BarBend is a website for news, analysis, and entertainment in all things strength sports.

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).

Medical Disclaimer

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.

We welcome comments, opinions, submissions, analysis, breaking news, and profiles (see below for submission details).

Who Are You Affiliated With?

BarBend is the Official Media Partner of USA Weightlifting. Unless otherwise specified on certain content, the two organizations maintain editorial independence.

BarBend is an independent website with multiple contributors, and the thoughts and opinions expressed therein are not necessarily those of BarBend HQ. For more info, check out our disclaimer in the footer.

Get in Touch or Submit a Pitch

Have a suggestion or story idea, or just want more BarBend? Want to be featured on BarBend or know someone who does? We want to hear from you. Email info [at] to get in touch with our editorial team.

Due to volume, we can’t respond to every inquiry immediately, though we’ll do our best to respond in the order that messages are received.

Our Team

BarBend is supported by a team of over 70 writers, contributors, researchers, photographers, and athletes from around the globe. Some of our team members include:

David Tao – Editor & Co-Founder

David is a veteran of the health & fitness industry, with nearly a decade of experience building and running editorial teams in the space. He’s especially passionate about the intersection of strength sports and quality.

Kenny Kline – 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.

Nick English – Staff Editor

Nick English is an editor and journalist with over six years’ reporting experience on four continents. His work can be found on Men’s Health, Vice, Popular Science, Runner’s World, & Huffington Post.

Jake Boly – Staff Editor

Jake holds a Master’s in Sports Science. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) & USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Level 1 Coach.

Wing Duong — Videographer and Photographer

A native of Queens, New York, Wing is a passionate content producer with experience in product, wedding, sports, and music photography. In his spare time, Wing enjoys longboarding and exploring the city’s best restaurants.

Michael Gill – Contributing Writer

Mike Gill is a retired 105kg professional strongman. He has a background in all weight disciplines and has competed in Bodybuilding, Powerlifting, and Weightlifting.

Mike Dewar – Contributing Writer 

Mike holds a Masters in Exercise Physiology from Columbia University in NYC, USA. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), USA Weightlifting Club Coach, & Performance Nutrition Coach.

Gabrielle Kassel — Contributing Writer

Gabrielle Kassel ( is a New York based writer who has a deep affinity for weight training, playing (and watching) rugby, and living mindfully. In her free time she can be found reading self-help books, bench pressing, or practicing hygge.

Samantha Poeth — Contributing Writer

Sam Poeth won her first USAW National title in 2005 at the Junior National Championships. She has 4 University National Titles and is the 2013 USAW National Champion.

Ben Pollack — Contributing Writer

Ben Pollack is a professional powerlifter and doctoral student at the University of Texas at Austin. Ben has competed in powerlifting for five years, and holds the all-time world record raw total in the 198-pound class.

Erik Ruuska — Graphic Designer

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.

Bryce Krawczyk — Contributing Writer

Bryce Krawczyk is an IPF Classic World Silver Medalist, 3-time CPU National Championship, and IPF Open World Record holder. He’s the owner and head coach at Calgary Barbell, a company dedicated to exceptional coaching services, as well as providing quality educational and entertaining content via YouTube and Instagram.