USA Weightlifting Names BarBend Official Media Partner

USA Weightlifting & have agreed a to quadrennial-long sponsorship agreement which will see viewers receive some exclusive content from USA Weightlifting, and will be collaborating on news and media items throughout the year.

BarBend launched in 2016 to cover strength sports including Weightlifting, Powerlifting, Strongman, Functional Fitness, and more. Since then, the Brooklyn, New York-based company has developed a loyal following in the strength sport community.

As part of the agreement, BarBend will also be assisting with USA Weightlifting’s live webcasts. In 2017, USA Weightlifting will bring fans 8 domestic events, the Pan American Championships and the IWF World Championships. The webcasts, which were seen more than 300,000 times in 2016, are available for free at

“USA Weightlifting and BarBend are both dedicated to growing the sport’s digital footprint, and a huge part of those efforts revolve around quality content for fans and athletes. This partnership signals a major step in focusing those efforts and ultimately highlighting weightlifting in interactive and exciting ways,” said BarBend Co-Founder David Tao.

“We are delighted to partner with a new and exciting source for strength sport enthusiasts in From my experience, BarBend has quickly become a renowned resource in the international Weightlifting scene. We look forward to a great and creative four years working together,” said USA Weightlifting CEO Phil Andrews.

BarBend remains editorially independent and will not have any restrictions on news items related to USA Weightlifting, as is right for a media organization.

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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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