INTERVIEW WITH THOR by CROWGRRL (October 2004)
Jon Mikl Thor combines sheer
physical power with the power of Metal music using all the
force and determination of a Nordic Thunder God wielding
the Asgardian warhammer, Mjolnir.
Thor had a clear vision at an early age of exactly what
he wanted to accomplish, and with focus and an amazing take-charge
attitude, set himself on a unique quest to control his own
destiny. His bodybuilding career actually started at the
tender age of 7, and by the time he reached his teen years,
he was already winning some pretty tough competitions.
Thor traveled the world winning 40 titles in the bodybuilding
world before seamlessly melding awe-inspiring strength with
the rock-solid heaviness of music. He still uses the disciplines
and philosophies he developed in the early stages of his
career to this very day making him indeed the only one deserving
the mantle of The Rock Warrior.
Thor is truly an inspiration, for those who want to earn
their own place in Valhalla by following the path he set
forth, as well as for those of us who don't want to miss
a nanosecond of his multifaceted career which is as bright
as multiple bolts of lightning across the darkest of skies.
What made you decide to start bodybuilding at age 7?
My brother was a superstar athlete and excelled
at all the sports. In addition, he looked like Steve Reeves
who played Hercules in all the movies. I admired him.
I also read a lot of comics about superheroes such as Superman,
Batman, Green Lantern, and wanted to become like them.
Wasn't the self discipline required for bodybuilding
difficult at such an early age?
It was fun when I was lifting small weights
at ten years old. But when I hit my teen years and was starting
to prepare to enter body building championships, it became
very serious. I was invited to many parties, but had to
decline because I was training and did not want to partake
in too much alcohol that goes with parties.
What were your early regimens?
Wake up at 6 am, workout, have breakfast, go
to school. After school: rugby practice, evening football
Did diet play a part in that as well?
With a very high metabolism, I took in much
protein, vitamins, good calories and carbos as I could.
I was very defined and would drink a lot of protein shakes
which contained protein, milk, and eggs to bulk up.
What about supplements did you use any of those?
I took in a lot of vitamins and protein. Before
a contest, I would try to cut carbohydrates 30 days before
the contest by just eating tuna, steak, and water. I cut
out vegetables for that last month before the contest and
had to supplement my vitamin intake with multiple vitamins
and heavy doses of C, B-12.
Do you still watch diet & supplements closely?
Yes I do. I take Vitamin E, Vitamin C, Cod
Liver Oil, zinc, digested enzymes, high protein shakes,
hydrochloric acid, calcium magnesium, Alpha Lipoic Acid.
What about meditations/mental focuses?
Yes, I would do many wild physical things to
get psyched up but also had to relax and go into deep thoughts.
So, it was quite a ritual.
When did you decide to go into competitions?
I entered my first contest at 14.
Did your regimens change any during that time?
Yes, they started to become more intense. Less
rest between sets. I started doing super sets, tri-sets
(three exercises one after the other with no rest).
There are several organizations that sanction
body building competitions, like the NPC and the IFBB. Which
one(s) did you compete in?
I competed in various organizations at that
time: AAU, IFBB, WBBG, ABBA, BCABBA.
Can you tell us a little about the competitions
and all of the titles you won?
Bodybuilding was really coming into its own
in the late 60's and 70's. Great champions arose such as
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Dave Draper, Frank Zane, Larry Scott,
and Lou Ferrigno. This was an incredible time as bodybuilding
started to become very popular overnight. A lot of it had
to do with Arnold's movie, Pumping Iron, or Wild
World of Sports covering Mr. World and Mr. Universe competitions.
I'd like to think I contributed to the cause by touring
North America with my Muscle Rock show which had
sold-out venues in every city.
As far as titles I won, here are some: Mr. USA, Mr. Canada,
Mr. Universe, Mr. International, Mr. North America, Mr.
Junior Canada, Most Muscular Man in Canada, Mr. Teenage
USA, Mr. Western Canada, Mr. British Columbia, Runnerup
to Lou Ferrigno Mr. Teenage America, Mr. Empire State, Mr.
Further, I won Best Chest in many competitions as they had
categories such as Best Arms, Chest, Legs, and Back.
At what point did Doug Hepburn become your
mentor? What did you learn from him?
Doug Hepburn owned a Health Food Industry,
and we worked out a deal to have my own line of products
after I won Mr. Canada and Mr. USA. My first product was
a high protein product.
Are you still doing anything like that? If
not, is that something you're considering doing again?
No. I have too much going on to be on top of
the protein company as well. But it's not out of the question.
I would consider a Thor brand protein drink in the future.
When did you decide to combine the strength
of bodybuilding with the strength of metal music (which
no one was doing before that!)?
I toyed with the idea in my early teens when
I played bass in a band and was also training for bodybuilding
championships. I liked the idea of combining theatre and
rock as did Alice Cooper, Kiss, and many superstar bands
of the early 80's. I thought, "Why not put together
muscle, power, and rock; to put on a sort-of Herculean Super
Tell us a little about the amazing feats of
strength you use during your shows, such as bending steel?!
There is heavy concentration combined with
strength. I put the steel bar in my teeth and use my jaws
and neck as leverage. I have pulled neck tendons.
Have you had to rest and heal after that? Did
you have to leave a certain amount of time between shows?
Recently after the Eastern Canadian Beastwomen
tour early this year, I did injure the back of my neck quite
badly and did have a bout of severe headaches. So, yes,
I needed to heal. Like a professional athlete, I get injured
in my shows doing intense strength feats. I am the Evel
Knievel of Rock!
How has your regimen changed as your career
focuses have evolved?
My time is very limited. But I am able to get
a lot done in a shorter period of time by using tri-sets
or quad-sets. I come into the gym and get a tremendous workout
in while others are sitting there waiting for their next
set. I've done 15 sets in 10 minutes, and they are on their
What regimen are you currently following?
A no-rest-between-sets type of workout which
helps pump up your muscles, works your endurance and cardiovascular.
I'm planning to write a book on this amazing routine.
In times of grueling schedules (such as filming
or touring), how do you keep up with your regimens?
This routine is the only way for me with my
Now, what about kickboxing? Weren't you in
a kickboxing thing with D.O.A. last year?
Yes, we performed as a unique idea along with
the World Kick Boxing Championship as this was a rare Sport
Event combined with a concert, that I think is a perfect
meld. Years ago I put on Bodybuilding Championships and
Rock Concerts as a young promoter.
You're currently learning sword fighting techniques
Yes. I need to for the movie Intercessor.
Actually, the co-star, Craig Bowlsby, plays the evil Mephisto.
As well as being aa great actor, he is 5-time Western Canadian
Fencing Champion. So, he has shown me some good moves with
Are you looking to expand to even more physical
I want to do a lot of different physical activities
such as: play street hockey, swim, football to keep it all
fun since I tortured myself with the severe weight training
for so many years. I've got to keep my endurance up at a
very high pace since my rock concert takes so much energy.
What advice would you give to those aspiring
to follow in your footsteps?
in yourself. Be creative. Follow your dreams. If you want
to go for physique championships, do it. Train hard.