Eddie Hall bench presses four people
A former World Strongest Man, Eddie broke the deadlift record in 2016 by lifting 500kg. But the 33-year-old retired from the sport after his achievement saw him pass out and temporarily go blind. Instead, Eddie, nicknamed The Beast, set himself a new challenge – stepping into the ring for a boxing match with Game of Thrones star Hafthor Bjornsson.
And to do that, he had to shed some weight.
In 2017, Eddie tipped the scales at 197kg but now is a much leaner figure at 161kg.
And he gave some insight into just what he did to get trim.
He said: “Been training really hard recently and I’m mega fired and hungry for success.
Eddie Hall has lost a lot of weight in the last few years
Eddie broke the deadlift record in 2016
“Doing five cardio sessions a week – including boxing, cycling, swimming, and high-intensity interval training (HIIT) land training.
“[This is] on top of four weight sessions.”
As a child, Eddie was a champion swimmer and picked up gold medals in the 50m, 100m, 400m and 1500m freestyle events during a national competitions aged 13.
He was tipped to become an Olympian but decided to pursue weightlifting instead.
But he detailed during an interview with Barbend why he keeps it in his routine.
The strongman was a keen swimmer
He said in 2017: “I found it helped massively with lung capacity, heart function, and more than anything the mobility, because it helps the ligaments and capillaries and everything keep moving, so to speak.
“So I do an hour of swimming once a week – a minute on and a minute off.
“I do two laps as fast as I can, have a minute rest, and repeat that for an hour.
“It’s great cardio, great for mobility, and great for lung capacity.”
Moreover, The Beast revealed the cardio workout also helps trim the waistline, detailing how he fits it into his weekly schedule.
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Eddie still uses the sport to keep in shape
In an interview with Express.co.uk last year, he said: “What I do now is I’ve thrown in a couple of boxing sessions a week.
“I do a land-based training session, I do a swimming session, and then I bought a push-bike as well so I’m doing a lot of cycling.
“I’ve probably piled on about five or six hours a week in cardio on top of my weight training.
“I’ve now got a six pack and I’m quite happy to stay at this, until I get a bit older [in his late forties and fifties] when maybe I’ll have to reduce the weight a little bit more.”
Despite this, Eddie revealed during his book Strongman: My Story that he is actually no stranger to his new ripped physique.
Eddie Hall says he lost 20lbs in 17 days because of ‘hard work’
In fact, the same body got him teased at school when he was a champion swimmer.
He detailed in 2017: “I’d given to training, I got stuck in! I was also the alpha male, remember, and was naturally compelled to lead from the front.
“There were one or two kids who were slightly taller than me in class but because of my endeavours in the swimming pool I was built like the proverbial brick s**thouse and I was the proud owner of a six-pack for about four years.
“I must have been at least five foot eleven inches when I started at high school so aesthetically I had the same physical attributes as an adult, I was just broader-shoulders and generally thinner.
“A few years previously, while I was a Friarswood Primary School some of the pupils accused me of taking performance-enhancing drugs because I was so ripped.”
Eddie said he was teased at school for his physique
However, Eddie detailed how he actually enjoyed being teased as it complimented everything he was proud of.
He added: “The name-calling went on for weeks on end but to me it was simply a tribute to what I’d achieved.
“Every time one of them shouted something I just laughed my well-developed little a**e off.
“They thought I needed to take drugs to look like I did and that made me feel unique.
“I remember thinking ‘f**king right, mate, I am something special.’”