How To Train And Eat Like The World’s Strongest Man

English strongman Eddie Hall consumes 16,000 calories per day and lifts 80-90 percent of his maximum capacity.

Ishaan Arora
Written by: Ishaan AroraUpdated at: Dec 05, 2022 15:21 IST
How To Train And Eat Like The World’s Strongest Man

Today's strongman can deadlift more than 1100 pounds, log press 228 kgs, and max atlas stone 252 kgs. The weight figures are so abstract that a polar bear weighs about 500kg and Eddie Hall, an English strongman, can easily deadlift one. The fact that strongman's world records have improved in the last two years indicates that the athletes' diet and fitness have advanced to a whole new level.

So here are Eddie Hall's diet and training regimens that helped him become a champion and world record holder.

Strongman Diet

The strongest man in history, Eddie Hall weighs more than 164 kg. The Englishman consumes over 16,000 calories per day, which include carbs, fats, and water to wash it all down. To meet his daily macronutrient requirements, Hall eats eight meals per day plus a light snack. His favourite high-calorie foods include steak, eggs, pork, pasta, bread, milk, and vegetables.

Being a strongman is all about lifting weights from point A to point B, that’s why Hall isn't concerned about clean eating. The 34-year-old frequently consumes junk food, and his favourite cheat meal is cheesecake, which he consumes along with various other snacks.

Hall's diet is based on getting enough protein and calories in a day, which is why he frequently begins his day with 1700 to 2000 calories, which is equivalent to a normal human's full-day diet. Hall is picky about his coffee consumption. He avoids coffee because it inhibits amylase, an enzyme that converts starches into sugars for energy.

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Strongman Workout 

Being a strongman is all about training for strength rather than hypotrophy. Eddie Hall's main focus remains on putting muscle mass, and that's why he lifts the maximum weight with very low reps. 

Eddie's training routine includes the following key components:

  1. Doing no more than six reps.
  2. Lift at 80% to 90% of your maximum capacity 
  3. Focusing more on recovery
  4. He has a weekly therapist checkup to maintain his joint health.
  5. Strongman isn't about flaunting abs, biceps, or triceps; it's about getting big, which is why Hall emphasises larger muscle groups over smaller ones.
  6. Lastly, staying consistent with diet and training everyday. 

Weekly Training Routine

Eddie Hall trains for about one to two hours per day. Hall follows the traditional strongman training regimen. It includes exercises such as clean and jerk, snatches, lifting rocks, log lifts, sledgehammer slams, tyre flips, sled drags, and so on. It requires all of his strength to complete just one rep of each of the strongman exercises.

Eddie Hall's bodybuilding training consists of five active days and two rest days. He avoids going heavy on these exercises and instead focuses on form and time under tension technique.

Eddie Hall’s training split

  • Monday- Chest
  • Tuesday- Back and Abs
  • Wednesday- Shoulders and Traps
  • Thursday- Arms
  • Friday- Legs
  • Saturday- Rest
  • Sunday- Rest

On rest days, it's all about eating enough calories and getting some physical therapy to help with recovery.

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Takeaway

Eddie Hall's diet and workout routine are not for the faint of heart. It's a professional strongman lifestyle that beginners and people new to exercise and the world of protein should avoid.

Image Credit: @eddiehallwsm/Instagram

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