The Mountain has officially gone beastmode. In a video posted by his Australian trainer, Sebastian Oreb (@australianstrengthcoach), Hafpor Julius Bjornsson can be seen unleashing hell, completing a set of 5 reps of 375kg deadlift. Yup, likely more than 4 times your body weight.
Considering the world record for a raw deadlift is 460kg, you’d back him to get close. At 6 ft 9 inches and 200kg, Bjornsson is a regular at the gym ensuring he keeps up his physique for his on-screen role in Games Oft Thrones.
Previously, Bjornsson managed 2 reps of 410kg. In the below, the man nicknamed Thor says he’s just 14 weeks away from competing at the Arnold Strongman Classic so we can expect some even heavier lifts to come!
Deadlifting is a great exercise that recruits a variety of muscles in the body. It’s often the go-to movement for those trying to improve their overall strength. Check out the tips below on how you can smash your next deadlift:
01 STEP UP
Approach the bar, head bowed, until your shins touch it. The closer, the better. Plant your feet and tense from the balls of your feet up to your glutes, staying active throughout.
02 STAND YOUR GROUND
Your feet should be shoulder-width apart, turned out ever-so-slightly to stop your knees collapsing in once you start to lift.
03 MIX IT UP
It’s okay to arch your back as you ready yourself. Hands close to the outside of your legs, use a mixed grip – one overhand, one underhand. Alternate with each set to pull more without busting your shoulders.
04 INTO THE HOLE
Shins touching the bar, grip set and feet positioned correctly, drop into what’s known as “the hole”. Let your bum drop behind you as you squat down. Safety note: you shouldn’t return here while holding the bar.
05 BRACE, BRACE
Tensing is for amateurs; pros brace. Brace your abs so your stomach pushes outward a little and flatten your back. This rigid, safe position ensures the correct muscles are doing the work.
06 DRAG YOURSELF OUT OF THE HOLE
Shoulders retracted, drag the bar up your shins by driving through the legs. Your upper body shouldn’t move – power is from your hamstrings and glutes as your hips hinge forwards. Never snap the bar up fast.
07 UP AND AT ’EM
Exhale as you thrust the hips forward and knees back, squeezing your glutes at the top. Hinge at the hips but keep lats engaged and shoulders back at all times. Pull as if you want to rip the bar in half.
08 GOING TO GROUND
Depending on the weight, you’re welcome to control the bar on the way down. Hinge at the hips to release tension in the glutes. Do not arch your back. For near-max lifts, drop the bar. Then bow again to your task.