When he’s not pulverizing scrubs in Jean Claude Van Damme’s underground fighting tournament, Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson is hard at work in his native Iceland training for the Arnold Strongman Classic 2018. The Game of Thrones actor has been showing off some truly impressive strength training this week in the lead-up to the annual competition.
Like, for example, this very casual 180kg incline press:
And this not-at-all-frightening 440kg deadlift:
The Strongman Classic — created by Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jim Lorimer as part of the annual Arnold Sports Festival — has hosted competitive powerlifters from all over the world since 2002. Your typical events include launching a 45kg bag over a 4.5m bar, mastering the classic Apollon’s Wheels, and carrying a 517kg wooden frame up a 10m ramp.
Last year saw the title, and the $50,000 purse, go to three-time winner Brian Shaw, an American. Björnsson, unfortunately, had to settle for second place.
Rain, Hail or Snow ❄ the show must go on. 410kg frame feeling nice and easy in this beautiful dark, cold Icelandic weather. 4 weeks to go till the Arnold’s 2018. You ready? I’m ready! #TeamThor @australianstrengthcoach @stanefferding @andrimarinn @andrireyr @stefansolvi @kelc33 @olafia_k @bjornthorr @roguefitness @sbdapparel @thorspowergym
“Rain, Hail or Snow the show must go on,” Bjornsson writes. “410kg frame feeling nice and easy in this beautiful dark, cold Icelandic weather. 4 weeks to go till the Arnold’s 2018. You ready? I’m ready!”
By Vinnie Mancuso