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Texas ranks number one in more than just state pride—Texans now rank as the physically strongest men and women in the country, according to LiftVault, an online website on bodybuilding, strength training and other workout programs.

LiftVault's study used five years of research from the Open Powerlifting database to determine where the nation's strongest live. Competitors were measured by performance in three traditional powerlifting exercises: squat, deadlift and bench press. Each state's top ten lifters were then compared to find state averages.

With an average squat of 687 lbs., average deadlift of 742 lbs. and an average bench press of 438 lbs., Texas topped all 50 states.

Texas also hosts two of the nation's top five lifters. Ashton Rouska ranked fourth overall with a 794 lb. squat, 457 lb. bench and 844 lb. deadlift; while Jesus Olivares had the nation's highest deadlift (882 lbs.) to reach number five on the list.

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