Ever since his fourth place finish at the World’s Ultimate Strongman in Dubai, Brian Shaw hasn’t shared much training content due to wanting to focus on other projects and determining what he wants to do in the future. On December 18, the three-time Arnold Strongman Classic champion and four-time World’s Strongest Man did share some training footage in a new YouTube video on his Shaw Strength channel.
The video highlights a full push training session that is focused around the Strict Log Press. He eventually works up to a top weight of 310 pounds (140.5 kg) and gets five reps while barely missing the lockout on the 6th. You will notice that he is using an 8 inch diameter log bar instead of a normal 12 which is what is used in competitions. Shaw explained that it was actually a part of his strategy.
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“When you do strict pressing with a 12 inch log, it’s harder to get it high on your chest to press. So that is why I brought in the smaller diameter log here. This creates a bigger range of motion as well. So it makes the movement more challenging which in my mind is a good thing. When you go back to a 12 inch log, your hands are a little higher and it’s a little bit easier than this (points to 8 inch log).”
He followed his heavy set up with a set of 12 reps with less weight and did several assistance exercises after that. The workout in its entirety is below. Not every set was filmed and rest between sets wasn’t mentioned.
Strict Overhead Log Press – 5 sets of 6 reps (Shaw got 5 on last set with 310 pounds), 1 set of 12 with less weight.
Incline Dumbbell Press – 3 sets of 10 reps
Seated Chest Machine Press – 4 sets of 10 reps
Seated Shoulder Machine Press – 4 sets of 10 reps
Front Barbell Raise – 4 sets of 10 reps
Standing Dumbbell Lateral Raise – 2 sets of 8 reps
Standing Dumbbell Rear Lateral Raise – 2 sets of 8 reps
There has been speculation about Shaw’s competitive future since he had changed nutrition coaches, going back to work with Nathan Payton. He is currently not qualified for the Arnold Strongman Classic.
The Arnold Strongman Santa Monica event is on January 18, and Shaw isn’t on the current roster of athletes to compete. If he doesn’t enter, then he will not compete in Columbus at the 2020 ASC. This video of Shaw training could get fans talking and adding to the speculation.
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