When you're an enormous strongman, a Nissan Versa isn't exactly the kind of car that makes for easy driving. In his latest YouTube video, Brian Shaw demonstrates as much, by barely being able to fit behind the wheel. Luckily, the car isn't for driving—it's for lifting.
Shaw takes the Nissan home, then proceeds to weigh it and fit it to a bar so that he can practice his car deadlift. It weighs in at 680 pounds (308 kilograms) at the bar; in other words, the end of the car he'll be lifting weighs 680 pounds.
He hits up his home gym to warm up with some regular deadlifts, adding more and more plates to the bar as he goes, building himself up to the main event. Shaw elevates the height of the bar for these deadlifts to match the height of the car. "When I'm training for a car deadlift, sometimes I'll stand on some mats to make the bar lower," he says, explaining that the height tends to vary in each car lift.
He adds that the frames of some cars will flex more than others, meaning he doesn't really feel that weight until he's higher up in the lift. "I try to throw a lot of curveballs at my body so I'm not getting accustomed to one setup, one bar height, and only getting good at that," he says.
Shaw powers through the first set of 10 reps on the 680-pound bar weight, then adds a 100-pound plate to the trunk of the car, because this just wasn't enough of a challenge already. As he's lifting half of the car, half of that plate weight then goes onto the bar, raising the bar weight from 680 to 730 pounds.
He gets through another set of 10 reps at 730 pounds, and explains that he's incorporating the car deadlift into his training on the off chance that it gets included in World's Strongest Man in the future, as it has sporadically in the past. Then he adds: "In all honesty, I just love car deadlifts... It's a lot of fun, any time you can pick up a car is pretty awesome."
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