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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. W ...
 
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Today we're talking to Brett Ewer, Head of Government Relations at CrossFit. Brett is also a driving force behind the Community Gyms Coalition, a group of fitness industry companies and gym organizations — including CrossFit, Zumba, Orange Theory, Anytime Fitness, Jazzercise, and more — lobbying congress to provide direct relief to gyms hit hard by…
 
DAVID TAODavid Thomas Tao is an entrepreneur, editor, and voice actor based in New York City.He is the Co-Founder and Editor of BarBend.com, a media brand that provides multi-platform coverage of news, analysis, training, and opinion in strength training and sports.One of the largest and fastest-growing fitness sites on the web, BarBend is the Offi…
 
Today we're talking to Josh Clemente, Founder and President of Levels, a company producing wearable tech so users can track blood glucose in real time to maximize diet and exercise results. It’s a new company, and after a $12 million fundraise, they’re already in use by top pro athletes and are even making waves in the strength sports community. Jo…
 
Amit Rosenthal is the CEO of an 84-year-old freight forwarding and international transportation company, ROSENTHALHow long have you been in logistics? Since 1937?When did you realize Amazon was a big opportunity for logistic services?What services do you offer, do you actually do the transport or mediate it?what if I have products that cant be expo…
 
Today we're talking to CrossFit athlete and coach Adam Neiffer. Adam has been in the competitive CrossFit space since well before it exploded in popularity, and with a competition history dating back to 2009, he’s one of the most experience team athletes in the sport’s history. More recently, Adam was a visible figure at the 2020 CrossFit Games fin…
 
Michael and Kathryn Redman are sweethearts, best friends, and the husband-and-wife team behind Half a Bubble Out (HaBO), a marketing and consulting firm.They’re also founders of HaBO Village, an 8-year hold membership website that helps leaders build Passion & Provision companies, full of profit, purpose, and legacy.For more than 17 years, they hav…
 
Welcome to a very special episode of the BarBend Podcast, one that covers a bit more ground than normal. Today we're talking to Laith Nakli, a star of stage and screen probably best known for his roles in The Long Road Home, The Wall, and as Uncle Naseem in the hit TV series Ramy. He’s also a cast member on the upcoming Ms. Marvel series on Disney …
 
Vitalii Khyzniak the Chief Growth Officer at Profit Whales - Tech-Enabled Amazon Advertising Agency.I’m obsessed with increasing profits for 7-9 figure Brands selling on Amazon beyond their expectations with the help of intelligent Amazon Advertising Technology that they developed at Profit Whales.Tell a bit about youWhat exactly is profit whales a…
 
Today we're talking to CrossFit Games athlete and Doctor of Physical Therapy, Amanda Barnhart. Amanda is one of the CrossFit world’s highest-performing athletes in the space since making her Games debut in 2018. That includes back to back Top 10 finishes at the Games in 2019 and 2020. In our conversation, we talk about how athletes recover after th…
 
Jonathan Proulx has been able to master the game of selling brand name products on amazon and is now teaching others to do exactly what he did.John didn't start out this as a successful entrepreneur, for years before that he worked in the oil and gas industry with long hours away from loves ones and friends.After working for a year under someone el…
 
Today we're talking to athlete and coach Steph Hammerman, better known online as Steph the Hammer. Steph was born with cerebral palsy, and since discovering CrossFit years ago, she’s been a prominent force in the space as both a coach to all and an advocate for adaptive athletes. In many cases, that meant leading from the front by being the first p…
 
Today we're talking to Liz Plosser, the Editor in Chief of Women’s Health. Liz is one of the fitness industry’s head honchos when it comes to content, but journalism definitely wasn’t the first place her career started out. And ending up at the top of Women’s Health’s content was far from an overnight success story. Today, Liz and David Thomas Tao …
 
Today we're talking to Bill Grundler, a coach, athlete, and media personality who’s been one of CrossFit’s most visible personalities for nearly a decade. Bill also owns CrossFit Inferno and co-hosts the Get with the Programming Podcast, which analyzes programming in the CrossFit landscape including Worldwide Qualifiers, Age Group Online Qualifiers…
 
Anna DavidsonAn empowering Female Leader with years of experience in the eCommerce & Digital Marketing space.Anna is an Author of She Made It Happen, Speaker and Founder of Amazon 101 Academy and Your Freedom Podcast.Anna started selling on Amazon in 2013, and she has taught over 2000 students to build successful businesses.She has a knack for bein…
 
Today I’m talking to weightlifter, coach, and former bodybuilder Jon North, who has been a prominent figure in American Strength Sports for nearly a decade. Jon’s story is one with a number of twists and turns: From overcoming addiction to earn his way among the top ranks of American weightlifters, Jon was one of the first virtual weightlifting coa…
 
Jess Chan is the founder & CEO of Longplay, a full-service email marketing agency for e-commerce brands where they help businesses nurture, convert, and retain customers.Through their strategies, she's helped generate over $8.5M in revenue through email for their clients.Prior to Longplay, Jess was the CMO at an e-commerce company and she started L…
 
Today we're talking to writer and journalist Haley Shapley, the author of Strong Like Her. Published earlier in 2020, Strong Like Her is an examination and celebration of women’s athleticism and strength throughout history. Haley is passionate about strength and fitness, and her own athletic journey served as an inspiration to write about history’s…
 
Today we're talking to Amanda Kohatsu, an elite powerlifter who’s also the owner and CEO of Doughnuts & Deadlifts, an apparel brand focused on the strength community. We chat about how Amanda took over Doughnuts & Deadlifts, the ups and downs of running an apparel brand focused around strength, and what balance really can and should mean to people …
 
Today we're talking to Dr. Aaron Horschig, a physical therapist, strength & conditioning coach, speaker and writer. Aaron is the author of one book on mobility and movement, with another on the way, but he’s probably best known as the creator and mind behind Squat University. In our chat, we discuss what so many elite strength athletes are missing …
 
Blake Nubar, Holder Of The Record For Fastest Million Dollar FunnelIn just a few short years, Blake has generated over $17M in sales and in the process, he helped thousands of entrepreneurs launch a successful sales funnel.Blake has worked with sharks from ABC’s tv series “Shark Tank” along with HG and AMC TV starsBlake is on a mission to help as m…
 
Today we're talking to Devon Lévesque, a trainer and fitness influencer based out of Jersey City, New Jersey. Devon is probably best known for — and I promise I’m no exaggerating here — bear crawling a full marathon. In about 22 hours this past October, Devon — who already held the world record for distance in the bear crawl — bear crawled 26.2 mi…
 
Jason Klug moved to Utah and got a gig selling and developing Tablet and Ipad enclosures. That company sold and he started Klugonyx out of his 1 bedroom apartment. Full-service product development "firm" at the time.Now he has a team of designers, engineers, management in the US, and an office in China with PMs, QC managers, and customer support.No…
 
As we approach the holiday season, BarBend wants to celebrate by revisiting some of our most popular podcasts from the past 12 months. This episode with Jordan Shallow prompted a ton of discussion, and we're excited to share this remastered version! According to Dr. Jordan Shallow, the way we warm up — and the way most people think about movement —…
 
Brent ZahradnikAmazon Advertising expert and founder of AMZ Pathfinder3rd time on the show. I think this is the recordPrime day was just a couple of weeks ago, how did it go?Do you increate CPC on special event days, or simply increase the budget?Sell through rate and inventory...IPI for outside fulfillment in the UKif you increase your CPC on a pa…
 
Today we're talking to Logan Aldridge, training director of Adaptive Training Academy and the fittest one arm man on earth. After a wakeboarding accident that resulted in the loss of his arm at a young age, Logan dedicated his life to making fitness and sports more accessible for people around the globe. His work with Adaptive Training Academy is o…
 
Today we're talking to Albert Matheny, co-founder of Soho Strength Lab in New York City and the COO of Arena, a fitness technology startup that’s launching in late 2020. Albert joins us to talk about the harsh realities of the gym business during COVID, including the factors that go into whether owners and operators are able to keep their facilitie…
 
Today we're talking to Samuel Kwant, a multi-time CrossFit Games competitor who finished second at the 2020 CrossFit Games. Originally a high school cross country runner, Sam found CrossFit as a teenager and qualified for his first games at just 20 years old, making him the youngest male competitor in that year’s field. Since then, Sam has risen up…
 
Today we're talking to Taylor Atwood, a 6-time United States Champion and 2-time IPF World Champion in powerlifting. Most recently, Taylor totaled an astonishing 812kg at 74 kilograms bodyweight, becoming the first lifter in his category to hit that mark in drug-tested competition. In the process, Taylor set new American Records on all three lifts.…
 
Alasdair McLean-Foreman founder and CEO of Teikametrics AI company optimizing 4% of Amazon's total sales for over 6000 brandsHarvard graduate, that built his first million-dollar business from the dorm room the eCommerce sports brand HDO Sport, that became HDO Group.Questions for Alasdair McLean-Foreman How did you get started with HDO?When you mer…
 
Today we're talking to Ali Jawad, a British Paralympic powerlifter and silver medalist from the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games. Ali was born a double above the knee amputee, and he competed in judo at a high level before finding powerlifting. Ali is one of Britain’s most accomplished strength athletes, and he’s also an outspoken advocate for clean sport…
 
Today we're talking to Dr. Karyn Marshall, a legend in the sport of weightlifting. Karyn began her lifting career in the 70s, and in 1985 she became the first woman in history to clean and jerk over 300 pounds. She competed in — and won gold at — the first women’s weightlifting world championship in 1987, becoming the first-ever American champion, …
 
Today we're talking to powerlifting legend David Ricks. David has been in the sport for nearly 40 years, with a competition history dating all the way back to 1981. Throughout that time, he’s won numerous national, world, and invitational championships, earning him the nickname “Superman.” After a brief hiatus in the sport in his mid-50s, David cam…
 
Today's guest, Like many people, used to be overworked in a J O B where he managed 1 to 3 million dollars per month, and all he wanted was more free time to spend with family.He is a influencer, a Savage marketer, Chief Growth Officer of BrandedMedia.io and the founder of VA StafferQuestions for Jeff J HunterBefore we get into it, how do you get yo…
 
Today we're talking to strongman competitor Anthony Fuhrman. He’s the two-time World’s Strongest Man at 105 kilograms and was a competitor on NBC’s Titan Games. Anthony is also an active duty service member, and our discussion today focuses in part on how he balances his training with a full time job in the US Army. Anthony is also a BarBend contri…
 
ANATOLY SPEKTOR is a serial entrepreneur, 6-figure Amazon seller, IT consultant, and the host of 2 podcastsAnatoly Spektor was born in Eastern Europe, moves to Canada at the age of 21, changes his career to Software Developer, and works in some of the world’s most successful companies.But that wasn't enough, so he starts some side hustles: an Agile…
 
Today we're talking to CrossFit athlete Griffin Roelle, who competed as a rookie at the 2020 CrossFit Games. Griffin found the sport after a lengthy football career. He brought an immense base of strength to his CrossFit training, which is reflected in his results: He’s one of the all-out strongest athletes in the sport, and he won the max front sq…
 
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