Björnsson is fine-tuning his staple raise together with his aggressive return on the horizon.
In October 2022, Hafthor Björnsson introduced he would dangle up the boxing gloves to return to skilled strongman. In the identical month, the previous 2018 World’s Strongest Man (WSM) champion revealed he would additionally compete on a sanctioned powerlifting platform on Dec. 3, 2022. (Be aware: Thus far, the precise identify of the competition stays undisclosed.) Judging by a few of his current social media updates, the strongman residing legend is working full steam forward to be in tip-top form for all types of power sports activities competitions.
On Nov. 10, 2022, Björnsson shared an Instagram clip of himself finishing a uncooked 360-kilogram (793.6-pound) deadlift for 2 reps throughout a coaching session. The strongman/powerlifter accomplished the deadlift from a typical stance, wore only a lifting belt, and was in his socks.
For Björnsson, the pull itself may not be noteworthy in comparison with his previous excessive requirements. In spite of everything, at face worth, the Icelandic athlete holds the all-time deadlift World Document of 501 kilograms (1,104.5 kilos) from the 2020 World’s Final Strongman “Feats of Power” sequence.
Nonetheless, that report pull got here whereas outfitted in a strongman setting, whereas this current coaching was uncooked. Maybe extra importantly, after dedicating himself to slimming down for his boxing profession for a couple of years, Björnsson weighs roughly 100 kilos lower than his 205-kilogram (451.9-pound) peak strongman physique weight. In context, these notes may make his 793-pound deadlift double extra spectacular — contemplating the set-up could be slightly out of his normal consolation zone and that he’s carrying lots much less mass general.
The final time Björnsson featured in a proper powerlifting competitors was a first-place efficiency on the 2018 World Uncooked Powerlifting Federation (WRPF) Thor’s Powerlifting Problem. He competed within the 140-kilogram-plus division whereas carrying wraps. Total, Björnsson has 4 first-place wins in 5 profession powerlifting contests, together with his lone non-first-place end being a second-place outcome. It’s unclear which weight class Björnsson will match when he participates in his early December 2022 powerlifting return, however he’ll achieve this uncooked.
Right here’s an outline of Björnsson’s all-time uncooked competitors bests:
*Hafthor Björnsson | All-Time Uncooked Competitors Powerlifting Bests
- *Squat — No uncooked try
- Bench Press — 250 kilograms (551.1 kilos)
- Deadlift — 410 kilograms (903.9 kilos)
- *Whole — 506 kilograms (1,113.3 kilos)
*Be aware: In response to Open Powerlifting, Björnsson has by no means recorded a uncooked squat throughout an official powerlifting contest. As well as, Björnsson has by no means competed in a three-lift uncooked powerlifting meet. This whole consists of solely a bench press and deadlift.
Relating to the lifting exploits of an icon like Björnsson, it’s in all probability comprehensible if extra eyes and ears will concentrate on the athlete. With the highlight beginning to shine on his trademark energy and athleticism once more, the power sports activities world will discover out whether or not Björnsson can thrive as soon as extra within the coming weeks.
Featured picture: @thorbjornsson on Instagram