Eddie Hall was born in Newcastle-under-Lyme and currently, hold’s the title as the 2017 World’s Strongest Man. After training as a body-builder he entered the strongman circuit and completed a strongman’s camp at the Iceman gym in Stoke-on-Trent.
In 2010 his fellow Staffordshire competitor, Dave Meer, had to drop out of the England Championships organized by Elite Strongman because of injury. Meer arranged for Hall to take his place which led to Hall making it into the 2010 finals, which he won on his first attempt by half a point.
Earning a place at the UK Strongest Man 2011 competition in Belfast which ended with Eddie Hall as the UK’s Strongest Man, with Ken Nowicki in 2nd and Rich Smith in 3rd. His win was helped by Hall setting a new national record in the “Viking Hold”, hanging on to 20 kg axles in each hand at full stretch for one minute and 18 seconds.
Winning the UK title meant that Hall became the first choice to replace Jono MacFarlane of New Zealand in the Giants Live Melbourne event in February 2012, when the MacFarlane suffered a back injury. Hall placed fourth in his first taste of international competition.
Later, in April 2012, Hall was invited to compete at Europe’s Strongest Man, another Giants Live event. This was held at Headingley Carnegie Stadium, home of the Leeds Rhinos Rugby League team and Hall found himself competing alongside six of the ten finalists from World’s Strongest Man 2011, including two times World’s Strongest Man, Zydrunas Savickas. Hall finished in a respectable eighth place.
2013 saw Hall, unfortunately, fail to qualify for Europe’s Strongest Man. However, he was given a second chance when Ervin Katona was forced to retire due to injury. Hall competed in his place and came in eighth place.
Hall holds the current world record* for deadlift, lifting over an incredible 463kg (1,020lb or over 73 stone) at Europe’s Strongest Man in July 2015 making him the record holder for the heaviest deadlift ever! Breaking his own world record of an eye-watering 462kg (72.7 stones) cheered on by none other than Arnold Schwarzenegger at the Arnold Classic in Australia in March 2015.
BarBend: First question: If you had to be stuck on a desert island with one strongman, who would it be?
Hall: It’d have to be Brian Shaw. Basically, he’s the most intelligent strongman I’ve ever met. And he’d be the most useful in building a raft and getting food and generally surviving. Plus, he’s good fun. (laughs)
So, you’ve retired from World’s Strongest Man, but you’re clearly still training hard. You recently broke the partial deadlift world record and last week you benched almost 500 pounds for 10 reps. What do you plan on doing next, are you training for anything in particular?
I haven’t formally “retired retired” from World’s Strongest Man. It’s something I’m pondering on but I’m still in the game, I’m still in the sport until 2019. I want to carry on winning Britain’s Strongest Man, I want to win Europe’s Strongest Man, that’s something I’ve never done. And I want to potentially add to the deadlift world record.
I read that after you made your 500-kilogram deadlift world record you went blind for a few days, is that true?
Yes. Have you heard of arc blindness?
It’s when welders look directly at the welding light and get a blind circle in that area of their vision. I basically got that for a few days, I had a really bad concussion, memory loss, bleeding out of every hole in the body. So yeah, it was a really risky, dangerous lift and the health consequences wasn’t the best, but it was all worth it.
And you want to go through all that again?
Hey, man, if the money’s right and the conditions are right.
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