Eddie Hall

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Eddie Hall
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Eddie Hall dead lifting 500 kg
Personal information
Birth name Edward Hall
Born (1988-01-15) 15 January 1988 (age 30)
Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire England
Residence Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England
Height 190 cm (6 ft 3 in)[1]
Weight 172 kg (379 lb) [1]
Spouse(s) Alexandra Hall
Sport Strongman
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) Deadlift: 500 kilograms (1,102.3 lb) (2017, WR)

Edward Hall (born 15 January 1988) is an English professional strongman, notable for winning the World's Strongest Man 2017 competition[2] and for being the only man to deadlift 500 kg (1,102 lbs 5 oz) under strongman rules, which he also achieved in 2017.[3] He has also won on multiple occasions both the UK's Strongest Man and England's Strongest Man titles.


Hall was born on 15 January 1988 in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire.[1] As a teenager, he was a successful competitive swimmer, but was expelled from school. Hall attended Clayton High School. In 2008, he began working as a mechanic in the garage at the Robert Wiseman Dairies site in Market Drayton, Shropshire.[4] He trained and competed as a bodybuilder and entered the strongman circuit, having done a strongman's camp at the Iceman gym in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire. In 2010, Dave Meer of Tamworth, Staffordshire had to drop out of the England championships organised by Elite Strongman because of injury. He arranged for Hall to take his place and led to Hall making it into the 2010 finals, which he won on his first attempt by half a point.[5]

Hall finished first at the UK's Strongest Man 2011 competition in Belfast, with Ken Nowicki in 2nd and Rich Smith in 3rd.[6] His win was helped by setting a new national record in the "Viking Hold", hanging on to 20kg axes in each hand at full stretch for one minute and 18 seconds. Hall tore tendons in an arm during the competition, but was hopeful of a spot at the World's Strongest Man in September. However, his improved ranking could only guarantee a spot for 2012, and he did not compete at WSM in 2011.[7]

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 latter suffered a back injury.[8] He placed fourth in his first taste of international competition. Later, in April 2012, he 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-time World's Strongest Man, Žydrūnas Savickas. Hall finished in eighth place.[9]

In April 2013, Hall failed to qualify for Europe's Strongest Man 2013. 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. In April, Hall also featured on BBC One's Watchdog programme, who enlisted his help to test even the strongest of drivers in specific circumstances.[10] In 2012, Hall competed at the World's Strongest Man finals, but did not progress beyond his qualifying group.[citation needed] Hall returned in 2013, winning two events in his heat but narrowly missing out on qualifying after a poor final event.

In 2014, Hall reached the final for the first time, coming second in the Squat Lift event and ultimately finishing 6th. In March 2015, Hall achieved the world record for lifting the weight of 462 kilograms (1,019 lb; 72.8 st) in the deadlift.[3] The record was achieved at the Arnold Classic in Australia, and Arnold Schwarzenegger was present to cheer him on. He promptly broke his own record at the World Deadlift Championships 2015, with a 463 kilograms (1,021 lb; 72.9 st) deadlift.[11][12]

In 2015 he also finished 4th at the World's Strongest Man, an improvement of two places on the previous year. In March 2016, he achieved a new world record long bar deadlift in the Arnold Classic Strongman, by lifting 465 kilograms (1,025 lb).

In December 2015 a feature documentary about Hall, titled Eddie: Strongman, was released. The film, directed by Matt Bell and produced by Tom Swanston, follows Hall for two years of his life as he strives to become the strongest man in the world.

In July 2016, Hall set a new world record in the deadlift with a lift of 500 kilograms (1,100 lb)[13] besting the world record he had previously set at 465 kilograms (1,025 lb)[14] earlier that same day. The 500 kg lift made Hall pass out.[13][15] He is the winner of 2017 World's Strongest Man competition and announced his intention to retire from the World's Strongest Man and return to lower weight competitions after expressing health-related concerns.[16]

Personal record[edit]

In competition:

  • Deadlift with straps, suit & hitching – 500 kg (1,102.3 lb)[13] – world record
  • Rogue Elephant Bar Deadlift with straps – 465[17] kg (1026 lb)
  • Axle press – 216 kg (476 lbs) strict press - world record
  • Log Lift – 213 kg (469 lb) strict press – British record, done at Europes Strongest Man 2018

Gym lifts (all raw):


  1. ^ a b c "Ed Hall". World's Strongest Man. 
  2. ^ "Britain's Eddie Hall defeats Game of Thrones star The Mountain to be crowned World's Strongest Man". Telegraph. Telegraph. Retrieved 28 May 2017. 
  3. ^ a b "Eddie Hall breaks deadlift record with incredible 462kg lift". The Independent. 19 March 2015. Retrieved 6 June 2015. 
  4. ^ Market Drayton's Eddie Hall is Britain's Strongest Man. Shropshirestar.com (2 September 2011). Retrieved on 2013-01-11.
  5. ^ Eddy Hall wins England's Strongest Man 2010 contest. BBC News (14 September 2010). Retrieved on 2013-01-11.
  6. ^ UK Strongest Man is Ed Hall. Irishstrongman.com. Retrieved on 11 January 2013.
  7. ^ Hall conquers UK ... now he wants to take on the world. Thisisstaffordshire.co.uk (6 September 2011). Retrieved on 2013-01-11.
  8. ^ Sunday, 19 February 2012 ''Ed Hall Named to Giants Live–Melbourne Start List'' by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. Ironmind.com (19 February 2012). Retrieved on 2013-01-11.
  9. ^ Europe's strongest man results 2012. Theworldsstrongestman.com (25 June 2012). Retrieved on 2013-01-11.
  10. ^ Watchdog Series 29, Episode 7, Fiat: Steering that. bbc.co.uk (26 April 2012). Retrieved on 2013-01-11.
  11. ^ Dean Wild (2017-11-18), Eddie Hall World Record Deadlift 463kg / 1020lbs - WITH NO SUIT!!, retrieved 2017-11-24 
  12. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x5-mfOXF0i0
  13. ^ a b c Dean Wild (2016-07-10), 500kg (1102lbs) WORLD RECORD Deadlift Eddie Hall - Includes Full Aftermath!!, retrieved 2017-11-24 
  14. ^ Dean Wild (2017-11-11), 465kg Speed Rep World Record Deadlift Eddie Hall, retrieved 2017-11-24 
  15. ^ Walker, Graham. "Strongman Eddie Hall lifts world record half a ton at Leeds Arena". Yorkshire Evening Post. 
  16. ^ "Eddie Hall retires from World's Strongest Man competition after Brit claims historic victory". Mirror. Mirror. Retrieved 29 May 2017. 
  17. ^ Arnold classic 2016
  18. ^ "Eddie Hall demonstrates 1000kg leg press - Feel the power!". Youtube. 10 December 2012. Retrieved 15 December 2016. 
  19. ^ International Strong Man (2017-10-18). "Eddie Hall "The Beast" New Deadlift World Record 536 KG /1181 LBS on 18 inch Bar". Retrieved 2018-05-23. 
Preceded by
Brian Shaw
World's Strongest Man
Succeeded by
Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson
Preceded by
Laurence Shahlaei
Britain's Strongest Man
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Glenn Ross
UK's Strongest Man
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Laurence Shahlaei (Elite/UKSC)
England's Strongest Man (Elite)
Succeeded by
Lloyd Renals
Preceded by
Dean Slater
Chris Gearing
England's Strongest Man (UKSC)
Succeeded by
Chris Gearing
Ben Kelsey