High-Pulls and Push-Ups
A classic push-pull combination
Team! The New Year is a great time to try new things! Today we are focusing on a movement that is relatively uncommon to most fitness programs, but is an amazingly effective, full-body, pulling movement. Introducing the sumo deadlift high pull! Now, before you get intimidated by something with "Sumo" and "Deadlift" in its name, there are great benefits that can be appreciated by using no weight other than a broomstick or PVC pipe. It's time to trailblaze new paths in our fitness! Are you with me? Enjoy! -Carla
This week we are introducing a new movement called the Sumo deadlift high-pull (SDLHP). I love this movement because it is a full-body pulling movement where the benefits are appreciated even if you do it with just a PVC pipe or light kettlebell. It is also a great substitute for rowing. If I am training in a place that does not have a rower, this movement with light or minimal weight is a great alternative! It can be done with a barbell, kettlebell, or PVC pipe/broomstick.
Simply moving the body in this way promotes mobility in the major joints of the body (knees, hips, and shoulders), and utilizes the major muscle groups of the lower extremities, core muscles, and upper extremities. Last but not least, the nervous system is stimulated because of the coordination required to execute this complex movement. Any weight that is added is a bonus. This workout is taken from the CrossFit archives: workout 240106.
AMRAP 7 (As many rounds as possible in 7 minutes)
After the 7 minutes, perform 10 weighted good mornings. You can either use a barbell/PVC pipe or hold a light dumbbell or plate to your chest.
If you are performing this movement for the first time, it is highly recommended to perform the mechanics of this movement without any weight (just your two hands or a PVC pipe, broomstick, or similar object). When you feel confident in the movement, add a light kettlebell (5-15 lbs) or empty barbell. As you continue feeling proficient, slowly increase the load.
Review the video links that follow before trying the SDLHP:
The first part of this movement is a deadlift. It is very important to get this part of the movement right to keep your lower back protected. Be sure to keep your back straight- your legs, glutes, and hamstrings are doing the lifting, NOT the muscles of the lower back.
Next, review the sumo deadlift high pull progression video paying close attention to the mechanics tips in the text.
Practice! At first, you may want to do a deadlift, pause, then the high pull. This is ok! As you practice and become more familiar with the movement, the two parts of the lift will flow together. Don’t pull too soon! Be sure you are fully extended at the hips (standing up straight) before pulling the bar up.
The “shrug” then the “pull” happens the second the hips fully extend. When the hips are extended with some speed or “pop” this begins to move the bar upward which signals the start of the pull. The upper extremties simply guide the bar upward.
TIP! When setting up for the SDLHP, set your eye gaze to a point on the ground 10 ft in front of you. You do not want to be looking straight ahead as this will hyper-extend the neck. Keep the neck neutral by setting your gaze as above.
For the push-ups, the workout calls for the hand-release push-up, however a standard push-up with or without elevation can be substituted. The hand-release version has the added benefit of building strength at the lowest point of the movement (chest touching the floor), which is often a “weak spot” of upper body strength.
Below is a list of movement options. Take 5-10 minutes to find the option that is right for you. If you want to “Geek-out” on a deep dive into push-up variations and mechanics, check out this awesome article: A Fresh Take on the Lowly Push-Up from the CrossFit library.
Elevated push-up - The elevation can be slight with a couple of plates on the ground, it could be a flat bench, or a STABLE chair or table as in the video. If shoulder pain or mobility is an issue, performing push-ups against a wall is also an option.
TIP! If possible, avoid doing the push-ups with the knees on the floor. This disengages some of the core activation, which is a target of both the SDLHP and the push-up.
We have 3 levels of this workout today! Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced
5 rounds for time
8 SDLHP - Two hands only/PVC pipe/broomstick
8 elevated push-ups
8 rounds for time
10 SDLHP (10-35 lb kettlebell, 25-55 lb weighted barbell)
12 hand-release/elevated/strict push-ups
8 rounds for time
10 SDLHP (65# barbell)
12 hand-release push-ups
Let’s show our back, hips and hamstrings some love with this 7-minute follow-along stretch segment from Train FTW.
For your yoga fix, try this 15-minute yoga flow class from Five Parks Yoga