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Game Of Thrones' 'The Mountain' Reveals His Incredible Workout Routine

Tom Wood

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Game Of Thrones' 'The Mountain' Reveals His Incredible Workout Routine

It won't have bypassed anyone who has heard of Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson, but he's a pretty big dude.

You might actually know him better as 'The Mountain' - the name of his character from HBO's Game of Thrones.

When he's not in front of the cameras snapping people in half or crushing people's head in through their eyeballs - all in a day's work - it turns out that he has a pretty crazy routine to stay in the shape that he's in.

Remember Mark Wahlberg's routine? Well, that is just what Marky Mark does to retain his figure and fitness as a 47 year old actor. Now imagine he's trying to be a 6 foot 9 tall bodybuilder who weighs 400 pounds of pretty much exclusively muscle.

Yeah. It's pretty gruelling.

If you want to give it a go, firstly, you're braver than me, and secondly, he's got you covered.

There is a guide to 'Thor's Power Program' on his official website. It tells of how he managed to get himself in shape ahead of is best ever Strongman season this year.

Doesn't sound hygienic, but I'm not telling him. Credit: PA
Doesn't sound hygienic, but I'm not telling him. Credit: PA

The website says: "Thor's Power Program is how Thor trained 12 weeks out from the beginning of his strongman competition season to get strong. REALLY STRONG. He followed the Strength System, created by his coach Sebastian Oreb, where the main tool to strengthen his body was a barbell.

"He performed the basic gym lifts; squat, deadlift, bench press and overhead press, with an enormous emphasis on lifting technique, as well as an intelligent approach to load selection and recovery.

"The exercises, techniques and principles used in Thor's Power Program can be followed by anyone who wants to develop a strong body that moves well and is free from injury."

Credit: HBO
Credit: HBO

Sounds easy enough, let's give it a go. Luckily, Thor posts helpful and informative Instagram videos along with the information about them.

Obviously, to go through with this workout you've gotta be putting the food away. Of course, we've covered that area for you too. You'll be the best part of 28-stone of solid muscle before you know it.


Eaten more food than an ordinary human being would in a week? Good, we're ready to start lifting.

Here's your first set: "162kg loglift, 162kg axle, 105kg dumbbell, 135kg block press. 3 sets today."

Whoa, hang on. I thought anyone could do this?

Time for the second set: "Log press. 185kg x 2 reps. Lightweight baby".

Lightweight baby. Got that? Well, if you're still in the game, get ready for some bench pressing.

Thor's still going: "220kg/484lbs 3x3 200kg/440lbs x7"

Here's the whole lot in one handy video - it's not exactly an aerobics tape.


By this stage, these are all just fanciful numbers to us mere mortals. Rest assured, that's more than several large vehicles in one workout.

You know what they say, though: "No pain, no gain".

Oh, brilliant. "No pain" all day, thanks.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson, Bodybuilding, The Mountain, Game of Thrones

Tom Wood
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