Originally Posted by conceptionist
Lol, thanks for the Dr. title, I guess.
Sumo should be easier on the back since you are in have more upright torso. Maybe start out with them very light and make sure you push off the ground with the quads and glutes. I know one guy who strained his back doing conventional and has moved over to sumo's for that reason. But its a more technical lift, harder to get right imo. I remember someone preferred to teach them by starting to pull from blocks. Supposedly its easier to learn what they should feel like from the higher starting position (shorter ROM). You could try that.
You can't do seated leg curls? Do they also pull on your back? If you can get the standing leg curls right, I don't see a problem with them but I have never tried them or seen anyone do them so I'm not sure. One leg or two shouldn't matter at all. The leg that is lifting the weight doesn't know if the other leg is also lifting.
Well, when I started learning deadlift I would literally watch hours of instructional video on the conventional pull and I would pause and play them in slow motion really trying to get the technique down. After a few months of practicing, I got pretty comfortable with the form using moderate weight. But when it comes to sumo pull, I just said fuck it. I'll just do what I think it's right and then I pulled my back literally on the third session...FML! I just don't like the wide stance because I feel it's a weaker stance vs. your shoulder width stance. When I was doing martial arts, I prefer the slightly wider shoulder stance/fighter's stance than the traditional wide kung fu and karate stance. I get all wobbly with the wide stance.
I can't do seated leg curls on my home gym because it wasn't built like that. I actually prefer doing them seated...I just remembered someone on here said doing them lying down puts more pressure on the lower back so that's when I switched to doing them standing but bracing the bench with my arms so I'm bent forward. Well, standing leg curls are a guilty pleasure for me because I've only seen women do them. lolz. It's not a very manily lift. lolz But I feel they isolate the hammies so well. I think I have fairly weak hammies so after my back heals and I go back pulling conventional, I'll add them as accessories.
Oh BTW, I was told sumo pull works more of your gluts and conventional works more of your lower back?