The Team at BarBend works every single day with one goal in mind:

To help people live stronger, healthier lifestyles by delivering the best, most-informed content in the strength sports and fitness space.

Through news coverage, training and nutrition content, product reviews and more, BarBend is your home for all things strength.

The BarBend Team

Based in Brooklyn, New York, BarBend is supported by a team of over 70 experts, contributors, researchers, photographers, and athletes from around the globe. Our in-house editors, creative, and management team steer the ship so we can bring you the best content in the industry.

David Tao
Founder / CEO
Josh Pelletier

Josh Pelletier

CMO / Content Director
Andrew Gutman
Managing Editor
Staff Writer
Jordan Hicks
Video Director
Gabe Whiteman

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Our Experts

BarBend’s Expert and Contributor Networks include some of the world’s top minds in strength training and strength athletics. Made up of Olympians, World Record holders, coaches, researchers, dietitians, and historians, these individuals bring a range of experiences to our site through the content they write and articles they help verify.

Brian St. Pierre MS, RD, CSCS, CISSN, PN2
Nutrition Expert

As Precision Nutrition’s Director of Performance Nutrition, Brian leads a team of over 20 expert coaches, helping individuals of all backgrounds reach their personal and professional goals. Brian also works with a host of elite athletes such as U.S. Open Champion Sloane Stephens where he provides nutrition coaching and performance-specific… Read more

Dr. Trevor Kashey

Trevor Kashey has a Ph.D. in biochemistry with emphasis on cellular energy transduction (which he completed at the age of 23). He began his formal scientific career as a high school student, doing non-small cell lung cancer research at the Translational Genomics Research Institute in Phoenix, AZ. He has consistently been doing research since then… Read more

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Chad Wesley Smith
Elite Powerlifter

Chad Wesley Smith is the owner/founder of Juggernaut Training Systems and one of the most accomplished strength athletes of recent years. With a background in track & field, Smith took his 2 collegiate national shot put championships and continued his athletic success in powerlifting and strongman.. Read more


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Eric Trexler


Eric started lifting at the age of 12, and has been hooked ever since. Eric has a background in powerlifting and strength coaching, and has been competing in natural bodybuilding since 2011. Now he’s a pro natural bodybuilder with a PhD in Human Movement Science, and serves as the Director of Education… Read more

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Andy Galpin, PhD
Human Bioenergetics Expert

Andy Galpin has a PhD in Human Bioenergetics as well as a Masters in Human Movement Sciences. Dr. Galpin is a tenured professor and scientist at CSU Fullerton where he is the Director… Read more

Mike Dewar
Weightlifting Coach

Mike holds a Master’s in Exercise Physiology and a Bachelor’s in Exercise Science. Currently, Mike has been with BarBend since 2016, where he covers Olympic weightlifting, sports performance training… Read more

Samantha Poeth
National Champion Weightlifter

Sam Poeth won her first USAW National title in 2005 at the Junior National Championships. She has 4 University National Titles (2010-2012, 2014) and is the 2013 USAW National Champion. She also owns the title of 2011… Read more

Greg Nuckols
Record Holding Powerlifter

Greg Nuckols has over a decade of experience under the bar, is currently pursuing a Masters in Exercise Physiology, and has held 3 all-time world records in powerlifting in the 220 and 242 classes. He’s trained hundreds.. Read more