Deadlift Strength Standards for Teens

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The deadlift is a staple strength-building exercise that impacts muscle groups in the upper and lower body. As a basic two-phase lift, it requires only a weighted barbell to complete. While it’s impossible to say with certitude that a lifter should be able to deadlift a certain amount of weight by a specific age, there are basic guidelines for the deadlift that illustrate how much you should be able to lift based on gender, body weight and experience level.

Test of Strength

Most strength standards charts for weightlifting exercises don’t specifically account for age. Instead, they break down by levels of experience with the exercise versus the bodyweight of the practitioner in question. If the teen has little to no experience with the deadlift, that person would consult, in the case of the chart, the “untrained” or “novice” columns. For example, a 148 pound female should use between 80 and 150 pounds of weight as a guideline for the deadlift. Some may need to use less weight, while others may need to use more. It depends on each individual's strength level.