Björnsson is fine-tuning his staple raise along with his aggressive return on the horizon.
In October 2022, Hafthor Björnsson introduced he would grasp up the boxing gloves to return to skilled strongman. In the identical month, the previous 2018 World’s Strongest Man (WSM) champion revealed he would additionally compete on a sanctioned powerlifting platform on Dec. 3, 2022. (Note: To date, the precise identify of the competition stays undisclosed.) Judging by a few of his latest social media updates, the strongman dwelling legend is working full steam forward to be in tip-top form for all types of power sports activities competitions.
On Nov. 10, 2022, Björnsson shared an Instagram clip of himself finishing a uncooked 360-kilogram (793.6-pound) deadlift for 2 reps throughout a coaching session. The strongman/powerlifter accomplished the deadlift from a traditional stance, wore only a lifting belt, and was in his socks.
For Björnsson, the pull itself won't be noteworthy in comparison with his previous excessive requirements. After all, at face worth, the Icelandic athlete holds the all-time deadlift World Record of 501 kilograms (1,104.5 kilos) from the 2020 World’s Ultimate Strongman “Feats of Strength” sequence.
However, that file pull got here whereas outfitted in a strongman setting, whereas this latest coaching was uncooked. Perhaps extra importantly, after dedicating himself to slimming down for his boxing profession for just a few years, Björnsson weighs roughly 100 kilos lower than his 205-kilogram (451.9-pound) peak strongman physique weight. In context, these notes might make his 793-pound deadlift double extra spectacular — contemplating the set-up could be a bit of out of his common consolation zone and that he’s carrying lots much less mass total.
The final time Björnsson featured in a proper powerlifting competitors was a first-place efficiency on the 2018 World Raw Powerlifting Federation (WRPF) Thor’s Powerlifting Challenge. He competed within the 140-kilogram-plus division whereas carrying wraps. Overall, Björnsson has 4 first-place wins in 5 profession powerlifting contests, along with his lone non-first-place end being a second-place outcome. It’s unclear which weight class Björnsson will match when he participates in his early December 2022 powerlifting return, however he'll achieve this uncooked.
Here’s an outline of Björnsson’s all-time uncooked competitors bests:
*Hafthor Björnsson | All-Time Raw Competition Powerlifting Bests
- *Squat — No uncooked try
- Bench Press — 250 kilograms (551.1 kilos)
- Deadlift — 410 kilograms (903.9 kilos)
- *Total — 506 kilograms (1,113.3 kilos)
*Note: According to Open Powerlifting, Björnsson has by no means recorded a uncooked squat throughout an official powerlifting contest. In addition, Björnsson has by no means competed in a three-lift uncooked powerlifting meet. This whole contains solely a bench press and deadlift.
When it involves the lifting exploits of an icon like Björnsson, it’s most likely comprehensible if extra eyes and ears will give attention to the athlete. With the highlight beginning to shine on his trademark energy and athleticism once more, the power sports activities world will discover out whether or not Björnsson can thrive as soon as extra within the coming weeks.
Featured picture: @thorbjornsson on Instagram