Game Of Throne Fans Are Watching World’s Strongest Man

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Here’s how much you have to lift and eat to be the strongest man in the world… with apparently the tiniest girlfriend, too.

At 29 years, towering 6’9″ and weighing 397 pounds, the Icelandic native who has been cast in Game of Thrones to play a giant bodyguard, he eats over 11,000 calories a day before competitions in order to train.

Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson

With a name meaning “half Thor” it’s no surprise that the massive man lifted his way to international fame as both a strongman and as an actor. Since being cast as Sir Gregor Clegane, also known as The Mountain in Game of Thrones, he has achieved a considerable following. Björnsson is the third actor to have played the part, and is certainly the biggest.

Born in Reykjavík in Iceland in 1988 to a 6 foot father and a similarly tall mother, Hafþór seemed to have inherited his size from his grandfather Reynier. Last year, Hafþór was diagnosed with Bell’s Palsy.

Here’s the man himself with his girlfriend. I have questions.

His personal records include:

  • 1,041 lb deadlift
  • 970 lb squat
  • 507 lb bench press

World’s Strongest Man Competition

Established in 1977, this year’s Strongest Man competition was held in the Philippines. What started as an American competition developed by CBS has turned into a worldwide affair. One competitor, Magnús Ver Magnússon from Iceland has won the competition four times in the early 1990s., and he is an official head referee of the event.

Events include the Farmer’s Walk, where a person carries two very heavy buckets over a distance, the overhead press with a log, moving giant stones and deadlifting (picking a loaded bar up from the ground to just about your knees and holding it).

Generally, winners are from Britain, Norway, the US, Poland, Lithuania and Finland, with runners up filling in for countries including South Africa, Canada and The Netherlands. Last year’s winner was Eddie Hall from England, who earned a world record for deadlifting 1,019 pounds with his idol Arnold Schwarzenegger there to cheer him on. He later deadlifted 1,100 pounds for a new record, but after passing out, has decided to take his trophies and announce his retirement.

By winning the World’s Strongest Man, Hafþór is the first person to win that competition, the Arnold Strongman Classic and Europe’s Strongest Man all in the same calendar year.

Eat Big: Hafthór’s Diet

In the lead up to the 2016 Strongest Man competition, the actor posted his daily training diet on Facebook. Over at Men’s Journal, they’ve put it all together to come up with the food science details about the 13 pounds of food the man eats every day. 

In training terms, his macro balance is 2:1:2 protein:fat:carbs, meaning that he gets 2/5 of his calories from protein, 1/5 of his calories from fat and 2/5 of his calories from carbs. Here are some of the foods he eats from each category:

These are his main sources of fats, of which he eats more than 450g per day:

  • Almonds
  • Eggs
  • Avocado
  • Beef
  • Peanut Butter

These are his main sources of protein, of which he eats more than 850g per day:

  • Eggs
  • Beef
  • Protein shakes
  • Chicken
  • Salmon

And there are his main sources of carbs, of which he eats almost 800g per day:

  • Sweet potato
  • Oats
  • Potato
  • Rice Krispies
  • Bananas

So if you want to get big, it’s time to start putting back at least three dozen eggs a day.

In the post, he explains that this was the diet he followed for the upcoming Strongest Man competition held in 2016 and he’d also throw in various muscle-building nutrients like BCAA as well as more juice to get more calories.

In all, The Mountain was eating almost 11,500 calories every day in order to train, which is 5-7 times as much as a sedentary person would eat.

People been asking me a lot about my diet and what I eat! Here's my diet plan for my preparation for World's Strongest…

Posted by Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson – The Mountain on Tuesday, April 26, 2016

This Year’s Competition

With the tagline “It doesn’t get any bigger than this,” Hafthór has already congratulated the second and third place winners, the Polish Mateusz Kieliszkowski and the American Brian Shaw.

With more than 1.2 million Instagram followers, this photo was posted showing the man carry a 330 lb sandbag “like nothing,” comparing the weight of the bag to carry “maybe” two or three girls at the same time.

Here’s a clip from the finals. I’ve already skipped ahead to the 24:48 minute mark where The Mountain shows off his skill.

Sources: Men’s Journal, Facebook, The Telegraph

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