The calories burned in a deadlift can depend on a number of factors, such as the type of lift, your weight and how intense you choose to lift. Anyone who adds this challenging movement to their weightlifting regimen could get rewarded with better overall power and stronger legs.

Your metabolism. The amount of calories you expend during a deadlifting session is not the total number of calories you burn as a result of your session. EPOC, or excess post-exercise oxygen consumption, is the amount of calories your body burns after a strength-training workout to return your body to its previous state. Your body has to restore oxygen levels, remove lactic acid buildup and create new energy stores, among other processes.

Intensity of your deadlifts. The more intense your workout, the more calories you burn. Using more weight for the deadlift and reducing your rest time between sets increases intensity.