|My new trap bar.|
|At full extension, Kelly's arms are at her sides,|
not in front as they would be with a
So, if only there were a way to deadlift where the bar path would not interfere with one's legs and make keeping one's center of gravity between one's heels easier . . .
Well, this is where a modified sumo deadlift with a kettlebell is very useful. In fact, I usually teach proper deadlift mechanics this way because it encourages people to use their rear ends and not their quads to lift the bar. I use this kind of deadlift a lot with the children I train as well. However, with full grown adults, unless you have an extensive kettlebell collection, you are going to run out of useful weight very quickly. My kettlebells only go up to 60 lbs so how do we keep moving the weight up while keeping my clients safe from injury?
|At the start of this lift, Stephanie is able to|
lift with the center of gravity of the bar close
to her own whereas a traditional barbell pitches
The truth is, being strong is really good for you. However, lifting enough weight to get strong can be a challenge if you have some joint or flexibility issues. A traditional barbell deadlift is only mandatory if your intent is to train for and compete in a powerlifting meet. If you do not intend on doing this, you can use whatever tool you like. Getting stronger is something most of us should strive for, especially as we get older, and we should use whatever tools that will enable us to achieve this goal.