If you watch Game of Thrones you know Hafthór Júlíus Björnsson. He is one big dude and he’s a strongman. Not just a strong man, although he’s that too.
He says he started out in life as a scrawny kid who played basketball in Iceland and when he got hurt and couldn’t play ball anymore he took up weightlifting. And he lifts a lot. He pulls buses, can lift 1,500 pounds, and throw a keg 24 feet in the air.
In my younger days I was known to have emptied a keg or two, but I never tried anything like that.
He stands 6’9″ and weighs almost 400 pounds and because of his workouts, he’s almost pure muscle.
To maintain his size he has to eat between six and eight meals a day, which are made up of meat, fish, chicken, sweet potatoes, cocoa butter, almonds, spinach, avocado and broccoli.
He said: ‘It is not easy. When I’m filming, I always have to have breaks to eat.
‘I eat very healthy overall, but because of my weight, I need fast carbs.
‘So maybe before a training session or after a training session, I eat what I want.’
His dedication has allowed him to pull 15-ton airplanes and trucks, and to carry a car on his shoulders.
However there is one thing in his strongman career that gives him by far the most pleasure.
For when he lifted a 1,500 lb log he managed to break a Viking record that had stood for a millennium.
The actor and athlete said: ‘The thing that I’m probably most proud of probably is my Viking record.
To celebrate, he went out to dinner.
For something different, he fought UFC champ Connor MacGregor who weighs in at 145 pounds. The Mountain says he took it easy on MacGregor and couldn’t feel his punches. I’ve got an idea for a rematch.
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