Strong man Hafthor Björnsson, a.k.a. The Mountain is on top of the world. At the weekend, he broke the deadlift world record and pulled a ridiculous 501 kilograms (1,104.5 pounds). The lift was broadcast live on TV via ESPN, and with such a platform on such a large scale, fans were absolutely crazy and blew up social media with messages of awe and utter disbelief.
But there was more going on, which the show did not show. Björnsson, an active YouTuber, made a special video to give his fans access to more behind-the-scenes details of what happened before, during and after his now iconic recording.
"Everything was working towards the day," he said in the video that was taken an hour before his elevator.
"I only felt a little nervous yesterday and today," he said. "I think it's good to be nervous. It means that you care. And I know I'm human. Even though I believe in myself, I know that something can always happen."
The video shows the construction of Thor & # 39; plates and weight, and also introduces Magnus ver Magnusson, a four times stronger man in the world, who was the referee of the event. Magnusson was on hand to confirm that all Björnsson devices had been properly calibrated, as world records cannot count in the competition without proper procedures.
Thor took the time to warm up and did lighter deadlifts before his record-breaking lift. He buckled on a support belt as the weight grew heavier and went to the main stage to further increase the weight. He lifted 420 kilograms of deadlifts, then climbed to 465 kilograms, sniffed smelling salts and let out a massive roar.
Before lifting 501
When he did the 501 kg deadlift everyone went ballistic. After lowering the weight, Thor raised his arms and let out a loud scream before being congratulated.
"This is historical," he said breathlessly as he kissed his wife.
During a subsequent interview, he said that he had signed a seven-figure contract with CoreSports and also addressed the rivalry with Eddie Hall and called for a fight.
Five minutes after his elevator, Bjornsson was on the phone and laughing with his wife and two best friends.
"I am just enjoying myself. I am very proud, I am very happy," he said. "There is nothing better than proving people to the contrary. There were so many people who didn't believe in me."
He admitted that while he was training he enjoyed playing on Twitch, but devoted more than anything to deadlifting.
"I was still eating my meals, going for walks, doing my hot and cold (baths), getting eight hours of sleep, trying to take a nap during the day," he says. "And I'm lucky to have my beautiful wife next to me … I feel healthy, I feel good. I'm speechless … even though I talk a lot!"