As the Game of Thrones Season 7 launches on HBO on July 16, 2017 fans of the famous saga are ready to a new dose of medieval fantasy story. Most are happy to see Hafthor Julius Bjornsson’s character Ser Gregor “The mountain” Clegane. His aggressive character does a lot of bloody work. But let’s take a look at some facts you may have not heard about him.
#1 Bjornsson wanted to become a basketball player and his physique allowed him too (height is 206 cm or 6’9 ft, weight 110 kg or 240 lb). He wanted to play for the D2 Icelandic National Basketball Team. He could have made it to the NBA, but when he was 20-years-old he blew out his knee. That has ruined all the expectations about basketball career.
#2 Bjornsson doesn’t only look fit for acting in the Game of Thrones, but also is a strongman in real life. He has received 14 professional titles in his career in the World’s Strongest Man competition.
#3 In 2015 he set a 1,000-year-old strength record at the World’s Strongest Viking competition that took place in Norway. Bjornsson carried a 32-foot, 1,433 lb. log for five steps.
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#4 Once Bjornsson has received an offer from the NFL as The Indianapolis Colts wanted him to play for them. Unfortunately, Bjornsson declined the offer.
#5 He set his goals high. When his bench was 507 pounds, he aimed at 660 off his chest (now the record is 528lbs). He can do 793 pounds in the squat but wants to break the 1,000 lb. barrier. Deadlift – 925 lbs but the goal is to cross the line of 1,102 pounds (now he can do 990lbs).
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#6 He knows how to keep a diet right. Iceland’s strongman splits 10,000 calories he gets throughout the day into 6-7 meals. Bjornsson eats a lot of fruits and oatmeal, he consumes high-protein foods as eggs, chicken and fish. However, he also takes supplements such as glutamine, creatine and whey protein.
#7 Bjornsson has joined the team of MHP as he is ready to compete. He finds MHP supplements to be helpful in his activity and can’t imagine workouts without it.