December 27, 2021 Read in Browser

Welcome to the last 2021 edition of BarBend. Next time we see you it will be 2022 and you’ll have new strength goals for the year. 

Rebecca Roberts will have a new 2022 goal: Defend that freshly minted 2021 World’s Strongest Woman title.

While weightlifting the 2028 Olympics might be iffy, we have the proposed bodyweight categories for the 2024 Olympics.

And, thanks to NPC Nationals, 70 athletes are ringing in 2022 waving their pro card. 

Here’s what you should know about strong people today, and moving into the new year.



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What a way to close out 2021. Rebecca Roberts, representing Wales, is the 2021 World’s Strongest Woman champion.

From December 12-14, the competition took place in Daytona Beach, FL, and featured six events.

Roberts won by a single point over Olga Liashchuk of Ukraine. However, the Welsh strongwoman’s consistent performance of finishing no worse than fourth across all six events was enough to score the overall victory and her first WSW title.




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On Tuesday, December 21, the International Weightlifting Federation Athletes’ Commission unveiled their proposed weight category changes for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

USA Weightlifting issued a press release on December 22, 2021, confirming the validity of the Athlete Commission proposal. You can check out the new categories on

And in other Weightlifting news, the International Olympic Committee outlined the conditions that need to be met in order for Weightlifting to be included on the 2028 Olympic roster. 




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The 40th edition of The National Physique Committee (NPC) National Championships,  was held on December 17-18, at the Orlando Convention Center in Orlando, FL — the same facility that hosted the 2020 and 2021 Olympia weekends.

The competitor that wins their division earns their pro cards, and they are eligible to start competing immediately. In some cases, the runners-up get to move up to the IFBB Pro League.

Across all categories, over 70 athletes earned professional status at this competition.

Check out who made it.




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  • 1982 Mr. Olympia Chris Dickerson has reportedly passed away on the 23rd, at the age of 82. 
  • Alex Karu pistol squats with a 44 kg kettlebell.
  • Melissa Peacock deadlifts 550 lb, beltless, for a holiday PR.
  • Martins Licis and Justin Medeiros made sure to still lift heavy over the holidays. 
  • You looking to build your shoulders in 2022? Here are 10 competitors who boast the best shoulders in bodybuilding.
  • The holiday season is hectic, but don’t skip your WOD. We’ve got the best 15 minute workouts for strength and conditioning.
  • Rob Kearney joined the BarBend Podcast to talk about injury, illness, and road to recovery, and returning to the competition floor at the 2021 Rogue Invitational
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