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Eddie Hall

Nickname The Beast Date of birth 15/01/1988 Place of birth Newcastle-under-Lyme Country England Height 1.9m (6ft 3in) Weight 157kg (345lb)
About Eddie Hall

Life

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.

Career

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 Eddie Hall was 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, Eddie 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.

Competitions

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.

Personal records

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).

Best lifts in competition

  • Deadlift (strongman rules)       500kg (1102lb)
  • Elephant bar deadlift.                465kg (1025lb)
  • Axle press                                     216kg (476lb)
  • Log press                                      213kg (470lb)
  • Silver dollar deadlift                  536kg (1182lb)

Best gym lifts

  • Squat                    405kg (893lb)
  • Bench press        300kg (661lb)

Retirement

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.”

Videos of Eddie Hall

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UK vs USA | WORLD’S STRONGEST TUG OF WAR

UK vs USA | WORLD’S STRONGEST TUG OF WAR
4:20

The Beast vs Trey Mitchell! 2022 World’s Strongest Nation | Hammer hold

The Beast vs Trey Mitchell! 2022 World’s Strongest Nation | Hammer hold
23:23

World’s most EPIC DEADLIFTS

World’s most EPIC DEADLIFTS
20:15

The (legendary) WORLD DEADLIFT CHAMPS

The (legendary) WORLD DEADLIFT CHAMPS
7:11

Eddie Hall Wins Historic LAST Title

Eddie Hall Wins Historic LAST Title
42:25

Europe’s Strongest Man 2014 – FULL SHOW

Europe’s Strongest Man 2014 – FULL SHOW
10:11

Tom Stoltman DESTROYS gym wall while training with Eddie Hall

Tom Stoltman DESTROYS gym wall while training with Eddie Hall
11:46

Who’s the World’s Greatest Presser? Axle Records at Giants Live

Who’s the World’s Greatest Presser? Axle Records at Giants Live
3:32

“Nice of you to let Luke win one” – Eddie Hall congratulates Luke and Tom Stoltman

“Nice of you to let Luke win one” – Eddie Hall congratulates Luke and Tom Stoltman
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World Deadlift Championships 2016

World Deadlift Championships 2016

Frequently asked questions about Eddie Hall

How big was Eddie Hall at his peak?

Eddie Hall was 197kg at his peak which was in 2016 when he lifted 500kg at Giants Live's Europe's Strongest Man.

How heavy was Eddie Hall when he lifted 500kg?

Eddie weighed in at 197kg when he lifted 500kg which is the heaviest he's ever been. Until the age of 26, Eddie always remained a stone above his weight i.e. when he was 20 he was 21 stone. At the age of 26, he went a couple of stone ahead!

How many people have done a 500kg deadlift?

Both Thor (out of competition) and Eddie Hall (in competition) have lifted 500kg as a conventional deadlift, with straps. However, other athletes using alternate deadlift styles i.e. the sumo style and different deadlift objects have deadlifted 500kg.

How much does Eddie Hall weigh?

Around 157 kg (345lb).

How much is Eddie Hall worth?

Eddie Hall's  net worth lies around £3.6 Million British Pounds or $5 Million American Dollars.

How tall is Eddie Hall?

1,91 m (6 ft 3 in)

What is the World Deadlift Record?

The competition World Deadlift Record is 500kg or 1,102 lbs. This was pulled by Eddie 'The Beast' Hall in 2016 at Giants Live's Europe's Strongest Man in Leeds. In 2023, Graham Hicks, former Britain's Strongest Man, won the World Deadlift Championships at Giants Live, The Strongman Open in Cardiff. He pulled 470kg, narrowly missing pulling 505kg.

When did Eddie Hall start lifting?

Eddie Hall began lifting to become a body builder in his mid to late teens. This was following his highly successful junior swimming career where he broke numerous records in his u14 category, before quitting as he fell out with his coach Bill Sweetingham due to being pushed too hard. Eddie had a period of depression following being expelled from school, quitting swimming and his grandmother dying. He then found weights in the gym and tried to emulate his hero Arnold Schwarznegger.

Who deadlifted 500kg?

Eddie 'The Beast' Hall deadlifted an incredible 500kg in 2016 at Giants Live's Europe's Strongest Man in Leeds. This is still the World Deadlift Record. In 2023, Graham Hicks, former Britain's Strongest Man, won the World Deadlift Championships at Giants Live, The Strongman Open in Cardiff. He pulled 470kg, narrowly missing pulling 505kg.

Who has the deadlift world record?

Eddie Hall currently holds the deadlift world record for a 500kg lift in 2016.

Who is a strongman?

A strongman performs unbelievable and unimaginable acts of strength. The world deadlift competition record is held by Eddie Hall at 500kg, a half tonne!! The current World's Strongest Man is Mitchell Hooper.

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