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In preparation for his upcoming return to the world of strongman, Eddie "The Beast" Hall shared a look at the mounds of food he has to eat every day during training.
John LaFlamme has been a powerlifter in some capacity for decades. And after his latest record-breaking squat, it's obvious the 71-year-old isn't letting age slow him down.
How Eddie Hall Fuels His Strongman Return
There are few more prominent names in the strongman sphere than Eddie "The Beast" Hall. As the winner of the 2017 World's Strongest Man (WSM) contest, Hall's place in the annals of the sport is secure. Yet, after winning that prestigious international title, he stepped away from strongman for five years.
That hiatus ends this November when Hall makes his long-awaited return as the captain of Team UK at the 2022 Giants Live World's Strongest Nation competition. It will be his first appearance as a strongman since his WSM victory. To show how he's preparing for the endeavor, Hall shared a recent video detailing a typical day's worth of nutrition for an elite strength competitor.
From a monster protein shake to two delicious "Beast Burgers," it's certainly an eating schedule befitting of a man who has more than earned the title of "The Beast."
Another World Record for John LaFlamme
On the off-chance you weren't familiar with John LaFlamme, he could be considered a powerlifting pioneer. The now-71-year-old LaFlamme started picking up loaded barbells in the late 1970s, took a break sometime in the late '80s and '90s, and came back as a force of nature over the last decade.
LaFlamme showed that his strength is not something to be trifled with during the North American Regional Powerlifting Championships earlier this month. How? The Masters 4 athlete (ages 70-plus) notched a World Record in the 93-kilogram division by squatting 198 kilograms (436.5 pounds) raw. With the staggering feat, he is now the Masters 4 World Record holder in both the 83- and 93-kilogram weight classes.
We did say LaFlamme's strength was something to behold, right? Just making sure that's extra clear.
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Maximize Gravity with the Dead-Stop
In the struggle against gravity, dead-stop training will bring your sets to a grinding halt. That may sound counter-productive to your goals, but pausing between reps (popular in movements like the Pendlay row) is a potent tool for breaking stubborn strength plateaus and bolstering your power.
The technique is simple: Instead of continuously moving through all your reps, you let the weight rest, adding a challenge to lift it back up again. This allows you to reset your technique each time, making each subsequent repetition more grueling as the set drags on. Here's an overview of our breakdown of this simple but demanding technique:
What is Dead-Stop Training?
The Phases of a Repetition
Tempo Training vs. Dead-Stop Training
Benefits of Dead-Stop Training
Best Exercises for Dead-Stop Training
Who Should Use Dead-Stop Training
How to Program Dead-Stop Training
Once you start using the dead-stop in your workouts, you won't be able to stop. Well, you'll have to sometimes, but you know.
A Norse God's Workout
You probably know him as Thor from the Marvel films, but actor Chris Hemsworth is also striving to be a fitness icon. He'll succeed in that goal if his latest full-body workout is any indication.
If there's someone who knows what it takes to win the Mr. Olympia, it's seven-time champion, Phil Heath. The all-time great broke down who he thinks can topple "Big Ramy" in December.
We're not done reveling in the fun madness that was the 2022 CrossFit Games. This retrospective looks back at the 10 best moments from Madison.
Want to lift like one of the best? Follow legendary bodybuilder Ronnie Coleman's strict back workout. Don't worry: It's lightweight, baby!