Eddie Hall

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Eddie Hall
Personal information
Birth nameEdward Stephen Hall[1]
Nickname(s)The Beast
Born (1988-01-15) 15 January 1988 (age 34)
Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, England
Occupation
  • Boxer
  • Strongman
  • Actor
Height190 cm (6 ft 3 in)[2]
Weight142–197 kg (313–434 lb)[3][4]
Spouse(s)Alexandra Hall
Children2
Sport
Sport

Edward Stephen Hall (born 15 January 1988) is a British former professional strongman and actor who has also fought as a boxer.

He won the World's Strongest Man 2017 competition.[5] Hall has also won national competitions - UK's Strongest Man, Britain's Strongest Man and England's Strongest Man multiple times.

Early life and beginnings[edit]

Hall was born on 15 January 1988 in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire.[2] As a teenager, he was a successful competitive swimmer. Hall attended Clayton Hall Academy, but was expelled at the age of 15. Soon afterwards, he received in-home tutoring.[6] In 2008, he began working as a mechanic in the garage at the Robert Wiseman Dairies site in Market Drayton, Shropshire.[7] He trained and competed as a bodybuilder and entered the strongman circuit, having done a strongman competition 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.[8] Eddie is married to Alexandra Hall with whom he has a son Max (b 2012). Eddie also has a daughter Layla (b 2008) from his previous relationship.[citation needed] Eddie was diagnosed with depression at 13.[citation needed]

Career[edit]

Hall finished first at the UK's Strongest Man 2011 competition in Belfast, with Ken Nowicki in 2nd and Rich Smith in 3rd.[9] His win was helped by setting a new national record in the "Viking Hold", hanging on to 20 kg (44lbs) 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.[10]

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.[11] 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.[12]

In 2012, Hall competed at the World's Strongest Man competition, but did not progress beyond his qualifying group.[citation needed]

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.[13] Hall competed at the 2013 World's Strongest Man competition later that year, winning two events in his heat but narrowly missing out on qualifying for the final.

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 kg (1,019 lb; 72.8 st) in the deadlift.[14] 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 kg (1,021 lb; 72.9 st) deadlift.[15][16]

In April 2015, he also finished 4th at the World's Strongest Man, an improvement of two places on the previous year.

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 March 2016, he achieved a new world record for the Elephant Bar deadlift in the Arnold Strongman Classic, by lifting 465 kg (1,025 lb).[17] However, the record was beaten the next year by Jerry Pritchett who lifted 467 kg (1,030 lb)[18] which was again beaten twice by Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson who lifted 472 kg (1,041 lb) and 474 kg (1,045 lb) in 2018[19] and 2019[20] respectively.

In July 2016, Hall also set a new world record in the conventional deadlift with a lift of 500 kg (1,102 lb)[21] at the World Deadlift Championships besting the world record he had previously set at 465 kg (1,025 lb)[22] earlier that same day. The 500 kg lift made Hall pass out.[21][23] The record stood for 3 years and 9 months until 2 May 2020, when it was beaten by Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson with the current world record of 501 kg (1,105 lb) at the World's Ultimate Strongman Feats of Strength series.[24][25]

Hall is the winner of the 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.[26] In an interview, Hall stated that a genetic analysis had shown that a genetic mutation that causes myostatin-related muscle hypertrophy contributed to his large muscle mass.[27]

In 2018, Hall appeared on the Channel 5 show Celebs In Solitary, where he attempted to spend five days in solitary confinement.[28]

In 2019, Hall presented the SPORTbible webseries Beasted!, where he, along with Luke Fullbrook and Chris Peil, helped guide 8 men through exercise plans and diets to improve their fitness.[29][30][31]

On 19 March 2022, Hall faced the World's Strongest Man 2018, Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson, in a titan weight class boxing match in Dubai. Hall lost via unanimous decision with all three judges scoring the bout 57–54 in favour of Hafþór, after Hall was knocked down twice to the floor in rounds 3 and 6 on top of sustaining bleeding lacerations on top of both eyes.[32]

Personal records[edit]

In competition:

  • Deadlift with figure-8 straps and multi-ply suit – 500 kilograms (1,102 lb) [21][33]
  • Axle press – 216 kilograms (476 lb)
  • Rogue Elephant Bar Deadlift (Belt with figure-8 straps) – 465 kilograms (1,025 lb)[17]
  • Ironmind S-Cubed Bar Deadlift (with straps) – 472.5 kilograms (1,042 lb) (World's Strongest Man 2017)
  • Ironmind S-Cubed Bar Deadlift at partial deficit (with straps) – 445 kilograms (981 lb) (World's Strongest Man 2016)
  • Log lift – 213 kilograms (470 lb)
  • CrossFit Isabel – 60 kilograms (132 lb) for 30 repetitions in 50.9 seconds

Gym lifts:

  • Squat – 405 kilograms (893 lb) (raw)[34]
    • 345 kilograms (761 lb) for 8 reps (raw, beltless, on 8 foot bar)[35]
    • 360 kilograms (794 lb) for 6 reps (raw, beltless, on safety bar)[35]
  • Bench press – 300 kilograms (661 lb) (raw)[34]
    • 265 kilograms (584 lb) for 6 reps (raw, paused, on 8 foot bar)[36]
    • 225 kilograms (496 lb) for 10 reps (raw, paused, on 8 foot bar)[35]
  • Incline bench press – 260 kilograms (573 lb) (raw, touch and go)[37]
    • 225 kilograms (496 lb) for 7 reps (raw, paused)[38]
  • Incline dumbbell press – 100 kilograms (220 lb) per hand for 7 reps[35]
    • 90 kilograms (198 lb) per hand for 10 reps[35]
  • Dumbbell shoulder press – 60 kilograms (132 lb) per hand for 40 reps (constant tension, no pause between reps)[35]
  • Deadlift – 450 kilograms (992 lb) on two-man bar (raw, with deadlift straps)[34]
  • Leg press – 1,000 kilograms (2,205 lb) for 10 reps[39]
  • Silver dollar deadlift – 536 kilograms (1,182 lb)[40][41] (former world record)

Professional Boxing record[edit]

1 fight 0 wins 1 loss
By decision 0 1
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
1 Loss 0–1 Iceland Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson UD 6 19 Mar 2022 United Arab Emirates Dubai

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2015 Eddie: Strongman Himself
2017 Transformers: The Last Knight Saxon Warrior (Uncredited)
2017 Born Strong Himself
2020 How to be Behzinga YouTube Premium series, 1 episode
2022 The Expendables 4 Undisclosed

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2012–2019 World's Strongest Man Himself – Competitor/Pundit
2016 A League of Their Own Himself Series 10, Episode 3
2016 Couples Come Dine with Me Series 3, Episode 69
2018 The Chase Series 8, Episode 4
2018 Celebs In Solitary 1 series
2018 Eddie Eats America 1 series
2019 The Strongest Man in History 1 series
2020 Eddie Eats Christmas 1 series
2022 "Eddie Hall: The Beast v The Mountain"

References[edit]

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Achievements
Preceded by World's Strongest Man
2017
Succeeded by
Preceded by Britain's Strongest Man
2014-2018
Succeeded by
Preceded by UK's Strongest Man
2011–14
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Laurence Shahlaei (Elite/UKSC)
England's Strongest Man (Elite)
2010
Succeeded by
Preceded by England's Strongest Man (UKSC)
2011
2013
Succeeded by