Is a 400 Pound Deadlift Attainable for Most Women?

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.

Here’s the video in question

I think size dictates (just like men) what most are capable of lifting. There’s a reason there’s weight classes in lifting sports.

Is it impressive? Yes. Could most girls who are 5’11 dedicate themselves to the pursuit of pulling 400 naturally and get it? Why hell yes.

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Not that knowledgable on womens lifting but …Yes/Presume 90% of this thread applies…


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

looked up stefi cohen thought she was like 5’4.
Actually 5foot nothing and 115-125lbs! -seems womenz can lift crazy weight if really push it(and yeah i presume she’s on the gear)…

I mean naturally. She’s a walking pharmacy

You’re right. Only women on drugs can lift this. Don’t waste your time.

Sure but like i said she’s tiny, if she was 5 11 she would close in on 700lbs …and therefore prob do 400 naturally, in her sleep

I don’t think the girl in the video I posted is, but come on, look at her physical stats

You seem to have made your mind up for what possible and not possible with natty or juiced. All I’m saying


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.

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I know lots of women with 400# deadlifts that are lifetime natural.

So yes I think it is attainable.


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.

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I say no, based on the OP saying “MOST” women. That means over 50% of women could attain a 400lb deadlift.

Top 30 ATWR deadlifts by women ( raw ) after all 355lbs or more, 5 of those 30 are sub 400 but withing enough distance it’s negligable considering they are all sub 105lbs BW. Highest being 622.

That’s out of 88k female lifters in any event ( push/pull or full power )

There are 3316 females on that list with 400+ lbs on their deadlift. If we drop to 385 that’s 4706.

That’s 5% of the women who have competed. Drop it to 315 and that’s 20k females or 22%

Most women who want to lift weights can likely hit 315 rather easily. 365 is going to require sometime. 385 is going to be time and hard work, 400 is going to be a lot of hard work and even more time.

The issue is most people fade out from lifting weights so they don’t get the time under the bar that is required to hit those hard numbers.

As @mnben87 said, it’s like a guy pulling 600, it’s attainable just takes time and hard work.


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.

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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.



Yes, because that’s different than the first question.

Three years away from the site, nearly to the day, and this is what’s on your mind? Huh.


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!