Björnsson is fine-tuning his staple raise together with his aggressive return on the horizon.
In October 2022, Hafthor Björnsson introduced he would cling 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. (Notice: So far, the precise identify of the competition stays undisclosed.) Judging by a few of his latest social media updates, the strongman residing 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 standard 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. In any case, at face worth, the Icelandic athlete holds the all-time deadlift World Report of 501 kilograms (1,104.5 kilos) from the 2020 World’s Final Strongman “Feats of Power” sequence.
Nevertheless, that document pull got here whereas geared up in a strongman setting, whereas this latest coaching was uncooked. Maybe extra importantly, after dedicating himself to slimming down for his boxing profession for a couple of 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 is perhaps just a little out of his traditional consolation zone and that he’s carrying rather a lot much less mass total.
The final time Björnsson featured in a proper powerlifting competitors was a first-place efficiency on the 2018 World Uncooked Powerlifting Federation (WRPF) Thor’s Powerlifting Problem. He competed within the 140-kilogram-plus division whereas sporting wraps. Total, Björnsson has 4 first-place wins in 5 profession powerlifting contests, together with his lone non-first-place end being a second-place end result. 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.
Right here’s an summary of Björnsson’s all-time uncooked competitors bests:
*Hafthor Björnsson | All-Time Uncooked Competitors Powerlifting Bests
- *Squat — No uncooked try
- Bench Press — 250 kilograms (551.1 kilos)
- Deadlift — 410 kilograms (903.9 kilos)
- *Complete — 506 kilograms (1,113.3 kilos)
*Notice: In line with Open Powerlifting, Björnsson has by no means recorded a uncooked squat throughout an official powerlifting contest. As well as, Björnsson has by no means competed in a three-lift uncooked powerlifting meet. This whole contains solely a bench press and deadlift.
On the subject of the lifting exploits of an icon like Björnsson, it’s in all probability 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