Texans are the physically-strongest people in America, research shows
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How strong do you think Texans are when stacked up to the rest of the country?

Sure, they say "everything is bigger in Texas," but does that include muscles?

According to new research, yes!

Lift Vault, an online resource for powerlifting, bodybuilding and strength training, analyzed data, and set out to determine where in America do the country’s physically strongest men and women live--and Texas is number one on the list.

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The study focused on 5 years of data on 3 main powerlifting categories – the squat (a strength exercise in which the trainee lowers their hips from a standing position and then stands back up); the bench press (an upper-body weight training exercise in which the trainee presses a weight upwards while lying on a weight training bench); and a deadlift (in which a weight is lifted off the ground to the level of the hips, before being placed back on the ground).

Texas' results:

  • Average squat: 687 lbs
  • Average bench press: 438 lbs
  • Average deadlift: 742 lbs.

Virginia came in second, followed by New York, California and North Carolina.

North Dakota came in last.

Lift Vault’s founder, Kyle Risley, says: “Any ‘regular’ gym goer looking at this data shouldn’t get too disheartened if they compare to their own PRs! The data comes from people who take their powerlifting quite seriously, however, it does serve the purpose of identifying where America’s strongest men and women reside, and therefore I tip my hat and offer congratulations to the good people of Texas – officially America’s strongest!”

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