Eddie Hall is the former World’s Strongest Man, best known for his record-holding 500kg deadlift in 2016. After announcing his retirement from the competition two years later, the 31-year-old has since slimmed down, citing health fears as his motivation.The decision comes as no surprise after he cast light on the gruelling daily routine he put his body through during his quest to become the strongest man on the planet.
The Beast released a tell-all book in 2017, where he recalled the weeks leading up to setting the world record and recalled how it put his relationship with his family under strain.
He wrote in 2017: “Being a foul-mouthed history-making cheeky behemoth does come at a cost.
“Ever since agreeing to do the lift I have had to virtually ignore my wife and kids and, over the last six months, I have spent no more than a few hours in their company.
“That in itself has obviously been a massive sacrifice for all of us but, in truth, it’s just the tip of the iceberg.
“My daily routine has been to eat, sleep, train, recover and repeat and in addition to a couple of short but extremely severe bouts of depression, which I think were triggered by stress and isolation, I have gradually become less mobile.”
Mr Hall went on to explain why it was critical for him to follow the strict regime.
He added: “In order to lift such a massive weight I had to put on an extra 15kg in weight and right now I am just over 31 stone.
“My God, it’s been hard though.
“I have suffered all kinds of pain over the years, but preparing for this has been a different kind of Hell and even now I am in a very, very dark place.”
He also detailed during the same book the most disgusting meal he has ever eaten in order to gain weight.
He continued: “As I [sat] in the dressing room I suddenly [belched] and was reminded of what I had for my dinner – or lunch if you’re posh.
“Whilst everyone else will have been tucking into sandwiches or burgers, I was in a restaurant ordering mouth-watering lumps of fat taken straight from a massive joint of gammon.
“In terms of taste it was probably one of the most disgusting meals I’ve ever eaten, but in terms of calories, it was the dog’s – about 4,000, all told.”
Eddie previously revealed to Express.co.uk how he used swimming, among other cardio exercises to shed the fat and get back into a slimmer shape.
He said earlier this year: “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 got a six pack and I’m quite happy to stay at this, until I get a bit older [in his late 40s and 50s] when maybe I’ll have to reduce the weight a little bit more.”