Texans Are the Strongest People in the Country According to a New Study

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Everything is bigger in Texas, including our muscles apparently.

Texans. We love our Whataburger, brisket, and fried foods – but we also love to lift heavy weights. According to a new study conducted by Lift Vault, Texas has on average the strongest men and women in the United States.

The researchers used the Open Powerlifting database and looked at 5 years of powerlifting data (2016-2020) from every state in the USA in 3 different categories; Squat, Bench Press, and Deadlift.

The researchers only used the best full power performance recorded by a powerlifter each year to remove the possibility of a lifter moving to a new state and skewing the data during a calendar year. Powerlifters also had to be drug tested and over the age of 18 to count towards a state’s average for that category for a specified year. Finally only the top 10 results were used in making the yearly average calculations in each category which were used to rank states. Averages were cacluclated for the Wilks coefficent and for weight in each category. The final rankings are based on Wilks with different rankings for each category as well.

Texas came in #1 in all categories of strength measurement

  • Wilks Score = 546.4
  • Avg Squat = 687 lbs
  • Avg Bench Press = 438 lbs
  • Avg Dead lift = 742 lbs

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Here are the top 10 states for average bench press (in lbs):

  1. Texas – 438 lbs
  2. Ohio – 437 lbs
  3. Arizona – 415 lbs
  4. Missouri – 412 lbs
  5. Alabama – 411 lbs
  6. Georgia – 402 lbs
  7. Florida – 398 lbs
  8. Arkansas – 394 lbs
  9. Indiana – 392 lbs
  10. New York – 388 lbs

Here are the top 10 states for average squat (in lbs):

  1. Texas – 687 lbs
  2. Ohio – 670 lbs
  3. Georgia – 648 lbs
  4. Alabama – 638 lbs
  5. Mississippi – 633 lbs
  6. Missouri – 633 lbs
  7. New York – 622 lbs
  8. Louisiana – 614 lbs
  9. Arizona – 611 lbs
  10. Maryland – 608 lbs

Here are the top 10 states for average deadlift (in lbs):

  1. Texas – 742 lbs
  2. Ohio – 713 lbs
  3. Georgia – 697 lbs
  4. Missouri – 689 lbs
  5. New York – 687 lbs
  6. Alabama – 686 lbs
  7. Louisiana – 680 lbs
  8. Michigan – 674 lbs
  9. Oregon – 672 lbs
  10. Minnesota – 664 lbs

Texas is home to famous bodybuilding gyms like Metroflex in Arlington, TX and eight time Mr. Olympia winner Ronnie Coleman.

Other states of note: California came in 4th overall (in Wilks score) even though they didn’t crack the top 10 of any category. Oklahoma came in 37th overall (in Wilks score). On average Californians weighed 40 lbs less than Texas lifters (167 lbs vs 207 lbs) and Oklahoma lifters weighed 3 lbs more than Texans.

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