The deadlift may or may not be the ultimate test of strength, but when Eddie Hall became the first man ever to deadlift 500 kilograms (1,102.31 pounds) officially in competition over the weekend, few had any reason to doubt his strength.
That he broke his own deadlift world record again only solidified that fact.
Burst blood vessels and nosebleeds were the price paid for victory and all part of Hall’s half ton deadlift.
Eddie Hall, also known as “The Beast” is currently considered England’s strongest man. A title he was held since 2011. The 28-year-old Englishman is also currently ranked the fourth strongest man in the world.
Speaking to the Yorkshire Post about his record-breaking 500kg deadlift, Hall offered up the following:
“That nearly killed me. The pressure on my body was surreal. I passed out after. I had nose bleeds. It’s not healthy doing something like that.
“But I’ve done it. I’m sure it will be in the history books for a very long time.”
Hall is not alone though in his impressive feats of strength.
Fellow Englishman, Andy Bolton was officially the first man to deadlift over 1,000 pounds (453.6 kilograms).
American Bud Jeffries who has squat 900 pounds (408.2 kilograms) and is said to have lifted 1,000 pounds (453.6 kilograms) in a squat before.
Less known for powerlifting and more for their feats of strength, both John Brookfield and Dennis Rogers have incredible credits to their names in the world of strength. Like bending steel with their bare hands.
There is also Hafthor Björnsson, who has been Iceland’s and Europe’s strongest man. While his deadlift isn’t quite in the realm of Hall’s, Björnsson did previously break the 1,000-year-old strongman record and Icelandic Viking legend of Orm Stórólfsson, by carrying a log on his back for five steps which weighed 650 kilograms (1,433 pounds).
It’s this diverse but pure pursuit of strength and the quest to become the World’s Strongest Man that Eddie Hall will now focus his attention towards.
As for another go at deadlifting over 500 kilograms (1,102.31 pounds), Hall believes he’ll let it be for now.
Should his deadlift record be broken though, the Beast may well be unleashed once again.
Feature Image Credit: Official Strongman