Watch the RVA Open & Invitational, Live Streaming for FREE July 16-17th

Now in its 5th year, the RVA Open has become one of the nation’s top weightlifting competitions. And this year, you can watch the entire thing LIVE — and for FREE — through our new partnership with the event organizers.

A full start list with session times and lifters can be found here. We’ll be live streaming every session both Saturday and Sunday, including Open and Invitational. This year’s Invitational takes place Saturday afternoon and evening, with women lifting at 4pm EST and men lifting at 7pm EST. Some big names competing include:

Sam Poeth
Tayler Harris
Lindsey Stroker
Heather Farmer
Jacyln Long
Rachael Davis

Matthew Bergeron
Coard Wilkes
Phil Sabatini
James Tatum
Nathan Damron
Leo Hernandez

and many more!

To watch, all you have to do is tune in to BarBend’s Facebook page on your smartphone, tablet, or desktop device. We’ll be broadcasting each session as they occur, and they’ll be automatically archived on our Facebook page following the completion of each.

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We look forward to a fantastic competition, and we’re thrilled to bring it your way in partnership with RVA CrossFit!

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David Tao

David Tao

BarBend's Co-Founder and Editorial Director, David is a veteran of the health & fitness industry, with nearly a decade of experience building and running editorial teams in the space. He also serves as a color commentator for both National and International weightlifting competitions, many through USA Weightlifting.

David graduated from Harvard University and served for several years as Editorial Director/Chief Content Officer of In addition to his work in the health & fitness industry, David has been a writer for Fortune and, as well as a contributor to, Slate, and numerous other outlets across the web and in print. He's especially passionate about the intersection of strength sports and quality, professional media coverage — overlapping interests shared by the BarBend editorial team and which drive their content strategy each and every day.

David is a proud Kentucky native. In his free time, David is a voiceover actor and can be heard in animated films, independent shorts, music videos, commercials, and podcasts.

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