Hafthor Bjornsson, also known as The Mountain to Game of Thrones fans, or simply Thor to his followers, has transformed his body in the last year. Retiring from the world of competitive strength sports in 2020 after winning his 10th consecutive Iceland’s Strongest Man title, Bjornsson set his sights on a boxing career, and lost over 100 pounds to make that happen.
In a recent YouTube video, bodybuilder Aseel Soueid (who has followed the daily routines of super-fit athletes like wrestler Roman Reigns and MMA fighter Conor McGregor) spends the day recreating the workout regimen and diet plan that Bjornsson used to lean down so dramatically while also working on his endurance and maintaining an incredibly lean, muscular physique.
To fuel up for the day, Soueid starts with one of Bjornsson’s typical breakfasts: three large eggs and cooked chicken breast, with a smoothie made from oats, yogurt and fresh berries on the side. “This is where the world’s strongest man becomes the world’s strongest man,” he says. “By eating chicken for breakfast. A whole lot of it… I assume when you’re used to eating 10,000 calories a day like he was, to reduce his bodyweight by 100 pounds he had to sub in tons of clean foods that are going to keep him full.”
With breakfast out of the way, Soueid hits the gym and does his best to duplicate one of the boxing workouts Bjornsson has shared on his channel. “It’s great cardio,” he says. “I’m surprised that Thor can actually maintain an endurance level like this, being that big, so mad respect.” After the sparring drills are done, Soueid takes on four circuits on an assault bike, a grueling cardio and endurance-focused session that Bjornsson counts among the toughest of his workouts.
Then it’s time for meal number two, consisting of beef tenderloin steak, white rice, and green vegetables, before the next workout: a weight training session focusing on the upper body including dumbbell shoulder press, lat pulldowns, and face pulls. “[Bjornsson] does mention that he just focuses on maintaining strength, he doesn’t really lift for performance, to be the World’s Strongest Man any more,” he says.
The third meal of the day is more chicken, with potatoes and greens. “An extremely clean and bro meal,” says Soueid. Typically, Bjornsson’s day would include two more meals, comprising salmon, rice and greens, and yogurt with a banana with almond butter, which Soueid skips here.
“Overall he’s only eating around 3,200 calories, which is crazy considering he used to slam down 10,000 calories a day,” he says. “I can only imagine how much weight you have to carry, like, how do you feel, when you’re 400 pounds at 6’9.”
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