Hafthor Björnsson might not be a competitive strongman anymore, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t staying active as an athlete. For example, for the past two years, Björnsson has been cultivating a boxing career where much of his preparation centers around how he can improve in the ring. The latest training update from the 2018 World’s Strongest Man (WSM) champion’s post-strongman journey shows how the Icelander has been pushing his body lately.
On Sept. 13, 2022, Björnsson shared an Instagram post where he displayed a shredded lean physique and a small sample of a challenging back and abs workout he recently completed. Judging by the respective short clips Björnsson includes, the workout features leg raises on a dips machine, one-arm hammer rows, T-bar rows with handles, and some reps on a reverse pec deck machine.
In the caption of the former Game of Thrones star’s post, the strongman legend wrote that the physique update and workout came after “12 hours of a hardcore day at work” while filming a “very physical fight scene” scene for an undisclosed movie/television show. Regardless of what Björnsson is filming for, he is indeed seemingly staying quite busy.
In March 2022, Björnsson defeated his former strongman rival and 2017 WSM champ Eddie Hall in the “Heaviest Boxing Match in History.” In the aftermath, Hall would honor a pre-match wager by getting a tattoo of Björnsson’s full name on his body.
A few months later, in June, Björnsson disclosed that he had lost 13 pounds since his fight with Hall. The weight loss had apparently come as part of an athletic experiment for the 33-year-old, who seems to be seeking a new long-term niche after strongman.
“I’m human like everyone else, and I’m going through a period in my life where I’m not 100 percent focused or dedicated all the time,” Björnsson wrote in his June Instagram post. “It’s weird because, for the last 10-plus years of my life, I’ve been super focused and driven because I’ve always had a goal to strive towards.”
This new update and workout might be an extension of the athlete’s early summer thought process.
At the moment, Björnsson appears to be in a verbal war of words with British heavyweight boxer Tyson Fury. The pair have been in talks for months about a potential fight but, at the time of this writing, have not set a concrete date.
Fighting, let alone beating an established professional like Fury, would be a considerable step up in pedigree for Björnsson. In 33 career matches, Fury has won 32 times and never lost. Should Björnsson eventually fight Fury, it might signal a significant step forward for the strongman legend in finding a new athletic commitment.
featured image: @thorbjornsson on Instagram