Hafthor Bjornsson’s Heavy Bubbles Is the Strongest April Fools’ Prank Yet

The fitness industry is known for some bad - BAD - April Fools' Day pranks, but we've finally seen one that gets our laugh (and click). Strongman competitor, actor, and Icelandic good guy Hafthor Bjornsson today announced a new line...

All the Current Olympic Weightlifting World Records (Infographic)

The 2016 Rio Olympics are behind us, and that means more new weightlifting world records. As with every Olympic cycle, lifters have taken their shot for record-breaking performances. We've put together an infographic with the current weightlifting world records, broken down...

Catalyst Athletics to Close California Gym, Relocate to Oregon

In an announcement on both their website and social media outlets, Catalyst Athletics has announced they'll be closing their Sunnyvale, California gym effective April 30th. PART 1: Catalyst Athletics is undergoing a dramatic change. We’re returning to our weightlifting roots—the garage...

TBT: Check Out Zydrunas Savickas at His First Powerlifting Competition from 1998

Zydrunas "Big Z" Savickas has had a long career in strength sport, and most are familiar with his accomplishments in strongman. The 40 year old strongman has won the World's Strongest Man 4 times, the Arnold Classic 8 (!) times,...

Ilya Ilyin Does Bodyweight Training, So Should You

Bodyweight exercises are cool, effective, and even fun. And hey, they may even make you stronger. Just ask two-time Olympic weightlifting champion Ilya Ilyin, who's having no problem knocking out some bar dips at 105 kilograms. Отжимание на шатающихся брусьях 💪😀 A...

European Weightlifting Championships Start List Features Big, Surprising Names

The 2016 European Weightlifting Championships are right around the corner, with lifting running from April 10th through April 16th in Førde, Norway (though meetings and prep begin April 8th). It's one of the last Olympic qualifying events where countries can earn...

The Full Circle of Strength Sports: An Interview with Jared Enderton

When weightlifters make the transition to CrossFit, do they lose their top-end strength? For Jared Enderton, the answer — at least so far — is no. Enderton has competed in strength sport more times than he can count, but more...

One Of These Kids May Win The 2032 CrossFit Games

While you and I are still rolling around on the floor after 16.5, the next generation of fitness athletes are training hard in between naps and diaper changes. With a little help from their wildly-accomplished moms and dads, these...

Is D’Angelo Osorio’s 211kg Clean & Jerk Attempt a Sign of Things to Come?

D'Angelo Osorio has been around American Weightlifting for awhile, having taken up the sport back in 2008. Now, the 105 kilogram lifter (who rose to Internet fame as a 94 kilo junior) has started breaking through plateaus and putting...

Behdad Salimi Resumes Training After ACL Surgery, Still 50/50 for Rio

Update: At the Asian Weightlifting Championships on April 27th, BarBend correspondent Mike Graber spoke to the Iranian delegation regarding Salimi's status. They say he's resumed training but is still 50/50 to defend his superheavyweight title at the 2016 Rio Olympics.  The...