EDDIE – STRONGMAN (THE MOVIE)
It was caught onto my attention that Eddie Hall’s documentary was recently released on Netflix, and it’s causing a lot of buzz in the strength sports community. For those of you who have been living under a rock the past couple years, or simply haven’t seen Arnold cheer Eddie on at every Arnold Classic – Eddie Hall is a pro strongman hailing from the U.K who regularly competes in the World’s Strongest Man & Arnold Strongman Classic contests. Strongman contests features farmers walks, axle presses, log presses, dragging airplanes & row pulling big rig trucks, and so on – various feats of strength performed in a multi-event format. At the elite professional level, strongman athletes tend to be the biggest humans on the planet and are the most massive people you’ll ever encounter.
Eddie Hall is a 385 pound freak who is perhaps most famous for holding the world’s deadlift record using a suit and straps. In July 2016, Eddie deadlifted 500 kilograms (1,102 pounds) at the strongman World Deadlift Champions event. Holy fuck.
Being the monster that he is, Eddie had a documentary film feature him which follows his life over a chronicle of 2 years leading up to the 2015 Arnold Strongman Classic. Without giving any spoilers or plot elements away, “Eddie – Strongman” shows how one’s ambition and persistence towards an unfathomable goal (being the world’s strongest man) leads to setbacks and hardships along the way. Similar to powerlifting, there is virtually no money to be made in strongman and Eddie is fortunate enough to have an amazing wife & his two kids support him towards his journey. One common aspect of nearly every top athlete’s lives is that they usually have an “ecology” of support systems to help them facilitate their goals. A supportive family, positive friends, sponsorships to make financial means, an ideal gym/training center for one’s sport – all of these come into play for an elite athlete to succeed, and Eddie is no different.
The production value of this film is great, and the filmmaker does a great job of capturing Eddie’s emotion through various moments of the film. It’s as if you’re lifting with him during certain scenes, and the rollercoaster of events which take place become an experience for both Eddie and viewers. The interviews throughout the documentary are very candid, and feature several different pro strongman & personalities (including Arnold). Overall, everything was well done and I don’t think it could have been better. There were scenes of happiness, scenes that made me laugh out loud like a dumbass, and a key scene where everything leading up to the final moment of the moment went into rewind – wow.
Whether you’re a powerlifter, or someone who simply is a strength enthusiast – this film is a must watch. You can either find the movie on Netflix, or purchase a stream of it directly from the film’s website – here. Don’t miss out on Eddie’s first film, and I’m sure there will be more to come.