Hafthor Bjornsson Drops the Barbell on Himself While Squatting 749.6 Pounds

Hafthor Bjornsson squatting
Image via Instagram @thorbjornsson

Hafthor Bjornsson dropped the barbell on himself after squatting 340 kg (749.6 lb) for two reps. 

Hafthor Bjornsson, the 2018 World’s Strongest Man, dropped a loaded barbell weighing 340 kg (749.6 lb) on himself after squatting two reps. Bjornsson has been training heavily after posting on his YouTube that he plans to return to powerlifting. Unfortunately, his plan to return to powerlifting resulted in lifting massive weight, which could have led to a severe injury. Fortunately, Bjornsson was able to leave the aftermath unscathed. 

Hafthor Bjornsson was well-prepared for the squat, wearing knee sleeves and belt support to support his back’s nearly 750 lb load. In addition, you can see Bjornsson yelling and blaring an Eminem song to get himself hyped up. And he has his hype team in the background, motivating him through each rep. 

Bjornsson completed two reps of the squat. But when he went to wrack the weight, he didn’t secure one end to the squat rack properly, leading to the weight falling to one side of his back. By good fortune, Brjornsson only left with a few skin scratches, narrowly escaping the collision as the barbell tumbled. 

Here’s the clip of Hafthor Bjornsson squatting and escaping a potentially brutal injury: 

Hafthor Bjornsson Return to Strongman

You may have watched Hafthor Bjornsson take on Strongman Eddie Hall in a prominent boxing bout early this year. This battle of the titans ended with Bjornsson beating Hall by a unanimous decision. Bjornsson raked up a few successful boxing years, finishing with a 2-0-2 record. But he recently hung up his boxing gloves and announced his retirement. 

He trained as a boxer for nearly three years and underwent a jaw-dropping transformation as he transitioned from Strongman to boxing. “The Mountain” was in the talks of a possible Tyson Fury (two-time world heavyweight champion) or Martyn Ford (fitness entrepreneur) matchup, which never transpired. 

Due to a lack of passion for boxing, Hafthor Bjornsson shifted gears to return to his love for strength sports, Strongman. Bjornsson’s opening display back into Strongman happened at the 2022 Rogue Invitational. Two weeks before the show, he had high hopes for breaking his Weights Over Bar world record. Bjornsson stated:

“I’ll return to austin, texas on oct. 27 to break by world record at rogue invitationals. after the show on sunday, athletes are going to go out and try to break records during the record breaking events…the world record i’m about to beat is the beat over bar with 25kg.”

Hafthor Bjornsson spoke his aspirations into existence as he tossed a 25 kg (55 lb) weight over a 20-feet-3-inch high bar. 

Bjornsson Plans to Compete in Powerlifting Again

After a triumphant entrance back into Strongman, it appears Hafthor Bjornsson has his eyes set on powerlifting, too–he plans to compete again in December. In a recent YouTube video, Bjornsson announced:

“The big announcement is, i’m competing again… I’m going to compete in powerlifting again. december 3rd is the day that i’m gonna come back and compete in powerlifting. see how my body reacts to all the training.”

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Terry Ramos
As a personal trainer and writer, Terry loves changing lives through coaching and the written word. Terry has a B.S. in Kinesiology and is an ACSM Certified Personal Trainer and ISSA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. He enjoys playing music, reading, and watching films when he's not writing or training.