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.