Gregor "The Mountain" Clegane is played by 30 years old Icelandic actor Hafþór "Thor" Björnsson, Insider says. If you're a fan of GoT you might already be familiar with this 6'9" tall, 400-pound giant and professional weightlifter.
Turns out, GoT had to put much less effort into making him appear large and powerful than you might have thought initially. In fact, he's just broken the world deadlift record.
For over a decade now, Björnsson has been a record-breaking competitive weightlifter.May 2018, he finally won the Strongman title after two years of just missing it.
For 2 years he came in second.
Björnsson managed to win half of the 6 events over the course of 2 days.events included "vehicle dead lift, max overhead, loading race, frame carry, truck pull, and atlas stones."
How did he do it and what does it take to get there?Insider says Björnsson was always a big guy, but it wasn't just lucky genes that got him those 400 pounds of muscle.
It took him years of hard work in the gym, strict diet and a positive attitude.
At 16, he was already at his full height, and within 3 years he realized he "had a gift for strength."
Preparing for these events involves varied exercises and physical therapy sessions, Insider says.helps him maintain strength and avoid injuries when lifting weights of hundred, and even thousand, pounds.
"I train with heavyweights five times a week. I'm in the gym so often," he says.
Diet plays a huge role too.
"I eat mostly steak, rice, carrots, with some peppers, sometimes chicken. I eat so much, really. And definitely the hardest part of being in these competitions really is the diet."
"There's a lot of eating, if you want to stay the best," he told Insider.
But no exercise and diet routine can do the trick alone.
However, Björnsson does have a favorite exercise.
He also posted this photo of himself, his wife Kelsey Henson and the mugs of hot chocolate, people couldn't believe how truly big Björnsson is.Insider noted, in Henson's hands the cup appears of fairly regular size. But the same cup in Björnsson's hand looks more like a tiny shot cup.
The caption - Who's jealous?
"It looks like he can take that hot chocolate down like a shot," a comment on Reddit said.
But Björnsson has always received strong comments about his unusual height and size.Insider says.
Björnsson and the lifestyle and fitness blogger, Kelsey Henson, got married in October last year, according to Insider.Insider also reports that while Björnsson height reaches 6 feet 9 inches, Henson is only 5 feet 2 inches tall. Now you know why the couple draws so much attention.
But Björnsson is proud to be so tall, even if sometime's it's inconvenient.says.
“You have to custom-make the bed [and] you can't travel with your bed. It's very annoying."
And it seems he's showing no signs of slowing down.
"1st place baby!"
"This year's competition was so crazy."
Here's a video showing his full performance.We certainly wouldn't like to be in a fight with him!
And now he's had another incredible achievement.
"I knew I was in great shape, and when you’re trying to train yourself for something big like that, it’s very difficult on the body."
Here's the incredible video.
501 KG DEADLIFT WORLD FUCKING RECORD @ThorBjornsson_ https://t.co/MfxZSgcLut— oskar (@oskar)1588438317.0