Latest News

Hafthor Björnsson Squats 420 Kilograms (926 Pounds) Raw With Knee Wraps In Training


The 2018 World’s Strongest Man (WSM) champion Hafthor Björnsson appears to be making good on his goal of cracking the all-time powerlifting total world record. On April 4th, the former strongman turned boxer turned powerlifter and soon-to-return strongman published a video of himself on his Instagram page wherein he took a barbell loaded with 420 kilograms (925.9 pounds) on his shoulders into the hole and locked it out.

The immensely heavy squat in the video isn’t in range of challenging for any world record on its own, but the implication of the lift is as massive as the weight. Check out the squat below:


View this post on Instagram


A post shared by Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson (@thorbjornsson)

[Related: Pa O’Dwyer Confirmed on the 2023 World’s Strongest Man Roster]

For the lift, Björnsson wore a lifting belt and knee wraps. The speed of the barbell would have suggested that the weight was significantly less than it was, as there was no visual sign of struggle from Björnsson throughout the rep.

420-kilogram squat has never felt easier. Strength is coming back faster than I anticipated.

The top three all-time heaviest squats in the superheavyweight category that Björnsson will compete in later in 2023 are all at least 500 kilograms (1,102.3 pounds) — well beyond where it seems Björnsson’s squat currently is. However, if 420 kilograms felt breezy for “The Mountain,” then the potential to close in on that 500-kilogram milestone after bulking for most of the year could be in the cards.

Check out Björnsson’s 420-kilogram squat again below from a different angle, courtesy of Julien Howard’s Instagram page:


View this post on Instagram


A post shared by Julian Howard (@worldsstrongestfan)

[Related: 2023 Siberian Power Show Results — Dmitrii Skosyrskii Victorious]

Björnsson’s stated goal is to break the all-time powerlifting total world record in the fall of 2023 before returning to competitive strongman in 2024. Given that Björnsson is training with wraps, the current raw (with wraps) all-time total record is Dan Bell‘s 1,182.5-kilogram (2,607 pounds) performance from the 2021 WRPF Hybrid Showdown III.

If Björnsson competes raw without the knee wraps, he would need to chase Jesus Olivares‘ recent move to the top of the throne with his 1,152.5-kilogram (2,540.8-pound) performance at the 2023 IPF Sheffield Championships.

More Training Content

Learn the Single-Arm Cable Row for a Strong, Symmetrical Back
Cardio for Strongmen and Strongwomen to Supercharge Your Conditioning
The 8 Best Barbell Hip Thrust Alternatives to Try on Your Next Leg Day

Featured image: @thorbjornsson on Instagram

The post Hafthor Björnsson Squats 420 Kilograms (926 Pounds) Raw With Knee Wraps In Training appeared first on BarBend.

Looking To Reboot Your Fitness Routine? Here’s Why Spring Is the Perfect Time for a Refresh

Previous article

Eleuterio Montalvo (125KG) Lifts Third-Heaviest All-Time Raw Total of 868.5 Kilograms in the Teen 18-19 Division

Next article

You may also like


Leave a reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

More in Latest News