Brian Shaw and Gabriel Peña recently shared a huge workout in Colorado
It has become a tradition and popular style of training when two strongmen get together for a session. In this case, it was Brian Shaw and Gabriel Peña who were able to tea up in Shaw’s home gym in Colorado for a massive deadlift session.
Shaw is a four-time World’s Strongest Man champion who continues to perform near the top of the game. Peña has made a name for himself by pulling some massive deadlifts, using both the barbell and dumbbells. This is where the two got together for a session and Shaw shared the video to his YouTube page.
“DEADLIFT DAY IS THE BEST DAY.”
The workout for the two strongmen began with 15 minutes of single-leg Romanian deadlifts and reverse hypers. Shaw’s coach, Joe Kenn, added some chains on a loaded barbell while Shaw and Peña completed mid-shin paused deadlifts. The weight began at 225 pounds and it increased each set by 40 or 50 pounds.
After the paused deadlifts, the lifters moved onto vert pull deadlifts. This focuses on the eccentric part of the lift. The barbell began on blocks and Shawn and Peña pinned their shins against a T-bar. This forced their shins to remain upright and applies more tension to the posterior chain.
“THAT STARTING POSITION IS WHAT WE’RE TRYING TO EMPHASIZE…IF IT’S ANOTHER WAY TO FORTIFY MY DEADLIFT…I’VE GOT AN OPEN MIND AND AM READY TO LEARN.”
Brian Shaw and Gabriel Peña focused on the eccentric portion of the movement but also wanted to make sure to work on explosive strength. The workout ended with yoke walks. The duo focused on exercises that will be present during some of the major strongman competitions.
Shaw is not a competitor in the 2022 Arnold Strongman Classic. He will plan to compete during the 2022 World’s Strongest Man competition. This will take place from May 24-29 in Sacramento. Shaw has a chance to tie Mariusz Pidzianowski for five victories, which is the most all-time. Shaw finished second during the 2021 show. He will also host the third annual Shaw Classic in 2022, which will take place from Aug. 13-14 in Loveland, CO.
Peña was forced to miss the 2020 WSM with a heart issue. He was named an alternate during the 2021 show and could be looking for a big return this year.
Brian Shaw and Gabriel Peña showed off their elite strength in this workout and that means they are working to do some impressive things in 2022. It will be interesting to see where the two strongmen go from here.