how much can you dead lift?

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    Apr 04, 2014 2:37 PM GMT
    how many pounds (or kg's for you non-americans) are you able to dead lift?

    the reason i ask is because a friend of mine told me yesterday that he is able to dead lift almost 300 lbs. this guy is my height, but skinny and has chicken legs. plus he just started lifting regularly about a month and a half ago.

    my dead lift max is 225 lbs.,and i doubt i could do much more than that - even with straps.

    i asked a gym buddy of mine his dead lift max, and he said 250 - and this dude is pretty big.

    so am i right in being skeptical? i almost feel like suggesting to him that i'm trying to increase my dead lift weight and that we should work out sometime so we can spot each other icon_cool.gif
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    Apr 04, 2014 2:39 PM GMT
    oops i meant to post this in the "general fitness discussion" section. is a mod able to please move this thread to that section? thanks!
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    Apr 04, 2014 7:01 PM GMT
    300 is not a lot. If you work at it, with good form, you can get there pretty easily. The most I've done was 405 - with bad form, years ago, which injured my back, which means that I don't deadlift more than about 275-350 for a bunch of reps now.

    most guys, if they work at it for a while (year or two) can get to 405.
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    Apr 04, 2014 7:10 PM GMT
    I don't deadlift anymore since It messes with my hip but I was repin 215 when I did..switched to superman extensions now
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    Apr 04, 2014 7:54 PM GMT
    weightliftr310 said300 is not a lot. If you work at it, with good form, you can get there pretty easily. The most I've done was 405 - with bad form, years ago, which injured my back, which means that I don't deadlift more than about 275-350 for a bunch of reps now.

    most guys, if they work at it for a while (year or two) can get to 405.


    it's a lot for someone who is skinny/scrawney and only began working out seriously a month and a half ago tho lol
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    Apr 04, 2014 7:54 PM GMT
    _Behemoth_ saidI don't deadlift anymore since It messes with my hip but I was repin 215 when I did..switched to superman extensions now


    what are superman extensions?
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    Apr 04, 2014 7:57 PM GMT
    talknerdy2me said
    weightliftr310 said300 is not a lot. If you work at it, with good form, you can get there pretty easily. The most I've done was 405 - with bad form, years ago, which injured my back, which means that I don't deadlift more than about 275-350 for a bunch of reps now.

    most guys, if they work at it for a while (year or two) can get to 405.


    it's a lot for someone who is skinny/scrawney and only began working out seriously a month and a half ago tho lol


    um...yeah thats true. Also probably a quick way to get injured (possibly permanently) unless he REALLY knows what he is doing.
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    Apr 04, 2014 8:04 PM GMT
    weightliftr310 said
    talknerdy2me said
    weightliftr310 said300 is not a lot. If you work at it, with good form, you can get there pretty easily. The most I've done was 405 - with bad form, years ago, which injured my back, which means that I don't deadlift more than about 275-350 for a bunch of reps now.

    most guys, if they work at it for a while (year or two) can get to 405.


    it's a lot for someone who is skinny/scrawney and only began working out seriously a month and a half ago tho lol


    um...yeah thats true. Also probably a quick way to get injured (possibly permanently) unless he REALLY knows what he is doing.


    i doubt he knows what he's doing he's a total n00b. i seriously think he's full of shit lol
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    Apr 04, 2014 8:09 PM GMT
    talknerdy2me saidhow many pounds (or kg's for you non-americans) are you able to dead lift?

    the reason i ask is because a friend of mine told me yesterday that he is able to dead lift almost 300 lbs. this guy is my height, but skinny and has chicken legs. plus he just started lifting regularly about a month and a half ago.

    my dead lift max is 225 lbs.,and i doubt i could do much more than that - even with straps.

    i asked a gym buddy of mine his dead lift max, and he said 250 - and this dude is pretty big.

    so am i right in being skeptical? i almost feel like suggesting to him that i'm trying to increase my dead lift weight and that we should work out sometime so we can spot each other icon_cool.gif


    I know folks who are 21 who routinely dead lift 700#.

    225 is a low dead lift.

    Depending upon your bone structure and somatype, some folks can lift more than others.

    When I was younger, in my mid 40's, I could stiff leg dead lift 315, and... my hamstrings were huge.

    I didn't stretch enough, and I had a grade 2 hamstring tear on my left side, when my quads were too tight when doing standing leg curls. That's slowed me up, along with having my sternum sawed in half, but, a 225 dead lift is something a freshman in high school would do.

    Miles a 17 year old junior at one of the gyms I go to, routinely pulls 405 off the floor for 10.

    225 is a start, but, it's at the very bottom end.

    There's no spot requirement for dead lift. Worst thing that can happen is that you'll drop the weight on the floor.

    At UNL, in Lincoln, NE, if you can't deadlift over 700 you're not allowed to use the red carpet dead lift platforms.
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    Apr 04, 2014 8:13 PM GMT
    talknerdy2me said
    weightliftr310 said
    talknerdy2me said
    weightliftr310 said300 is not a lot. If you work at it, with good form, you can get there pretty easily. The most I've done was 405 - with bad form, years ago, which injured my back, which means that I don't deadlift more than about 275-350 for a bunch of reps now.

    most guys, if they work at it for a while (year or two) can get to 405.


    it's a lot for someone who is skinny/scrawney and only began working out seriously a month and a half ago tho lol


    um...yeah thats true. Also probably a quick way to get injured (possibly permanently) unless he REALLY knows what he is doing.


    i doubt he knows what he's doing he's a total n00b. i seriously think he's full of shit lol


    I'm betting that he can actually pull 300 lbs (its not out of the realm of possibility), but if he's a noob a month and a half into it, his form is shit, and he is going to hurt himself.
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    Apr 04, 2014 8:17 PM GMT
    Yeah. Power lifting movements can take some time to get into. Especially cleans and jerks, and deadlifts. Squats, and bench press, not so much.
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    Apr 04, 2014 8:22 PM GMT
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    talknerdy2me saidhow many pounds (or kg's for you non-americans) are you able to dead lift?

    the reason i ask is because a friend of mine told me yesterday that he is able to dead lift almost 300 lbs. this guy is my height, but skinny and has chicken legs. plus he just started lifting regularly about a month and a half ago.

    my dead lift max is 225 lbs.,and i doubt i could do much more than that - even with straps.

    i asked a gym buddy of mine his dead lift max, and he said 250 - and this dude is pretty big.

    so am i right in being skeptical? i almost feel like suggesting to him that i'm trying to increase my dead lift weight and that we should work out sometime so we can spot each other icon_cool.gif


    I know folks who are 21 who routinely dead lift 700#.

    225 is a low dead lift.

    Depending upon your bone structure and somatype, some folks can lift more than others.

    When I was younger, in my mid 40's, I could stiff leg dead lift 315, and... my hamstrings were huge.

    I didn't stretch enough, and I had a grade 2 hamstring tear on my left side, when my quads were too tight when doing standing leg curls. That's slowed me up, along with having my sternum sawed in half, but, a 225 dead lift is something a freshman in high school would do.

    Miles a 17 year old junior at one of the gyms I go to, routinely pulls 405 off the floor for 10.

    225 is a start, but, it's at the very bottom end.

    There's no spot requirement for dead lift. Worst thing that can happen is that you'll drop the weight on the floor.

    At UNL, in Lincoln, NE, if you can't deadlift over 700 you're not allowed to use the red carpet dead lift platforms.


    um, ok good for those people who are able to lift that much, but why are you attacking and criticizing me for my dead lift max? grow up.

    and did you not read the OP? this guy just began lifting a month and a half ago, is skinny/scrawny and has chicken legs. there's no way he can dead lift 300 lbs - and IF he does its with terrible/incorrect form.
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    Apr 04, 2014 8:24 PM GMT
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    chuckystud said
    talknerdy2me saidhow many pounds (or kg's for you non-americans) are you able to dead lift?

    the reason i ask is because a friend of mine told me yesterday that he is able to dead lift almost 300 lbs. this guy is my height, but skinny and has chicken legs. plus he just started lifting regularly about a month and a half ago.

    my dead lift max is 225 lbs.,and i doubt i could do much more than that - even with straps.

    i asked a gym buddy of mine his dead lift max, and he said 250 - and this dude is pretty big.

    so am i right in being skeptical? i almost feel like suggesting to him that i'm trying to increase my dead lift weight and that we should work out sometime so we can spot each other icon_cool.gif


    I know folks who are 21 who routinely dead lift 700#.

    225 is a low dead lift.

    Depending upon your bone structure and somatype, some folks can lift more than others.

    When I was younger, in my mid 40's, I could stiff leg dead lift 315, and... my hamstrings were huge.

    I didn't stretch enough, and I had a grade 2 hamstring tear on my left side, when my quads were too tight when doing standing leg curls. That's slowed me up, along with having my sternum sawed in half, but, a 225 dead lift is something a freshman in high school would do.

    Miles a 17 year old junior at one of the gyms I go to, routinely pulls 405 off the floor for 10.

    225 is a start, but, it's at the very bottom end.

    There's no spot requirement for dead lift. Worst thing that can happen is that you'll drop the weight on the floor.

    At UNL, in Lincoln, NE, if you can't deadlift over 700 you're not allowed to use the red carpet dead lift platforms.


    um, ok good for those people who are able to lift that much, but why are you attacking and criticizing me for my dead lift max? grow up.

    and did you not read the OP? this guy just began lifting a month and a half ago, is skinny/scrawny and has chicken legs. there's no way he can dead lift 300 lbs - and IF he does its with terrible/incorrect form.


    Ectomorphic (skinny) guys trend towards being very strong, depending on how their levers line up.

    Take some time to study this a bit, and you'll come to better understand it. In particular somatatyping.
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    Apr 04, 2014 8:26 PM GMT
    chuckystud said
    talknerdy2me said
    chuckystud said
    talknerdy2me saidhow many pounds (or kg's for you non-americans) are you able to dead lift?

    the reason i ask is because a friend of mine told me yesterday that he is able to dead lift almost 300 lbs. this guy is my height, but skinny and has chicken legs. plus he just started lifting regularly about a month and a half ago.

    my dead lift max is 225 lbs.,and i doubt i could do much more than that - even with straps.

    i asked a gym buddy of mine his dead lift max, and he said 250 - and this dude is pretty big.

    so am i right in being skeptical? i almost feel like suggesting to him that i'm trying to increase my dead lift weight and that we should work out sometime so we can spot each other icon_cool.gif


    I know folks who are 21 who routinely dead lift 700#.

    225 is a low dead lift.

    Depending upon your bone structure and somatype, some folks can lift more than others.

    When I was younger, in my mid 40's, I could stiff leg dead lift 315, and... my hamstrings were huge.

    I didn't stretch enough, and I had a grade 2 hamstring tear on my left side, when my quads were too tight when doing standing leg curls. That's slowed me up, along with having my sternum sawed in half, but, a 225 dead lift is something a freshman in high school would do.

    Miles a 17 year old junior at one of the gyms I go to, routinely pulls 405 off the floor for 10.

    225 is a start, but, it's at the very bottom end.

    There's no spot requirement for dead lift. Worst thing that can happen is that you'll drop the weight on the floor.

    At UNL, in Lincoln, NE, if you can't deadlift over 700 you're not allowed to use the red carpet dead lift platforms.


    um, ok good for those people who are able to lift that much, but why are you attacking and criticizing me for my dead lift max? grow up.

    and did you not read the OP? this guy just began lifting a month and a half ago, is skinny/scrawny and has chicken legs. there's no way he can dead lift 300 lbs - and IF he does its with terrible/incorrect form.


    Ectomorphic (skinny) guys trend towards being very strong, depending on how their levers line up.

    Take some time to study this a bit, and you'll come to better understand it. In particular somatatyping.


    way to avoid the questions icon_rolleyes.gif

    you have nothing relevant to contribute. bye
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    Apr 05, 2014 12:35 AM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidI am embarrassed to say it but I can only last about 315 pounds. Been lifting weights for over 20 years. But I have only been dead lifting on and off for about 10 years. I think it's a matter of genetics. There are guys smaller than that I see in the gym who can squat or deadlift a lot more than me. I never professed to be the strongest guy in the gym but I do my best to be the strongest as I can be.

    My torso is also quite long and my legs are kind of short in comparison. So what I do in order to help create equilibrium is to put a 45 pound plate horizontally on the floor to lift my weighted bar about 2 inches. I am basically perching the actual weighted bar on either side with a 45 pound plate laying on the floor.This has helped me quite a bit and lifting heavier weight.

    Also, last Saturday when I was doing back and doing my deadlifts this guy who obviously looked like a powerlifter came by and gave me some tips. He told me that I was taking a little bit too long with gripping the bar and was making the movement more of a lower back exercise by how slow I was going. He said to put a lot more power into the movement and go faster. I followed his instruction and I did my maximum weight of 315 pounds much more easily. I felt like I could have added at least another 20 to 30 pounds after following his instruction. So I look forward to increasing my weight. But at least as of now, I have never injured myself doing deadlifts and now that I am in my 40's I don't want to ever injure my back by doing deadlifts. So I'm not going to go overboard.


    my thoughts exactly. personally i think it is really stupid and irresponsible to dead lift excessive amounts of weight... but hey enjoy your back problems if that's what your into!

    and thanks for confirming my suspicions about my friend are real. if you - a huge dude - dead lifts 315 lbs, there's no way this skinny scrawney twink dead lifts 300 lbs. lol
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    Apr 05, 2014 1:30 AM GMT
    I PRed my one rep max last week at 475lbs!!! I was real excited about it!
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    Apr 05, 2014 1:45 AM GMT
    its entirely possible that he deadlifts 300. some people have crazy genetics for strength (I'm one of them)

    so does this girl, at 120 lbs:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vESLdAlpwTI
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    Apr 05, 2014 1:50 AM GMT
    this girl is even tinier:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5T5DqXuR1Jw
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    Apr 05, 2014 2:20 AM GMT
    Been stuck on 350 for a while now. I can do like 1 on 360. But i personally don't count it unless i do a 3 rep max.

    I love Omarisufs advice on deadlifitng. He's done some that really helped me. Here's a recent video on increasing your deadlift. And having the right form etc.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AfOxKyn7wGI

    Good luck! keep us posted on them. I'm hoping to get over this 350 hill kanyelaugh.png
  • joarky123

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    Apr 05, 2014 3:52 AM GMT
    Maxed out at 405 a month ago!! I LOVE dead lifts. I need a better gymnasium though. My 'globo gym' doesn't have weights I can drop or platforms so it's hard to push the 1RMs
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    Apr 05, 2014 4:21 AM GMT
    I've gotten up to 275 for reps - that's over 2 times my body weight!

    300 is totally doable but really, if you don't believe him tell him to make a video of him doing it. That has the added benefit of being able to post it somewhere to get a form check. Or post it on RJ and I'm sure everyone will rip him to shreds. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Apr 05, 2014 8:56 PM GMT
    Dead lifts of 700,or higher, are not unusual.

    An ecto easily would be able to pull 225 to 300, even lightly trained.

    Sadly, the guy posting here is too lazy to read up on all this, and, that's part of the reason that he continues to fail.
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    Apr 05, 2014 9:39 PM GMT
    chuckystud saidDead lifts of 700,or higher, are not unusual.

    An ecto easily would be able to pull 225 to 300, even lightly trained.

    Sadly, the guy posting here is too lazy to read up on all this, and, that's part of the reason that he continues to fail.


    You are a dick. How do you know he "continues to fail"?
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    Apr 05, 2014 9:45 PM GMT
    I started dead lifting a few months ago. I started with just the bar, but quickly worked my way up to 155 lbs where I am now. I've been adding 20 lbs every week or more. I've switched over to dumbbell dead lifts now because i'm so tall, it's difficult with a bar.
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    Apr 05, 2014 9:47 PM GMT
    415 lbs / 190 kg... which many people (myself included) think is kind of a lot for someone my size. Long gorilla arms are an advantage. I was able to pull in the low 300's within several months of starting training, and I was generally weak, scrawny and old to boot. Sometimes people have one lift that's their superpower.