Eddie Hall was born in Newcastle-under-Lyme, in Staffordshire, England on 15th January 1988. He is well-known for living and training in Stroke-on-Trent, England, or Stoke, as it is abbreviated. Hall’s journey into strongman was unusual in that it began in the pool. He was a national level champion swimmer in his teens before he found his way into bodybuilding and eventually strongman.
The Beast’s first major breakthrough came in 2011 when he won England’s Strongest Man at his first attempt. He was called in last minute after another athlete dropped out. The following year Eddie made his debut at World’s Strongest Man. In 2012 he was unable to progress through the heats, neither was he in 2013. In 2014 Hall reached the final and finished a creditable 6th place in Los Angeles, California signalling his tremendous potential.
The following year, in Putrajaya, Malaysia, Hall improved to 4th place in the final and then reached the podium for the first time in 2016, in Kasane, Botswana, placing 3rd behind Hafþór Björnsson and the winner, Brian Shaw. A year later, he returned to Botswana in Gaborone to claim the title 5 years after his debut.
Amazingly Hall is not best known for winning World’s Strongest Man, but for being the first person ever to deadlift 500kg, or half a tonne at the 2016 World Deadlifting Championship. No matter who has or will exceed this ground-breaking record, Hall will always be the first man to break the magical half tonne barrier.
World’s Strongest Man Title
In winning the 2017 World’s Strongest Man final, Eddie Hall ended Britain’s 24-year wait for a British champion. Welshman Gary Taylor was the last brig that triumphed at the sport’s biggest contest in 1993. Hall won the final in Gaborone, Botswana by a single point from second-placed Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson of Iceland. He won of the six events: the squat lift for maximum repetitions, Viking press for repetitions and the max deadlift. He was fifth in the opening event, the tyre flip, 3rd in the plane pull and 4th in the final event, the Atlas stones.
Hall has competed in many competitions over the years, and there were some great wins. First of all the World’s Strongest Man title in 2017, but Hall has also won five consecutive Britain’s Strongest Man contests from 2014 to 2018. His best result at Europe’s Strongest Man was 2nd in 2017 behind Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson.
Eddie Hall won the World Deadlift Championships, hosted at Giants Live’s Europe’s Strongest man, twice. On both occasions, he broke records, with 464kg (1021lb) in 2015 and 500kg (1102lb) in 2016. Due to his exertions in the Deadlift Championship Hall was unable to finish the entire Europe’s Strongest Man contest from 2014-2016.
Hall also shared the World log lift championships in 2017 with Burkina Faso’s Iron Biby. Hall came close to besting Zydrunas Savickas’ world record of 228kg (502lb) with a 230kg (506lb) effort that he got overhead but couldn’t lock out. It would be a fair assumption to suggest that Hall’s competition best of 213kg was not an accurate reflection of his capabilities in this lift.
Eddie Hall has had a few weightlifting records in his name, including his record-breaking 500kg deadlift. Athletic records are usually broken by 0.5kg, a few hundredths of a second, or a few centimetres. But Eddy Hall broke the weightlifting record with 37kg (81.5lb).
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Not long after claiming his first World’s Strongest Man title, Eddie Hall announced his retirement. At that stage he planned to continue to compete on the British scene, citing a desire to reduce his bodyweight from the colossal 190kg (418lb) he had reached in order to compete with his giant rivals Hafþór Björnsson and Brian Shaw, both of whom stand near 7 foot and weigh over 200kg (440lb).
Major factors behind Hall’s decision were the desire to dial back his intense training in order to spend more time with his family and the need to look after his health following concerns that arose after his record-breaking 500kg deadlift in 2016.
Hall would defend his British title a fifth and final time in Sheffield’s Utilita Arena in 2018, before stepping away from strongman competition permanently.
In November 2020 it was announced that strongmen rivals Eddie Hall and Hafþór Björnsson of Iceland would settle their differences in a boxing match billed as the “The Heaviest Boxing Match in History.”
In July 2021 the fight was postponed due to Hall suffering a biceps tear. World Champion arm-wrestler Devon Larratt was substituted for the injured Hall, losing in the first round by knockout. A new date has yet to be confirmed for this long-awaited grudge match between former World Strongest Man winners, Eddie Hall and Hafþór Björnsson but is expected to be sometime in March 2022.
In the media
The Beast, Eddie Hall has featured in two documentaries charting his strongman journey: “Eddie: Strongman,” in 2015 and “Born Strong,” in 2017.
Whilst yet to make a major breakthrough on the big screen, Hall has appeared in many TV shows, including 2018’s “Celebs in Solitary”, where he attempted to spend 5 days in solitary confinement. That year he also starred in “Eddie Eats America” and in 2019 featured along with fellow strongmen, Brian Shaw, Robert Oberst and Nick Best in “The Strongest Man in History.”