Hafthór Júlíus Björnsson a.k.a. The Mountain from Game of Thrones is on a roll these days. The Icelandic strongman recently broke two weightlifting world records- for hauling 2 huge refrigerators and throwing a beer keg. Last January, he broke a 1000-year old Viking record by carrying a 9.8 meter long (32 feet) 650 kilograms (1,433 pounds) log for five steps.
Speaking to GQ, Björnsson revealed his fitness and diet regime which has seen him bulk up to 180 kilograms (397 pounds) from 105 kilograms (231 pounds), in 7 years:
“It’s not just all about the training. It’s all around: You have to train well, sleep well, eat well. If you don’t eat, you don’t grow. The biggest changes were that I didn’t do much cardio anymore, and I put more food into my diet. It’s just like constantly work for me: I have to eat every two hours to maintain my body mass. It is not easy. When I’m filming, I always have to have breaks to eat.”
He also explained his diet regime and revealed that he has ‘around six to eight meals a day’.
“I eat a lot of sweet potatoes, a lot of meat, fish, chicken, good fats like cocoa butter, almonds. I love greens, like spinach, avocado, broccoli. I eat very healthy overall—but because of my weight, I need fast carbs, easy carbs. So maybe before a training session or after a training session, I eat what I want.”
Björnsson also had a brief sparring session with Conor McGregor recently and joked that he ‘was taking it easy on him’.
“He was trying to punch me. I didn’t feel anything. [laughs]. He believes he won it. He does not know that I was taking it easy on him because he has a fight and I didn’t want to break him before the fight. He’s worked too much, so I didn’t want to break him.”
The interview was conducted by GQ. You can watch the video below.