Former World’s Strongest Man winner Eddie Hall isn’t afraid of taking his workouts to some extreme places. This year alone, he completed the extremely ill-advised feat of lifting a kettlebell with his penis and balls, and then just weeks later pushed his leg day in the gym so hard that he lost consciousness and soiled himself.
But even the strongman has his limits. In a recent interview with British newspaper the Mirror, Hall revealed the wince-inducing, “worst ever” injury that he sustained in the gym. You’re going to want to go ahead and cross your legs before reading this.
“I piled a load of heavy weights on a leg-press machine and then heard a loud thud,” Hall said. “It had come crashing down and the weights had landed on my penis. I nearly bled to death.”
“It was bad,” he continued. “The worst ever. I didn’t cry for help though. I just lifted them off, drove myself to hospital and got stitched up. I was back training soon enough.”
Hall is well aware of the various dangers that come with being at the height of your sport, and explained that he takes every precaution to take care of himself (penis injuries aside).
“It is unhealthy when you’re at the very top level of strongman,” he said. “To be the best in the world you push your body to absolute limits. I was 32 stone when I won it. The NHS would say that’s one of the most morbidly obese men who’s ever lived. But it’s muscle weight. I see doctors regularly and have tests and, touch wood, I haven’t had a scare yet. But marathon runners die, footballers drop dead, any sports come with a risk.”
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