Hafthor Bjornsson is not about to let his training routine slide just because the 2020 World’s Strongest Man competition was officially postponed on April 7th. If you have not heard yet, it has been rescheduled to take place November 11-15 on Anna Maria Island in Bradenton, Florida.
Bjornsson still has momentum coming off his three-peat victory at the 2020 Arnold Strongman Classic back in March and does not seem to have any intention of letting up as he builds towards breaking Eddie Hall’s current all-time world record deadlift of 500kg/1,102lb.
Check out the upper body training session that Bjornsson shared via the video below from his YouTube channel in his garage gym:
At the beginning of the video, Bjornsson is sitting on a flat bench in his garage, nods to the camera, and says:
“We are in my garage training. Because of the situation in the world right now, we decided to bring some equipment here and do some training here.”
He then went on to discuss the specifics of his upper body training day which consisted of light weight, high volume work of flat and incline bench press before a similar workload of bent over rows, resistance band face-pulls, and skull crushers using a swiss bar.
After the workout, while drinking a protein shake at his kitchen table, Bjornsson said:
“Everything has been postponed right now, but I have a plan B for the deadlift. It’s fine that I’m not prioritizing [Atlas] stones or farmer’s [carry] or some of the strongman movements because right now I have no clue when my next strongman competition is. So this is actually fine to train more like a powerlifter.”
The All-Time World Record Deadlift Attempt
Bjornsson was training to deadlift an all-time world record of 501kg/1,104lb at the 2020 World’s Ultimate Strongman in Bahrain originally scheduled for April 11, but that event has been postponed without an official new date announced yet. However, Bjornsson will still attempt the all-time world record on Saturday, May 2nd in Iceland. It will be live-streamed via coresports.world:
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Big news Strongman fans!!! Seeing that there are no shows happening anytime soon Hafthor "The Mountain" Bjornsson @thorbjornsson along with us have decided to go for the 501kg deadlift record breaker in Iceland! Lifting for the world 💪💪💪 The livestream will be free to watch and exclusively via link in our bio! #evolvestrongman #middleeast #forthetitle #deadlift #beastsinthemiddleeast #501kg #worldsultimatedeadlift #biggerandbetter #StrongmanMayHem #REIGNoverWUS #Reignover501 #Revive #ReviveMD #ReviveMiddleEast #ReviveStrongman @reignbodyfuel @revive_md @revive_md_middleeast
Bjornsson did have an opportunity to go for the all-time world record at the Arnold Strongman Classic and win himself an additional $101,000 in prize money, but opted not to. He already secured a victory in the deadlift competition via his successful second attempt of 465kg/1,026lb, and the lift using the ROGUE elephant bar would have been a different record than the one Eddie Hall currently holds.
Hopefully, Bjornsson’s garage gym will be sufficient to prepare him for the all-time world record attempt just under a month away.
Feature image via Hafthor Bjornsson’s YouTube channel.