the mountain dog workout

Photos via Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson / Instagram Photos via Asterix / Instagram | Remix via Max Fleishman

And the dog has excellent Instagram game.

Hafþór Björnsson, who goes by the Mountain when he’s smashing skulls on Game of Thrones, has an incredible training diet and workout schedule as he prepares for the 2016 World’s Strongest Man competition, but now he’s getting another workout from the unlikeliest of companions.

Björnsson and his Pomeranian Asterix ran back and forth in what he described as the “most cardio I’ve done in years.” And while he may have several feet on his dog, Asterix is more than capable of keeping up. They're both winners, but only one of them could easily go for a second round.

The most cardio I've done in years!!#TimeForPizza #Asterix&Obelix @asterix_astrikur

A video posted by Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson (@thorbjornsson) on

Björnsson is active on Instagram, and amid the behind-the-scenes photos from Game of Thrones, his workout videos, and the occasional ad for his brand of vodka, you'll find photos and videos of Asterix, whose Instagram account describes him as a 12-week-old Pomeranian who loves to “play, cuddle & take naps!”

Yes, Asterix has his own Instagram account, one that refers to his “parents” while broadcasting his life as one of the world’s biggest Björnsson fans.

His cute game is strong.

Reading my favorite magazine😃

A photo posted by Asterix 🦁 (@asterix_astrikur) on

Love shopping with mom! #NewTeddyBear

A photo posted by Asterix 🦁 (@asterix_astrikur) on

Selfie time 🦁🐻

A photo posted by Asterix 🦁 (@asterix_astrikur) on

My first play class with my mommy. I was the best! 🦁

A video posted by Asterix 🦁 (@asterix_astrikur) on

When I go shopping with dad 👌🏽😎

A video posted by Asterix 🦁 (@asterix_astrikur) on

Behind that zombie makeup and that Mountain exterior, Björnsson is just as much of a dog dad as the rest of us.

H/T AV Club

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