This Guy Ate and Worked Out Like Strongman Eddie Hall for a Day

Philip Ellis
·2-min read
Photo credit: Hearst Owned
Photo credit: Hearst Owned

From Men's Health

YouTuber Jesse James West has mimicked the extreme diets and workouts of elite athletes and celebrities, including MMA fighter Conor McGregor, movie star Arnold Schwarzenegger back when he was at his bodybuilding peak, and Michael B. Jordan when he was getting ripped for the Creed movies. In his most recent day-long challenge, West takes on the training regime and 6,000+ calorie meal plan of former World's Strongest Man winner turned would-be boxer, Eddie Hall.

West kicks off the day with an apple and brisk power walk, just as Hall does each morning before a breakfast of steak and eggs with orange juice. He then attempts to recreate one of Hall's recovery techniques, going from a hot tub to an ice-bath... except all of the ice melts and it ends up being more lukewarm therapy.

The second meal of the day is a heaped plate of chicken breast, vegetables, and white rice, and already, West is struggling with the sheer amount of food Hall eats on a daily basis. "It's getting a little tough, not gonna lie," he says. "For Eddie Hall, that's a snack. For me, that could feed three families."

After a pre-workout snack of granola and strawberries, West hits the home gym for Hall's pull day routine, which combines traditional lifts with explosive movement to complement Hall's boxing training. The workout consists of deadlifts, dumbbell rows, cable rows, cable pullovers, lat pulldowns and hammer curls.

"I don't know how he eats that much and then deadlifts, it makes no sense," he says. "I wanna puke." He then puts that speed and explosiveness to work, going straight into a series of intense boxing drills, before heading home for meal number three: even more chicken, rice and vegetables. "Surprisingly, I'm actually a little bit hungry, I don't know how it's humanly possible," he says.

The next meal of the day is even bigger: chicken, potatoes, and asparagus, with plenty of oil, butter and mayo to up the calorie count. After that, West forces down one final snack: orange juice, almonds, fruit and yogurt, bringing his total day in macros to: 400 grams of protein, 456 grams of carbs, and 278 grams of fat.

"I am done, I am in a food coma," he says. "If you want to be Eddie Hall, eat like a madman, that's all I can say."

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