Meet Edward Stephen Hall, a famous British strongman & boxer, born on January 15, 1988. Hailed as the winner of the World’s Strongest Man 2017 competition, Hall has also been victorious at the UK’s Strongest Man and England’s Strongest Man competitions.
Eddie Hall is an English strongman and the current World’s Strongest Man. Hailing from a small town in Leeds, England, Eddie Hall has won numerous titles at national and international competitions. He holds multiple records in powerlifting and strongman events. What makes Eddie Hall stand out is his physicality and athleticism under the weight of the strongest men in the world. If you haven’t heard of Eddie Hall yet, get to know him now!
Here are rare pictures of Eddie Hall’s transformation from 5 years old to the star he became right now.
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The Rise to Fame of Eddie Hall
Hall finished first at the UK’s Strongest Man 2011 competition in Belfast. Hall’s win was helped by his outstanding performance in the “Viking Hold,” hanging on to 20kg axes for one minute and 18 seconds. A self-described “big lad at 6 ft 3” and 230 pounds, he tore tendons in a forearm during the competition. This qualified him for a spot at 2011 World’s Strongest Man, but he didn’t end up going.
Hall became the first choice for Giants Live Melbourne 2012 when the organizers needed a replacement for Jono MacFarlane of New Zealand. He placed 4th in his first taste of international competition. Later, Hall competed at Europe’s Strongest Man 2012, an event of Giants Live. He faced six finalists from World’s Strongest Man 2011, including two-time World’s Strongest Man Žydrūnas Savickas, where he finished 8th place.
Through the Years: Eddie Hall
As you will see in these pictures, Eddie Hall is genetically gifted, at the age of 14 he was already weighing close to 200 lbs.
Now at his heaviest, Eddie Hall weighs 433 lbs/196 kg at 6 ft 3 in/190 cm
5-year-old Eddie Hall with his parents and two brothers
Eddie Hall at the age of 6
At this age, Hall was already weighing 66 lbs/30kg.
Eddie Hall at 12 years old
Eddie Hall at the age of 14
At this stage of his life, Hall was competing in swimming, he was a UK national champion
Eddie Hall at 15 years old
Eddie stated in his Instagram account that he was weighing close to 200 lbs at this photo.
Hall has been a competitive swimmer since the age of 15. He attended Clayton Hall Academy but was expelled from school at 15 years old. After being expelled, he received in-home tutoring. He began working as a mechanic in 2008 at Robert Wiseman Dairies’ site in Market Drayton, Shropshire. He worked on and entered the strongman circuit, participating in an event hosted by Iceman Gym in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire.
In a podcast, Eddie Hall explained that his DNA analysis showed a genetic mutation that causes myostatin-related muscle hypertrophy. This genetic mutation allowed him to pack more muscles on his frame compared to ordinary people
Eddie Hall at the age of 16 with his brother James Hall
Eddie Hall at 17 years old
At this age, Eddie weighed 224 lbs/101kg
Eddie Hall at 19 years old
At this age, Eddie weighed 264 lbs/120 kg
At age 19, the future world champion strongman made an important realization: he wasn’t tall enough to become a successful bodybuilder. However, he came to find that he was stronger than most people, and he started training for Strongman.
That realization turned out to be the right decision because this new talent allowed him to devote his energy to something he could finally use. His psych meds were no longer necessary, either.
20 years old
Eddie Hall at 21 years old
Hall became a father at 21 and his daughter, Layla, is partly the reason he wanted to win the World’s Strongest Man competition. He met Alexandra, his now-wife when he was 22, who would have a pivotal role in Hall’s journey to becoming one of the top strongmen athletes. Then the couple had one son and one daughter together.
When he was 23, he won the UK’s Strongest Man, which made him the youngest person to ever win the competition.
Eddie Hall at 24 years old
Eddie Hall at 29 years old
That’s when he was at his heaviest 433 lbs/196 kg.
Being as heavy as he could be made him set a deadlift world record of 500kg/1102lbs in 2016
Now that Eddie Hall has retired from strongman competitions, he decided to drop his weight for health reasons from 433lbs/196kg to 335lbs/152kg
Facts About Eddie Hall
- Eddie Hall joined the Iceman Gym in 2008
- Hall was featured in Watchdog
Why is Eddie Hall so big?
In an interview, Hall told reporters that he had been genetically analyzed and found to have a genetic mutation that caused myostatin-related muscle hypertrophy.