April 8, 2022 Read in Browser

Happy Friday! This weekend, we’re maxing out AND taking a rest day. It’s every lifter’s dream.

A mega-popular and talented NFL player caused waves when describing his unconventional diet. We asked a nutritionist if it’s halfway legit.

In other news: All-time great bench presser Julius Maddox proves he’s not a one-trick pony with some mind-blowing raw squats. Plus: Martins Licis talks about Ukraine, World’s Strongest Man, and a whole lot more.


Three Bags of Candy Per Day?!

DK Metcalf
Image via ESPN on Instagram

Featured in the March 24, 2022 episode of KG Certified, hosted by basketball Hall of Famer Kevin Garnett, on the SHOWTIME Basketball YouTube channel was Seattle Seahawks wide receiver DK Metcalf. In the episode, the topic of Metcalf’s diet came up. According to the football player, he eats three bags of candy, drinks one coffee, and only consumes one full meal per day.

Metcalf has been in the NFL since 2019. He’s played three seasons at the time of this article’s publication and posted some elite-level stats. According to NFL.com, in 49 career games, Metcalf has racked up 3,170 receiving yards via 216 receptions with 29 touchdowns. That’s an average of 4.4 receptions and 64.7 yards per game.

Given that a processed, sugar-fueled diet is not what many would expect from an athlete of Metcalf’s caliber, BarBend reached out to Registered Dietitian Nutritionist & Sports Performance Dietitian Gianna Masi for a professional opinion on whether or not Metcalf is leaving potential gains on the table.

Read here for Masi’s expert take.



Bench King Squats Big

Ray Williams Squatting 775 Pounds using a Kabuki Strength Transformer Bar
Image: Julius Maddox

Julius Maddox is arguably one of the strongest — and most popular — powerlifters. He currently holds the bench press all-time world record — 355 kilograms (782 pounds) raw — and has his eyes set on becoming the first man to bench press 800 pounds (362.8 kilograms) raw in a sanctioned powerlifting contest. However, Maddox is making headlines, not for his bench press but his squat this time around.

On April 5, 2022, he posted a video on Instagram of himself hitting a 775-pound raw squat for a single in training and then claiming to have hit an 820-pound squat using a Kabuki Strength Transformer Bar. He performed the lift without using a lifting belt or knee sleeves.

You can check out the video of Maddox’s personal best squat in the video HERE.


Martins Licis On Ukraine, 2022 WSM, And More

Martins Licis Interview
Image: Martins Licis on Instagram

Martins Licis became a rising star within a niche when he won the 2019 Arnold Strongman Santa Monica contest. He qualified for the Arnold Strongman Classic, one of the sport’s most prestigious outings, and landed in seventh. It was an admirable showing. And then, that same year, “The Dragon” descended upon Santa Monica for the World’s Strongest Man and beat a Teflon-strong line-up — including Brian Shaw, Tom and Luke Stoltman, Hafthor Bjornsson, Mateusz Kieliszkowski — to claim first place. The name Martin Licis became known worldwide.

Then, a series of injuries, including a biking accident, sidelined Licis for a couple of years. He stayed busy filming with famous rappers like Action Bronson and starring in Geico® commercials, but his internal competitive flame never dimmed. He trained fervently in his California-based gym and eventually returned to competition in 2022.

And in vintage Licis fashion, he scorched the competition.

Amid a triumphant comeback, Licis found the time to catch up with BarBend, and it turns out that he has more than winning on his mind.



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