Check Out Thor Bjornsson and Martins Licis Training Together in L.A.

In a rare instance of two of the world’s greatest strongmen training together outside of competition, the reigning world’s strongest man and the world’s fourth strongest man— according to their placement’s at this year’s World’s Strongest Man, anyway — have been working out at the strongman legend Odd Haugen’s gym in California.

[By the way, our interview with Haugen is definitely worth a read if you’re looking for tips on building monstrous grip strength.] 

We’re of course talking about Thor Bjornsson and Martins Licis, who trains at the gym with Haugen as his coach. We’ve gotten quite a few interesting videos out of the two this week, with our favorite perhaps being this shot of Bjornsson doing deadlifts while Licis shouted unintelligible gibberish intended that was intended to sound like motivational hype.

Good session done with my buddy @martinslicis today. We did deadlifts and stones. Does he qualify for a good hype man?? 🤔

Then there’s this shot of Licis doing 506-pound (230kg) deficit deadlifts for nine reps, all while casually chatting to the camera, “What happened was I took a scoop of Hafthor’s protein and now I can lift all day and all night, no matter what the weight, I can keep going!”

[Licis is known for his sense of humor, which is why the clip of him training strongman with Kevin Hart is so much fun to watch.]

Swipe through to the other video and you can see a considerably more serious session of lifting Atlas stones — “308lb (140kg) one-motion, chalk only, stone over bar for 6 reps at 56 inches,” and Licis delivers a heartfelt shoutout to Bjornsson in the caption.

Always a huge pleasure having you visit Thor! Your strength and laser focus is always an inspiration for me to push harder!(For those of you who don’t know, he’s the Worlds Strongest man … (for now😈))

The Latvian also posted this overhead medley that sounds like it was filmed by Icelander.

During this trip to California, Bjornsson also headed out to Gold’s Gym to train arms with Mike O’Hearn, which included a tough-looking set of reverse grip bench presses: 305 pounds for 25 reps. 

Watching this guy train is almost as fun as watching him compete.

Featured image via @martinslicis on Instagram.

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Nick is a content producer and journalist with over seven years’ experience reporting on four continents. His first articles about health were on a cholera outbreak in rural Kenya while he was reporting for a French humanitarian organization. His next writing job was covering the nightlife scene in Shanghai. He’s written on a lot of things.After Shanghai, he went on to produce a radio documentary about bodybuilding in Australia before finishing his Master’s degrees in Journalism and International Relations and heading to New York City. Here, he’s been writing on health full time for more than five years for outlets like BarBend, Men's Health, VICE, and Popular Science.No fan of writing in the third person, Nick’s passion for health stems from an interest in self improvement: How do we reach our potential?Questions like these took him through a lot of different areas of health and fitness like gymnastics, vegetarianism, kettlebell training, fasting, CrossFit, Paleo, and so on, until he realized (or decided) that strength training fit best with the ideas of continuous, measurable self improvement.At BarBend his writing focuses a little more on nutrition and long-form content with a heaping dose of strength training. His underlying belief is in the middle path: you don’t have to count every calorie and complete every workout in order to benefit from a healthy lifestyle and a stronger body. Plus, big traps are cool.