Trap Bar Deadlift vs. Regular Deadlift – Differences and Benefits

The regular deadlift, also know as the barbell deadlift and/or conventional deadlift, is one of the most widely performed deadlift variation across most power, strength, and fitness sports. It can create massive amounts of strength, back and hip hypertrophy,...

Dave Castro Announces 2017 CrossFit Regionals Workout 1

It's that time of year again: CrossFit Games Director Dave Castro is releasing Regional workouts ahead of time. The Regional competitions — which take place across three weekends from May 19th through June 4th — will begin with the...

Here’s How CrossFit Games Athlete Sam Dancer Warms Up

If you love the Reebok CrossFit Games, odds are that you’ve wondered how on Earth Sam Dancer is so strong. Dancer came in second place at the 2014 Reebok CrossFit® Games when he was competing as part of CrossFit Conjugate,...

Everything You Want to Know About USA Weightlifting’s Development Camps

When news broke earlier this week about USA Weightlifting's brand new talent development camps, the organization was flooded with questions from hopeful young athletes wanting to attend and seasoned coaches hoping to hold a camp themselves. BarBend sat down with Suzy...

What It’s Like to Always Be Hungry from Lifting

Constantly picking up heavy stuff is awesome, but the hunger that comes with it can be...umm...frustrating at times. Why? Well, while we're opening up new windows by working out like improved strength, new gym friends, PRs, bigger muscles, and lifelong hobbies -...

Watch Mat Fraser Snatch 132kg at the 2012 USAW National Championships

Through a strength athlete's career, it's likely they'll partake in multiple forms of lifting as they learn and grow. For example, it's common to see weightlifters excel in CrossFit® competition due to similar movements in each sport, and vice...

Cable Pull Through Alternatives for Strength and Coordination

In an earlier article we covered in great detail the cable pull through, and why most lifters and athletes can benefit from them. Whether for glute development, warm up and/or corrective routines, or increase contraction and velocity of hip...

Watch the 17.2 Documentary Starring Froning, Davidsdottir, Sigmundsdottir, and More

As the 2017 Reebok CrossFit Games approach, we haven't just been enjoying the coverage from the Reebok CrossFit Games' Update Studio, hours of behind-the-scenes footage, the occasional comedy sketch, and even some pretty cool short films submitted to their video...

Important: There’s an Instagram of People Snatching Snack Food

Rubbing our eyes and wearily sipping our morning coffees, the BarBend team sat at our desks this morning and opened our laptops. As the screens flickered to life and we began our morning ritual of looking for weightlifting news,...

Reichardt and Delacruz Win Medals at Junior Pan American Weightlifting Championships

Picking up where she left off in 2016, Hayley Reichardt has won the first medals for Team USA at the 2017 Junior Pan American Championships in Guayaquil, Ecuador. Reichardt, who represents the Garage Strength Weightlifting team, finishes her competition...