Stefanie Cohen- 4 TIPS TO IMPROVE YOUR SUMO DEADLIFT sound on . 1. Starting position: shoulders in line with wrists 2. Hips: lock the hips in a position that works for you biomechanically, and make sure they move UP in synchrony with the upper body 3. Sit back: keep your weight on your heels, avoid letting your butt rise first, sit back and keep that bar close 4. Vertical shins (not in video): make sure to pick a stance width that allows your shins to remain perpendicular to the ground. This will improve your barpath and allow for a smoother pull.