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 won the Arnold Strongman Classic for an incredible third year – lifting over one thousand pounds in the process.
In May 2018, he finally won the Strongman title after two years of just missing it.
But in the 2018 World’s Strongest Man competition that took place in Manila, Philippines, he finally got the gold he fully earned and deserved.
Those events included “vehicle dead lift, max overhead, loading race, frame carry, truck pull, and atlas stones.”
Insider says Björnsson was always a big guy, but it wasn’t just lucky genes that got him those 400 pounds of muscle.
He’s loved sports since a very young age.
At 12 he joined the basketball team and moved “huge stones and rocks” on his grandfather’s farm to stay active.
At 20, an ankle injury ended his basketball career, so he started entering strongman competitions.
It helps him maintain strength and avoid injuries when lifting weights of hundred, and even thousand, pounds.
“But there’s also a lot of other stuff I do outside of the gym. I do a lot of hot and cold treatments to make sure I stay injury-free, and so I can also train more often.”
“Diet is very important to stay in shape, to stay strong. So I’m very consistent with my meals. I eat 6 meals every single day,” he says.
Björnsson also says he has to eat around 10,000 calories each day to keep his body shape and strength.
“I have to eat every two hours, I have to fuel my body. And there’s a lot of timing, prepping meals, when I eat them. I think sometimes, ‘Is this worth it?’ I’m always eating, and I’m never hungry. I’m always eating and working out.”
Staying positive is the key to success.
“I don’t have a least favorite exercise, I don’t believe in thinking about that, about least favorites,” he says.
“I don’t like to think that way. You have to have your mind positive towards everything in life, and I try to be very positive.”
“To be good at everything, you have to be positive towards it. I train and I work very hard toward my weaknesses, and I have any weaknesses, I work even harder to make them my strength.”
“My favorite exercise is the deadlift, definitely that one,” he says.
Which makes sense since in the 2018 World’s Strongest Man competition he set a deadlift world record by lifting 1,041 pounds.
As 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.
It is, however, unclear whether he was asking if people were jealous of his wife or his tiny tiny creamy drink.
Björnsson’s Instagram comment section was flooded with people suggesting that his mug looks like a shot glass or a dollhouse tea cup.
The most popular photos on his Instagram account are those in which he stands next to his 19 inches shorter wife, Insider says.
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.
“I like being tall. The only thing that has annoyed me being this tall and heavy is that you can’t really fit anywhere,” he says.
“Trying to fit into a cab or Uber is challenging as well. I have to fly business class because I just don’t fit into economy. Otherwise, I’m proud to be tall.”
Because Bjornsonn celebrated his third victory in a row at the Arnold Strongman competition this week.
Bjornsonn lifted an unbelievable 1,026 pounds. Blimey.
“I won the Arnold Strongman Classic 2020! 3 years straight!!! Words can’t describe how happy and grateful I am for the support around me.”
“I was very confident this year that I was going to do well, because I knew that I had put in the work, but I was pushed so hard by the other amazing athletes, especially @kieliszkowskimateusz all the way through to the last event. I am so grateful for the support team I have had working with me for this competition.”
We certainly wouldn’t like to be in a fight with him!
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