competition when he developed a new passion which was going to the gym. Scott studied an International Diploma in Personal Training, Nutrition and Sports Massage Therapy which he has used for over 8 years in the Fitness Industry. Scott has been successful in his field in the UK and in other countries of the world. He has helped many people achieve their goals in Fat Loss, Weight gain, Hypertrophy and other areas of Health and Fitness. Scott is very passionate and is a big motivator who is going to provide you with expert advice and looks forward to helping you with your goals. There is more to see of Scott as he will be competing in Fitness Modelling competitions this year and next so keep a look out for him.
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