Hafthor Bjornsson, also known as “The Mountain” from Game of Thrones, recently suffered what he called the “biggest injury” of his career while attempting a personal best in bench pressing.
The incident occurred during a live streaming event at his gym where he tried to lift 556lbs. Unfortunately, a sickening snapping sound could be heard as he lowered the weight to his chest, and he began screaming in agony. Bystanders rushed to his aid, and he was later seen with a sling around his left arm in a video.
The Icelandic strongman later confirmed that he had completely torn his upper chest “off the bone” and would require surgery. He had an MRI scheduled for April 18th, which would provide more insight into the extent of his injury.
Despite the setback, Bjornsson remained optimistic and promised to come back stronger than ever. However, he did admit to struggling with basic tasks such as wiping himself after using the bathroom due to his left-handedness and the severity of his injury.
Bjornsson had briefly ventured into the world of boxing, where he defeated his rival Eddie Hall. Still, he ultimately decided to return to his strongman roots, which had made him a household name in the first place.
His injury was undoubtedly a setback, but it could be a new chapter in his journey as he looks to recover and come back even stronger.
Bjornsson’s injury serves as a reminder of the importance of safety and proper form in weightlifting and strength training.
Even the most experienced athletes can suffer severe injuries if they fail to take the necessary precautions or push themselves too hard. It is crucial to listen to your body, work with a qualified trainer, and follow proper technique to minimize the risk of injury.