Strongman Eddie Hall Nearly Dies While Breaking The World Deadlift Record

You know how when you lift something heavy — like a couch or basically any other piece of furniture — you can sometimes get lightheaded and you need to catch your breath? Well, imagine that, except imagine instead of lifting a couch, you’re setting a world record in the deadlift by lifting 500 kilograms (for those of us not on the metric system, that’s a little over 1,100 pounds).

Strongman Eddie Hall did that, and according to him, it nearly killed him. Hall competed at the World Deadlift Championships in England on Saturday where he did the historic lift. However, right after, he collapsed on top of the barbell and looked like he started convulsing. While it looked horrifying, there was no indication of how bad it was for Hall until he got the chance to speak.

“That nearly killed me,” Hall told the Yorkshire Evening Post. “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.”

Part of the reason that it’ll probably last for such a long time (you know, other than the fact that he lifted more than half a ton and that’s super hard) is that no one wants to experience what Hall went through right after the lift. However, it sounds like he doesn’t care that the lift nearly cost him his life, as Hall said that he may try to break the record again somewhere down the road.

(via SB Nation)