Hafthor Bjornsson 501KG Deadlift Record

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I’ll be honest. I’m not too up to date on the current going-ons in the strength world today. But I saw several other people mentioning this, specifically that it was broadcast live over the weekend.

Years back, as a fan of Game of Thrones I was made more aware of strongman Hafthor Bjornsson who played the Mountain.

On May 2nd, Hafthor Bjornsson broke the world record deadlift of 501kg or 1104 lbs. You can see that here.

If you’d like even more details you can get some of the behind-the-scenes, the warmups, psych-up and more in this video. (Plus his wife is so tiny in comparison to him!)

The deadlift is a great exercise. Very primal to simply lift something off the ground. Unfortunately, a lot of people hurt themselves doing this but there are ways around that (and perfect form is not the ultimate answer.)

What’s important is finding the right styles or variations that work for your body. Not everyone should seek to set records in this, but it is an exercise worth doing at some point over your training life.

Years back I posted about another world record of his, carrying the Legendary Viking Log.

(Recently I’ve actually been doing this kind of training myself, my current best being 625 lbs for twenty steps. Here’s an earlier video from my Instagram of doing the same weight for ten steps.)

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