Bjornsson has adapted his diet and training from his days as a strongman competitor to lose 60kg in preparation to settle his rivalry with Hall in Dubai
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Thor Bjornsson adopted a 4,000 calorie diet and intense training regimen to lose 60kg for his boxing match with Eddie Hall.
The Icelandic Star meets strong rival Hall tonight in what is being billed as the toughest boxing match in history. Both Björnsson and Hall are famous for competing in the World’s Strongest Man competitions.
Bjornsson was enjoying a monster calorie intake of 10,000 calories each day at the height of his strongman career, which would put him in peak deadlift condition. Now he has made a massive cut to meet the demands of his 60kg weight loss.
He weighed more than 10 kg heavier than Hall at 152 kg on Thursday.
Now he’s eating five meals a day with significantly fewer calories with a big focus on steak to fuel his workouts. “For breakfast I eat steak, oatmeal eggs and berries,” said Björnsson mirror fight . My second meal is rice, steak and zucchini.
“My third meal is fish, potatoes and some kind of creams. My fourth meal I have is salmon, rice and spinach. Then my last meal of the day is a meal of skyr, which is kind of like Greek yogurt with some mixed berries and peanut butter.”
Björnsson starts his day with 250g flank steak with a combination of 210g rolled oats, strawberries and blueberries. His second meal comes right after that with 250g of beef tenderloin with a portion of rice. His third and fourth meals consist of 225g cod and salmon portions with 250g potatoes and 100g spinach and rice. His last meal is 250g yoghurt mixed with 30g peanut butter and another 100g berries.
Bjornsson’s diet has been supplemented with training very different from his previous strongman routine. He previously trained three times a week and had a range of strongman lifts including squats, overhead presses and deadlifts.
Now, alongside a new focus on strength and conditioning, Bjornsson has also incorporated boxing elements into his training to improve his endurance for the grudge game. “A typical training day is I train at 10am, usually some boxing stuff working on my technique and on the pads,” he continued. “Then I train again at 4 or 5 p.m. and then it’s our turn to run alongside strength and conditioning training. Before we mixed that up with some sparring.
Bjornsson starts the day concentrating on his boxing work, using a skipping rope and pads to warm up and start his session. He then transitions to technical boxing, which involves sparring, where he is known to have worked with professional and amateur fighters, including heavyweight star Martin Bakole.
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He later did conditioning exercises like burpees and medicine ball exercises before turning to improving his boxing technique with trainer Billy Nelson. This includes working on his defensive skills, various punch combinations and footwork.
His evening workout consists of strength and conditioning, including a long run to improve stamina and endurance. Björnsson has often spoken about the importance of improving these aspects before stepping into the ring.
He has recently relaxed his pre-fight training to avoid injury and has recently been training during fight week in Dubai. “This morning I had hot and cold treatments in the sauna,” added Bjornsson. “I just train, eat, sleep and relax. Nothing else, nothing more.
“But I stay 100 percent busy. But I don’t train too hard, little technique work just to stay sharp. I did six rounds of shadow boxing this morning and tonight we’re going to do some pad work and technique work, but nothing crazy.”
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