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BarBend is the Official Media Partner of USA Weightlifting.
BarBend is a proud media provider of World Para Powerlifting.
World Para Powerlifting (WPPO) is the international federation for the sport of Para powerlifting. The sport is governed by the International Paralympic Committee and directed by World Para Powerlifting staff and committees.
Included on the Paralympic Games sport programme since 1964, Para powerlifting is the ultimate test of strength and features the world’s strongest athletes with disabilities. Athletes from over 130 countries are often lifting over three times their own body weight!
Editor and Co-Founder
BarBend’s Co-Founder and Editorial Director, David is a veteran of the health & fitness industry, with nearly a decade of experience building editorial teams in the space. He also serves as a color commentator for both National and International weightlifting competitions through USA Weightlifting.
With eight years’ reporting experience on four continents, Nick is a seasoned writer and content producer who focuses exclusively on health and fitness. Starting his career writing on cholera outbreaks in Kenya, he moved to New York City in 2013 and has since been featured in Men’s Health, Vice, Popular Science, Runner’s World, the Sydney Morning Herald, and the Huffington Post.
Jake Boly has served as a writer and editor at BarBend for the last two years. Jake has written over 1,000 articles related to strength sports and currently manages a team of 16 writers. He received his Masters in Sports Science in 2016 from Hofstra University and has been a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) since 2015.
Phil has worked for the creative team and as on-air talent for World Wrestling Entertainment, as a narrator for Audible.com with over a dozen titles, and as a producer, director, and playwright in his native New York City. He co-founded IJB Theatrical Productions during his time with The Araca Group. He has a background in personal training and holds a BFA from Syracuse University.
BarBend’s Expert and Contributor Network includes some of the world’s top minds in strength training and strength athletics. Made up of Olympians, World Record holders, coaches, researchers, dietitians, and historians, these individuals bring a range of experiences to our site through the content they write and articles they help verify.
Brian St. Pierre MS, RD, CSCS, CISSN, PN2
As Precision Nutrition’s Director of Performance Nutrition, Brian leads a team of over 20 expert coaches, helping individuals of all backgrounds reach their personal and professional goals. Brian also works with a host of elite athletes such as U.S. Open Champion Sloane Stephens where he provides nutrition coaching and performance-specific… Read more
Dr. Trevor Kashey
Trevor Kashey has a Ph.D. in biochemistry with emphasis on cellular energy transduction (which he completed at the age of 23). He began his formal scientific career as a high school student, doing non-small cell lung cancer research at the Translational Genomics Research Institute in Phoenix, AZ. He has consistently been doing research since then, both in academic laboratories,… Read more
Chad Wesley Smith
Chad Wesley Smith is the owner/founder of Juggernaut Training Systems and one of the most accomplished strength athletes of recent years. With a background in track & field, Smith took his 2 collegiate national shot put championships and continued his athletic success in powerlifting and strongman.. Read more
PhD, CSCS*D, CISSN
Eric started lifting at the age of 12, and has been hooked ever since. Eric has a background in powerlifting and strength coaching, and has been competing in natural bodybuilding since 2011. Now he’s a pro natural bodybuilder with a PhD in Human Movement Science, and serves as the Director of Education for Stronger By Science… Read more
Andy Galpin, PhD
Human Bioenergetics Expert
Andy Galpin has a PhD in Human Bioenergetics as well as a Masters in Human Movement Sciences. Dr. Galpin is a tenured professor and scientist at CSU Fullerton where he is the Director of the Center for Sport Performance, which conducts, present, and publish research and engage in consultations specifically related to improvement of sports performance… Read more
Dr. Mike T. Nelson
Exercise Physiology Expert
Mike T. Nelson, PhD, MSME, CSCS, CISSN, is a research fanatic who specializes in metabolic flexibility and heart rate variability, as well as an online trainer, adjunct professor, faculty member at the Carrick Institute, presenter, creator of the Flex Diet Cert…. Read more
Weightlifter and Writer
From a very early age, Thea has demonstrated a strong passion in various creative endeavours. She began dance lessons at the age of 4 which played a big role in developing her work ethic and natural competitive edge. She has studied many disciplines of dance… Read more
President & Co-Founder
A long-time entrepreneur, fitness enthusiast, and Columbia Business School Alum, Kenny has built his career around creating high-quality, reader-focused digital brands.
Erik is a visual problem solver with a passion for connecting people with brands they love on a personal level. His skillset ranges from traditional graphic design to motion design and animation.
Jordan is a Nashville native inspired by all forms of storytelling. Over the past few years, he has been fortunate enough to tell a variety of stories through video. He also loves music, food and travel.
Amir is the Tech Lead and responsible for the development and support of digital solutions for the company. In addition to being responsible for technology deliverables, he also plays a prominent role in the architectural design and agile project planning.
Welcome to BarBend, your online home for all things strength. We’re a news, analysis, entertainment, and opinion platform for what’s relevant in strength-based competition and training. We post multiple times per day every weekday (and some weekends).
The content on BarBend is meant to be informative in nature, but it should not be taken as medical advice. When starting a new training regimen and/or diet, it is always a good idea to consult with a trusted medical professional. We are not a medical resource. The opinions and articles on this site are not intended for use as diagnosis, prevention, and/or treatment of health problems. They are not substitutes for consulting a qualified medical professional.
What We Cover
To start, check out the main menu: Fitness, Weightlifting, Powerlifting, and Strongman. That’s not an exclusive list, however, and we cover what we think is interesting and relevant to our readership. We believe strong makes better, and we celebrate diverse methods and modes of strength training and sport.
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BarBend is the Official Media Partner of USA Weightlifting. Unless otherwise specified on certain content, the two organizations maintain editorial independence.
BarBend is a proud media provider of World Para Powerlifting (WPPO). As with the above, unless otherwise specified on certain content, the two organizations maintain editorial independence.
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