World’s Strongest Man Eddie Hall is Thinking about Becoming an Olympic Weightlifter

The Beast has retired from competing in international Strongman competitions, so what's next?

Hall was a gifted swimmer when he was younger, competing at swimming meets alongside Olympic Champion Rebecca Adlington in the British Swimming world-class potential programme. A gold medal has always been something that he has dreamed of.

“I thrived off winning, beating records and the attention. I was fascinated with human evolution and progress,” Hall says. “I was looking up to my hero Mark Foster and Olympic gold medalists, saying that I would one day be there.”

In an interview with the British Newspaper The Express, Hall stated:

“It has crossed my mind to enter weightlifting and win a medal for my country,” he says. “No one that can put over 200kg over their head. I can do it without any technique. So I could maybe test the waters.”

The Beast has now retired from the world stage

“Being this size and this weight is a dark place,” he admits. “All the organs are under pressure.

“I want to get my life back, sleep properly and put my own shoes and socks on. I want to be able to sit on a plane and not bulge over two seats. I haven’t had a holiday in seven years. I got married four years ago and still haven’t had my honeymoon.”

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Editor-In-Chief at BOXROX. I come from a background of rugby and weightlifting. Growing up in the English Lake District, I spent a great deal of time swimming in its stunning lakes and rivers. In 2015 my brothers and I became the first people to swim the 145km length of the River Eden, from source to mouth, in 9 days. We also swam the Corryvreckan whirlpool, the third largest in the world, and Crossfit is a huge part of my training for these events.


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