What is a Good Deadlift Weight?

what is a good deadlift weight

So you’ve been hitting the weights every day for a long while now.  You’ve been keeping up with a healthy diet.  You’ve been diligent about your supplementation practices.  You continue to keep up with the fitness news and research the best ways you can impact your body to benefit your overall physique.  You can’t settle though.  You can’t be content.

Now you want to really dominate the weight room.  You want to start smashing those personal records left and right.  You want to prove to yourself that all of this hard work has been worth it.  It’s nice to have the look but it’s really nice to know that you’re able to back up that sexy ass body you’ve sculpted with some seriously impressive numbers!

You’ve Got it Wrong!

We understand how you’re feeling and how appealing it is to be able to push your body beyond the limits, even if it is only for a single rep.  We know that you want more than anything to break your personal records and to lift extreme amounts of weight.  Don’t get caught up in that mind frame as it’s not healthy and enough is never enough.  The true good deadlift weight is going to be different for each and every person reading this blog post.  The true good deadlift weight is one that you can do more than one time.  It’s a number you can continuously pump 5 times a day, not 1 time a week [1].

Women and Weight Lifting

At Vaxxen, we believe men aren’t any better than women.  Women can be just as motivated, have just as impressive numbers in relation to their weight or BMI, and can actually be even more impressive than men in the weight room because of child birth.  If you’ve had children, the road to recovery wasn’t an easy one and we applaud you for it.

That said, you’re made of differently than men.  The physically strongest woman in the world has never been stronger than the strongest man in the world.  Genetically, it’s not possible.  Don’t take that as a slight.  The fact remains that women can still be stronger, pound for pound.

Men and Weight Lifting

Healthy males will always inherently have the ability to lift more weight than women.  The testosterone produced in the male body allows him to build larger, stronger muscles.  This doesn’t mean they’re stronger when it comes to pound for pound body weight vs. strength, but the top-end numbers will always fall in a male’s favor.

What is a Good Deadlift Weight for Both Genders?

An impressive goal for the diehard body builders, of both sexes, will be 3 times your body weight.  We preluded this conclusion paragraph with the male/female contrast because it’s super important for you to understand that there should not be a universal weight goal for everybody [2].  If you’re a 200 pound man, lifting 600 pounds is equally as impressive as a 120 pound female being able to deadlift 360 pounds, despite the fact that 600 is 80% more overall weight.  Don’t get caught up in the “I must be able to deadlift 500 pounds!” mentality.  It will just eat you alive.  Set a goal and go get it.  Remember that you should be able to lift whatever weight you’re on for a few consecutive reps before increasing the weight.  Go get it!


  1. Florian Schellenberg, William R. Taylor, and Silvio Lorenzetti
    Towards evidence based strength training: a comparison of muscle forces during deadlifts, goodmornings and split squats
    BMC Sports Sci Med Rehabil. 2017; 9: 13.
    Published online 2017 Jul 17. doi: 10.1186/s13102-017-0077-x
  2. J. S. Baker, 1 ,* B. Davies, 2 S. M. Cooper, 3 D. P. Wong, 4 D. S. Buchan, 1 and L. Kilgore 1
    Strength and Body Composition Changes in Recreationally Strength-Trained Individuals: Comparison of One versus Three Sets Resistance-Training Programmes
    Biomed Res Int. 2013; 2013: 615901.
    Published online 2013 Sep 8. doi: 10.1155/2013/615901
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