COLUMBUS, Ohio — Strongman Hafthór Júlíus Björnsson, best known for his role as “The Mountain” in Game of Thrones, posted some incredible videos of his training leading up to the 2016 Arnold Strongman Classic.
Last night, we got to see the results of his efforts firsthand.
The Strongman Classic began with a Deadlift competition, which was different from prior years in that the exercise was performed from regulation height, not with truck tires on the end. This made it significantly more difficult.
It also put Thor—as Björnsson is appropriately nicknamed—at a disadvantage because at 6-foot-9, he has to get his hips low and pull the bar over a greater distance. But this did not stop him from posting incredible results.
After two initial lifts that he made look ridiculously easy, the Mountain set up for his final lift with a whopping 972.4 pounds (442 kg) under the watchful eyes of Strongman legend Bill Kazmaier, Thor’s coach Magnus Ver Magnusson, J.J. Watt and of course, Arnold.
And Thor crushed it. The bar came off the ground relatively easily before slowing down at his knees, where he used every ounce of effort to complete the lift.
Björnsson was clearly pleased with his performance. He dropped the bar and promptly walked toward the front of the stage, tore his shirt apart and released a primal scream.
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