Most Popular Exercise: Pennsylvania Favors the Bench Press

Fact Checked by Pat McLoone

As you get older, you realize the importance of exercise in your daily life. As it turns out, National Exercise Day is Thursday, April 18.

With the date approaching, paused from Pennsylvania sports betting coverage to see which states were most actively searching for exercise recommendations. We used Google Trends to see which states were searching “best exercises.” Then, we used a list of the most popular gym exercises for men and women in 2024, according to, and found which of those exercises are top five most frequently searched in Pennsylvania. The search period was a 24-hour window on April 8. Here are the results: 

Most Active States

RankStateSearch Interest Score
9New Jersey51

The Keystone State comes in right at the middle at No. 5 with a search interest score of 71, one ahead of No. 6 Washington (70) and one behind No. 4 Minnesota (72). 
Maybe it has something to do with “Roll Tide,” but Alabama topped the list with a perfect score of 100. Colorado (78) and Indiana (77) were second and third,  respectively.

Pennsylvania’s neighbor, New Jersey, snuck in the top 10 at No. 9 with a 51.

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Pennsylvania’s Favorite Exercises

RankExerciseSearch Interest Score
1Bench press55
4Leg press14
5Lat pulldown6


PA Iron Pumpers Pick Bench Press

Bench press tops the list with a 55 among Pennsylvanians. Squat was second with a 46 and deadlift was third at 22. Leg press came in fourth at 14 and lat pulldown rounded out the top five with a 6.

Initiated in 2020, National Exercise Day was founded by Dr. Jeuse Bernard Saint-Fleur, who wanted to raise awareness about the fact that exercise can save lives. The day is meant to encourage everyone - not only in the U.S., but around the world - to get up and participate in physical activity and exercise.

According to the Mayo Clinic, a good standard for exercise is for an adult to get around 150 minutes of aerobic exercise per week, which comes to around 20 minutes per day, or 30 minutes for five days with two rest days. 
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Lou Monaco

Lou Monaco had been East Coast Scene columnist for Gaming Today in Las Vegas since June 2019, covering the East Coast sportsbook scene with emphasis on NJ and PA. He also currently is a part-time writer for the high school sports department for NJ Advanced Media ( in Iselin, NJ. Lou has over 30 years sports experience with previous stints at ESPN SportsTicker, Daily Racing Form and Oddschecker.

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