Brian Shaw Bio: Career, Net Worth, Wife, Kids & Awards

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Brian Shaw is an American professional strongman and a synonym for human strength. Honored as World’s Strongest Man four times to date, Brian married Keri Jenkins, the widow of fellow strongman Mike Jenkins, in 2015.

Apart from this, he is the winner of America’s Strongest Man title, Arnold Strongman, and many more championships.

Brian Shaw, the four-time World's Strongest Strongman
Brian Shaw, the four-time World’s Strongest Strongman (Source: Facebook)

In the 2021 World’s Strongest Man Competition, Brian stood at the 2nd position behind Scottish Strongman Tom Stoltman.

If you are keen on Brian Shaw, stick with this article until the end to get more information about this Strongman.

But, before we plunge into his career and personal life, let’s review some quick facts about him.

Quick Facts:

Full Name Brian Shaw
Birth Date February 26, 1982
Birth Place Brighton, Colorado, United States
Known as Gigantor
Religion Christianity
Nationality American
Ethnicity Mixed
  • Fort Lupton High School
  • Otero Junior College
  • Black Hills State University
Horoscope Pisces
Father’s Name Jay Shaw
Mother’s Name  Bonnie Shaw
Siblings Julie shaw(sister)
Age 42 Years Old
Height 6′ feet 8″ Inches (2.03m)
Weight 190-200Kg (419-440Lbs)
Build Athletic
Body Measurements N/A
Hair Color No Hair
Eye color Brown
Profession Strongman Competitor
Active Years  2005-present
Marital Status  Married
Spouse  Keri Jenkins
Children  2 Sons: Braxton and Kellen
Net Worth $15 Million
Social Media Instagram, Facebook, YouTube
Merch Paperback
Last Update May, 2024

Brian Shaw | Early Life, Family, and Education

Brian Shaw was born on February 26, 1982, somewhere in Fort Lupton, Colorado, to Bonnie Shaw and Jay Shaw.

He also has a sister, Juli Shaw. Surprisingly, both of his parents are taller than their average height.

Moreover, Brian’s mother is 1.80m tall, and his father is 1.85m tall.

Brian Shaw, with his wife Keri and Sons (Source: Facebook)

Shaw spent his childhood in the small town of Fort Lupton, joined Fort Lupton High School to achieve his high school degree, and started playing basketball.

After that, the basketball player attended Otero Junior College in La Junta, Colorado, to pursue his college degree.

He collaborated with renowned coach Bob Austin (current Louisiana State University-Alexandria Head) and became one of the team members’ best players.

Upon receiving a full basketball scholarship, Shaw attended Black Hills State University in Spearfish, South Dakota.

Similarly, he graduated successfully with a degree in wellness management from the University.

Furthermore, the American has not revealed anything about his early childhood. Growing up in a small town, Brian was overwhelmed by sports activities.

Brian Shaw | career

Talking about his career life, Shaw started playing basketball at the University level, but later on, he showed his passion for lifting weights.

In 2005, without any form of training, he won the Denver Strongest Man contest.

Later, after joining various professional training centers in 2006, he gained a lot of success in the field.

Consequently, the University basketball player turned into a weight lifter. Further, in 2008, he was only qualified in World’s Strongest Man Competition.

Brian Shaw Showing Muscles
Brian Shaw Showing Muscles (Source: Twitter)

Similarly, after entering Fortissimus in the year, Brian became the single individual to lift six Atlas stones weighing from 300-425 lbs.

That same year Shaw competed in Valletta for his second World’s Strongest Man contest.

Brian made glorious history by ranking in 3rd position in the championship.

The year 2010 became very excellent for Brian. At the start of the year, he qualified for the World’s Strongest Man Competition finals, standing in 2nd position.

Moreover, he also won the inaugural Jon Pall Sigmarsson Classic competition the same year.


In December 2010, Brian became Strongman Super Series winner for the second time. Furthermore, in 2011 and 2013, Brian again participated in the World’s Strongest Man competition.

He beat Savickas standing 1st in both years. Again, in 2015 and 2016, Shaw became the winner in the World’s Strongest Man competition.

The Strongman competed in the World’s Ultimate Strongman competition and Arnold Strongman Classic in 2017. He stands out to be in the first position in Arnold Strongman Classic.

Brian Shaw, the four-time World’s Strongest Strongman (Source: Facebook)

Following the year in 2018, shaw competed in Dubai for World’s Ultimate Strongman competition.

His overall performance was well; however, he ranked up in the second position.

Moreover, Brian competed in the 2018 Arnold Strongman Classic and fetched various positions in different events.

Event-1 (The Bag Over Bar)=2nd position.

Event-2 (The Stone Shoulder)=4th position

Event-3 (The Timber Carry) =2nd position.

Event-4 (The Rogue Elephant Bar Deadlift)=3rd position.

Event5 (Apollon’s Wheel leaving Shaw)=1st position.

He has been making America proud by winning different international championships and competitions.

Apart from his regular career, he has been part of the History Channel Series “The Strongest Man in History,” released on July 10, 2019.

It is a reality show that takes four strongmen, Brian Shaw, Eddie Hall, Robert Oberst, and Nick Best, around the World investigating strongman legends.

Later they try to beat the legend and each other to prove who is the Strongest Man in History.

Brian has also suffered from severe injuries in the past, including a fatal hamstring injury in November of 2021.

In the year 2021, he became second in the world World’s Strongman Championship.

Nonetheless, he has been a great coach to many athletes, including Kai Sotto. 

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Awards and Achievements

With a long career success of more than 15 years, Brian Shaw has earned many titles and awards with his strongman career life.

Brian Shaw (middle) Winning World's Strongest Man title
Brian Shaw (middle) Winning World’s Strongest Man title (Source: Twitter)

Here we present his total awards and achievements throughout his career. 

2005-won the first Strongest Man contest

2008-Qualified for his first World’s Strongest Man competition.

2013-Young Alumni Achievement Award.

2011, 2013, 2015,2016-Won the title ‘World Strongest Man.’

2011, 2015, 2017-Won the Arnold Strongman Classic competition

And he has yet to retire from this sport.

Brian Shaw | Wife and Kids

Being a professional strongman, Brian keeps his private life secret. But we still managed to share some of the exciting facts about Brian.

Brian is happily married to the love of his life Keri Jenkins. After dating for a long time, the couple tied the knot on July 4, 2015.

For the first time, these couples met at a fundraiser event where Shaw appeared as a celebrity guest.

Brian Shaw and Keri Jenkins Wedding
Brian Shaw and Keri Jenkins Wedding (Source: Facebook)

His wife, Keri Jenkins, is the owner of Fit Mommy Academy and runs her own fitness business.

Furthermore, she is also a teacher of mathematics. Both the couple is blessed with two children, Braxton and Kellen.

Brian Shaw | Age, Height, Body Stats, and Diet

Brian is 42 years old and born under the sun sign Pisces. According to astrologers, Pisces are loyal, honest, and selfless kind of people.

Additionally, with American nationality, the mixed ethnic Italian follows Christianity Religion.

In the same way, he stands at an astounding height of 2.03 m, weighing around 440 lbs which further boosts his dominant physique and presence.

Young Brian Shaw
Young Brian Shaw (Source: Facebook)

With a large-size body, muscular biceps, short limbs, and three-layer strong muscles, this Strongman has a strict routine for maintaining his dietary regime.

Brian does different workouts and free-weight compound exercises like bench presses, squats, deadlifts, barbell rows, and dips to remain fit.

He also uses various machines to increase his strength and target specific muscle groups.

Fun fact: Shaw once saved a car accident victim by pulling off their car door. 

Diet Plans & Food Intake

Being Strongman is a dynamic sport that includes strength, speed, agility, and endurance.

It is imperative to apply strength quickly and in an unconventional way. So it’s vital to focus on diet.

Moreover, Brian has consulted with many dieticians and nutritionists to prepare his body to take 12,000 calories daily.

Every part of his meal contains a massive amount of protein and carbs.

The diet shared by Brian on Facebook (Source: Facebook)

Shaw takes eight eggs, a full spoon of peanut butter, and 2-3 slices of cheesecake as his compulsory meal. Here’s the detail of his one-day diet chart.

Meal 1 – Cinnamon Toast Crunch, 8 eggs, a tablespoon of peanut butter

             Protein=68g  Carbs=74g  Fat=68g  Calories=1,180

Meal 2 – A protein shake, 2 granola bars, peanut butter

            Protein= 115g  Carbs= 92g  Fats=25g  Calories=1,053

Meal 3 – 1 pound of organic beef meat, pasta with  red sauce

             Protein= 172g  Carbs= 191g  Fats=82g  Calories=2,190

Meal 4 – Protein shake consisting of unsweetened almond milk and organic blueberries

Protein=112g  Carbs= 89g  Fats=22g  Calories=1,002

Meal 5 – Organic ground turkey meat, rice as well as broccoli

Protein=117g  Carbs= 145g  Fats=41g  Calories=1,417

Meal 6 – Pasta from a pizzeria, a pound of beef meat, potatoes, and Asparagus


Meal 7 – 2-3 slices of cheesecake and more protein powder

Protein=105g  Carbs=107g  Fats=89g


It seems like a weird routine, right? Nonetheless, it gets the job done.

Brian Shaw | Net Worth and Salary

Due to intense hard work and dedication, Shaw won many competitions. He had made a considerable income from his professional career as a strongman.

Similarly, his presence on different social media sites has created a source for him to increase his net worth.

“According to the reports of the year 2024, the strongman networth is estimated around $15 million.”

This impressive wealth is all from his strongman career. Besides that, Brian has an excellent collaboration with many sponsorship deals from brands such as Redcon1, Mark Bell, Sling Shot, Rogue Fitness, etc.

So these are also the sources through which Shaw makes a good amount of money.

Moreover, Brian runs his youtube channel, which earns around $1300 per day, i.e., $480,000 in a year from various ads that appear on his videos.

Brian appeared in several movies and television series has helped him earn a high fortune and lavish life.

Both Shaw couples are engaged in their professional Careers, which has generated a good income source for the family. Their career has led Shaw’s family living with a luxurious life.

Social Media Presence:

The Strongman has created millions of fans all over the World. Moreover, his popularity is prevalent on major social media platforms.

His youtube channel contains training footage, fitness and strength challenges, training videos, etc. 

You can find and follow him on the given platforms below. 

Instagram1.4 million followers.


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YouTube 1.76 million subscribers.

Facebook476K followers.

Twitter28.2K followers

Brian Shaw | popularity

The Strongman Shaw has been a topic of interest for many people around the globe for many years.

Brian Shaw’s popularity over five years worldwide (Source: Google)

The above graph indicates the volume of total google searches of Brian over the last five years worldwide.

Some FAQs:

How many pounds can Brian Shaw bench press?

Brian Shaw has a max bench pressed 530 pounds (240 kg).

How much could Brian Shaw lift?

Brian Shaw can lift to 1,365 lb (619 kg).

What is Brian Shaw’s deadlift record?

 According to reports, Brian Shaw has a deadlift record of 1140-Pounds (517.09-Kilogram). 

What is Shaw’s record for Dinnie stones?

Back in 2019, Shaw carried Dinnie stones, weighing 144 kg and 187 kg, at a distance of 11 feet 6.5 inches (3.52 m)

What kind of mouthpiece does Brian Shaw use?

Brian uses the New Age Performance 6DS for better jaw stability and protection. 

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