Today we’re talking to strongman athlete Brian Alsruhe, who actually joins the BarBend Podcast for a second time. Recently, Brian has been focusing most of his time on building a homestead in the woods, completely by hand and without the use of power tools. We discuss what it means to use strength in a real-world environment, along with how building a log cabin mirrors strongman-style training. This podcast also touches on the human connection with nature, feats of endurance long before electricity, and we even touch on Bigfoot and other topics in cryptozoology. Don’t miss it.

Brian Alsruhe BarBend Podcast

Brian Alsruhe BarBend Podcast

On this episode of The BarBend Podcast, host David Thomas Tao talks to Brian Alsruhe about:

  • Brian’s transition from in the gym strength to building outdoors with his hands (3:10)
  • How strongman events — like Fingal’s Fingers and farmer’s carries — replicate real-world needs and feats of strength (07:30)
  • Changing the type of content Brian produces for his audience, including Barbells and Bushcraft (11:00)
  • “Risking it” without a safety net (15:00)
  • How to start learning when things seem so overwhelming at first (19:30)
  • Why clearing land is some of the hardest physical labor anyone can do (23:00)
  • Brian’s land, local wildlife, and building new history (29:00)

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