The language of strength and conditioning is the language of human movement. So says movement and mobility guru Kelly Starrett, who also founded San Francisco CrossFit.
In this video, Starrett and powerlifter Jesse Burdick demonstrate how they’re saying the same things with different cues in the set-up for the sumo deadlift.
“The most effective positioning is the same language you’ve been using with all your friends,” Starrett says to Burdick.
The goal is to simplify the variables, Burdick notes.
“It’s efficiency in movement,” he explains. “We try to make it a single-joint motion as much as we can, the strongest levers are moving the weight in the shortest range of motion that we can.”
As always, the goal is to neutralize the spine by squeezing the butt, bracing the abs, taking a big breath and arching as hard as possible, Starrett says. From there, he wants to extrapolate the best practices “and try to translate it into something that means something to my mom or means something to me.”
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Additional audio: Additional reading: CrossFit Radio Episode 148 by Justin Judkins, published Dec. 1, 2010.