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February 22, 2019


Diary of a Powerlifter

Júlían Jóhann Karl Jóhannsson is a 23-year-old who studies history at the University of Iceland and works part-time at a rehab centre for young teenagers. He also currently holds the world record for deadlift in the 120+ kg class, as he lifted 405 kilograms (893lbs) at the 2018 World Open Powerlifting Championships in Halmstad, Sweden. His approach is a meticulous one. Júlían painstakingly takes notes on every training session and every lift in a little notebook. Radiating stoicism, he simply eats, trains – one lift at a time – and sets world records. In a country with a long history of male strength, Júlían is the newest strongman on the block.

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