He merely broke his own personal record, but when British strongman Eddie Hall deadlifted 465 kilograms — or 1,025 pounds — Sunday his fans exploded.

Eddie “The Beast” Hall during 1,025-pound deadlift. Photo via Twitter

And former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger rushed to shake his mighty hand.

Hall’s effort was trumpeted as a world record. But that’s only true for a certain kind of deadlift.

Wikipedia reports:

  • The record for a raw deadlift (a deadlift performed without the aid of a deadlift suit, where only a weight belt is allowed) is 460.4 kg (1,015 lb) by Benedikt Magnusson.
  • The world record in strongman competitions (partial deadlift with wrist straps from 18″ off the floor with high bending bar) is 535 kg (1,180 pounds) by Tom Magee in the 1983 World’s Strongest Man competition.
  • The record for the tire deadlift (a deadlift performed using hummer tires instead of weightplates) is 524 kg (1,155 lbs) by Žydrūnas Savickas.

But that didn’t stop Hall from hailing himself on social media.

Meanwhile, Men’s Fitness reported:

“Titanic British strongman Eddie Hall conquered the ultimate big-rock lift at the Arnold Classic on Sunday, summoning 465 kg—that’s 1,025.15 lbs., although the announcer in the video says 1,026—on the stage at one of the biggest events in bodybuilding.

“Nicknamed “the Beast,” Hall puts down 10,000 calories a day in a bid to compete in the World’s Strongest Man competition.

“I can honestly say, in all my time as a sports scientist, I’ve never worked with an athlete quite like him. He’s unique,” Dr. Peter Jones, a scientist at Staffordshire University, told the BBC.

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