World’s Strongest Man winner Eddie Hall’s path to a professional boxing career took a hit last month when he detached his bicep during a training session, requiring him to have surgery and delaying the much-anticipated bout against rival Hafthor Björnsson so that Hall can recover. Björnsson is now slated to fight armwrestling champ Devon Larratt instead on September 18.
“All I did was throw a lazy hook,” he shared after the incident. “Nothing too strenuous, it was just like a lining up hook to line up a backhand, it just snapped off. It’s probably an underlying issue from strongman; I probably half-detached it from my strongman days, and then a hook, probably thrown a bit too hard, it was just enough to take the rest of it off, and it rolled up my arm.”
After his surgery, Hall shared on Instagram that just nine days afterward, he was “already using my arm in full use and can straighten it the same as before and the scar is absolutely minimal.”
And now three weeks post-surgery, Hall shared a new YouTube video documenting his return to weight room training.
“We’ve been doing lots of walking, lots of running, lots of mobility,” he shared. “Weights, but mainly legs. We’ve been swimming. I’ve been doing one-arm boxing, and I feel as though the arm is just about ready to start doing some good motions. Basically, we’re going to start pushing things a little bit now.”
He adds that after the six-week mark, he will be able to push his training even harder. But he’s not quite there yet.
“This is me ramping up training. It won’t be long until I’m back to normal,” he says.
For his workout, he’s focusing on legs. He starts with a mobility warmup, followed by kettlebell swings, and Bulgarian split squats. Then he throws on a weighted vest to make his Bulgarian split squats even tougher.
Once he’s warmed up, the plan is to work on some box squats. Before he starts, Hall also hops on a scale, which reads 155.6 kilograms (about 344 pounds).
“I keep losing weight…it’s horrible,” he says. “I’m going to have a protein shake.”
Hall shares the his doctor also did a scan of his healthy bicep, which showed that one also had a slight tear. “It’s from the strongman days, lifting huge weights in front of you,” he says. He weighs the possibility of a surgery on that one before it fully tears, but the decision hasn’t been made yet.
Finally, Hall starts in on his box squat workout, going slow and steady. He fuels up with an orange, then moves onto weighted leg raises to hit his glutes. Hall also shares an exercise he’s been working on for his bicep to help with activating supination in his arm. It involves using a sledgehammer to work on grip strength and mobility, which activates the tendons in the biceps.
“It trains the arm to go back in that position over time,” says Hall. “Little bits every day.”
At the end of the video, Hall shares that the fight with Björnsson may be delayed until March 2022 to give him more time to recover. Eventually, the big man boxing match might actually happen.
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