Hafthor Bjornsson is one of the greatest Strongman athletes of our time, winning the World’s Strongest Man in 2018 and Arnold Strongman Classic for the past two years (2018 and 2019), to name a few of his accomplishments. And he recently set an unofficial world record (in training) of 480kg/1058lbs as he prepares for the 2020 Arnold Strongman Classic in early March.
Now, Bjornsson is the current Elephant bar record holder with 474 kg (1,045 lb) and although this personal record would earn him a competition best, if he achieves a 501kg/1104lb deadlift, he’ll surpass Eddie Hall’s all-time deadlift world record of 500 kg (1,102 lb; 79 st) which was set under strongman rules with lifting equipment in 2016. And although Hall’s record was set on a standard deadlift bar (there’s a difference), a 501kg Elephant bar deadlift would still be considered the most weight ever pulled.
Watch the lift below…
“480kg/1058lbs Deadlift! Unofficial WR!! Check out my YouTube video to see my full session! Before this lift I pulled 434kg/955lbs and it felt like butter!! Link is in my bio!“
We’ve posted the entire video from YouTube below if you’d like to check that out as well. In the video, Bjornsson pretty much gave a quick update on his progress and then he went straight into it doing multiple warmup sets before attempting the big pull! His last warmup set was 434kg/955lbs and even he acknowledged that it sounds crazy to refer to that much weight as a warmup set. But when you’re an elite Strongman competitor like he is, it sounds about right.
So at this point, EVERYONE showed up to watch Thor attempt the unofficial world record lift but first breezed past his last warmup and then the moment everyone was waiting for… the lift is at the 9:00 minute.
The gym was absolutely hyped and no one left disappointed as Bjornsson fought to get the weight up. Afterward, he talked a little about the lift and his plans for the Arnold Classic.
“I’m so, so, so happy with my lift. Unofficial world record raw with straps. No one in the world has ever pulled this weight before off the floor. This puts me in a very comfortable and good position going into the Arnold Strongman Classic.”
Bjornsson was about to share what his first attempt will be at the Arnold but he decided not to. However, he did share his second attempt which will be 475kg which would be a competition personal best and he thinks it’ll probably be enough to get him the win. But he’s going to see how he feels going into the third attempt which will determine the weight he chooses.
But if he has to back off he will if he feels it’ll be the best thing for him to do to ensure he wins the contest. Surprisingly though, Bjornsson felt like this training pr wasn’t that hard except maybe a little when the bar reached the knee. However, it was smooth other than that.
Hafthor Bjornsson is feeling good right now and if he maintains this we may see a historical performance from him at the 2020 Arnold Classic. But we already had suspicion this might be the case when just a few weeks ago, he nailed a 455kg/1,003lb deadlift x 2 which had people talking.
Check it out…
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The deadlift coming along nicely in this years Arnold Strongman prep! 455kg/1003lbs for 2 reps which is a PB! I know this is a elephant bar replica but has anyone doubled over a grand in training? @mad_scientist_duffin maybe? – @australianstrengthcoach @reignbodyfuel @roguefitness @sbdapparel @revive_md @legionath
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