Comprehensive Know-How Of Average Deadlift And More

You must be familiar with deadlifts. For those who are not, the deadlift can be defined as one of the weight exercises, where a person lifts a loaded barbell or bar. It is lifted from the ground, upon which it lies stagnant. The lifter then lifts it first to the level of the hips, torso and upwards till it is perpendicular to the floor before dropping it back on the ground again.


A normal person practicing deadlifts once or twice a week, in the course of weight training sessions enhances the strength of the hamstrings and glutes. It also helps in developing the strength of the lower back and upper back. 

Furthermore, it is also observed that periodic intervals of deadlifting under the supervision of a trainer shall help in boosting the overall body strength and/or maintaining it. This has also proven to heighten the confidence of a person when the age goes ripe, making them independent.  

Deadlift: What’s in a Name?

In Physics, the weight of anything inert, or motionless, is termed as deadweight. Therefore, in this circumstance, a barbell or bar that you would attempt to lift and eventually lift, will have a dead momentum, lying dead on the ground initially. Thus, it will be considered as deadweight and as it is lifted, the process is a deadlift.


Here we would discuss some facts on the deadlift and also answer some important questions that might have nested in your mind for quite some time.

How much should You Deadlift?

This is a pretty popular question that we have come across surveying several trainers and budding weightlifters and gym freaks.

No matter how much you desire to train your body, you must be approaching everything when exercising, with a good amount of knowledge.


According to strength training and weightlifting experts, Mark Rippetoe and Lon Kilgore, an average person weighing around 198 pounds has the ability to lift 155 pounds even without training (i.e. untrained). But under proper training, the same lifter builds enough strength to be able to deadlift 335 pounds, which is considered as the intermediate level.

Deadlift Standards

Based on the calculation of the mass of the body, strength and BMR, along with several other complex algorithms and case studies, the Deadlift Standards are defined around the world.

The deadlift strength standards for men are as follows:

Body WeightUntrainedNoviceIntermediateAdvancedElite

The deadlift standards for women are down below:

Body WeightUntrainedNoviceIntermediateAdvancedElite

Deadlift Standards by Age

Over the age of 50, a 225-pound deadlift is deemed to be intermediate and 395 is considered as elite. If you are above 50 years, 120 pounds is intermediate and 210 is advanced.

Average Deadlift

For an intermediate lifter, the average deadlift for an intermediate increase to about 150% of body weight for men and 118% for women. And when it comes to the Advanced male lifters, they deadlift around 210% of their body weight (160%) in the case of females. Finally, in the case of an elite male lifter, you can be assured of them lifting at least 260% of his body weight, on average. 

How much should you Deadlift?

To know how much weight you should deadlift without any trouble kindly refer to the prior section, as advised by the experts Mark Rippetoe and Lon Kilgore.

How much should You be able to Deadlift?

“Practise makes a man perfect”, hence neither haste nor worry can make you do things learned only via practice. Hence, practice till you reach your desired weight and make sure that you perform these pieces of training in front of your weight trainer and by his guidance.

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