Most Popular Exercise: Michiganders Love Doing Squats

Fact Checked by Pat McLoone

Three months ago, Michigan sports betting and Wolverines fans were celebrating a college football National Championship. A wildly disappointing Michigan college basketball season followed.

So, now it is time to move on from both and seek other diversions. How about some exercise? After all, National Exercise Day is April 18. – your source for online Michigan casinos - was curious to see which states were most actively searching for exercise recommendations. We used Google Trends and searched for β€œbest exercises.” We then used a list of the most popular gym exercises for men and women in 2024, according to, and found which ones are the top five most frequently searched in Michigan.

The search period was for 24 hours on April 8. Here are the results:

Most Active States

RankStateSearch Interest Score
9New Jersey51

Michigan, No. 1 in college football, was top 10 in exercise, completing our list in the 10th position.

Two of the four Michigan border states also finished in the top 10: Indiana (77) was No. 3 and Wisconsin (62) finished seventh.

Alabama, which lost to Michigan in this year’s College Football Playoff semifinals, topped the list with a score of 100. Washington (70), which lost the title game to Michigan, 34-13, placed sixth.

All that college football talk sends me to Caesars Sports Michigan, which gives the Wolverines +2000 odds to repeat, eighth overall. Georgia, at +300, is the favorite.

Back to exercise.

RankExerciseSearch Interest Score
2Bench press28
3Leg press24
5Lat pulldown9


Michigan Does Know Squat in Our Poll

Squat topped the list at No. 1 with a search interest score of 46. Bench press (28) was second and leg press (24) was a close third. Deadlift (20) and pulldown (9) completed the top five rankings.

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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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