Thor Bjornsson Pulls Two “Easy” 400kg Deadlifts Training for His Powerlifting Debut

No wrist straps, no suit, just old-fashioned raw powerlifting. He’s of course wearing a weightlifting belt but nonetheless, this is a remarkably smooth 400-kilogram (881.8-ound) deadlift from Hafthor Bjornsson. (Fueled, as is often the case, by a hefty huff of ammonia.)

[Curious about ammonia? Here are three tools to help you get psyched up for lifts.]

He posted this with the caption:

400kg/880lbs easy deadlift 2 sets yesterday. . Preparation for Thors Powerlifting Challenge 15th December.

If you haven’t heard the news by now, mark it down: Hafthor Bjornsson is holding a powerlifting meet. His first ever. Perhaps the most popular strength athlete on Earth (due in no small part to his role on Game of Thrones), this must be one of the biggest crossover events in strength sports history. Athletes and fans of both strongman and powerlifting have been asking the same question over and over since the announcement was made: what’s the man going to total?

This is the reigning World’s Strongest Man we’re talking about, and while strongman involves a lot more conditioning and non-barbell lifts than powerlifting, the man can compete. Earlier this week he pulled off two bench press doubles of 235 kilograms (517 pounds) with considerable speed.

Plus he made this 400-kilogram (880-pound) back squat this week as well.

We’ve seen him deadlift 472 kilograms on an elephant bar before, which of course is a different experience than lifting a stiff bar (an elephant bar is a little easier to get off the ground), but we’re certainly expecting him to lift more than the 400 kilos we’ve seen here today.

In 2018 Thor Bjornsson has won the Arnold Classic, the World’s Strongest Man, and the World Ultimate Strongman. He also broke the weight over bar record (again), he got married, he starred in a Kickboxer movie, and he’s finishing the year with his first powerlifting meet. (Which, let’s be honest, he’ll probably win.) This year will go down as his most eventful yet and we can’t wait to see how he ends it in three weeks.

Featured image via @thorbjornsson on Instagram.

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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