[VIDEO] THE MOUNTAIN – World's Strongest Man Hafthor Bjornsson to compete in powerlifting
Bjornsson announced the Thor's Powerlifting Challenge, which will take place in conjunction with the Iceland Open Expo in Laugardalshöll, Reykjavík, Iceland, via his official Facebook and Instagram pages on Thursday. Accompanying the post is a training video showcasing his trademark intensity, and the minor detail of a 440kg squat.
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WRPF Iceland is hosting a powerlifting event called Thor’s Powerlifting Challenge December 15th in cooperation with the Iceland Open expo in Laugardalshöll, Reykjavík Iceland. Registration will take place through emails at email@example.com Competitiors can choose from full powerlifting, push and pull, bench or deadlift only. Full powerlifting competition fee will be 60$, push and pull 50$, bench and deadlift only 40$. Current World’s Strongest Man champion Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson will participate in a full powerlifting meet. @sarychevkirill of Russia, the world record holder in the bench press with 335kg/738lbs will make an appearance at the event and perform in the benchpress.
Kirill Sarychev, world record holder in the bench press with 335kg and president of the World Raw Powerlifting Federation will also compete at the meet.
News of Thor's participation has set the internet alight with speculation about what numbers he might achieve. While we've never seen a video of him maxing out on bench press (we have seen him bench 200kg for 10, and 215 for 4x3) his best gym squat is the 440kg in the video above, and he currently holds the world record for deadlift using an elephant bar, lifting 472 kg at the 2018 Arnold Strongman Classic.
How this strength will carry over to powerlifting is unclear, but only a fool would bet against him moving some serious weight. We'll keep you posted.
IMAGE: Thor Bjornsson/Instagram