Inspired By Ronnie Coleman, Hafthor Bjornsson Hints at Competing in Bodybuilding

Hafthor Bjornsson hints at competing in bodybuilding after boxing journey.

Hafthor Bjornsson reveals that he’s been flirting with the idea of competing in bodybuilding. The 2018 World’s Strongest Man champion mentioned as much in a recent Instagram post. Apparently the potential move is because of the great Ronnie Coleman.

Challenging ourselves is what makes life worth living. While many become content with the easy road, challenging oneself is far more fulfilling. To challenge yourself, fail, grow, and improve is such a gratifying feeling. For an athlete the challenge of overcoming a major hurdle whether it be breaking powerlifting records or doing battle against another trained competitor, challenges are there for us to surmount. Hafthor Bjornsson has always been of this mindset.

After conquering the strongman world with his 2018 World’s Strongest Man victory, Hafthor Bjornsson moved on to challenging himself in a different way. Back in 2020 Bjornsson attempted to crush the deadlift world record. He tried and he succeeded. Since then he’s put strength sports in the rearview to focus on a very different endeavor.

After breaking the deadlift world record Hafthor Bjornsson has set out to become a pro boxer. In fact he hoped to do battle with his chief rival Eddie Hall back in fall of 2021. He was unable to face Hall however and instead locked horns with champion arm wrestler Devon Larratt. Bjornsson easily won the contest, but is still gunning for a fight with against Hall in the future.

But though he still has unfinished business in the boxing realm, Hafthor Bjornsson is already looking forward to his next challenge. Apparently it seems like Bjornsson is ready to try his hand at another sporting endeavor.

A New Challenge

Inspired by bodybuilding legend and eight-time Olympia champion Ronnie Coleman, Hafthor Bjornsson appears to be flirting with the idea of competing in bodybuilding. The strongman and boxing enthusiast hinted at making a potential move to bodybuilding after completing his endeavors in boxing.

Should I try out bodybuilding after my boxing journey? Right now I’m reading @ronniecoleman8 book and I’m hooked. Love his story.

Ripped Physique

No one would ever mistake a strongman for a chiseled bodybuilder. But since embarking on his boxing journey Hafthor Bjornsson has become lean and shredded. Much of the fat on his physique has been stripped away and what remains is ripped and heavily muscled frame.

If Hafthor Bjornsson makes the leap to bodybuilding how do you think he would fair?

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News and Editorial Writer at Generation Iron, Jonathan Salmon is a writer, martial arts instructor, and geek culture enthusiast. Check out his YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Sound Cloud for in-depth MMA analysis.

Managing editor of Generation Iron, Jonathan Salmon is a writer, martial arts instructor, and geek culture enthusiast. He has been writing about bodybuilding, combat sports, and strength sports for over 8 years. Check out his YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Sound Cloud for in-depth MMA analysis.