Americans love to prove how jacked we are.
But which states are the strongest (and the weakest)? And which are America’s strongest muscles? Now, thanks to fitness tracker company Skulpt, we can finally know just how much buffer we are than the rest of the world.
Skulpt—makers of the Aim, which the company says is the “first and only” fitness tracker that can rate the quality of individual muscles—analyzed the data and results of over 600 anonymous users from their internal database to produce their Fitness State of the Nation Report.
They found that America’s biggest muscles are in the upper body: triceps, chest, shoulders, and forearms. No surprise there—we love the show muscles. But sift through the data, and there are a few really interesting takeaways:
> The South Dominates: They just make ’em bigger in Dixie. Louisiana takes the top spot, with Alabama, Mississippi, Missouri, and Tennessee rounding out the top five. (For some reason, Georgia comes in dead last). SEC! SEC! SEC!
> New Jersey Fights Into the Top 10: Say what you will about Jersey stereotypes, but the Springsteen State is doing something right. Jersey guys have jacked upper bodies—triceps, upper back, and chest are the three strongest muscle groups there, as they are through most of the Northeast.
> The Glute Capital of the U.S.: Again, we hate to lean on stereotypes here, but the data says Las Vegas is home to the most toned butts in America. That said, the competition wasn’t too, ahem, tight: Glutes and calves are America’s weakest muscle groups.
Here’s the total survey results, courtesy of Skulpt (click/tap the headers to sort the table by state or muscle quality—100 is average, per Skulpt, the higher your MQ the greater your fitness):