This Is How the Mountain from ‘Game of Thrones’ Maintains His Muscle Mass

Fans of George R. R. Martin’s book series, “A Song of Ice and Fire,” have long known that the character of Gregor Clegane, known more commonly as “The Mountain,” is true to his name. Simply put, he’s a character that is supposed to be massive and mighty, seeming like a literal mountain of a man. The showrunners behind Game of Thrones (which uses “A Song of Ice and Fire” as its source material) had some issues capturing this character on screen, however.

When he first appeared in season one, “The Mountain” was portrayed by Conan Stevens, who is large if not incredibly imposing. For the second season, a new actor was selected. This time, Ian Whyte took on the role. Although he was certainly tall and foreboding, especially when towering over Arya Stark in Harrenhal, he lacked the qualities of a man who could crush a skull with his bare hands.

For that reason, we can only assume that the showrunners decided to make one last casting change when they selected Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson for the role. As anyone who’s been watching the show can attest, they undoubtedly made the right call, as Hafþór is one of the most physically imposing people ever captured on camera.

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Who Is Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson?

Standing at a height of 6-feet and 9-inches tall, Hafþór actually began his sporting career as a basketball player. However, a knee injury suffered at the age of 20 resulted in a career change, moving him off of the court and into the weight room.

As a native of Iceland, Hafþór began to compete in a number of strongman competitions in his native land between 2008 and 2010 before eventually branching out to the World’s Strongest Man competition in 2011. In his first go, he took sixth place, and eventually went on to notch a runner-up ranking in 2014. This was less than a year after he was cast on the HBO show.

How Strong Is Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson?

He might not have notched a championship in the World’s Strongest Man competition, but the dude is plenty mighty! That’s why he’s taken two first places and a second place in the past three years of Europe’s Strongest Man competition.

With straps, he’s capable of deadlifting 990 pounds, and he can also bench press 485 pounds for a total of 8 repetitions. His tire deadlift comes in at 994 pounds, and his log press comes in at 440 pounds. Most impressively, though, he was able to carry a 1,433 pound log for five whole steps. That’s absolutely incredible!

With stats like these, you might be wondering how Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson, who we will henceforth refer to as The Mountain, is able to maintain his muscle mass. Leaving the training aside, lets take a look at his absolutely ridiculous diet.

What “The Mountain” Eats for Breakfast

When The Mountain rolls out of his bed in the morning, which we can only surmise is reinforced by steel, the dude gets right to it. At 6:50 am, he gets straight to the workout, which consists of 30 minutes of intense cardio and core exercises…

But, he doesn’t do that entire morning workout on an empty stomach — oh no! Instead, he takes in a handful of almonds before pounding down some BCAA Hardcore, which is produced by Chained Nutrition, and some Glutamine, which is produced by Star Nutrition…

For mere mortals like us, this morning routine would be a killer, but The Mountain’s not done yet! A workout like this deserves a hearty breakfast. That’s why the Mountain proceeds to chow down at 7:30 am, eating 8 eggs and a bowl of oats that’s topped with blueberries, strawberries and avocados!

After a period of rest, perhaps during which The Mountain begins to run through his two to three lines per Game of Thrones season, The Mountain tucks into some more food at 9:30 am. This time, he gets his protein from equally sized 400-gram portions of beef and sweet potatoes, which he washes down with a handful of spinach and other leafy greens.

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What “The Mountain” Eats for Lunch

At about 11:50 am, when you’re debating whether to get pizza or tacos for lunch, The Mountain is busy tucking into his lunchtime appetizer. Like his pre-morning-workout regimen, this consists of more BCAA Hardcore and Glutamine…

But, that isn’t a precursor to another workout. This is a precursor to The Mountain’s lunch, which consists of another 400-gram helping of protein, this time in the form of chicken, as well as a 400-gram portion of potatoes. With this, he also consumes a handful of leafy greens, as well as a smattering of various seasonal fruits.

All of this is just enough to hold him over until 2:00 pm, when the Mountain breaks out the blender. Into it, he shoves 150 grams of Rice Krispies treats, frozen berries, almonds, 150 grams of oats, two bananas, peanut butter, and finally the Glutamine. Not that tastiest concoction ever, but it keeps him going apparently!

This mid-afternoon blended “snack” is followed up by another intense workout, this time dedicated to his strongman work. Alongside the workout, The Mountain pounds down more of his BCAA Hardcore and Glutamine, while also taking a healthy dose of Vitargo.

What “The Mountain” Eats for Dinner

Being a European, The Mountain definitely chooses to eat his dinner on the later side. However, that doesn’t stop him from having a 5:30 pm snack, which consists of a small 60-gram helping of protein with two bananas that are rich in potassium.

The dinner main event, which begins at 6:00 pm, consists of 500-grams each of beef and potatoes, as well as a healthy portion of leafy greens to aid in digestion. But, that’s just the first of two dinners! At 8:30 pm, The Mountain tucks into another meal, this time getting his fish intake. He eats 500 grams of fresh salmon, as well as 500 grams of sweet potatoes.

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What About Late Night?

The above is just the core of The Mountain’s diet. He also finds plenty of time (and room) for “snacks” as the hour gets late. At 10:30 pm, he consumes six eggs with avocado, and also takes a 30-gram portion of almonds. In addition, he permits himself a 50-gram helping of peanut butter, which we can only assume he takes with his Casein Protein from Star Nutrition.

Boom!! Always before bed ? #Casein80 #gymgrossisten #GoodNight @gymgrossisten

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Is That All?

More or less, that’s the extent of the Mountain’s diet. But, he does offer a few tips for those who are striving to achieve a physique like his. For one, he absolutely implores people to drink ample amounts of water throughout the day. In addition, he says juice is excellent for taking in extra calories that can then be burnt of through rigorous exercise. Finally, he has some advice for those who like their midnight snacks. Instead of raiding the fridge, do as the Mountain does. Treat your midnight cravings with a helping of Casein Protein and raw eggs!

All in all, that’s the extent of The Mountain’s diet. Of course, this is only one half of the equation when it comes to building a body that can crush heads. You’ve also got to have the workout regimen to go along with it… But, that’s a story for another day…

Aug 30, 2016