Average Deadlift Strength For 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18 Year Olds

average deadlift strength for 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18 year olds

The deadlift is typically the strongest lift for powerlifters and is the ultimate test of full body strength; but how much should teenage lifters expect to lift at their age? What is the average deadlift for a 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, and 18 year olds?

The following data represents all of the 13 to 18 year old lifters who have competed in the International Powerlifting Federation. The data from these lifters were used to provide average deadlift strength at each age, and across all IPF weight classes. 

This data is intended to be used as a reference point for teenage lifters and to see how relative strength changes across these age groups and weight classes.

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What Is The Average Deadlift For A 13 Year Old?

The average deadlift for a male 13-year-old is 1.6 times bodyweight.  The average deadlift for a female 13-year-old is 1.5 times bodyweight. Depending on the weight class, deadlifts will range from 97kg to 158kg for men and 72kg to 110kg for women.

Male 13-Year-Olds

53kg

The average deadlift for this weight class is 97kg.

59kg

The average deadlift for this weight class is 116kg.

66kg

The average deadlift for this weight class is 120kg.

74kg

The average deadlift for this weight class is 129kg.

83kg 

The average deadlift for this weight class is 134kg.

93kg

The average deadlift for this weight class is 138kg.

105kg

The average deadlift for this weight class is 140kg. 

120kg

 The average deadlift for this weight class is 144kg.

120+kg: 

The average deadlift for this weight class is 158kg.


Takeaway: Across the weight classes, the 59kg lifters have the strongest deadlifts on average at 1.8 times their bodyweight. The 120kg and 120+kg lifters have the weakest deadlifts of the 13 year olds at 1.2 times their bodyweight (which we can assume is because they have less lean muscle mass and more fat mass, due to their young training age).

Female 13-Year-Olds

43kg

The average deadlift for this weight class is 72kg.

47kg

The average deadlift for this weight class is 84kg.

52kg 

The average deadlift for this weight class is 88kg.

57kg

The average deadlift for this weight class is 89kg.

63kg 

The average deadlift for this weight class is 92kg.

69kg 

The average deadlift for this weight class is 98kg.

76kg 

The average deadlift for this weight class is 101kg.

84kg

The average deadlift for this weight class is 110kg.

84+kg: 

The average deadlift for this weight class is 105kg.

Takeaway: The relative deadlift strength of the female 13 year olds has a downward trend as the weight classes increase. The 47kg class has the highest relative strength at an average of 1.8 times their bodyweight, and the 84kg+ had the lowest relative strength at an average of 1.2 times their bodyweight. 

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What Is The Average Deadlift For A 14 Year Old?

The average deadlift for male 14 year olds is 1.8 times bodyweight.  The average deadlift strength of 14 year old females is 1.6 times bodyweight. Depending on the weight class, deadlifts will range from 105kg to 174kg for men and 77kg to 121kg for women.

Male 14 Year Olds

53kg

The average deadlift for this weight class is 105kg.

59kg

The average deadlift for this weight class is 124kg.

66kg

The average deadlift for this weight class is 130kg.

74kg

The average deadlift for this weight class is 144kg.

83kg

The average deadlift for this weight class is 153kg.

93kg

The average deadlift for this weight class is 159kg.

105kg

The average deadlift for this weight class is 160kg.

120kg 

The average deadlift for this weight class is 170kg.

120+kg

The average deadlift for this weight class is 174kg.

Takeaway: The data shows that the relative deadlift strength of male 14 year olds decreases as weight classes increase. The weight class with the highest relative deadlift is the 59kg class with an average of 2.1 times their bodyweight. The weight class with the lowest relative strength is the 120+kg class with an average of 1.3 times their bodyweight for their deadlifts.

Female 14 Year Olds

43kg

The average deadlift for this weight class is 77kg.

47kg

The average deadlift for this weight class is 86kg.

52kg

The average deadlift for this weight class is 93kg.

57kg

The average deadlift for this weight class is 98kg.

63kg

The average deadlift for this weight class is 99kg.

69kg

The average deadlift for this weight class is 105kg.

76kg

The average deadlift for this weight class is 110kg.

84kg

The average deadlift for this weight class is 117kg.

84+kg

The average deadlift for this weight class is 121kg.

Takeaway: The lighter weight classes have better relative strength for their deadlifts on average than the heavier weight classes. The highest strength levels being the 47kg class with deadlifts at 1.8 times their bodyweight and the lowest deadlift strength being the 84+kg class at 1.3 times their bodyweight.

What Is The Average Deadlift For A 15 Year Old?

The average deadlift for male 15 year olds is 1.9 times bodyweight.  The average deadlift strength of 15 year old females is 1.7 times bodyweight. Depending on the weight class, deadlifts will range from 115kg to 191kg for men and 80kg to 126kg for women.

Male 15 Year Olds

53kg

The average deadlift for this weight class is 115kg.

59kg

The average deadlift for this weight class is 131kg.

66kg

The average deadlift for this weight class is 142kg.

74kg

The average deadlift for this weight class is 150kg.

83kg

The average deadlift for this weight class is 169kg.

93kg

The average deadlift for this weight class is 166kg.

105kg

The average deadlift for this weight class is 173kg.

120kg

The average deadlift for this weight class is 191kg.

120+kg

The average deadlift for this weight class is 188kg.

Takeaway: The trend for 15-year-old male’s strength in the deadlift is a decrease in relative strength as the weight classes increase. The strongest weight class for the deadlift is the 59kg class, who lift 2.2 times their bodyweight. The weakest class seems to be the 120+kg lifters who deadlift 1.4 times their bodyweight.

Female 15 Year Olds

43kg

The average deadlift for this weight class is 80kg.

47kg

The average deadlift for this weight class is 85kg.

52kg

The average deadlift for this weight class is 94kg.

57kg

The average deadlift for this weight class is 103kg.

63kg

The average deadlift for this weight class is 103kg.

69kg

The average deadlift for this weight class is 112kg.

76kg

The average deadlift for this weight class is 113kg.

84kg

The average deadlift for this weight class is 118kg.

84+kg

The average deadlift for this weight class is 126kg.

Takeaway: Female 15-year-old’s deadlifts decrease on average as the weight classes increase. The strongest class is the 43kg class who deadlift on average 1.9 times their bodyweight. The weakest classes according to the data are the 84 and 84+kg class who deadlift 1.4 times their bodyweight.

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What Is The Average Deadlift For A 16 Year Old?

the average deadlift for a 16 year old

The average deadlift for male 16 year olds is 2.1 times bodyweight.  The average deadlift strength of 16 year old females is 1.8 times bodyweight. Depending on the weight class, deadlifts will range from 125kg to 210kg for men and 83kg to 139kg for women.

Male 16 Year Olds

53kg

The average deadlift for this weight class is 125kg.

59kg

The average deadlift for this weight class is 142kg.

66kg

The average deadlift for this weight class is 157kg.

74kg

The average deadlift for this weight class is 173kg.

83kg

The average deadlift for this weight class is 186kg.

93kg

The average deadlift for this weight class is 194kg.

105kg

The average deadlift for this weight class is 201kg.

120kg

The average deadlift for this weight class is 207kg.

120+kg

The average deadlift for this weight class is 210kg.

Takeaway: The average deadlift for 16-year-old male’s decreases as the weight classes increase. The 59kg weight class is the strongest on average with a 2.4 times bodyweight deadlift. The 120+kg class is the weakest on average with a 1.6  times bodyweight deadlift.

Female 16 Year Olds

43kg

The average deadlift for this weight class is 83kg.

47kg

The average deadlift for this weight class is 92kg.

52kg

The average deadlift for this weight class is 101kg.

57kg

The average deadlift for this weight class is 104kg.

63kg

The average deadlift for this weight class is 112kg.

69kg

The average deadlift for this weight class is 120kg.

76kg

The average deadlift for this weight class is 125kg.

84kg

The average deadlift for this weight class is 130kg.

84+kg

The average deadlift for this weight class is 139kg.

Takeaway: The lighter the lifters for female 16-year-olds, the more relative strength in the deadlift on average. The data tells us that the strongest class is the 47kg class who deadlift 2.0 times their bodyweight. The weakest classes seem to be the 85kg and 84+kg classes who deadlift 1.5 times their bodyweight.

What Is The Average Deadlift For A 17 Year Old?

The average deadlift for male 17 year olds is 2.3 times bodyweight.  The average deadlift strength of 17 year old females is 1.9 times bodyweight. Depending on the weight class, deadlifts will range from 122kg to 224kg for men and 95kg to 139kg for women.

Male 17 Year Olds

53kg

The average deadlift for this weight class is 122kg.

59kg

The average deadlift for this weight class is 153kg.

66kg

The average deadlift for this weight class is 170kg.

74kg

The average deadlift for this weight class is 186kg.

83kg

The average deadlift for this weight class is 198kg.

93kg

The average deadlift for this weight class is 207kg.

105kg

The average deadlift for this weight class is 215kg.

120kg

The average deadlift for this weight class is 224kg.

120+kg

The average deadlift for this weight class is 220kg.

Takeaway: The data tells us that the strongest weight class on average for 17-year-old males in the deadlift is the 59kg class who deadlift 2.6 times their bodyweight. The weakest class on average is the 120+kg class who deadlift on average 1.7 times their bodyweight.

Female 17 Year Olds

43kg

The average deadlift for this weight class is 95kg.

47kg

The average deadlift for this weight class is 99kg.

52kg

The average deadlift for this weight class is 105kg.

57kg

The average deadlift for this weight class is 112kg.

63kg

The average deadlift for this weight class is 118kg.

69kg

The average deadlift for this weight class is 126kg.

76kg

The average deadlift for this weight class is 124kg.

84kg

The average deadlift for this weight class is 132kg.

84+kg

The average deadlift for this weight class is 139kg.

Takeaway: The data tells us that the strongest average deadlift for 17-year-old females are from the 43kg class who deadlift 2.2 times their bodyweight. The class who deadlifts the least on average for this age group is the 84+kg class who deadlifts 1.6 times their bodyweight.

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What Is The Average Deadlift For An 18 Year Old?

the average deadlift for an 18 year old

The average deadlift for male 18 year olds is 2.4 times bodyweight.  The average deadlift strength of 18 year old females is 1.9 times bodyweight. Depending on the weight class, deadlifts will range from 139kg to 236kg for men and 84kg to 143kg for women.

Male 18 Year Olds

53kg

The average deadlift for this weight class is 139kg.

59kg

The average deadlift for this weight class is 164kg.

66kg

The average deadlift for this weight class is 181kg.

74kg

The average deadlift for this weight class is 193kg.

83kg

The average deadlift for this weight class is 207kg.

93kg

The average deadlift for this weight class is 218kg.

105kg

The average deadlift for this weight class is 230kg.

120kg

The average deadlift for this weight class is 236kg.

120+kg

The average deadlift for this weight class is 230kg.

Takeaway: The relative strength for the 18-year-old male’s deadlifts tends to decrease as the weight classes increase. The strongest weight class according to the data is the 59kg class who deadlift 2.8 times their bodyweight. The weakest class on average seems to be the 120+kg who deadlift 1.8 times their bodyweight

Female 18 Year Olds

43kg

The average deadlift for this weight class is 84kg.

47kg

The average deadlift for this weight class is 100kg.

52kg

The average deadlift for this weight class is 106kg.

57kg

The average deadlift for this weight class is 115kg.

63kg

The average deadlift for this weight class is 119kg.

69kg

The average deadlift for this weight class is 132kg.

76kg

The average deadlift for this weight class is 133kg.

84kg

The average deadlift for this weight class is 135kg.

84+kg

The average deadlift for this weight class is 143kg.

Takeaway: The strongest weight class for the 18-year-old females on average is the 47kg class who deadlift 2.1 times their bodyweight. The classes with the least amount of relative strength for the deadlift are the 84kg and 84+kg classes who deadlift 1.6 times their bodyweight..

How Does Deadlift Strength Vary Among 13 to 18 Year Olds?

The data confirms that relative strength in the deadlift increases as we age. This increase in strength can be attributed to the development of muscle mass, refinement of technique, and neuromuscular adaptations that occur over time with training.

The average deadlift strength for male lifters increased from 1.6 times bodyweight to 2.4 times bodyweight across ages 13 to 18 respectively. The average deadlift for female lifters increased from 1.5 times bodyweight to 1.9 times bodyweight from age 13 to 18.

The data also reveals that the lower weight classes in each weight class tended to have more relative strength than the higher weight classes (specially the 59kg males and the 47kg females). 

This is most likely attributed to the lighter weight classes having more lean muscle mass reflected in their total bodyweight – meaning they fill out their weight class with more lean muscle and have limited fat mass. In addition, lifters with high body fat percentages may be at a mechanical disadvantage if they are limited in their start position by additional fat mass.


The limited amount of training experience for lifters at this age would limit the amount of muscle that these age groups would be able to build. Therefore, the higher weight classes of these age groups are more likely to have more fat mass than lean mass, which is a disadvantage in weight class sports. The reason for this is that fat mass is not a contractile tissue, and therefore will not help lifters to lift heavier weights, limiting their relative strength capacity.

Final Thoughts

With this data in mind, we can identify whether teenage lifters are performing well in the deadlift compared to other lifters their age, or if they need improvement. It is also important to emphasize that the teenage years are important for developing the technique and muscle mass that will make them more successful in the future.


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Amanda Parker has a passion for competing and coaching in both powerlifting and weightlifting. She uses her knowledge from her Kinesiology Degree, CSCS, and Precision Nutrition certification to coach athletes and lifestyle clients for performance in training and nutrition. Connect with her on Instagram.