Sumo Deadlift Highpull

One of the 9 foundational CrossFit barbell movements, the SDHP can help develop your olympic lifting and gets a lot of work done in a short amount of time.

Start with a wide sumo stance (wider than your back squat) and set up like a deadlift: back tight, shins vertical, chest pulled up, with your hands about thumbs width apart from the center of the bar. Deadlift the bar up to mid-thigh and jump the weight up to your clavicle, with your elbows high and outside. Lower the bar the same way it came up: drop it to your hips and lower it to the same starting position.

Learning that hip drive instead of pulling the bar up with your arms is critical to learning the timing of a good clean or snatch. The movement can also be practiced with a kettlebell. Enjoy!

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