December 17, 2021 Read in Browser

Hello! Welcome to the Friday edition of BarBend.

This weekend marks the return of the Dubai CrossFit Championship, where 40 athletes are vying for that title and that giant prize purse.

Brian Shaw just announced the location of the 2022 Shaw Classic and a lot of people are going to be VERY excited. 

Not exciting though, is the news that weightlifting is out of the 2028 Olympic Games. (But it could regain its spot.) 

Here’s what you should know about strong people today.



How to watch the 2021 Dubai CrossFit Championships
Image: @adlerjeff and @holtekristin on Instagram

After taking a year off due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Dubai CrossFit® Championship (DCC) is taking place right now in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

The 2021 DCC roster boasts some of the most elite athletes in the sport, including 2021 CrossFit Games runner-up Laura Horvath, 2018 DCC champ Sam Briggs, and Sara Sigmundsdottir, who won the last DCC in 2019.

Ricky Garard will also be returning to competition in Dubai after serving a four-year doping suspension.

The competition will be livestreamed on the DCC’s YouTube channel and you can follow along with our coverage. 




Brian Shaw
Image: @shawstrength on Instagram

Four-time World’s Strongest Man (WSM) champion Brian Shaw teased a new venue for the third edition of his namesake strongman contest, the Shaw Classic.

The 2022 Shaw Classic will be held from August 13-14, at the Budweiser Event Center in Loveland, CO.

Shaw took to his YouTube channel to share the news and give a tour of the venue where invited strongmen will likely log lift, keg toss, hoist Atlas Stones, deadlift Hummer tires, and more. 




Colombian weightlifter at the 2016 Olympics dropping a barbell from overhead
Image: A. RICARDO/Shutterstock

As of December 9, according to the Olympic’s website, the sport of weightlifting is not currently on the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) list of inclusion for the 2028 Olympic Games.

However, the site also states that there’s “a pathway… to be potentially included in the LA28 Initial Sports Programme at the IOC Session in 2023.”

So you’re saying there’s a chance?

Weightlifting’s inclusion in the 2028 Games is dependent on the international federation’s ability to address several areas of improvement before the 2023 IOC session.




Fergus Crawley Runs 600Sixty Challenge
Image: @ferguscrawley on Instagram
  • Freshly minted Fittest Man of Earth Justin Medeiros shows off his garage gym and it’s as glorious as his hair.
  • Powerlifter Russel Orhii just squatted 332.5 kg/733 pounds in training. 
  • Hybrid athlete Fergus Crawley just completed the “600Sixty,” a 600 kg raw powerlifting total followed by a sub-six-hour 60-km ultramarathon. 
  • Speaking of sixes, here are six superb benefits of the Superman.
  • Our hot take: Mariusz Pudzianowski is the most underrated strongman of all time. 
  • On our latest episode of the BarBend Podcast, we welcome our own Managing Editor Andrew Gutman and Senior Writer Phil Blechman to share our favorite strength stories, feats, records, and competitions of 2021.
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