Hafthor Bjornsson Increases Strength With Massive Back Squats

Hafthor Bjornsson looks insanely strong hitting some massive back squat numbers.

Looking to once again dominate powerlifting, Hafthor Bjornsson is building insane strength using massive back squats. Having tried his hand at boxing, “The Mountain” now happens to make a triumphant return to strength sports and show the world he’s still one of the strongest humans in recorded history.

Powerlifting is all about building overall strength. While there may not be many events at a powerlifting meet, it’s the mastery of the three classic lifts that makes the sport so engaging. It’s getting the squat, bench press, and deadlift mastered to art form. Hafthor Bjornsson has already shown what he could do with the deadlift. Now “The Mountain” hopes to dominate in each category. As Bjornsson preps for his next powerlifting meet we can see that he’s improving his strength in each lift. In particular we see Bjornsson focusing on the number one compound movement in lifting.

The King of Exercises

If you’re looking to build solid strength and muscle there is one movement that is the best of them all. The squat is pound for pound the best of exercise out there. The compound movement works multiple muscles in the body, both big and small. While it may be known mostly as a leg day exercise, the squat also requires the utilization of the core. Pushing through the heels, into the legs and bracing the core, the squat is a total body exercise that should not be neglected.

Understanding the benefits of the barbell back squat to build overall strength, Hafthor Bjornsson has been focusing on the movement in his recent training.

One of the big three lifts, Hafthor Bjornsson has been building more and more strength in the squat. As he put up higher and higher numbers in this movement, you can bet that his overall strength is improving with every training session.

The Mountain and The Massive Squat

Looking to squat an insane 970lbs (440kg), Hafthor Bjornsson has been hard at work in the gym hitting ever bigger numbers with the back squat. Bjornsson recently hit a 705lb (320kg) squat for five reps and made it look like light weight!

320kg squat today for 5 reps. Strength increasing weekly.

With his goal to hit 970lbs (440kg) on the back squat set for April 15, Hafthor Bjornsson is ramping up his training. His most recent squat numbers were 837.7lbs (380kg) and according to The Mountain he was able to push the weight with little issue.

Holy smokes! 380kg flew up like nothing. 440kg squat coming up April 15th. The meet will be live streamed on Twitch and YouTube! Don’t miss it. @reignbodyfuel

Who believes in 500kg squat this year? I DO ????????

With the meet just two weeks away, Hafthor Bjornsson is looking incredible and ready to hit his 970lb (440kg) goal. And from the sound of things The Mountain is ready to potentially tackle the 1102lb (500kg) squat this year.

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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.

Jonathan Salmon
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.