Hafthor Bjornsson Says He’s Aiming for the Deadlift World Record In 2018

Icelandic strongman Hafthor Bjornsson has had an eventful year to say the least. From a second place finish at the Arnold Classic, to a first place at Europe’s Strongest Man, then to a close second at the World’s Strongest Man, his year has been quite the roller coaster.

In addition, to his top three major Strongman competition finishes, Bjornsson set a new weight-over-bar world record, starred in Katy Perry’s music video, and played an evil boxer in a movie. Bjornsson has somewhat done it all in the world of strength sports and sports entertainment, yet he’s not satisfied.

After his very close second place World’s Strongest Man finish, Bjornsson has been training relentlessly in his off-season to come back stronger than before. He’s posted countless training videos on his Instagram page, but his latest video has stirred up a little hype. The video features Bjornsson pulling 340kg (from what it looks like) for an easy five reps.

So what’s the big deal? We’ve seen Bjornsson pull much more than that. Well, it’s his caption that’s stirred the pot within the strength world. In his post Bjornsson writes, “Easy work today! I got big plans for 2018.. Working towards new world record… #OffSeason”

At this year’s World’s Strongest Man, Bjornsson capped what looked like an easy 460kg, while Eddie Hall finished just ahead of him with a 472.5kg pull. What’s possibly most intriguing about Bjornsson’s deadlift is that the year prior in 2016, he finished with a 425kg deadlift at the WSM. One year later, and he’s progressed his deadlift by 35kg.

We’re not saying Bjornsson has an easy road ahead of him. Hall’s 500kg record is a defining moment in strength sports history that will most likely stand for quite some time. Not to mention, Hall’s anthropometrics and static strength complement the deadlift to a tee, while Bjornsson has much more ground to cover when he pulls.

But if we look at Bjornsson’s drastic improvements over the last few years, and his newly spurred motivation, we’re left to wonder, could he be the next athlete to make a legitimate run at the deadlift world record? What do you think?

Related: Ultimate Romanian Deadlift Guide

Feature image screenshot from @thorbjornsson Instagram page. 

Jake Boly

Jake Boly

Jake holds a Master's in Sports Science and a Bachelor's in Exercise Science. Currently, Jake serves as the Fitness and Training Editor at BarBend.

He's a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and has spoken at state conferences on the topics of writing in the fitness industry and building a brand.

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Prior to BarBend, Jake worked for two years as a strength and conditioning coach for hockey and lacrosse players, and a personal trainer the three years before that, and most recently he was the content writer at The Vitamin Shoppe's corporate office.

Jake competes in powerlifting in the 181 lb weight class, and considers himself a professional knee rehabber after tearing his quad squatting in 2017. On the side of writing full time, Jake works as a part-time strength coach and works with clients through his personal business Concrete Athletics in New York City.

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