Thor – I’m coming for you!

I always have plenty in my diary, but for sure right now one thing sticks out more than any other – the big fight between me and Thor Bjornsson. Well, I say fight. Let’s face it, it’s going to be a walkover. In ancient mythology, Thor was the god of thunder. Bjornsson though is about as threatening as a light drizzle. He might have played The Mountain in Game of Thrones but I really don’t see our match-up as much of a hill to scale.

We were meant to get in the ring in September, but after tearing my bicep while sparring that was impossible. No-one was more disappointed than me. I’m taking this fight as seriously as any strongman contest in my history and when I say I’m training like it’s Tyson Fury in the opposite corner I mean it. My motivation couldn’t be stronger. Forget money, or putting a long-term rival in their place, I have never forgotten Thor’s claim that I shouldn’t have won my World’s Strongest Man title in 2017. That is all the motivation I’ll need when I climb into that ring.

People ask me if I’m nervous doing something different to strongman. Never. Not in a million years. Why would I? All through my life I’ve been a fighter. Not only that but as a strongman I’ve performed on the big stage time and time again. If anything, my confidence couldn’t be higher. What I really feel is excitement. I cannot wait to get up there and do it. My only frustration is that I’ve had to wait so long.

Now we’re on the home straight and I’m gathering momentum all the way. By the time the bout comes around I know for sure I’ll be an unstoppable force.

A true clash of the giants, Eddie Hall vs Thor Bjornsson will be the heaviest boxing match in history. They’d better make sure that ring is reinforced or we’ll both be through it.

Thor – get ready to face that knockout blow.

Eddie Hall

I’m a Guinness Book of Records breaker!

Eddie Hall - World Record Holder

Happy New Year! And what a year it’s been! So many highlights, so many massive moments, so many times when I’ve had to give myself a pinch and think, ‘Is this really all happening?’

One event made me feel like that more than any other – and I think it was because it took me back to being a kid. Back then, I loved the Guinness Book of Records with all its weird and wonderful feats – especially the weightlifting ones. As a kid, it’s one of those things that seem so far distant from yourself – all these people who have achieved such amazing things.

But then I got into strongman and suddenly the pages of that book didn’t seem quite so far away. The Guinness Book of Records is basically ‘biggest, fastest, strongest’, and I was certainly getting pretty close to the top in the last of those categories.

This year I can walk into any high street book store and know I feature heavily in two books on the shelves. One is my autobiography (of course) and the other is – yes, you guessed it – the Guinness Book of Records – due to my – some said impossible – 500kg deadlift.
There I am in all my glory, veins straining, eyes bulging, and I can’t help wonder now If there isn’t another kid out there looking at my weightlifting record as I used to look at others. Maybe they’ll use it as the springboard for their own tilt at greatness. I certainly hope so. That would make me prouder than anything.

Remember also that it’s the final of World’s Strongest Man on Channel 5 tonight (5.50pm), and I’ll be there presenting instead of competing this time.

Tune in – it’s as remarkable a spectacle as it ever was. You’ll love it – and I’m hoping you’ll love me with a mic in my hand too!

Have a fantastic 2019 and speak soon – Eddie!

Eddie Hall

A Christmas and New Year message from Eddie

When I set out down this road, my main vision was to become known as the strongest man on earth. That I achieved that goal means everything to me. But it’s not about a trophy on the mantlepiece or an entry in Wikipedia. It’s not even about meeting Holly Willoughby!

What matters to me is that I have shown that we need to believe in people mentally as well as physically. We need to be aware that even the strongest, like me, will often have another unseen side to them. And that side will remain unseen unless we bust the myth about men and mental illness.

The other thing that matters to me is that I have made my life work not just for me, but for my family. I’m a normal guy from a normal background. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, before people backed my own belief I was working everyday underneath trucks.

My ambition then was to provide for my family. I’m like any other dad. I want them to have the best life they can possibly have. That means me working exceptionally hard for the next few years. But why wouldn’t I want to do that? Yes, there’s nowhere I’d ever rather be than curled up on the settee with my wife and kids, but I’m also stretching myself in ways I never thought imaginable. There’s every chance that 2019 will see me become a movie actor, that’s on top of several other really exciting TV projects.

You know, being strong isn’t everything. If I wasn’t (hopefully!) a decent person, no-one would ever want to engage with me. I’ve only ever tried to come across as myself and thankfully people seem to like that. Being me has taken me as far as being World’s Strongest Man.

As we head into 2019, I’d like to make that my message. Be Yourself – Be Confident.

Give it a go. You might just be surprised where you find yourself in a year from now.

Have a great Christmas and a fantastic New Year!

Big Love

The Beast

Eddie Hall

I’m changing – and you can change too!

Eddie Hall - I took myself to the edge of 30-stones for one reason and one reason only – to lift the title of World's Strongest Man.

I’VE got a lot of ambitions. To fulfil them, I can’t, quite literally, be the man I used to be.

I took myself to the edge of 30-stones for one reason and one reason only – to lift the title of World’s Strongest Man. I was never going to stay that weight forever. It simply isn’t long-term healthy or sustainable. You don’t see many 30-stone blokes wandering around for nothing. Carrying that large a weight is a huge strain on a person’s frame and organs.

I was never obese – my body was specifically honed to support power and muscle – but the issue of weight remains. The human body was not designed to be that large year after year. And anyway, we were spending a fortune on roast chickens!

There is also the issue of discomfort. It is me carrying that weight. Me. I had to be one of the strongest guys in the world just to live. That cannot go on forever.

Reading this you might imagine I’ve shrunk to the weight of Dot Cotton. Make no mistake, I’m still a big guy. But I’m a guy whose weight is in proportion with his needs. One who is combining supreme fitness and strongman training with other areas of life.

That’s why I’ve lost 70lbs in the last year. That’s five stones – hardly an insignificant amount. How have I done it? By getting out on my bike, as well as boxing, swimming, and weight-training. Those are all things I love. If you want to get fit and lose weight don’t ever incorporate something you don’t like – you’ll never do it.

The result has not just been visual. I feel so much better all over in myself. I’m more alert, sleep better, and feel as if I’m in touch with myself and those around me. I’m appreciating the world rather than just being part of it, if that makes sense!

You don’t have to be an athlete to take a different lifestyle onboard. It’s there for everyone. It’s amazing how small changes are right there in our grasp but we just don’t make the leap and take them. Ditch your morning coffee, for instance, and replace it with an orange juice. Try a more healthy cereal. You will feel differently just from these minor tweaks to your daily routine.

None of us need to be stuck in a body that doesn’t work for us. Keep tuning into my website and I’ll keep giving you tips for a healthier body and mind.

Take care all.

Big love

The (slightly smaller) Beast.

Eddie Hall

Eddie stars in new prime-time reality show

Eddie Hall - Solitary

OK, I’ve done some strange things and been in some strange places in my time. But Celebs in Solitary: Meltdown, which starts on Channel 5 on September 11 has to take the biscuit. In fact, it did quite literally take the biscuit. Luxuries like that were one of the things I was denied when I was locked in a room in a disused warehouse in Dublin for five days. 

I should mention I agreed to go along with this set-up, the aim of which was to see how long people can negotiate without contact with the outside world. On Channel 5 at 9.15pm, you can see how I managed with just a bed, sink, shower and toilet for company. It was no picnic, I can tell you, but at least I wasn’t the only one to be put through this mental test. Anthea Turner, Shazia Mirza, and Professor Green all signed up as well. Cameras were trained on me at all times. I suppose you could look at it like Big Brother only you can’t see or hear the other contestants. 

You’ll see on the show there were times when it got to me. I found it a little bit frustrating, especially as someone so used to having people around me and who loves more than anything spending time with his family. At least on I’m A Celebrity you get to sit round a fire and have a chat while eating a few bugs. 

Still, it’s all about experience. I’m in a position to be offered and do things which very few people will ever experience. And I’ve reached that position through battling for years to become the World’s Strongest Man. 

I could, of course, have smashed down the walls of my ‘pod’ any time I liked. But you’ll have to tune in to see whether I restrained myself!

Take care – Eddie x

Eddie Hall

Book out in paperback – with extra content!

IT was a big thing for me releasing my book at the end of last year. I’m just a normal lad from a normal background. I never thought my face would be peering out from the shelves in WH Smith.

I’m incredibly proud of the book, but there was one strange fact about it. When it was first released, in October last year, it didn’t have the story of me winning the World’s Strongest Man in it. The TV show of the competition is never shown until Christmas and so I was contractually restricted in what I could say before it aired.

Now, however, the paperback version has just been released, with the whole unedited story of how I did it, what it was like, and what went on behind the scenes.

Already the release has gone down really well. Understandably, people are interested to hear my thoughts and views on the final, while also catching up on the ups and downs of my journey to the top.

There are, of course, more chapters in my life to come that not even I know what the content will be. What I do know is that winning World’s Strongest Man has opened some incredible doors for me. Stepping inside has taken me to new and incredible places. Maybe one day I’ll write about all that as well.

In the meantime, I’m so proud to have a book out there telling my story so far. Grab a copy and see the real Beast.

Eddie Hall

‘Better than Big Brother!’ – Eddie spends a week with celebs in Belfast

Eddie Hall - Worlds Strongest Man 2017

I’M in Belfast this week, and the exciting times roll on. I’m in Northern Ireland filming a TV show to be aired later this year on Channel 5.

With Love Island not plumping for me, this is a show where I’ll be sharing company for a week with people of a different kind. I can’t say too much, but we’re talking me sharing some space with a few celebrities – don’t worry, it’s a step up from Big Brother. The result will be a five or six episode series and I think it’s going to be great viewing.

I’ve been getting around a bit with the TV work. I also went on This Morning with Holly and Phil which was a great experience. I can confirm they were both as straight up and nice as they come across on TV. It was a special day, rounded of when I lifted them both up, one on each arm. Fantastic.

It’s inevitable that now I’m not competing as much, people will see me in front of the cameras more. I’m happy with that as it allows me to show a different side of my character – the fully rounded Eddie if you like.

I don’t know if people are surprised to see a side of me that’s a little more mellow and considered, but it was inevitable that was always in there. I could never be that full-on figure people see on TV all the time. No-one has that much energy.

As time passes, I hope people will see me not just as an incredible competitor – and that person will always be with me – but as a human being.

Never forget though that I’m still Eddie Hall. Still The Beast. That part of me will live forever.

Eddie Hall

World of Eddie – there’s so much happening I need a newsletter!

OK, there’s a lot going on in the life of the Beast. I can hardly keep up with it myself, so I’ve no idea what it must be like for you guys!

It’s for that reason that, as well as updating you all here, I’m putting together a monthly newsletter. It’ll be different, though, because in my newsletter I’ll be directing you to reach, as I did, your ultimate goal.

Training is massive now. It has grown in popularity so much over the last ten years. That might be training to achieve something in strongman. It might be training to improve yourself physically. It might be training to improve yourself as a person. Whatever your motivation, I want to use my experience, my knowhow, to help you along the way.

Believe me, I have learnt a lot in the last decade. I have learnt the power of application, and I have also learnt what can come from the right attitude and the right training.

I also know that there is a lot of conflicting information out there. It’s a minefield. How does anyone who enjoys strength training really know what’s best? Well, that’s where I come in. I won World’s Strongest Man. I do know what’s best. Equally as valuable, I know what doesn’t work too.

So my newsletter and subscription page is more than news – it’s a strategy, a portal of information, not just from me, but from other massive names in the strength and powerlifting business.

Take a look – I think you’ll like it. I certainly do. I know from travelling round the country how many people have unanswered questions about training. How they feel under-represented. Remarkable really. You only have to see the viewing figures for World’s Strongest Man to understand how popular it is round the world.

More than anything, what’s great for me is it’s another way to keep in touch with you guys. Without you, I wouldn’t be where I am today.

Big love to you all.

The Beast

Eddie Hall

I’ll be part of the team presenting World’s Strongest Man this Christmas

Eddie Hall

I MIGHT not be competing at World’s Strongest Man this year but I certainly won’t be far from the action.

I’m delighted to say I’ve signed a contract with UKTV to commentate on the competition, so you’ll still be able to enjoy the sight of my handsome features when the shows turn up on your TV

this Christmas.

After two years in Botswana, the World’s Strongest Man contest this year is being staged in Manila. So at the end of this month I’ll be heading to the Philippines. It’s the first time the country has staged World’s Strongest Man and just shows the global reach of strongman these days.

It confirms what those of us in the know have been saying for years – the sport is as massive as its competitors.

The crowds are sure to be out in force for the qualifying rounds from April 28 to May 1 and then again on May 5 and 6 for the finals.

I expect there’ll be a big part of me that will wish I was up there with the guys competing. You don’t just lose that competitive spirit overnight.

But on the other hand, it’ll be nice to enjoy the show and watch for once. I’m happy to do that job – it feels like the next stage of my career. I’ve got the knowhow to pull it off – I’ve been there and done it – and I know all the technique these guys need, the aches and pains they’ll be feeling, the sacrifice and determination it takes to reach the top.

I hope also I’ve got the personality to keep you guys entertained at home!

I always loved watching Strongman as a kid and so to be part of that whole production now is a dream come true.

I’ll be bursting out of your TVs this Christmas.

Stay strong,

The Beast

Eddie Hall

Log press world record will be mine!

I WAS disappointed to miss Europe’s Strongest Man at the start of the month. I had to pull out of the show because I tore ligaments in my ankle, as confirmed by a specialist MRI scan.

I picked up the injury in possibly the most unglamorous way imaginable – I stepped on a doormat at my mum and dad’s house and it slipped from underneath me. Naturally, I prefer to tell people I did it fighting with bears!

The medics wanted to put me in a plaster cast but I refused because I wouldn’t have been able to do the log press – the one part of the Europeans I could still take part in, and my big target for the year.

The log press world record has been held by Zydrunas Savickas for the last 15 years. No-one has been able to take it off him and he’s increased it by a kilo every year.

My goal by the end of 2018 is to make sure I take that record for myself, and I was looking at upping it to 230kg. The idea at the Europeans was to do the log press and then strap up the injury again – it should heal 100 per cent so long as I don’t go over on it again.

But the log press isn’t easy. The idea is simple – lift the log from the floor to overhead. But it’s shape and unusual grip makes it a difficult technique to master, far more unwieldy than a traditional barbell.  

Sadly, I wasn’t able to reach the mark but in the two attempts I made I was so close. The margin couldn’t have been finer. I was so disappointed. The support in Leeds was tremendous and as I said on the day I’ve never set myself a target and not delivered.

it won’t stop me looking to take the record later in the year. People should never underestimate me. I’m a competitive man and when I set my focus on something I don’t stop until I’ve achieved it. I’ve shown that many times before, and I’ll show it again. I will take that record.

When that chance comes I’ll keep you posted. Always great to have you in my corner. It means more than you can ever imagine.

We will persevere!

Stay healthy,

The Beast