BarBend Experts

BarBend’s Expert Network features some of the world’s top minds in strength training and strength athletics. Our Experts each of years of training, competition, academic, coaching, and practical experience across a wide range of strength disciplines and methodologies. The Expert Network is comprised 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.

For your reference, BarBend articles that have been Expert Verified feature a special callout at the top identifying the individuals in our network who have read and reviewed that content.

Aastha Kalra MD

Aastha Kalra, MD

Dr. Aastha Kalra specializes in obesity medicine and metabolic health. She is the physician founder of Weight Zero MD, a telemedicine clinic focusing on “diabetes reversal.” She is board certified in internal medicine.

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Andy Galpin

Andy Galpin, PhD

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

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Chad Wesley Smith

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

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Cheryl Haworth Olympian, Weightlifter

Cheryl Haworth

Cheryl Haworth is a 3-time Olympic Weightlifter and World Record Holder. Cheryl was born and raised in Savannah, Georgia. She graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2006 with a

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Dina D'Alessandro, MS, RDN

Dina R. D’Alessandro, MS, RDN

Dina R. D’Alessandro is a registered dietitian and dedicated nutrition professional with over 20 years of experience in the culinary, corporate, and healthcare industries. She is the founder of DishWithDina, a virtual platform

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Mike T. Nelson, PhD, MSME, CSCS, CISSN

Dr. Mike T. Nelson

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

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Greg Nuckols

Greg Nuckols has over a decade of experience under the bar, and a BS in Exercise and Sports Science. He’s held 3 all-time world records in powerlifting in the 220 and 242 classes.

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Greg Sutton

Greg Sutton

Greg Sutton is a nutrition, fitness, and athletics addict. During his time working as a full-time Nutrition Coach under Hybrid Performance Method, he has been able to submerge himself in everything that he loves

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Hennis Tung, MS, RD

Hennis is a New York City-based Registered Dietitian (RD). She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Food Science and Nutrition from the Ohio State University, before completing her Dietetic Internship and Master’s in Clinical

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Jim Elli

Jim Elli

Jim has been working with powerlifters for the last 6 years of his life. After realizing engineering wasn’t his path in university, he invested everything into becoming the best powerlifting coach he could be.

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Leyla Shamayeva MS RD

Leyla Shamayeva, MS, RD

Leyla is a registered dietitian and editor with over 7 years’ experience in digital health communications. As a registered dietitian, she is passionate about sharing factual, actionable, and personalized information. She’s a functional

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marissa meshalum

Marissa Meshulam, MS, RD

Marissa Meshulam ​is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist currently living and working in NYC. Born and raised in Chicago, IL, Marissa moved to NYC in 2018 to finish school to become an RD. She has

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Matthew Poplin

Matthew Poplin, MD

Dr. Matthew Poplin is a powerlifter, outdoor enthusiast, and family medicine physician in Charlotte, NC. He has a passion for educating lifters on evidence-based exercise science, nutrition, and medicine. He co-runs an Instagram

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Mike Israetel, PhD

Mike Israetel, PhD

Dr. Mike Israetel holds a PhD in Sport Physiology, and is currently the head science consultant for Renaissance Periodization. Mike was formerly a professor of Exercise and Sport Science in the School of

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Trevor Kashey, PhD

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

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Zack Telander

Zack Telander

After playing four years of  Division 1 Lacrosse at the University of Vermont, Zack graduated in 2013 and began coaching and competing in CrossFit. In 2015, after receiving his USAW-Level 1 Certification, Zack

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