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Swimming helped Eddie Hall stay ahead of his competition

Eddie Hall has lost somewhere in the region of 100 pounds in bodyweight since winning the World’s Strongest Man title in 2017, but ‘The Beast’ loves pumping iron as much as he has never done. In an exclusive interview with the man who broke the world deadlift record at 1,019 pounds (462 kilograms), the 34-year-old from Staffordshire, England, opened up to Muscle & Fitness about a wide range of topics. Speaking to the MyProtein LABS Fitness Expo live in London, Hall reflects on the incredible demands that strong men have for calories, and discussed the ways he maintains his weight now. ‘The Beast’, who also won medals in his early teens in 50, 100, 400 and 1,500 meter freestyle swimming competitions in the UK, explained how the sport had a big impact on his condition general physics.

How important are live fitness events like this to you?

They are very important. Obviously, yes, the online presence is great, but I think one-on-one interaction is super important, keeping that connection with people. Covid, and kind of the lockdown really knocked people out of touch; a bit of this one-to-one connection. You see all these people on your screens, on bodybuilding shows, on TV, and on strongman and everything, but I think that’s what these people want and it’s good to give back a little to you know, take the pictures, do the autographs. I remember when I was sort of a young teenager going to these kinds of events and meeting (people I looked up to). They inspire you and those little moments of meeting your heroes can make a big difference.

Speaking of social media, we love your Instagram and enjoyed watching you swim, and it’s a part of your story that people might not know about. What has your swimming background been like?

I won the British Championship from, I think, between 11 and 13 – that was a long time ago and I don’t keep track of it. I set a few British records, but yeah, I was in the potential world-class team, which is basically like the British Junior Olympic team, and that was something. When everyone was at school preparing for their GCSEs, I was in a swimming pool. You know, two o’clock in the morning and two o’clock at night, almost every day. So yeah, it was a really tough thing to go through as a kid, but I think it taught me a lot about self-discipline, and what you put in, what you get out. I think it’s a good plan for the rest of my life.

You have reduced your weight in recent years. Swimming is ideal for this. Have you increased the level of cardio you undertake?

Cardio has become a bit more of a staple in my routine. Walking is the main thing, you know, [I put a] weighted vest; 20, 30 kg. I just took my dog ​​for a mile and a half, most mornings, good pace,

and that tends to keep me pretty fit. Heart rate goes up like the 140s, 150s for about 15-20 minutes and for me that’s all you have to do is get the heart pumping every day but yeah the weights are definitely my number one staple, and probably always will be. You know, I like to keep in shape but I also like to keep in shape too, it’s important.

What was your calorie intake like at the height of your strongman career, compared to where you are now?

I mean, back when I was the height of the strongest man in the world, in American terms, I was 433 or 434 pounds. So, you know, I was a giant of a man. And, I actually did a study with the University (Staffordshire) once (in 2016) in which I sat in a chair and wore all this breathing apparatus and they were able to measure the expenditure of oxygen, carbon dioxide, and they can determine how many calories you burn just sitting in a chair. And they worked for me to sit in a chair, for 12 hours I would burn 5,000 calories at that size. So you have to be thinking, how many calories do I need to put in not just to fuel this, but to fuel the [training] sessions. You know, I was moving around a lot, working out a lot, two to three times a day, so at my max you’re talking 10,000 to 12,000 (calories), plus the 12,000 most days. These days it’s more like 4,000 to 6,000. So almost halved, but I’m not half body weight. I guess it was this mass that made the difference between calories in and calories out.

Your wife, Alexandra, would help you meet those calorie needs. What were some of the tricks you used?

I mean, food was a chore. When you’re a strongman, food is an absolute chore. You know, you don’t like your food at times. So it’s [all about] good healthy eating you talk about your normal porridge and your steak and rice and chicken for dinner and veggies the same for dinner and evening meal but i guess with a strongman c ‘is [about] adding those little calories, so if you have a chicken curry with rice, you know, you chop a back of bacon to add a thousand calories. Breakfast you would have like a smoothie, you wouldn’t do it with water, you would do it with ice cream. Then for dessert, lunch and dinner you would have half a family cheesecake for dessert, half a family cheesecake for dinner. You know, just the cheesecake alone has 3,000 to 4,000 calories, so you have the healthy foods, but you also have to add the junk foods to gain mass and get that energy in there.

What’s next for Eddie Hall?

I want to go back to my Youtube channel and start doing funnier stuff there because I feel like that was my bread and butter. And then, sportingly speaking, I just take a step back. I take it as it comes. I have no contracts yet, no offers under my nose. You know, there’s no point in me going boxing Joe Bloggs on the road, it’s got to be a big name, it’s gotta be somebody really high, or it’s not worth doing in my opinion.

But you obviously remain ready.

Yeah, I mean I’m still going to stick with it. So, I mean, I’m just waiting for another opportunity, but until then, I’m booking TV shows, getting back into YouTube business, and staying fit and active. That’s my main goals right now.