Deadlifting 405 - Everything You Need to Know

Deadlifting provides an excellent measure of your overall strength and power. It requires your upper and lower body to work together to generate enough power off the floor whilst keeping your body in an optimal lifting position.

Deadlifting 405, also known as lifting four 45 pound plates, is a common aim in the lifting community. So, how easy is it to lift? What factors affect your deadlift strength? I’ve discussed this below to help you lift more off the floor. 

Deadlifting 405 will take at least a year to achieve with a well-organized, periodized training program. A 405 deadlift takes more time for most lifters, with different factors affecting progress.

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What do the Strength Standards mean?

Strength standards are an arbitrary level of strength that you can expect to achieve for different lifts. They are most commonly used for the deadlift, squat, and bench which are known as the big three lifts in the powerlifting community.

Different factors such as age and gender can affect your strength level. I’ll go into more detail regarding these later in the article. For now, let’s focus on what the strength standards mean:

Beginner - A beginner lifter can perform a deadlift with the correct technique. They have practiced for at least a month. Stronger than 5% of lifters.

Novice - A novice lifter has been training for at least six months with success. They can perform the correct deadlift technique whilst progressing their deadlift number. Stronger than 20% of lifters.

Intermediate - An intermediate lifter has been training the deadlift regularly for at least two years. Their numbers have been steadily progressing and they incorporate some accessory work and deadlift variations. Stronger than 50% of lifters.

Advanced - An advanced lifter has seen deadlift progression over a period of five years. They perform periodized deadlift-specific training, with multiple variations and accessory work programmed successfully. Stronger than 80% of lifters.

Elite - An elite lifter has dedicated over five years to serious training. They regularly compete at an elite level. Stronger than 95% of lifters.

Here are the deadlift standards according to the lifter categories I’ve described above:

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1. Male Deadlift Standards (lbs)

Strength LevelDeadlift Weight (lbs)
Beginner173 lbs
Novice246 lbs
Intermediate336 lbs
Advanced440 lbs
Elite552 lbs
Strength LevelDeadlift Weight (lbs)
Beginner173 lbs
Novice246 lbs
Intermediate336 lbs
Advanced440 lbs
Elite552 lbs

Table sourced from

2. Female Deadlift Standards (lbs)

Strength LevelDeadlift Weight (lbs)
Beginner84 lbs
Novice132 lbs
Intermediate193 lbs
Advanced265 lbs
Elite345 lbs
Strength LevelDeadlift Weight (lbs)
Beginner84 lbs
Novice132 lbs
Intermediate193 lbs
Advanced265 lbs
Elite345 lbs

Table sourced from

Is 405 a Good Deadlift?

Whatever your ability level, a 405-pound deadlift (four 45 pound plates) is an excellent amount of weight to lift off the floor. It takes months to years of dedicated training where you need to generate enough power off the ground using the correct technique to lift it successfully.

In any commercial gym, a 405 deadlift would be classed as an impressive lift among the recreational lifting community. Specialized powerlifting gyms would be different, but these aren’t your average lifters.

If you're a make under 220 pounds, a 405 deadlift would be classed as an advanced to elite level lift. If you're a woman, a 405 deadlift would be beyond elite level whatever your body weight is.

What Affects the Weight for Deadlifting?

When working towards 405 pounds, you need to take different factors into account. I’ve summarised some of them below. 

1. Bodyweight 

As you get heavier, the amount of weight you can lift off the floor gets easier. This is why competitive lifts are measured by taking body weight into account rather than raw numbers.

For example, for a 130-pound male, a 405-pound deadlift would be elite as its 3x bodyweight. The same lift for a 300 male would be 1.5x bodyweight and only classed as a novice lift.

Here are the expected strength standards at different body weights for men and women.

Male Strength Standards (Bodyweight) 

Bodyweight (lbs)Strength Standards (lbs)
(Novice - Elite)

Table sourced from

Female Strength Standards (Bodyweight) 

Bodyweight (lbs)Strength Standards (Novice - Elite)

Table sourced from

The exact reason for the disparity in lifting numbers with weight differences isn’t clear, but these are some of the contributing factors:

  • More muscle mass
  • More connective tissue around the joints to provide lifting stability
  • Better body leverage and a stronger lifting base

2. Gender 

Strength standards are much higher for men than for women at the same body weight levels as you can see from the tables above.

Simply put, men are stronger than women. This mainly comes down to differences in muscle size, with muscle tissue composition similar between genders.

3. Programming 

If you’re looking to increase your deadlift numbers, a well-made program matters. If you’re training specifically for the deadlift, you’ll likely see much faster increases compared to someone who is doing a more general strength program.

A periodized deadlift program should be designed so that different training variables are manipulated to maximize your training adaptations. Factors that can be changed include intensity, volume, and training frequency.

For example, your deadlift training may involve different variations, accessory exercises, and lifting volumes in each session.

Programming can have a huge effect on your deadlifting number, with an approach using a combination of scientific principles and your preferences usually the best.

4. Experience Level

If you're someone with a lot of previous lifting experience, you’ll most likely find it much easier to rebuild lost strength compared to someone who is starting from the beginning.

This is generally due to a combination of muscle memory and technique cues that become familiar to you once you start lifting again.

Muscle memory allows us to recover lost muscle much quicker compared to someone who has never had the muscle to begin with. Movement patterns are easier to re-learn, with proprioception allowing us to recruit the same muscle groups as we used in our previous training history. 

5. Genetics

Even if you account for all the other factors above, you can’t change the genetics you’re born with. Some people just respond to training much better than others, with factors such as hormone levels and biomechanics playing a key role.

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How to Deadlift 405 lbs

Here are some great tips to improve your deadlift and get to 405 pounds:

1. Practice Your Technique:

  • Assume the correct stance before placing your hands on the bar. Check your feet are correctly positioned in relation to your body and the bar
  • Drive through the floor as you lift the bar off the ground. Think about driving through your heels
  • Keep a neutral spine position with your head facing forward
  • Take the slack out of the bar and contract your lats before lifting

2. Perform Accessory Work

  • Address your weak points at different phases in the lift by doing regular accessory work
  • Perform the exercises after your main compound lifting session is finished
  • Divide your deadlift into the bottom pull, mid-range, and lockout
  • Use popular accessory exercises such as deficit deadlifts, banded deadlifts, and rack pulls depending on your weak point

3. Build Muscle Strength

  • Improve the strength of your prime movers including your quads, hamstrings, glutes, and back
  • Add exercises such as leg presses, hip thrusts, and good mornings into your workout routine

About the Program

Our Deadlift 2.0 program is a 12-week strength plan designed to boost your Deadlift PR.

The program follows a schedule of THREE 60-90 minutes training sessions per week. The training is scheduled for Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, but you can adjust the days to fit your weekly routine, as long as you follow the pattern of one training day followed by one cooldown day, with two days of rest after every third session.

The training is structured into 3 main blocks, with each block lasting for 4 weeks:

Who Is the Program For?

The plan is fit for both male and female athletes and is especially good for Powerlifters and Olympic lifters, but also for fans of deadlifting and strength training. All training requires access to basic equipment.

Deadlift Program

  • Split into 3 block of 4 weeks (12 weeks total)
  • 40 unique exercises, with video tutorials
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Can women deadlift 405 pounds?

Strength standards are higher for men due to differences in biology and genetics.

Deadlifting 405 as a woman would be considered an elite lift even for heavier lifters.

It’s definitely possible, but would require years of training to achieve.

How long will it take to deadlift 405 or 500 pounds? 

Deadlifting 405 pounds will take at least one year of well-organized training, with most people taking longer. Getting to 500 pounds will take years of serious training, with most people never achieving it.

Deadlifting 500 pounds is classed as an elite lift, with a specific deadlift strength program required.


A 405 pound deadlift is achievable for most recreational gym goers with a well-organized gym program. Some lifters may take around a year whilst others will take much longer. Women lifting 405 are classed as elite-level lifters meaning it takes much longer than men to achieve.

Factors such as age, gender, training history, and genetics may all play a role. Practice the correct technique, perform regular accessory work, and strengthen your prime movers to improve your deadlift performance.

Have you deadlifted 405 before? What are your current deadlift goals? Talk to me down below!

Also read:


  • The Relationship Between Physical Characteristics and Maximal Strength in Men Practicing the Back Squat, the Bench Press and the Deadlift // NCBI:
  • A Comparison between Male and Female Athletes in Relative Strength and Power Performances // NCBI:
  • Current Concepts in Periodization of Strength and Conditioning for the Sports Physical Therapist // NCBI:
  • The concept of skeletal muscle memory // Wiley:
  • Genetics and Athletic Performance // OpenAccess:

Sergii is a professional weightlifter and National team member in the past. Competed in 94 kg w/c, won multiple medals on national competitions.

Nowadays Sergii is responsible for designing training programs, writing blog articles, doing live commentary of international weightlifting competitions, running different sport & fitness educational seminars, including Olympic weightlifting together with Oleksiy Torokhtiy all around the globe.

WBCL autor Sergii Putsov

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