Watch Brian Shaw Deadlift an SUV as He Trains for World’s Strongest Man

Everyone’s talking about their predictions for Hafthor Bjornsson at the World’s Strongest Man this year, but Brian Shaw has posted a little reminder that he’s one of the most respected and feared athletes in the game.

He just uploaded a montage of training highlights that revealed some interesting insights into how a man warms up for something as monumental as an SUV deadlift. Check it out below — this is a man who prepares.

Theragun on the forearms, resistance bands for his posterior chain, a mouth guard, rack pulls, more posterior chain prep, upright rows, single arm machine rows… and then comes the truck pull. To be fair, we’re not 100 percent sure these exercises were all performed sequentially, but this is a heck of a back day.

[How does someone even train for a truck pull? Read our complete guide!]

Shaw also posted a video this week on one of our favorite subjects: the insane amount of food that strongmen have to eat. We’ve written before on what makes up the man’s 12,000 calorie per day diet, but this latest video focuses on meat prep. And this guy eats a lot meat: thirteen pounds of steak and bison for two days of food. Check out his knurled spatula at the 10-minute mark.

[How much does it cost to feed Brian Shaw and Hafthor Bjornsson for three days? It’s hard to believe.]

The thirty-six-year-old has competed at the last ten consecutive World’s Strongest Man events and with four wins — his last in 2016 — he’s one of the most decorated athletes in the sport. He shares his four-win record with Lithuanian legend Zydrunas Savickas and the Icelandic athletes Magnus Ver Magnusson and Jon Pall Sigmarsson. Only one man has won the title five times: Poland’s Mariusz Pudzianowski, whose most recent win was at the 2008 event that was held in West Virginia.

Shaw came third in last year’s event after Eddie Hall and Hafthor Bjornsson, and with Hall not competing this year, there’s an argument to be made that it’ll all come down to Shaw and Bjornsson. The Icelandic giant is almost seven years younger and an inch taller, but Shaw does have experience on his side. We’ll be on the edge of our seats.

Featured image via SHAWSTRENGTH on YouTube.



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