Strongman competitions are a blast to watch, and they help fill the void during the seemingly never-ending football offseason. In this clip, 41-year-old Russian strongman Elbrus Nigmatullin does his best to make every middle-aged man feel like worthless blubber… by moving a friggin’ two story house.
The video starts with Ebrus getting in a light warm-up, by squatting six large truck tires. After that puny appetizer, it’s on to the main course, which happens to be a 30-ton wooden home. The building is two stories in height, and fully furnished. The Russian is challenged with the responsibility of moving the behemoth three meters (9.8 feet) to break a previous record. The house is placed on a train track-type setup, with Ebrus strapped to the front of it like an old ox. After pumping up the crowd, the muscly-armed Russian gets to pulling. Following some grunting, and a few broken capillaries, the big man eventually reaches his goal.
Elbrus then described his feelings about moving the building:
“When I first approached this house, I was only 30 percent sure that I could make something happen. But when the eyes are afraid, the legs keep on going,” Nigmatullin said after becoming the first person in the world to move a standing country cottage.
It’s hard not to imagine Hafþór Júlíus “Thor” Björnsson (The Mountain on Game of Thrones) watching Elbrus from a hotel room, saying to himself, “Do you even lift, bro!?”
(Via For the Win)