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Big state, bigger muscles: study shows Texans are the nation's strongest
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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1923 Lake Austin mansion demolition request pitting preservationists and some neighbors against owner and city preservation office
Austin Monitor

By Jonathan Lee

The Planning Commission was split Tuesday on whether to help save an eclectic lakefront estate from demolition by zoning it historic amid concerns over tax breaks and the likelihood that a previous owner participated in segregation as a business owner.

The property in question, known as the Delisle House, is located at 2002 Scenic Drive in Tarrytown. The main house, with Spanish and Modern influences, was built in 1923 by Raymond Delisle, an optician. A Gothic Revival accessory apartment was built in 1946. The current owner applied to demolish the structures in order to build a new home.'

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Freaky Floats and other Austin food & drink news
Austin Motel

What's new in Austin food & drink this week:

  • Nau's Enfield Drug closing after losing their lease. Did McGuire Moorman Lambert buy the building, with its vintage soda fountain?
  • Nixta Taqueria Chef Edgar Rico named to Time Magazine's Time 100 Next influencer list, after winning a James Beard Award earlier this year.
  • Question: From what BBQ joint did pescatarian Harry Styles order food this week?
  • Austin Motel is opening the pool and pool bar Wednesday nights in October for Freaky Floats.
  • Vincent's on the Lake closing due to "economic conditions and low water levels [at Lake Travis]."
  • Cenote has closed its Windsor Park location. The East Cesar Chavez location remains open.
  • The Steeping Room on N. Lamar has closed.
  • Local startup It's Skinnyscored new financing for its gluten-free pasta business.
  • P. Terry's opened a new location in Kyle, at 18940 IH-35.