Watch Hafthor Bjornsson & Zydrunas Zavickas Try and Break the Record for Throwing Washing Machines

Not to be outdone by Dwayne Johnson lifting fridges last week, Hafthor Bjornsson and Zydrunas Savickas haves raided the laundry to try their hand at hurling washing machines.

The footage, filmed in 2016 but only recently shared by Guinness, features Bjornsson and fellow elite strongman (and 4-time World’s Strongest Man) Zydrunas Savickas attempting to smash the world record in the washing machine throw, which stood at 4.01 meters.

Image via Guinness World Records on YouTube.

The attempts are measured from the throwing line to the closest point where the washing machine, which weighs 46 kilograms, or 101.4 pounds, first makes contact with the ground.

Watch the footage below, but Bjornsson supporters should prepare for heartbreak – the Lithuanian Zydrunas Savickas, largely considered one of history’s best strongman competitors, beat out The Mountain and set a new record with a throw of 4.13 meters (13 feet, 6.6 inches).

Bjornsson and Zydrunas actually have quite a record rivalry with one another (a friendly one, we assume), as they’ve faced off several times in strongman events in the past.

In 2016, they competed against one another to break a Guinness record in most overhead log lifts in one minute. Zydrunas won, overhead pressing the 150kg (330lb) heavy log six times in a minute. (Bjornsson managed four lifts.)

Earlier that same year, they tried to break the record for fastest power stairs, which involved moving three weights of 225kg (496lb) up five, mid shin-height stairs. Zydrunas won that one, too, completing the task in 31.6 seconds.

However, Bjornsson did manage to defeat Zydrunas in some contests, beating him in an attempt to break the world keg toss record and, in another domestic appliance-related event, he bested Zydrunas in an event that timed how quickly he could carry two fridges in a yoke that had a combined weight of 450kg (992lb). He managed to walk them twenty meters in 19.6 seconds.

We’re still waiting on some type of kitchen sink-related event.

Featured image via Guinness World Records on YouTube.

Nick English

Nick English

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.

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