Eddie Hall was born in Newcastle-under-Lyme. After training as a body-builder he entered the strongman circuit and completed a strongman’s camp at the Iceman gym in Stoke-on-Trent.
In 2010 his fellow Staffordshire competitor, Dave Meer, had to drop out of the England Championships organised by Elite Strongman because of injury. Meer arranged for Hall to take his place which led to Hall making it into the 2010 finals, which he won on his first attempt by half a point.
Earning a place at the UK Strongest Man 2011 competition in Belfast which ended with Eddie Hall as the UK’s Strongest Man, with Ken Nowicki in 2nd and Rich Smith in 3rd. His win was helped by Hall setting a new national record in the “Viking Hold”, hanging on to 20 kg axles in each hand at full stretch for one minute and 18 seconds.
Winning the UK title meant that Hall became the first choice to replace Jono MacFarlane of New Zealand in the Giants Live Melbourne event in February 2012, when the MacFarlane suffered a back injury. Hall placed fourth in his first taste of international competition.
Later, in April 2012, Hall was invited to compete at Europe’s Strongest Man, another Giants Live event. This was held at Headingley Carnegie Stadium, home of the Leeds Rhinos Rugby League team and Hall found himself competing alongside six of the ten finalists from World’s Strongest Man 2011, including two time World’s Strongest Man, Zydrunas Savickas. Hall finished in a respectable eighth place.
2013 saw Hall unfortunately fail to qualify for Europe’s Strongest Man. However, he was given a second chance when Ervin Katona was forced to retire due to injury. Hall competed in his place and came in eighth place.
Hall holds the current world record* for deadlift, lifting over an incredible 463kg (1,020lb or over 73 stone) at Europe’s Strongest Man in July 2015 making him the record holder for the heaviest deadlift ever! Breaking his own world record of an eye-watering 462kg (72.7 stones) cheered on by none other than Arnold Schwarzenegger at the Arnold Classic in Australia in March 2015.