Eddie Corridor takes one other step in the direction of bodybuilding with an intensive again exercise
“The Beast” tinkers his bodybuilding back.
As one of the greatest strongmen of all time, Eddie “The Beast” Hall, former World’s Strongest Man (WSM) 2017, has probably earned the right to try his hand at almost every competition. As Hall now gears up to venture into bodybuilding sometime in late 2024, it appears he’s on the lookout for a contingency plan.
On February 19, 2023, Hall posted a video on his YouTube channel where he performed a quick back workout geared towards bodybuilding. The training session, and the next step in his competitive ambitions, follows a back workout with International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness (IFBB) Pro League member Jamie “The Giant” Christian in late January 2023. Hall had his son Max on hand as he worked through this latest routine.
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Here’s an overview of Hall’s latest bodybuilding back workout.
Understandably, Hall begins his routine with a fundamental lifting movement: the deadlift. However, by leaning more towards bodybuilding, Hall didn’t use the typical heavyweights that some might be used to seeing him lift. Instead, to keep his muscles engaged longer, the athlete warmed up with two 40-pound plates on each side of his barbell and a few work sets with three plates on each end, using a slow eccentric (lowering phase) on each rep.
Hall explained his changed rationale very matter-of-factly.
“I love lifting weights as heavy as possible,” Hall said. “Unlike strongman where you just move the weight from A to B. And you win competitions, you win a lot of money. No no no. In bodybuilding, you need to move the weight as slowly and painfully as possible. And you can still win loads of money, so that’s good.”
Lat pulldown/machine pulldown
To really work his back muscles and round them up from different positions, Hall implemented two variations of the lat pulldown in a superset. He started with pulldowns on a standard cable pulley and alternated with a machine pulldown, working each arm independently. Hall performed three sets and 10 reps of each movement.
Inclined Rows/Seat Rows
For the next part of his workout, Hall worked in a different superset, this time using oblique rows and seated rows. The athlete did three sets of each while using a slow and controlled movement for added tension.
Dumbbell Hammer Curl
After completing the bulk of his back workout, Hall decided to throw in some bicep moves and turn the session into a combined back and bicep workout. He started with dumbbell hammer curls and performed four sets.
Machine bicep curl
To end his productive day, Hall isolated his bicep muscle on a severe curl machine. A pad on the machine raised the arms to chest level while restricting overall arm movement, forcing the biceps to do most of the work. Hall would complete an extended drop set — decreasing the weight every few reps — for an undisclosed total number of reps before finally wrapping up.
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With Hall’s bodybuilding debut many months away, any progress he makes in the meantime is likely to be positive. As he continues to dip his toe into bodybuilding-oriented training, it seems obvious that Hall is ready to pull out all the stops to make his next athletic endeavor productive.
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