March 11, 2022
Strongman turned boxer, Eddie Hall drops vlog series “The Desolation of Thor” for the lead-up to the boxing match with long-time rival Hafthor Bjornsson scheduled to take place March 19th, 2022, in Dubai.
Let's have a look at the behind-the-scenes of Eddie Hall's fight prep where he talks about recovering from a chest infection and a possible concussion.
In the first episode of the miniseries, Hall documents arriving in Dubai two weeks early to acclimatize to the environment before the big fight. Hall gives a full breakdown of how he’s traveling on Emirates in style, but he won’t be eating any of the delicacies on the plane as his mind is set on one goal, win the fight. So instead, he packed rice, protein, and some healthy snacks.
Hall and his entourage arrive in Dubai late at night and then check in the hotel. He leaves us with some parting words as he feels he has a leg up on Thor because he was at the 2022 Arnold Sports Festival, so he doesn’t have the same option of arriving early for the fight to get settled in and focused.
In episode two of the series, Hall starts off in the supermarket to get fueled up. He says one of the essential things in life is drinking plenty of water. After the shopping trip, they end up back at the Meydan hotel overlooking a horse racetrack.
Hall then gets a nice full-body massage to get his body loose and massage out the knots. He reveals that just with the flight and travel so far, he’s lost 4 kgs.
He moves on to a nighttime swim workout which he thinks is excellent for boxing training to get his cardio at the right level. He set a timer to go off at 3 minutes which resembles a boxing round.
He’ll do 4 laps which will take around 1:20, then rest for 1:40. Swimming hard then taking short breaks while working on breath work. This should transfer over to his boxing. At the end of his swim session, he says he’s feeling good after getting over a chest infection and is getting his breath back.
In the next episode of The Desolation of Thor, we see Hall begin on the treadmill. He says energy is back up, and he’s feeling good. The day will consist of working out, eating, and relaxing. On the treadmill, he’s running at 6mph, and he’s aiming for a 15-minute run.
Then he’ll move on to a stretch and grab something to eat. Breakfast at 2 pm consists of smoked salmon, peppers, sourdough bread, fruit, and some other goodies; everything is weighed out and prepared to make it easy. He keeps his time zone on UK time, so he doesn’t have to readjust when he gets home.
After a sunbathing session, he has a banana and a protein shake before hopping in the pool. His swimming session aims to get 24 minutes of work in to mimic the max fight time.
He will try to keep his heartbeat up at 180-190 bpm then back down to 140-150 bpm to deal with the pressure that a fight will bring.
He talks about the plans for the week leading up to the fight and that he will tone down the power during sparring sessions as he may have suffered from a concussion after taking a shot from his training partner “Big Red.”
Hall wraps up the video saying this will be one of the biggest fights in history and that he’s ready for what’s coming his way.
This long-awaited boxing match between two of the best strongmen that ever did it will undoubtedly be a spectacle. Both men have been training hard and seem confident in themselves. In one week, we will see who stands victorious when they face off on March 19th, in Dubai.
Who do you think will win the fight?
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