There are two types of deadlifts allowed in power lifting competitions: conventional (what we normally do) and sumo. There are pros and cons to both and each have their place depending on your anatomy. The conventional deadlift can be the optimum position to lift the most weight because your feet are directly under your hips (imagine jumping as high as you can with your feet in a conventional deadlift stance vs having them out wide). However, other factors such as torso/arm length, mobility (hip and ankle), and belly size (beer or prego) can affect your deadlift proficiency in the conventional stance.
This article from EliteFTS talks about how to determine which deadlift is best for you based on your bone structure. Get a tape measure and measure your height, arm, and torso length according to the directions from the article. Then refer to the chart to determine if your torso and arms are short, average or long and see which deadlift is technically optimum for you. (Post results to comments).
Here are some tips for today’s sumo deadlifts:
Check out this video from Mark Bell & Jesse Burdick on the sumo deadlift for more tips.
Sumo Deadlift 3×5
then 3 rounds:
15 Wall Ball Shots
15 Ball Slams