And while his bulk is certainly impressive enough on its own, it becomes even more astounding when he’s put next to everyday citizens. For example, the contrast between this fist-bumping fan and Gharibi shows just how much work the weightlifter has put in to achieve his massive build.
To put it into further context, at 348 pounds, Gharibi is heavier than an adult American black bear or twice the mass of a baby elephant. He’s also 100 pounds heavier than Thor Björnsson, the Icelandic heavyweight who plays the monstrous Gregor Clegane on HBO’s Game of Thrones.
But those who want a body like Gharibi’s should know that success doesn’t come easy. In fact, it requires some pretty grueling work. For instance, in this photo Gharibi displays burns he sustained after placing his hand in hot charcoal for almost 20 seconds – an endurance exercise that takes the phrase “no pain, no gain” to its limit.