Christian Matyi

Christian Matyi

Christian Matyi (aka “XN”) has been a creator, performer, producer, and writer for decades. While his main career revolves around creative pursuits (, Christian has been meanwhile deeply involved with drug-free bodybuilding and strength for most of his life, as competitor, coach, and pundit. He has written extensively on all aspects of physique sports, and was host and producer of the podcast The Big Inside. His intense curiosity, satirical outlook, and strong sense of ethics brand his work with insights designed to encourage readers towards a better understanding of the power of physique performance with its influence on culture.

About BarBend

BarBend covers a wide range of topics in strength, including training, nutrition, sports, news, analysis, reviews, and opinion. Whether you’re a seasoned lifter, new to the gym, or a dedicated strength sports fan, we’re your go-to source for the content you need to know!

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