Strongman Hafthor Bjornsson details training regime ahead of Eddie Hall bout

Hafthor Bjornsson continues his preparation to take on World’s Strongest Man Eddie Hall in the boxing ring, settling their long-running beef.

The Game of Thrones actor recently broke the 501kg deadlift world record, and with the world watching, Hall was called out by his rival to settle things in the ring.

The Brit accepted – and despite the coronavirus pandemic – the pair are set to do battle in 2021.

Bjornsson has now spoken to Mens Health about his training regime, eating six eggs for breakfast, training with celebrity poker wizard Dan Bilzerian and his open invitation to work out with him in Iceland.

“I used to have six eggs [for breakfast] with rice and spinach but, this morning, I only had five eggs and just spinach," he said.

"I skipped the rice. I’m trying to lose weight for the fight. It’s working well: I’ve already lost 16kg.

"For the deadlift, I weighed 206kg. Today, I weigh 190kg. It feels great – I have much more energy.”

On the training partner that has surprised him the most, Bjornsson admitted Bilzerian was a dab hand in his world.

“Probably Dan Bilzerian. He’s quite a humble guy," he continued.

"People will see something on the internet and automatically, you know, judge, but I try not to. I’m very neutral – he surprised me a lot. He’s a very down-to-earth guy and super nice.

"I thought he would be louder and more of a showman. He was quite quiet and very respectful.”

Bjornsson broke the 501kg deadlift world record during lockdown, where most normal sports were shut down to the coronavirus pandemic.

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“After the lift, I was over the moon. Especially with how well I felt," he added.

"After Eddie Hall did his 500kg, he almost died. He didn’t look good. He was bleeding in his nose, eyes and ears.

"He fell down and I saw that and I thought, “Is this going to be worth it?” But I pulled the weight and I felt great.”

Read the full interview in the October 2020 Issue of Men’s Health, on sale from 15 th September. Also available as a digital edition.

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