We’ve seen strongman Eddie Hall before setting world records by deadlifting an insane amount of weight, and he was back at it again over the weekend at the Arnold Strongman Classic in Ohio. Hall previously had the deadlift record of 1,021 pounds, but he was now faced with his biggest challenge yet as he entered into a competition which featured the likes of seven-time winner Žydrūnas Savickas and The Mountain himself, Hafthór Júlíus Björnsson.
By the time it got to the final rounds, only Hall and defending champion Brian Shaw remained both lifting over 1,000 pounds. After Shaw matched Hall’s former record of 1,021 pounds, the competition tacked on an extra four for good measure and Hall somehow completed the lift without breaking his back into a million pieces to set a new world record.
The craziest thing about the video is that while the competition was making use of something called the “Rogue Elephant Bar” which Stack describes as “a custom-designed long bar specifically made to handle the ridiculous weight loads in this event,” it still looked like it was just seconds away from snapping when Hall made his lift.
I guess that 9,000 calorie diet of his is paying off.