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Strongman Eddie Hall shows off a full body boxing strength workout in preparation for his showdown in the ring against fellow strongman Haftthor Björnsson coming in March. Both fighters have confirmed the fight will happen around 7 weeks from now, but the details aren’t finalized yet. We will keep you posted. In the meantime, check out Hall beasting this full body workout!
Eddie Hall, AKA The Beast, is a world-renowned strongman from Staffordshire, England. Hall’s athletic history began in competitive swimming, but after being expelled from school, he moved on to bodybuilding and strongman sports. Hall caught a break in 2010 when he became a replacement in the England Championship strongman event, which he ended up winning by half a point.
Since then, Hall has garnered worldwide fame with his wins of 2017 World’s Strongest Man and multiple wins of UK’s & England’s Strongest Man competitions. Hall has set multiple lifting records in his career, including the Elephant Bar Deadlift, deadlift, and even the CrossFit Isabel record.
Hall has been in multiple movies and had a documentary about his quest to become the World’s Strongest Man. After winning the title in 2017, he retired due to some health issues that come along with being so big.
Hall was scheduled to fight Björnsson last year, but he pulled out due to a last-minute injury to his biceps. There’s bad blood between the two, so we can’t wait to see how it plays out in the boxing ring.
Let's have a look at how The Beast is training for his much-anticipated boxing match next month.
The first exercise in the session shows the big man getting down onto his knees with a 15kg (33lbs) slam ball on a mat in front of him. He then brings the ball up above his head then explodes down, slamming the ball into the mat. We see him do about 10 reps of this explosive exercise before moving on to the second.
Hall injects some fun into the workout between exercises and then starts his plank pull-throughs using a 28kg (63lb) kettlebell. He completes 10 reps to each side then immediately moves into planks with arm reaches or Superman planks, where he hits 10 reaches with each arm.
The third exercise of this boxing-themed strength workout is Bulgarian split squats. Hall explains that this exercise is great for boxing as it helps to improve balance and leg strength while getting the glutes firing.
First, we see him hit 30kg (66lbs) using a safety squat bar. Next, he jumps up in weight the following sets to 50kg (110lbs) then to 90kg (198lbs). It looks like he’s doing 8-10 reps on each leg in each set.
Finally, in the fourth set, he gets up to an impressive 100kg (242lbs); we don’t see the complete set, but we can assume it’s for fewer reps may be in the 5-8 range.
Hall moves into the next exercise of landmine presses, where he adds a resistance band for added tension towards the top of the movement. He says it’s a fantastic exercise for boxing as it simulates punching while working the shoulders and core.
He starts light, then works his way up in weight and adds resistance bands. It seems like he hits at least 3 sets here and gets up to 35kg (77lbs) plus two lighter resistance bands.
At the end of this exercise, Hall talks about the importance of getting your protein in to fuel the muscles then proceeds to have his fill. He also crushes a banana to keep his energy levels up during this training session.
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The following exercise is the incline bench press. He mentions that it’s essential to switch it up because he hit incline dumbbell presses last week. His goal this session is to get to 200kg (440lbs) for a triple or three reps.
He starts with a modest 65kg (143lbs) then jumps to 105kg (231lbs); he’s knocking out what looks like 8-10 reps on these before stepping it up. Next on the bar is 145kgs (319lbs), which still seems rather easy for The Beast. In the following set, he’s at 185kg (407lbs), where it’s starting to get a little heavier, but he still pushes out 4-5 reps.
Finally, just past his goal weight of 205kg (451lbs) where he squeezes out 3 reps. He talks about boxing creating some nagging pains in his shoulders, wrists, and elbows, which are brought out into the spotlight when he benches.
Hall conquers a few sets of deadlifts using the hex bar where he’s shooting for 6 reps each set. Finally, he works up to his last set at 190kg (418lbs); each rep is done with great explosive control on the way up. We almost forgot to mention that, once again, Hall is using a resistance band to add some tension to the lift.
Resistance bands are a standard tool used in this training session as we see Hall complete a set of core rotations while in a split stance. He immediately jumps over to doing full slam balls then burpees. We can’t see every rep, but we’d assume he’s shooting for 10 reps of each. We can tell that Hall doesn’t enjoy this HIIT training as he jokingly complains to his coach.
We know this is a boxing-themed workout as Hall finishes up the training session using the Iron Neck device strapped to his head to strengthen his neck muscles. He completes 5 reps in both directions. He says that this exercise is paramount for boxing to reduce the chances of getting knocked out.
Hall briefly mentions he’s headed to the cyro machine for a 3-minute session followed by lunch, then 6 rounds of sparring in the afternoon. He says it’s a never-ending uphill battle as he still needs to do some stretching afterward and hot-cold treatments.
Here's a full body workout structured like the one Eddie Hall completed in the video above. This workout will hit muscles throughout your body and will have you dripping in sweat.
It was fun to see a strongman go through a HIIT-style training session. We can’t wait to see the fight billed as the heaviest fight in history. Both Hall and Björnsson have transformed their statures, and there’s a lot on the line with pride, tattoo's of the winner's name and $200,000 pledged to charity, not to mention the payday of the two fighters. 7 weeks until go time, and Hall seems very confident going into the fight.
Who do you think will win? Let us know in the comments below.
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