Split Squat vs Lunge vs Step Up — What Are the Differences?

The split squat, lunge, and step up are three movements that are common unilateral low body exercises to increase leg mass, enhance movement integrity, and bulletproof an athlete from injury; all of which can be specifically applied to sports performance...
All Day Energy Greens Review

All Day Energy Greens Review — Are There Actually 5 Servings of Vegetables In...

The Institute for Vibrant Living is an Arizona-based company that claims their greens powder, All Day Energy Greens, is "one of the most potent, energizing, alkalizing, immune-enhancing drinks available" and that it "exceeds the nutritional equivalent of five servings...

17.5 Open Workout Tips From Top CrossFit® Athletes

The last week of the CrossFit® Open is finally here. If you've been following each week's action, then you're more than likely relieved at what workout 17.5 entails. This week's workout is a time-based workout that involves ten rounds of...

88 Year Old Fitness Instructor Wants to Know: What’s Your Excuse?

The saying, "your health is your wealth," is possibly be the best way to sum up this Wisconsin-based fitness instructor's career. To the unknowing eye, Delores Steil is quite the opposite of what you'd expect from your typical fitness instructor. Why's...

Larry “Wheels” Williams Discusses His History and Current Cycle With Steroids

Editor's note: The below article is not intended to make a moral claim regarding the athlete’s actions. We're reporting on a video Williams made publicly available to his followers. BarBend does not endorse the use of performance-enhancing drugs. The current WRPF all-time total...

17.5 CrossFit® Open Workout Announced

Congratulations to every athlete who's competed in the 2017 CrossFit® Open this year, as you've made it to the final week. This year's Open has been filled with tons of ups and downs and has certainly kept fans on their toes. The...

Gua Sha Therapy — Does It Work for Strength Athletes?

There are a lot of methods a strength athlete can utilize to help them recover. Besides your typical eat well and get a good night's rest, there are methods that involve soft tissue massage. In the strength and conditioning world, we're...
Greens First Review

Greens First Review — Should I Really Be Alkalizing My Body?

Greens First is a greens supplement by Ceautamed Worldwide, a Florida-based company that is intended to "alkalize" your body and deliver "the phytonutrient and antioxidant benefits of a diet rich in dark greens and brightly colored fruits and vegetables...

Alex Viada on CrossFit and Mixing Ultramarathons With Powerlifting

Alex Viada is a little like Big Foot: seen by many, but most disbelieve his existence. (He also spends a lot of time running in the woods.) He's well-known for doing what a lot of old school coaches don't think...

Dumbbell Jump Squat – Benefits and Technique

The jump squat (either with dumbbells, barbells, bodyweight, or vest) is a great exercise to be used for power purposes, increase one’s ability to harness and transfer energy during ballistic athletic movements (sports, weightlifting, squatting, etc), as well as...