The Sumo Deadlift High Pull (SDHP) is an exercise we don't utilize all that often, but it is one of CrossFit's 9 foundational movements.  Sometimes the target of criticism, the SDHP done properly teaches forceful hip extension as a means to move an external load a long distance quickly - i.e. taking a loaded barbell from the floor and moving it to shoulder-level via explosive hip and leg drive.  Sound familiar?

Yes, all those cleans and snatches we do EVERY SINGLE WEEK in our programming accomplish essentially the same goal: move a large load a long distance, and do it quickly.   These complex, compound movements give us the ability to apply large amounts of force - and often the SDHP is used to teach this concept without the necessity of receiving the load in a position of support (either in the front rack in the case of the clean, or overhead in the case of the snatch).

At Arena Ready we snatch and clean (and KB swing) quite a bit, so the SDHP only occasionally makes an appearance - and it's generally as a tool within the context of a conditioning WOD, loaded at a fairly light weight.  Regardless, athletes must maintain proper positioning throughout the movement to maximize safety and ensure skill transfer over to our other exercises - cleans, snatches, kettlebell swings, etc.

Shoulder retraction throughout the movement, and the ability to keep the elbows above the level of the barbell, are paramount for the SDHP - and the failure to do either results in poor shoulder positioning and possible impingement of the shoulder joint.  Even though the SDHP is but a small portion of Friday's WOD, we thought it important to post some videos of proper movement (courtesy of the folks at Rogue Fitness and Reebok CrossFit One) to help guide you through exercise.

Hope you all had a great weekend!

WOD For 08-28-17:

For Time:

40/30 Calorie Row OR Assault Bike

40 Box Jump Overs @ 24/20 in

30 Sumo Deadlift High Pulls @ 95/65 lbs

30 Toes-to-Bar

20 Dumbbell OR Kettlebell Push Presses @ pick load

20 Burpees