So I saw a video of this girl deadlifting about 375 pounds and I commented that she had to be taking something, because that would not be common for a girl to do without chemical assistance. However, upon finding out her size, I retracted the statement. She in particular is about 5’11 180ish pounds, but she is very lean and seems to have more muscle than most women but she doesn’t look masculine. She’s an amazon compared to the average woman.
But I did stand by my statement that getting a 400 pound deadlift is very rare for a woman unless she’s taking chemical assistance. Could the average woman who dedicates herself to lifting hard accomplish a 400 pound deadlift? I honestly don’t think so. That kind of weight is getting into world and national record territory for women and we know that those women are juicing but to be fair, many of the men at that level are juicing as well.
The girl in the vid is 180 pounds though and more leaner and muscular than most girls. I think it would be a big difference between her and a 5’11 girl that’s 20 or 30 pounds overweight weighing 180 lbs at 5’11
I think there is a lot of human potential out there and think that women, if they push themselves, could achieve a 400lbs deadlift without steroids. I don’t think it would be super common and bigger women that are 200lbs+ would be able to do it more than women who are under 150lbs but it’s probably likely than you think.
I know a few that have done it natty and much smaller than the girl in the video. Like 5’4" and 140 lbs.
I have heard for women the strength potential is about 2/3 of men in the lower body lifts. I think this is about right. That then is like a man pulling 600 lbs natty. A good accomplishment for most, but many men will do this with enough time training. It may be less than half, but I wouldn’t jump to a conclusion of steroids seeing it.
Now a woman pulling 600 lbs. That I would bet almost anything that she is using gear.
Becca Swanson has pulled 683 (current record I believe). I also don’t think she is natty.
Probably not attainable for all men though. I have a hard time with these questions as definitions become really important. If the man is say willing to gain weight, and spend 10 years of his life focused on the goal, then likely over half of those men will do so. That isn’t typical at all. The percent of men who actually deadlift 600 lbs is really small (less than 1%).
If our pay rate was determined by our deadlift, I think working age men would probably average over 600 lbs. Schools would have everyone learning technique early on.
The only normal-sized female I know who actually tried to achieve it did. No chemical assistance seems evident at all. She looks like a healthy, attractive athlete with thickness in the places you’d expect for a pull in the 400’s.
Her recent competition lifts are at a 341 squat, 154 bench and 407 deadlift at 132lbs.
Her first competition pull at age 21 was 265 in the 123 class. It looks like it took her just under 2 years and moving up to the 132 class to achieve a 400 pound deadlift in competition.
Would you say she has the deadlift build? I.E. short torso and long limbs? The bench is poverty compared to the deadlift at least compared to most women’s ratios. I think push / pull is a better test of strength as it seems to even out differences in build. I know a lady that has about the same push pull numbers as the girl you mentioned, but she benches 220 lbs, and deadlifts closer to 375. Short arms and long torso.
BTW @twojarslave I have joined your 600 lb deadlift club recently.
Well I only ogled her a bit since she usually lifted with her husband. She was a very technical lifter and pulled sumo. Perfect reps every time from warm-up to top-set. She also lifted with that secret ingredient that so many self-described lifters lack.
Congrats on joining the 600 club. That’s a big milestone!