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Mon, Mar-07-2016 05:03:32

Strong Man


Eddie Hall—appropriately named "The Beast"—set a Deadlift world record at the 2016 Arnold Strongman Classic. Famous for his Deadlifting ability, Hall already held the world record with a 1,021-pound lift from the standard height using straps and strongman technique—hitching is allowed on the way up. This year's Arnold Strongman Classic featured a Deadlift from the standard bar height, and, for the first time, the use of the Rogue Elephant Bar—a custom-designed long bar specifically made to handle the ridiculous weight loads in this event. The competition was in a ladder format. The strongmen had three opportunities to lift, but they had to choose their weights wisely, because once weight went onto the bar, it didn't come off. According to Strongman legend Bill Kazmaier, this year's field is one of the strongest in history, including 2015 winner Brian Shaw, seven-time winner Žydrūnas Savickas and "The Mountain" Hafthór Júlíus Björnsson. Hall performed his first attempt with over 1,000 pounds, well after the majority of the competitors had already maxed out. And the weight went up with ease. Hall's second attempt was at 1,014 pounds, which was bested by Brian Shaw who equaled Hall's former record of 1,021 pounds.