Hafthor Björnsson Deadlifts 380 Kilograms (837.6 Pounds) Before His Powerlifting Contest

Björnsson deadlifts over twice his bodyweight in his final heavy session before his Dec. 3, 2022, contest.

It has been two and one-half years since 2018 World’s Strongest Man (WSM) champion Hafthor Björnsson pulled the heaviest deadlift of all time (501 kilograms (1,104.5 pounds)). It has been slightly less time since he officially retired from strongman after winning his 10th consecutive Iceland’s Strongest Man (ISM) contest in August 2020 to turn his attention to competitive boxing.

However, Björnsson is back to the lifting business. On Nov. 29, 2022, Björnsson took to his YouTube channel to deadlift 380 kilograms (837.6 pounds) in his last heavy training day before competing in the 2022 Thor’s Powerlifting Event in his gym — Thor’s Power Gym — Reykjavik, Iceland, on Dec. 3, 2022. Check it out below:

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Before a heavy deadlift session, Björnsson warms up by opening his hips with some leg swings at the squat rack. He swings each leg forward, back, and along the horizontal plane to find mobility in his hips. That’s it. That’s the entirety of Björnsson’s warm-up before loading weight onto the barbell.

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Björnsson’s first deadlift set was relatively light at what appeared to be 95 kilograms. He takes extended rest between sets — eight minutes — though he listens to his body to make adjustments. If he recovers before those eight minutes, he’ll return to work. He is comfortable with the downtime between sets, especially as the weight increases.

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After sliding his hands along a large block of chalk, Björnsson locked out a raw double with a barbell with 10 25-kilogram weight plates with a mixed grip. His body weight at the time of that lift was 165.5 kilograms (364.9 pounds) — a steep drop from the 400-plus pounds he carried during the prime of his strongman career.

A smooth pull at 320 kilograms (705.5 pounds) made it seem like Björnsson never left strongman training. With a quick sniff of ammonia and 350 kilograms moved to lock out with no problem. The second hit of ammonia came, and 380 kilograms moved seamlessly.

Although Björnsson did not say who else will compete with him at the 2022 Thor’s Powerlifting Event, fans worldwide can watch it. The contest will be live-streamed on Björnsson’s Twitch and YouTube channels.

Featured image: @thorbjornsson on Instagram