Hafthor Bjornsson is quickly regaining his strength, as he recently shared a humongous 420-kilogram (925.9-pound) deadlift from one of his training sessions in preparation for the 2024 Arnold Strongman Classic. The competition will take place on March 1-2 in Columbus, Ohio, and gather some of the greatest Strongmen on earth. It will also be Hafthor’s first appearance in over three years and, by the looks of it, he is ready to face anyone.
Hafthor Bjornsson started the training session with lighter weights and increased the sets by increments of 50 kilograms (110.2 pounds). He also had eight minutes of rest between his sets, which he finds crucial when lifting heavier weights.
Although his initial plan was to deadlift 410 kilograms (903.9 pounds), Hafthor Bjornsson decided to give 420 kilograms (925.9 pounds) a shot. Thus, he put on a lifting belt, secured the lifting straps to the barbell, and began pulling the weight with a conventional stance. The weight moved at a slow but steady pace, making it seem like Hafthor is already capable of lifting more weight. Hafthor shared a short clip of the lift on his Instagram and a long-form video on YouTube.
“I feel great, man. I will be surprised if I don’t pull 450-kg (992-lb) at Arnold’s… My body knows how to be strong; I have been strong before, and I will get to the stage where I am strong again.”
Watch the lift here:
Ever since his boxing match against Eddie Hall, Hafthor Bjornsson has been much lighter compared to his Strongman physique. However, now that he is preparing for a comeback, he has started putting on some weight again. So, on the day of his 420-kilogram (925.9-pound) deadlift, Hafthor’s bodyweight came out to 181.4 kilograms (400 pounds).
After finishing up the deadlift session, Hafthor Bjornsson also performed some sandbag-to-shoulder lifts. He admits that he still needs to work on those a bit, but his pec injury from a few months ago might also hinder his abilities a bit. He sustained the injury during a powerlifting competition and ended up needing to undergo surgery to fix it.
After going through the recovery process, Hafthor Bjornsson decided to announce his comeback to Strongman. Moreover, he revealed the three competitions that he plans to take part in. Those are the 2024 Arnold Strongman Classic, the 2024 Arnold Strongman Classic UK, and the 2024 Rogue Invitational.
Watch Hafthor Bjornsson’s full workout here:
Hafthor Bjornsson initially retired from Strongman in 2020 and had a lot of success behind him. He took part in 73 International and National competitions and won 38 of them. Those include the 2018 WSM, 3x Arnold Strongman Classic, 5x Europe’s Strongest Man, and much more. However, Hafthor will look to add even more success to his resume.