I’ll try clear a few things up Joe :
The Kutcher guy you mentioned is a great deadlifter, he competes un tested though, I’m guessing sumo stance also. Imagine they had an untested track and field federation, and someone ran 100m in 9.4. Sure it’s an amazing performance and a world record under his conditions, but it wouldn’t be something the real tested track and field fed would be concerned with.
Incidentally, Ed Coan (the guy who’s record I beat) failed several drugs tests. Why records and wiped from the books in these circumstances I do not know.
I lift equipped, but just a single layer. You won’t see any 1000lb benches or 1300lb Squats in my sport. Multiple layers of lifting equipment is left to the untested feds, they don’t walk their squats out (monolift frame) and due to the excessive layers of equipment they can’t squat to parallel… They seem to be fine with this. I got a squat failed last week that was easily top of my legs at the hip joint 4″ below the top of my knees, I redid it and sat on the floor to make sure. It’s a different sport, mine is the original and all the drugged up multiple layers of suits made out of denim, HIGH Squats, bench press touching the belly button videos you see are an off shoot federation doing their own thing. It’s unfortunately harmful to the sport I compete in, as evidenced by your reaction to it. It would be equally as harmful if a group got together and invented anything goes, steroid mandatory extreme down hill track and field. It makes a joke out of everyone doing anything remotely similar.
Yes I lift in a deadlift suit. Unfortunately for me, I get 5kg maximum extra on my raw deadlif. As an example, before the world champs in September, I deadlifted 310kg raw. At the world champs I deadlifted 312.5kg equipped….. Great eh? I’ve recently deadlifted 310kg raw, while stood on a box 4″ higher than the floor. Oh and. 300kg straight leg deadlift!
The improvements I made since then were very quick, and I put it down to squatting 10x a week and deadlifting 4x a week, in a desperate attempt to beat the record before I turned 23.
IF I run a 60m pb this winter, it could well be because of my deadlif, I would imagine my hamstrings must be much stronger, regardless of how much back was used. I don’t think you build a 350kg deadlift without developping some hamstring strength?
It might also be that I squat 300kg+ 3/4 times a week too… That might help me run faster? I’m willing to find out though starting in a week!