USA Brian Shaw


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  • Height:

    203cm / 6ft 8ins

  • Weight:

    197kg / 435lbs

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2011 Event Information:

Truly a phenomenon, Shaw’s progression from 3rd in 2009 and 2nd in 2010 bodes well for the Coloradan. A colossal athlete, Shaw has a lack of obvious weaknesses and goes into WSM 2011 on the back of a tremendous year which mark him out as one of the clear favourites for the crown.

Question and Answer session:

How many hours per day do you train? 2-4

How many days do you train per week? 5-6

What does your training involve?

I use a combination of event training, weights and conditioning

What does your diet normally consist of?

Breakfast: 6-8 eggs, wheat toast, cereal/oatmeal, protein shake

Lunch: 1 lb of chicken/beef, potatoes, milk

Dinner: 1 lb of chicken/beef, potatoes, milk

*normally 6-8 meals per day

What made you want to become a strongman?

I decided I wanted to become a strongman after I finished my basketball career

How old were you when you started training and competing in strongman?

I was around 24

What is your greatest strongman achievement?

Making it to WSM 2008, placed 3rd at Fortissmus 2009, winning the 2009 FIT Expo.

How do you manage to balance work and training for strongman?

Sometimes it is tough but I have a lot of flexibility at work so that makes it easier

What is the worst injury you have ever had?

Pulled/strained muscles, torn skin, bumps and bruises

What are your plans after your strongman career?

Not 100% sure yet

What has been your biggest disappointment whilst training as a strongman?

I have not had many disappointments at all

What advice would you give to someone who wants to become a strongman?

Work hard, eat big and be consistent

What is your favourite strongman event and why?

I really enjoy all of the events but if I had to pick, it would probably be the Truck Pull or Fingal’s Fingers

What is you least favourite strongman event and why?

Probably crucifix hold because I feel like it is pointless and it is always subject to judging

Which past strongman do you admire now & why?

I could name a few – Bill Kazmeier, Magnus ver Magnusson, Magnus Samuelsson, Svend Karlsen, Jouko Ahola

Which current strongman do you admire now & why?

I have a lot of respect for all of the guys I compete against

How do you prepare yourself for major events?

I try to train as specific as I can to the contest that I am going to enter

What is your favourite other sporting event?

Either the NBA championship or the NFL championship

What do you do to relax? Do you have any hobbies?

I enjoy hanging out with friends, going camping, fishing, going to the lake

Given your size, what’s the funniest thing that’s ever happened to you?

I always have stuff that happens to me because of my size. I get looks all the time and don’t fit into a lot of places

What would be your favourite type of holiday and destination?

Going to the beach and seeing the ocean

What is your favourite film?

Very hard to pick but probably ‘Old School’ (very funny)

What car do you drive now and what car would you like to drive?

I drive a S.U.V now because that is the smallest thing I can fit into. I would love to get a pickup

What personal achievement are you most proud of?

I have a few: getting a full ride basketball scholarship, graduating from college, turning pro in strongman

Who is your biggest threat for 2009 and why?

The 2009 WSM field is stacked with very good competitors. I think there are more than a handful of guys that can win

General stats:

Leg press max weight: 2000 lb

Bench press max weight: 525 lb

Squat max: 800 lb

Dead lift max: 880 lb

Biographical information

I played basketball growing up and earned a full scholarship to play in college. I finished playing basketball in 2004 and turned my focus on weight training. I had always watched WSM growing up so when I found out about a local amateur event in Colorado I decided to give it a try. That event was in october 2005 and after winning that I was hooked on strongman. I turned pro in June 2006 and have had great success thus far. I am excited about the rest of my career in strongman.