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.

Brian St. Pierre MS, RD, CSCS, CISSN, PN2
Nutrition Expert

As Precision Nutrition’s Director of Performance Nutrition, Brian leads a team of over 20 expert coaches, helping individuals of all backgrounds reach their personal and professional goals. Brian also works with a host of elite athletes such as U.S. Open Champion Sloane Stephens where he provides nutrition coaching and performance-specific… Read more

Dr. 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 cell lung cancer research at the Translational Genomics Research Institute in Phoenix, AZ. He has consistently been doing research since then, both in academic laboratories,… Read more

Cheryl Haworth
Olympian, Weightlifter

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 B.F.A. in Historic Preservation. Cheryl is a eleven-time consecutive National Champion. She earned the title of “Strongest Woman… Read more

Dr. Mike T Nelson, PhD
Metabolic Flexibility Expert

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 Institute, presenter, creator of the Flex Diet Cert, kiteboarder, and (somewhat incongruously) heavy-metal enthusiast… Read more

Mike Israetel, PhD
Sports Physiologist

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 Public Health… Read more

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Greg Nuckols
Record Holding Powerlifter

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…Read more

Ben Pollack, PhD
World Record Powerlifter

Ben Pollack is a professional powerlifter and holds the all-time world record raw total of 2039 in the 198-pound class. He has won best overall lifter at the largest raw meets in the world, including the US Open, Boss of Bosses… Read more

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Andy Galpin, PhD
Human Bioenergetics Expert

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 of the Center for Sport Performance, which conducts, present, and publish research and engage in consultations specifically related to improvement of sports performanceRead more

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Chad Wesley Smith
Elite Powerlifter

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 national shot put championships and continued his athletic success in powerlifting and strongman.. Read more

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Eric Trexler

Eric started lifting at the age of 12, and has been hooked ever since. Eric has a background in powerlifting and strength coaching, and has been competing in natural bodybuilding since 2011. Now he’s a pro natural bodybuilder with a PhD in Human Movement Science, and serves as the Director of Education for Stronger By ScienceRead more