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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-Founder David Thomas Tao sits down with the strength community's smartest and strongest minds to with a focus on their learnings through training, competition, and coaching. We dive deep on their journeys and where strength training has taken them. World record holders share their competition secrets. Coaches give their most underrated tips. And top thinkers and researchers from the realm of strength science go deep on their most promising findings. This podcast is the perfect companion for experts and beginners alike, covering a wide range of topics to keep listeners up to date on the world of strength.

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    • 5.0, 157 Ratings

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-Founder David Thomas Tao sits down with the strength community's smartest and strongest minds to with a focus on their learnings through training, competition, and coaching. We dive deep on their journeys and where strength training has taken them. World record holders share their competition secrets. Coaches give their most underrated tips. And top thinkers and researchers from the realm of strength science go deep on their most promising findings. This podcast is the perfect companion for experts and beginners alike, covering a wide range of topics to keep listeners up to date on the world of strength.

    Justin LoFranco: The Mind Behind Morning Chalk Up

    Justin LoFranco: The Mind Behind Morning Chalk Up

    Justin LoFranco is the founder and CEO of Morning Chalk Up, a daily newsletter and media company dedicated to all things CrossFit. He joins the BarBend Podcast to talk about his roots on Capitol Hill and schisms within the CrossFit community. He also shares reactions from his friends and family when he decided to leave behind a promising career in politics to focus on such a niche sport. 

    • 35 min
    Jen Widerstrom: From "American Gladiators" to Go-To Trainer

    Jen Widerstrom: From "American Gladiators" to Go-To Trainer

    Jen Widerstrom rose to the national spotlight as a star on "American Gladiators," but after the show was canceled, a career in the fitness industry didn't happen overnight. We talk with Jen about behind-the-scenes stories from "Gladiators," finding footing as a coach and trainer, and eventually becoming one of Hollywood's got-to trainers for TV and shows like "The Biggest Loser." What's it like to coach Kevin Hart and Conan O'Brien? Jen gives us the details, along with the incredibly fit celebrities you might not expect. 

    • 37 min
    Dan John: 10,000 Kettlebell Swings and Strength Origins

    Dan John: 10,000 Kettlebell Swings and Strength Origins

    Dan John is one of the most respected coaches in strength & conditioning. Over the course of his 40+ year career, he's become well known for straightforward, effective protocols and programs that strip away the fluff to proven principles. He joins the podcast to talk about the popularity of his 10,000 kettlebell swing program, the simplest path to recovery and performance, and what to focus on when you have limited time to train.

    • 36 min
    Layne Norton: Real Science of Building Muscle

    Layne Norton: Real Science of Building Muscle

    Layne Norton, PhD is one of the strength world's most respected minds when it comes to the science behind building muscle and strength. He's also competed in both bodybuilding and powerlifting at elite levels. Layne joins us to talk about what the bodybuilding and powerlifting worlds can learn from each other, along with sifting through the "bro science" to determine what's actually optimal for building muscle. 

    • 33 min
    Jason Khalipa: Fitness Beyond COVID-19

    Jason Khalipa: Fitness Beyond COVID-19

    Jason Khalipa is one of the fitness world's most recognizable faces: 2008 CrossFit Games Champion, multi-time Games podium finisher, and fitness entrepreneur with a truly international business. Jason talks about which gyms have the best shot of surviving the pandemic, the future of strength sports, and his own experiences as the father of an immunocompromised child. 

    • 33 min
    Angela Gargano: Real Life Ninjas and the Pull-up Revolution

    Angela Gargano: Real Life Ninjas and the Pull-up Revolution

    Angela Gargano has a lengthy career in fitness, going from college gymnast to Miss Fitness USA and most recently a standout athlete on "American Ninja Warrior." Angela joins us in the BarBend studio to talk about her approach to training explosiveness, overcoming injury on national TV, and why she's on a quest to get everyone better at pull-ups.

    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
157 Ratings

157 Ratings

babajajaa ,

Love the content!

The guests are so knowledgeable and the content is top notch, gonna have to binge listen to this show! @TitanFuelsupplements

paramedic182 ,

Great Work

This podcast is always just the right length, just the right amount of info, and always interesting. I have been listening at work, in the car, etc, and it’s great to have on in the background and as a “main event”. Great work David and BarBend- as a new listener, I have lots to catch up on, but keep them coming!

Drewvh312 ,

Amazing podcast

Love the podcast, every single episode has been amazing! Enjoy hearing what Jake Boly has to say and admire everyone that BarBend brings on to speak! Highly, highly recommend this podcast!

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