The 1977 World’s Strongest Man Is the Greatest Thing Since Sliced SPAM

When things are decidedly a little FUBAR in my life, like when there's 25 days before I blindly travel around the world for a year with a bunch of strangers and yet I still haven't packed, I find that...

Sohrab Moradi Unofficially Breaks Clean & Jerk World Record (234kg at 94kg Bodyweight)

Iranian weightlifter Sohrab Moradi may not be a household name among Western fans of the sport, but he's currently one of the world's best 94kg lifters — and perhaps the frontrunner heading into the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. And he's...

Kenneth Leverich and Thrillist Pull Off “Old Man” Muscle Beach Prank

Kenneth "Kenny" Leverich is a multi-time CrossFit Games competitor and all-around freak athlete who has a crazy combination of strength, speed, and gymnastics skill. Basically, he's one of the best functional fitness athletes we can think of to put...

What Counts As a Sport?

Editors note: Katie Rose Hejtmanek, Ph.D. is a cultural anthropologist conducting research on the culture of strength sports in the United States. This is the fourth of an in-depth series introducing readers to her research and preliminary findings. This is...

Patty Soxx Maizels on Splitting in a Squat Snatch World

Recently, we examined some old weightlifting techniques that we rarely see on today's competition platforms. The clean & press understandably fell out of fashion when it was eliminated from competition 1972. The continental clean still shows up in strongman style competition,...

Find Your Feet: Understanding the Most Overused Cue in Weightlifting

Editors note: This article is an op-ed. The views expressed herein are the authors and don’t necessarily reflect the views of BarBend. Claims, assertions, opinions, and quotes have been sourced exclusively by the author. I’ve been involved with USA Weightlifting...

Sara Sigmundsdóttir Does 50 Clean & Jerks at 90 Kilos, Pushes the Envelope of...

Sara Sigmundsdottir is on a mission, and after winning the Meridian Super Regional, the Icelandic athlete looked stronger than ever headed into the 2016 CrossFit Games. Of course, she looked even stronger after tackling "Grace" (30 clean & jerks...

Dmitry Klokov Announces Second Annual “Power Weekend” in Moscow

2008 Olympic Silver Medalist and everyone's favorite weightlifting ham Dmitry Klokov has announced his second annual "Power Weekend," and the event is already shaping up to be a strength sport fan's dream. The event is scheduled for November 19-20 in Moscow...

Dave Castro Announces “Murph” Will Begin 2016 CrossFit Games

Apparently, once wasn't enough. CrossFit Games Director Dave Castro announced today — via Instagram, because of course — that Hero WOD "Murph" will make its return to the CrossFit Games just one year after its first appearance. That's right,...

The Glory of the Soviet Union Belonged to Weightlifter Vasily Alekseyev

If the Soviet Union could be exemplified in one human, that human would be weightlifter Vasily Alekseyev. With his accomplishments, attitude, and sheer size and strength, Alekseyev embodied all that the Soviet Union's athletic program stood for during the...