BarBend Podcast

BarBend Podcast

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Learn from the top athletes, coaches, and influencers in strength! Each week, the BarBend Podcast brings together some of the world’s biggest strength names across weightlifting, powerlifting, CrossFit, strongman, and more. BarBend Editor and Co-Founde?


Matt O’Keefe: A CrossFit Community Playmaker
Apr 6 • 36 min
Matt O’Keefe is President of Loud & Live Sports, the event organizers behind major CrossFit Sanctionals including Wodapalooza and The Granite Games. He’s also agent to CrossFit superstars including Mat Fraser, Tia-Clair Toomey, Brent Fikowski, Patrick…
Dr. Andy Galpin: The Art of Training Muscle Fibers
Apr 3 • 46 min
Dr. Andy Galpin is a tenured Professor in the Center for Sport Performance at CSU Fullerton. In 2011, he earned his PhD in Human Bioenergetics and has done incredible work in regard to muscle fibers and how we understand them. On top of being a tenured…
Joe Yoon: Better Stretching and Mobility
Apr 1 • 38 min
Joe Yoon, probably better known as “Joe Therapy” through his massive social media following, is a trainer and massage therapist who’s one of the fitness industry’s most visible personalities when it comes to mobility. Joe joins us to talk about…
Chad Vaughn: At-Home Training for Weightlifters
Mar 30 • 32 min
Chad Vaughn is a multi-time Olympian and one of the most accomplished weightlifters in American history. He joins the BarBend Podcast to discuss how weightlifters can stay strong, mobile, and fast when training from home with limited or even no equipment.
Chad Wesley Smith: How Powerlifters Can Stay Strong At Home
Mar 27 • 19 min
Chad Wesley Smith is a record-breaking powerlifter, coach, and the founder of Juggernaut Training Systems. He joins the BarBend podcast to talk about the four main areas powerlifters and strength athletes of all types can focus on when working from home…
Jake Boly: Building Muscle and Strength At Home
Mar 25 • 23 min
If you’re training in powerlifting or weightlifting, nothing can perfectly replicate the stimulus of a barbell. But smart at-home training with minimal or no equipment CAN make an impact. And in an extended period away from the gym, many athletes can…
Phil Andrews: USA Weightlifting’s Response to COVID-19
Mar 23 • 23 min
Athletes and sports governing bodies across the world have been racing to adapt to postponements, cancellations, and the challenges of training while maintaining social distance. In this special episode, USA Weightlifting CEO Phil Andrews joins us to talk…
Eugen Loki: Blending Art and Fitness to Educate
Mar 19 • 50 min
Eugen Loki is personal trainer based in Rome, Italy. More than likely you’ve seen his Instagram page Pheasyque on multiple occasions that has more than 600 thousand followers. On his page, he creates in-depth drawings to explain a variety of training…
Heather Connor: What We’re Getting Wrong About Injuries
Mar 16 • 33 min
Heather Connor is a 2-time IPF World Champion and the first female IPF powerlifter to deadlift 4 times her bodyweight raw. Heather joins us to talk about the injury that sidelined her for nearly a year, along with why it’s so easy for lifters to ignore…
Brian Alsruhe: Lifting Through Rock Bottom
Mar 12 • 37 min
Brian Alsruhe is a champion strongman athlete who has overcome an astounding list of setbacks: two back breaks, a brain tumor, parasites, and a bone marrow infection, to name just a few. After finding help through the strength community, Brian is building…
Kristen Holmes: How to Optimize Your Sleep
Mar 9 • 32 min
This will shock many athletes: What you do in training likely has little to no impact on your next-day recovery. The common wisdom about recovery, especially sleep, needs a major update. So we sat down wit Kristen Holmes, WHOOP’s VP of Performance, to…
Margaux Alvarez: The CrossFit Games, Wine, and Long Drive Competitions
Mar 5 • 33 min
Margaux Alvarez is a 7-time CrossFit Games athlete, long drive competitor, coach, and wine entrepreneur. She’s one of the most multi-talented personalities in fitness, and her future in CrossFit — and beyond — is something we had to learn more about. We…
Alex Uslar: Overcoming Addiction and Creating Opportunity
Mar 2 • 50 min
Alex Uslar wears a lot of different hats with Hybrid Performance Method. At Hybrid, Alex serves as the General Manager, Director of Operations, run Hybrid Apparel, and per Instagram is also Stefi Cohen’s official 24/7 hype-man. Over the course of his…
Joey Szatmary Podcast: Building a Home for Strongmen and Powerlifters
Feb 27 • 53 min
Building ANY community is tough. So building a space and community for people obsessed with strength brings its own special challenges. And no one knows more about that than Joey Szatmary. Joey is a multi-sport strength athlete (powerlifting and…
Chris Duffin: Squatting 1,000 Pounds and More Impossible Feats
Feb 24 • 38 min
Chris Duffin is an inventor, record-setting powerlifter, author, and founder of Kabuki Strength Labs. He’s also one of the strongest humans on the planet, becoming the first person to deadlift 1,000 pounds for reps back in 2016. We caught up with Chris…
Rowan Minnion: Dealing with Influencers PLUS How to Recover Better for Strength
Feb 20 • 33 min
Rowan Minnion is an athlete and researcher best known as the founder and force behind Blonyx. He’s especially passionate about improving athletic recovery and explains actionable — and some honestly surprising — tips about the science behind performance.…
Ian Kaplan: The Complexity of Pain
Feb 17 • 52 min
Ian Kaplan is the current Chief Officer of Operations at Hybrid Performance Method. With a background in training and research, when it comes to synthesizing research and understanding how to apply advanced topics into the context of our day-to-day lives,…
Eric Leija: How the Primal Swoledier Makes His Workouts
Feb 13 • 34 min
Eric Leija is a master Onnit trainer who’s better known online as the Primal Swoledier. Every day, Eric posts innovative kettlebell and bodyweight flows that have helped him build a massive following; his workouts are a bit unlike anything else you’ll…
Hayden Bowe: Youth Athletes in Powerlifting and Weightlifting
Feb 10 • 46 min
Hayden Bowe is one of the founders and owners of Hybrid Performance Method. Throughout his career, Hayden has worked with thousands of individuals and is accomplished in both the sports of weightlifting and powerlifting. In today’s episode, we chat with…
Don Saladino: How to Get Hollywood Ready
Feb 6 • 35 min
Don Saladino is one of the fitness world’s most in-demand trainers. A specialist in strength and physique for over 20 years, Don is perhaps best known for getting some of Hollywood’s biggest stars ready for massive on-screen roles: Hugh Jackman, Ryan…
Alan Thrall: Where Can Powerlifting & Strongman Grow?
Feb 3 • 59 min
Alan Thrall is an accomplished strength coach and the owner of Untamed Strength. Alan has coached thousands of athletes over the course of his career, and his YouTube channels has amassed more than 85 million views, helping countless athletes get stronger…
Kari Pearce: America’s Fittest Woman
Jan 30 • 40 min
Kari Pearce is a 5-time CrossFit Games athlete and earned the title of “America’s Fittest Woman” in 2016, 2018, and 2019. She’s a former Division 1 gymnast who’s well known for her incredible capacity on bodyweight movements. We talk to Kari about…
Rich Froning: CrossFit Games Changes and How Long He’ll Compete
Jan 27 • 33 min
In the world of fitness, Rich Froning needs almost no introduction. He is a 4-time Individual and 4-time Team CrossFit Games Champion, as well as the owner of CrossFit Mayhem in Cookeville, Tennessee. Rich joins the BarBend Podcast to talk about hosting a…
Jordan Shallow and Pat Davidson: How Are These STILL Questions?
Jan 23 • 60 min
Dr. Pat Davidson and Jordan Shallow are both at the front of the pack leading the fitness industry and building better standards. Dr. Davidson has a PhD in exercise physiology and is an accomplished strength & conditioning coach and author, while Dr.…
Stefi Cohen: What It Takes to Build a Fitness Empire
Jan 20 • 30 min
Stefi Cohen is one of the owners of Hybrid Performance Method. She holds a Doctorate in Physical Therapy, a CSCS, and has broken a total of 11 all-time powerlifting world records throughout her career. Additionally, Stefi is currently ranked #2 in the…
Zack Telander: Weightlifting Vs. CrossFit (and Lifting in America)
Jan 16 • 32 min
Weightlifter, coach, and YouTuber Zack Telander joins us to talk about transitioning back and forth between CrossFit and weightlifting. Zack also talks about setting realistic goals for weightlifting athletes, along with changing the paradigm of which…
Joe Sullivan: Bending Bars & What Powerlifters Won’t Tell You
Jan 13 • 37 min
Joe Sullivan is a champion raw powerlifter who speaks his mind on everything from online trolls to bad gym etiquette. Joe joins us to talk training, his favorite powerlifters to watch this year, and an incredibly close (and internet famous) brush with…
Kris Gethin: How to Thrive As a Multi-Sport Bodybuilder
Jan 9 • 32 min
Kris Gethin is a bodybuilder, fitness model, and supplement entrepreneur who has been the face of some of fitness’ biggest physique campaigns. He’s also a passionate endurance athlete who has a ton of knowledge on balancing muscle growth and strength gain…
JC Deen: Why It’s Easy to Get Fed Up With Fitness
Jan 6 • 33 min
JC Deen was one of the first online fitness writers and trainers to build his name for a no-BS approach. He joins us to talk about beating fitness frustration, turning to “Doggcrapp Training,” and how machine learning & AI might change the industry moving…
Zack Bartell: What No One Tells You About Opening A Gym
Jan 2 • 45 min
Zack Bartell is a powerlifter and gym owner based in Southern California. Bartell opened SoCal Powerlifting to the public at a very young age, and with strategy, a dream, and a business mindset, he has expanded the gym twice and has created a hub for…
Dr. Mike T. Nelson: The Truth About Changing Your Metabolism
Dec 30, 2019 • 45 min
Dr. Mike T. Nelson is one of the most knowledgeable people in human performance, and he’s got the resume to prove it. Dr. Nelson joins us to talk about metabolic flexibility and how to determine whether your body is more tuned to utilize fat or…
Josh Bridges: Mental Toughness, Dave Castro, and His Competition Future
Dec 23, 2019 • 40 min
Josh Bridges is a multi-time CrossFit Games athlete and podium finisher who’s also had a remarkable career as a Navy SEAL. (And before Josh’s CrossFit Games days, Dave Castro was actually one of his military instructors.) Josh joins us to talk about his…
Rob Kearney: Competing Against Giants and Being An Openly Gay Strongman
Dec 19, 2019 • 35 min
Rob Kearney is a multi-time World’s Strongest Man competitor and the 2019 Arnold Australia Strongman champion. He’s one of the rising stars in the sport, even while weighing up to 150 pounds less than other top competitors in his division. In addition,…
Eric Helms: Understanding RPE and Hypertrophy
Dec 16, 2019 • 76 min
Eric Helms, PhD, double masters holder, CSCS, and the current Chief Science Officer of 3DMJ is an incredible source of knowledge in the world of fitness and training. He’s published multiple peer reviewed studies on exercise and nutrition and plays a role…
Mike Matthews: What You Don’t Know About Supplements
Dec 12, 2019 • 49 min
Mike Matthews is the CEO of Legion Athletics and bestselling writer of numerous fitness books. He’s also a no-BS kind of guy who isn’t afraid to call out what he thinks are shortcomings in the supplement industry. Mike joins us for a candid conversation…
Kenny Santucci: How to Learn Forever and Strong New York
Dec 9, 2019 • 34 min
Kenny Santucci is a coach, actor, and athlete who first gained fame in the world of reality TV. Now, through the Strong New York event series, he’s bringing together top minds from around the strength world to present and share knowledge under one roof.…
James Fitzgerald: 1st Men’s CrossFit Games Champ Talks Optimal Performance
Dec 5, 2019 • 37 min
James Fitzgerald was the first-ever men’s CrossFit Games Champion, winning the inaugural competition in 2007. He’s also the founder of OPEX and one of the world’s most in-demand experts on coaching mindset and training. We talk about the early days of…
Jordan Syatt: World Record Deadlifts and the Great Calorie Debate
Dec 2, 2019 • 42 min
Jordan Syatt is a record-setting powerlifter and content producer who’s best known to many as Gary Vaynerchuk’s personal trainer. We sit down to talk about sacrificing everything to reach lifting goals, the psychological components of fitness, and the…
Dr. Jordan Shallow: Your Warmup Is Broken
Nov 25, 2019 • 34 min
According to Dr. Jordan Shallow, the way we warm up — and the way most people think about movement — is fundamentally broken. The chiropractor, internationally competitive powerlifter, and presenter joins us to talk about the root cause of injuries, how…
Chad Wesley Smith: 900 Pound Squats and the Ultimate Strength Debate
Nov 21, 2019 • 41 min
Chad Wesley Smith has squatted over 900 pounds, started one of the world’s most respected strength centers, and built an AI-powered system for training programs. Now, the Juggernaut Training Systems founder reflects on a decade of growth and talks about…
Dr. Jordan Feigenbaum: What We Get Wrong About Pain
Nov 18, 2019 • 57 min
Jordan Feigenbaum is an accomplished powerlifter and strength coach and the founder of Barbell Medicine. In 2016, Feigenbaum received his doctorate of medicine from the Eastern Virginia Medical School and has grown Barbell Medicine to accommodate multiple…
Sarah Furman: Finding Unconventional Strength
Nov 14, 2019 • 33 min
Sarah Furman is a figure competitor turned strongman athlete who has witnessed firsthand the sport’s massive growth in the United States. We talk training for looks versus performance, the factors attracting more women to strongman competition, and what…
Russel Orhii: Powerlifting’s Next Big Thing
Nov 11, 2019 • 35 min
Powerlifter Russel Orhii is rewriting the record books and making us rethink what’s possible in his sport. And it’s all happened in a few short years. Find out what makes Russel tick, where he thinks the sport is headed next, and his goals — including…
Adam Bornstein: The Mastermind Behind Lebron & Arnold’s Supplements
Nov 7, 2019 • 37 min
Adam Bornstein is a New York Times bestselling author, former Fitness Editor for Men’s Health, and advisor to Arnold Schwarzenegger. Today, he spends much of his time as the Chief of Nutrition for Ladder, a supplement company founded by Arnold and Lebron…
Nick Shaw: Building a Nutrition Empire
Nov 4, 2019 • 33 min
What fuels athletes like Rich Froning, Annie Thorisdottir, and Mattie Rogers? Hint: It’s nutrition, backed by science. In under five years, Nick Shaw built Renaissance Periodization from an upstart seller of diet templates into a nutrition empire. He…
Heber Cannon: Fitness Life with a Buttery Bro
Oct 31, 2019 • 34 min
For nearly a decade, Heber Cannon directed films for CrossFit HQ and brought the CrossFit Games and culture to a worldwide audience. Today, he’s one half of The Buttery Bros, a dynamic duo that travels the world making videos with their favorite athletes.…
Craig Lindell: Can We Fix Physical Therapy?
Oct 28, 2019 • 33 min
Craig Lindell set out to help people move better; building a global following of more than 500,000 followers almost happened by accident. As one third of “The Prehab Guys,” Craig has become one of the world’s most followed physical therapists, but it’s…
Jake Boly: The Ultimate Guide to Powerbuilding
Oct 24, 2019 • 34 min
As BarBend’s Fitness Editor, Jake Boly has written literally thousands of articles helping people train smarter. But there’s a buzzy term in strength he thinks deserves a closer look: powerbuilding. (Yep, that’s “powerlifting” and “bodybuilding” mashed up…
Phil Andrews: What’s Next for USA Weightlifting
Oct 21, 2019 • 37 min
Phil Andrews has been CEO of USA Weightlifting since early 2016. Under his leadership, America has broken long Olympic and World Championship medal droughts, established itself as an international weightlifting contender, and grown its staff with names…
The Life and Times of Silent Mike
Oct 17, 2019 • 34 min
Silent Mike broke new ground in the world of fitness content. From the early days putting his life and training online with Mark Bell and Super Training Gym to a successful podcasting career, Mike — real name Mike Farr — wrote the playbook we see so many…
Sean Waxman: Where Does Weightlifting Go From Here?
Oct 14, 2019 • 33 min
Sean Waxman is one of America’s most accomplished — and outspoken — weightlifting coaches. The USA Weightlifting Board Member and Waxman’s Gym founder talks about his career and approach to coaching. He also explains the most pressing issue in American…
Cole Sager: Can He Change Your Life?
Oct 10, 2019 • 39 min
Cole Sager is a CrossFit Games veteran and Spirit of the Games Award Winner. He’s a full-time athlete who spends an incredible amount of energy trying to reach people outside the sport. Find out why Cole is so focused on showcasing his life outside the…
Steve Cotter: Kettlebell Culture and Upping Your Mental Game
Oct 7, 2019 • 39 min
Steve Cotter didn’t invent kettlebells, but it’s impossible to talk about their popularity in the Western world without mentioning his name. Since the early 2000s, he’s given over 600 seminars and presentations on kettlebell training, in addition to…
Tom Boyden: Tricking, Jujimufu, and the New Age of Fitness Media
Oct 3, 2019 • 37 min
Tom Boyden is one half of the dynamic duo Juji & Tom. Find out how he partnered with Jujimufu and cracked the code on the way to building one of YouTube’s craziest and most successful video channels.
Greg Nuckols: A Better Way to Approach Strength Research
Sep 30, 2019 • 40 min
Greg Nuckols, world record setting powerlifter and founder of Stronger By Science, walks us through his unorthodox career, the coolest strength sports, and bridging the gap between studies and what’s actually useful in the gym.
Emily Abbate: What We Need in Fitness Journalism
Sep 26, 2019 • 35 min
Emily Abbate is a veteran fitness journalist who walks the walk (okay, more like runs). She’s best known as the creator and host of Hurdle, one of the most popular fitness podcasts in the world. Emily has interviewed fitness icons like Tia-Clair Toomey,…
From NASA to Fitness with Brandon Heavey
Sep 23, 2019 • 34 min
Brandon Heavey’s story is epic: He’s a former NASA engineer who, after a personal fitness revelation, decided to change careers and become a fitness trainer. Heavey swapped Mars rovers for squat cycles and never looked back. Now nearly a decade into his…
James Newbury: What It Takes to Succeed in CrossFit
Sep 19, 2019 • 31 min
James Newbury is the 5th Fittest Man on Earth, a 4-time Australia’s Fittest Man, and one of the most cerebral athletes we’ve ever spoken with. Learn about the changes to training, nutrition, and recovery that catapulted him to his best-ever CrossFit Games…
Tony Gentilcore: What’s Really Important in Strength
Sep 16, 2019 • 38 min
If you’ve ever read about fitness and strength training online, chances are you have Tony Gentilcore to thank, at least in part. Tony is a trainer and author who was one of the first to take his thoughts online, creating an early bridge between in-gym…
Fitness, Change, and Sacrifice with FITAID’s Aaron Hinde
Sep 12, 2019 • 33 min
There are few people in fitness — much less fitness entrepreneurs — who keep it honest and real like Aaron Hinde. He’s an open book, someone who’s just as eager to explain the bad as he is to celebrate the good. The Co-Founder and President of LIFEAID…
Alexandra LaChance: From the CrossFit Games to Weightlifting National Champion
Sep 9, 2019 • 30 min
Alexandra LaChance has been an elite collegiate gymnast, CrossFit Games athlete, and — most recently — a National Champion weightlifter, winning that title in May 2019. Her progression through sports has fantastic lessons for athletes of all types,…
Athlete Driven Success with Danny Camargo
Sep 5, 2019 • 33 min
Danny Camargo leads one of the largest and most successful weightlifting programs in the United States. Himself a former international-level lifter, Danny’s Team Oly Concepts is a major force for the sport here and abroad. He’s also gained an increased…
Mental Strength with Liz Adams
Sep 2, 2019 • 32 min
How do you self-identify? What happens when life takes a U-turn and you undergo a fundamental shift in how you operate as a person, athlete, or coach? And how the people around you perceive that shift? Changing your mindset is often the hardest part, but…
Strength Trolls and Social Media with Jake Boly
Aug 29, 2019 • 40 min
Jake Boly is a writer, powerlifter, and online personality who has written (literally) thousands of articles covering the world of strength sports. He’s also BarBend’s Fitness Editor and a huge part of our social media team. Over the past three years,…
CrossFit’s Past, Present, and Future with Pat Barber
Aug 26, 2019 • 44 min
Back when CrossFit® was a still budding grassroots community — and when the CrossFit Games took place on a dusty country ranch — Pat Barber made a name for himself as one of its early stars. He taught courses, created some of CrossFit HQ’s earliest…
The Pinnacle of Cal Strength with Dave Spitz
Aug 23, 2019 • 33 min
With a nickname like “The Godfather,” Dave Spitz is clearly doing something right. The founder and mastermind behind much of California Strength’s growth, he’s a massive figure in American weightlifting. His team (not to mention his direct coaching) has…
Powerlifting Fact and Fiction with Bryce Krawczyk
Aug 21, 2019 • 32 min
Powerlifter. Coach. Vlogger. Movie star? Bryce Krawczyk’s journey in strength started with his desire to bulk up, and it’s led him down a pretty incredible path. In this episode, Bryce Krawczyk shares his evolution from complete beginner to world record…
Lasting Strength and Mas Wrestling with Tom Sroka
Aug 14, 2019 • 36 min
Tom Sroka has done it all — literally. A former standout thrower in track & field, Tom has competed in weightlifting, powerlifting, GRID, and Highland Games competition. He’s excelled in each to an impressive degree, making him one of the world’s most…
What You’re Missing About Recovery with WHOOP CEO Will Ahmed
Aug 13, 2019 • 33 min
Athletes dedicate their lives to achieving their full potential, or as close to it as possible. So why do so many of us — strength athletes especially — take shortcuts when it comes to recovery? That’s the question Will Ahmed, CEO and Founder of WHOOP,…
The Evolution of Strongman with Kalle Beck
Aug 5, 2019 • 43 min
Strongman is one of the most physically demanding — and visually impressive — strength sports on the planet. And perhaps no one has done more to grow the sport’s presence online than Kalle Beck. Kalle is the founder of StartingStrongman.com, a fantastic…
From Olympian to Coach with Chad Vaughn
Jul 30, 2019 • 38 min
Chad Vaughn is many things: weightlifter, Olympian, father, husband, coach, broadcaster, and mentor. He’s one of the most decorated athletes in American weightlifting history, with more national titles and international team appearances than we can count…
Weightlifting’s Future with Olympic Medalist Cheryl Haworth
Jul 13, 2019 • 47 min
Olympic medalist and snatch world record holder Cheryl Haworth talks about finding weightlifting and making the Olympics at age 17. Find out how she’s leveraged her time as an athlete to build a career in coaching.
Building a Fitness Brand with Sean Pastuch
Jul 13, 2019 • 34 min
Active Life Rx Founder Sean Pastuch joins David to discuss what it takes to build a brand in the fitness space. Is working with Instagram influencers good or bad for growing companies? And what’s going on behind the scenes of athletes on social media?
World Records and Game Show TV with Emily Hu
Jul 13, 2019 • 32 min
World record holding powerlifter Emily Hu joins the podcast to talk about training, recovery, and her stint on NBC’s “The Titan Games.” David and Emily examine the factors that helped her excel so quickly in the sport, along with what’s it means for…
How the CrossFit Games Are Changing with Tim Paulson
Jul 12, 2019 • 45 min
Multi-time CrossFit Games competitor Tim Paulson sits down with David to talk about the huge changes for qualification in 2019. Based out of Ithaca, New York, Tim has been in the CrossFit world since 2012 and at the sport’s highest levels since 2017, when…