Op-Ed

10 Rules for the Aspiring Strongman

Strongman is a tough sport, and the dropout rate reflects that. It’s such a shame to see a talented athlete fall to the wayside either through injury or losing interest after a bad comp. But it doesn’t have to...

8 Great Triceps Exercises You’re Probably Not Doing

Back-of-arm chisel is IN, and thick, sleeve-busting arms are nothing if not eye-catching. But contrary to popular belief, for stronger, thicker, more toned arms, you need to spend less time on your biceps and more time on your triceps....

A Step by Step Breakdown of the Farmer’s Walk

The Farmer’s Walk, a common strongman event, has grown in popularity amongst athletes, general fitness enthusiasts, and anyone wanting to get stronger. The benefits of farmer’s walks are numerous: improved grip strength, single leg balance and loading, abdominal activation,...

8 Questions Strength Athletes Should Ask About Their Diets

I’m about to do something very difficult; rewrite an article that hundreds of authors have already taken on and challenge something that is on a steady rise to stardom in the strongman society. This subject can best be addressed...

Supplements for Strength Athletes: What’s Changing, What’s New, and What’s Obsolete

Editors note: This article is an op-ed. The views expressed herein and in the video are the authors and don’t necessarily reflect the views of BarBend. Claims, assertions, opinions, and quotes have been sourced exclusively by the author. The desire...

How Using Atlas Stones Can Benefit Almost Every Type of Athlete

The Atlas Stones are often regarded as one of the signature events in the World's Strongest Man contest. They’re typically the final event of strongman competitions, and this event often determines the winner. Originally, the stones were lifted onto...

7 Strongman Lifts for Beginners (and Nearly Every Athlete)

Strongman training is not for the faint of heart. Often, strongmen (and strongwomen) need to showcase unparalleled strength, muscular endurance, and anaerobic capacities while pushing, pulling, dragging, throwing, and carrying a wide array of objects. Strongman training incorporates a wide...

Finding Success in Missed Lifts: A Reflection on Competition

A few weeks ago, I competed in what felt like my millionth weightlifting meet. No matter how many meets I do, somehow my total remains the same. It's become a bit of a joke that I end each meet...

How to Match Training and Nutrition for Year-Long Goals

I’m writing this article from 30,000 feet in the air, on my way back from the beautiful Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas. Sun, sand, beaches, water parks, and yes - gorgeous bodies in very little clothing all make for a...

When (and Why) You Should Slow Down the Olympic Lifts

Come on, SLOW DOWN! Take your time getting into your key positions of each exercise, hold it, THEN you can move fast and aggressively! This is opposed to a dip and an immediate change of direction back up when...

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Eddie Hall Squats 759 lbs For 6 Reps With No Belt...

Strongman Eddie Hall is known for a lot of things in the strength world, but in recent years, powerlifting hasn't been first and foremost among them...yet. In...

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