Thor Bjornsson Breaks 1000 Year Old Record… World’s Strongest Viking!


Any record that takes a millenium to break deserves serious recognition, especially one that saw the previous record holder collapse under the weight, crushing his back. Legend has it that Viking Orm Storlfsson carried a 650kg log 2 steps on an icy night, such was the might of this man that no other person was able to replicate this for 1000 years… until now!

The man they call ‘The Mountain’, famed for his role in the hit TV series Game of Thrones (Series 5 comes out in the US in April…as an FYI) was metaphorically speaking, moving mountains in Iceland a few days ago! Not only did Thor Bjornsson manage to move the 10m long log weighing a mind blowing 650kg, he managed to surpass 2 steps and reach an incredible 5 steps! He doubled the previous record, and more some, whilst on a snowy floor, in freezing Viking conditions, and even managed to hurdle a supporting truss in celebration. The man really is something to behold!

BIG… yet still athletic!

It might come as no surprise to think that this 6’9’’ giant was able to leap frog a truss standing a mere 4 foot or so. Considering his history as a professional basketball player, which was cut short due to an ankle injury, you might expect that he could jump…but on snow… after walking 5 steps with a 650kg log on his back... and weighing in at a monstrous 195kg… you’ve got to be joking me!

Destined for World’s Strongest Man title

Any man that can weigh in at nearly 200kg, stand at 6’9’’, and gleefully bound over a barrier standing at 4 feet high, surely possesses the potential to win. Oh, and he’s just 26 years of age!! And then there is the small matter of what he can lift! Thor has made a huge impression on the World’s Strongest Man stage coming 3rd in the 2012 and 2013 contest, and then 2nd in the recently passed 2014 competition. Surely the number 1 spot has his name written all over it (provided he can remain injury free).

Some incredible numbers

Despite standing at 6’9’’ (that’s 2.06m), Bjornsson can still squat with the best of them:
Squat: 350kg

Bench Press: 230kg

Deadlift: 420kg


Combine this with a strongman Tire Deadlift of 450kg and a Loglift of 192.5kg, and it will be no surprise to most when Thor Bjornsson takes the title of World’s Strongest Man.

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Job Role Qualified Dietitian and Sports Nutritionist Qualifications BSc (Hons) Sports Science | BSc (Hons) Dietetics Tom has always participated in sport both recreationally and competitively which led to an unquenchable thirst for information on anything health, nutrition and fitness. After leaving school Tom went on to play for a football academy during which time he studied Sport and Exercise Science. From here he went on to study a BSc (Hons) Sport Science at UEA followed by his second BSc (Hons) degree, this time at the University of Hertfordshire studying Dietetics. Tom has worked in the fitness, educational and clinical nutrition industry starting out at David Lloyd Health and Leisure Clubs. He then went on to work as a Dietitian (RD) in the NHS, during which time he conducted clinics for healthy eating, weight loss and weight gain, as well as specialised consultations on Diabetes, IBS and Coeliac disease to name a few. He has vast amounts of experience at devising diet plans and supplement regimens, as well as working in the community with schools and competitive athletes. As Head Nutritionist and Supplement expert at Discount Supplements Tom is here to provide current and evidence based health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals!
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