Brian Shaw is an American professional strongman competitor who won the World’s Strongest Man competition four times.
He was born on February 26, 1982, in Fort Lupton, Colorado, USA to Jay and Bonnie Shaw.
During high school (Fort Lupton High School) and college (Otero Junior College in La Junta, Colorado and Black Hills State University in Spearfish, South Dakota), Shaw played basketball. During college, Brian was also “hooked on the weights.”
”I played basketball in college on a scholarship, and I got into weight training as I was studying to be a strength,” he told Esquire in 2015.
His first strongman competition was the Denver Strongest Man contest in October 2005. In June 2006, he went pro.
On April 30, 2008, Shaw started his YouTube channel (SHAWSTRENGTH). The channel has over 1.43 million subscribers. His videos present eating challenges, strength challenges, and training footage.
In 2009, Shaw reach 3rd place at the Strongest Man on Earth competition in Canada.
On November 21, 2010, he won the inaugural Jón Páll Sigmarsson Classic.
In 2011, Shaw won the Arnold Strongman Classic. Also in 2011, Brian won his first World’s Strongest man competition. He later won the competition in 2013, 2015, and 2016.
In 2015, he won Arnold Strongman Classic for the second time. In 2018, Shaw reached 2nd place in Arnold Strongman Classic — the first place was Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson (better known as Gregor “The Mountain” Clegane in Game of Thrones).
In December 2020, he hosted the first Shaw Classic competition.
Brian Shaw got married to Keri in 2015. Keri has her own fitness business – ”Fit Mommy Academy.”
The couple has two sons.
Shaw eats seven meals a day. Every meal is packed with carbs and protein, resulting in over 12,000 calories a day.
His regular diet includes about 8 eggs and several slices of cheesecake per day. His diet was designed by a dietician with the purpose to “make me as strong as I possibly can be.”
Brian said for Bar Bend about his diet: ”I’m eating basically every two to three hours all day long, and that’s a big thing.” In another interview, Brian explained: ”Each meal I would say takes probably at least 20 minutes” or ”I’m just eating to be the strongest human being on the planet,” he said.
Brian Shaw is 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) tall.
Shaw weighs somewhere between 400 and 440 pounds.
”I’m actually kind of excited for the salad. I know that sounds weird.”
”It is great to be able to test my strength against the strongest men in the world.”
”Pushing to that extra level is where you win or lose.”
”I always try to evolve and get better and go back to the drawing board and look at where I can improve what weaknesses I have.”
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Some of the records he holds in the official Strongman competition are:
- Keg Toss – 7.25 meters;
- Keg Toss (heaving of a standard 15.5 gallon beer keg) – 8 kegs in 16.59s;
- Atlas Stone/Manhood Stone – 250 kg (560 lb);
- Log Lift – 200 kg (440 lb);
- Hummer Tire Strongman Deadlift (with straps) – 520 kg (1,140 lb);
- Rogue Elephant Bar Deadlift (with straps) – 463 kg (1,021 lb);
- Deadlift (with straps) – 460 kg (1,014 lb).
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Brian was featured on History Channel’s original series The Strongest Man in History (2019).
He has the distinction of being the first person ever to win both the Arnold Strongman Classic and the World’s Strongest Man competition in the same year.
Eddie Hall (the winner of the World’s Strongest Man 2017 competition) sometimes appears in his YouTube videos.
Brian Shaw – Net Worth
Shaw earned most of his wealth from participating in strongman competitions. For instance, the winner of the World’s Strongest Man competition earns around $80k.
Brian also has many sponsors, including – New Age Performance Mouthware, Rogue Fitness, Trifecta Nutrition, CBD-Fit, and RedCon1. In addition, Brian earns money from ads on his YouTube channel that has more than 190 million views (about $400,000 in revenue). Therefore, professional strongman competitor Brian Shaw has an estimated net worth of $2 million.
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