Strongman Eddie Hall Responds to Photoshop Claims

Yesterday, professional strongman Eddie Hall posted an Instagram video in response to last week’s claims of him photoshopping his weight loss progress. The claims came from YouTube channels where a few personalities drew attention to potential “warping” around certain areas on Hall’s latest weight loss photos.

If you’re late to the party, Hall has been seriously cutting down weight over the last few months and he’s made sizable strides decreasing his body fat since his last debut in the professional strongman circuit. Unfortunately, the original YouTube videos drawing attention to Hall’s physique have since been taken down.

For those who love Hall, then his latest long-winded Instagram response will probably come at no surprise. Hall is often seen as someone who’s always open and vocal about things on his mind, especially when it comes to stirring the pot with topics on himself and the sport of strongman. In his Instagram video’s description he writes,

“Just thought I’d throw up a little thank you video. (No sounds as it would get taken down for bad words) My name was dragged through the mud last week for no good reason, being accused of photoshopping and cheating my fans, for the doubters and the haters, thank you,’ you continue to fuel my fire that enabled me to deadlift 500kg, reach the pinnacle of my sport and become the first WSM from the UK in 24 years.

Here’s a live video and a (screenshot) from a few seconds in that you can take yourself and compare. I’m standing closer to the camera and yes the frame looks warped, but it does on the video screenshot too… maybe it’s the lighting I dont fucking know. I never have and never will photoshop any of my pictures, what’s the point? People seem to be surprised that underneath the frame of a 6’3” 196kg WSM winner there’s a 164kg muscular physique…… what a bunch of muppets.

I am, however, guilty of choosing good lighting, angles and filters, but never bloating or distorting.. who doesn’t like to look their best in their photos? This video is me at 167kg today, a few kilos heavier and slightly less defined as I’m bulking for something in the new year. I’ll continue making progress striving towards my goals, supporting my wife and kids and generally being the fucking BEAST! All you doubters, haters and naysayers enjoy staying exactly where you are, hiding behind your keyboards. For everyone else that actually supports me and believes in me, keep being awesome.”

In addition to Hall’s response to the critics, famed bodybuilder and model Martyn Ford also made a post in response to the Photoshop claims. Ford and Hall have been training together over the last few months and he adds,

“As much as I take the piss out of my pal @eddiehallwsm there is no doubt he has worked his ass off, and I (unlike the people chatting shit) see him on a daily, and YES he looks like this, it’s not photo shop, it’s not a con to sell his products. The man is as legit as they come, and to hear people are doubting his ability is a joke, trust me I’ve seen his energy, his passion and his balls (not literally) when he sets his mind on a goal.”

We’re not saying Hall’s post completely clears up the original claims, but it’s definitely cool seeing him share his side of the story!

Feature image from @eddiehallwsm Instagram page. 

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Jake holds a Master's in Sports Science and a Bachelor's in Exercise Science. Currently, Jake serves as one of the full time writers and editors at BarBend. He's a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and has spoken at state conferences on the topics of writing in the fitness industry and building a brand. As of right now, Jake has published over 1,100 articles related to strength athletes and sports. Articles about powerlifting concepts, advanced strength & conditioning methods, and topics that sit atop a strong science foundation are Jake's bread-and-butter. On top of his personal writing, Jake edits and plans content for 15 writers and strength coaches who come from every strength sport.Prior to BarBend, Jake worked for two years as a strength and conditioning coach for hockey and lacrosse players, and was a writer at the Vitamin Shoppe's corporate office. Jake regularly competes in powerlifting in the 181 lb weight class, and considers himself a weightlifting shoe sneaker head. On the side of writing full time, Jake works as a part-time strength coach and works with clients through his personal business Concrete Athletics in Hoboken and New York City.