First of all, just to get the most obvious issue out of the way, if you haven’t been watching the epic HBO television series, Game of Thrones, you’re missing something. To watch “The Mountain” during trials by combat thump skulls with his bare hands is enough to make anyone reach for their aspirin. And beyond that, anyone with an iota of curiosity will marvel at Hafthor Bjornsson, who plays The Mountain and how he became, well, The Mountain that he is. Fortunately, he is all too open when it comes to questions about his trademark fitness.

game-of-thrones-bjornYou might say that Bjornsson got his start as a youth in his native Iceland where his athletic career started on basketball courts. At 25, he stood more than 6 foot 9 inches tall and a mind-numbing 440 pounds. He used his size to his advantage as Center but soon found himself sidelined with an injury that took him out of the game. Soon forced to quit, he started working as a strongman and soon began acting.

Just as is the case with many of his ilk, Bjornsson attributes his size and bulk to the dual benefits of diet and exercise. His diet is managed by an Icelandic dietician, who feeds him a wide variety of natural foods, primarily fruits, and vegetables, as well as a combination of lean meats. He only observes one cheat day, but even on that day, he does not eat junk since he believes that such a day interferes with is training.

Bjornsson works out five days out of the week. Interestingly, the program that he follows now is the same that was first created for him when he started his fitness journey.

His routine is a combination of squats, military presses, power cleans, chin ups, bent over rows, dead lifts, bench presses, and others.

Along his fitness road, Bjornsson has accomplished a number of lifting achievements. These include:

Squat : 420kg

Bench Press: 360kg

Deadlift: 520kg

Log Lift: 210kg
These, friends, are some serious lifting.

Finally, if these fail to impress you, you should check out his segments on the World’s Strongest Man segments on all of the major sports channels. He also has training videos available on YouTube. And if none of this is impressive enough for you, watch him on the upcoming Icelandic program, Zon 261, which is currently in post-production. It’s unknown whether Bjornsson will be crushing skulls like he did in Game of Thrones, but you can bet that he won’t be spending his time serving tea.