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About BarBend and JAKK Media

BarBend is operated by JAKK Media, and we’re dedicated to the growth and promotion of strength training worldwide. 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!

Our team of in-house editors has decades of combined experience in strength training content. The majority of reviews on our site are written based on their first-person experience and testing. We also feature content from dozens of top contributing writers, coaches, and athletes from around the world. And BarBend’s Expert Network features medical professionals, trainers, and researchers who help verify the accuracy of our content, specifically select training and reviews topics. Content that is Expert Verified is indicated at the top of each corresponding article. We also work to keep our content up-to-date and indicate the day of the most recent editorial updates at the top of our articles.

BarBend is also the Official Media Partner of USA Weightlifting, the governing body for the sport in the United States.

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Let’s cut to the chase. Barbells are not cheap and buying one is a multi-year investment. They’re the gym/home gym owner’s equivalent of buying a car. Think about it. Barbells depreciate the moment

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The Ultimate Guide to Building Muscle in College

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USA Weightlifting’s 2019 Coaching Symposium Is Heading to Miami

Attention all weightlifting athletes, and weightlifting/strength coaches: the USA Weightlifting 2019 Coaching Symposium is heading to warm and sunny Miami, Florida. This year, the Coaching Symposium will be held August 8th-11th at the Embassy Suites


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