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Eddie Hall Revealed the Rest Day Cardio Routine He's Using to Get Fight Ready

Men's Health logo Men's Health 7/4/2020 Philip Ellis
Former World's Strongest Man Eddie Hall shows off his cardio HIIT routine on YouTube as he prepares for a showdown with rival Hafthor Bjornsson. © YouTube Former World's Strongest Man Eddie Hall shows off his cardio HIIT routine on YouTube as he prepares for a showdown with rival Hafthor Bjornsson.

Former World's Strongest Man winner Eddie Hall has been leaning down as part of his career evolution from strongman to would-be boxer, switching up his workouts in a bid to build speed as well as strength. As he gears up for his long-awaited showdown in the boxing ring with rival Hafthor Bjornsson in 2021, Hall has also upped his cardio.

In his most recent YouTube video, The Beast demonstrated how he's making use of active recovery to get fitter by keeping his heart rate above the aerobic threshold. In this instance, that consists of a 32-minute HIIT session (one minute on, one minute off) on his rest day.

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Hall starts with a minute-long set of kettlebell swings. Then, after his first rest, he hits the prowler, also known as the sled push, followed by a minute on the Watt bike, then the Ski Erg (a set of equipment where he came very close to beating the official world record).

Fifth, and a little less conventionally than the other moves, Hall takes to a punching bag with a baseball bat — not the worst way to work through any frustrations he might be feeling, not to mention getting his heart rate up.

The sixth exercise is a notoriously hard one: the burpee. Hall is dripping in sweat by the time he finishes this set, and in need of the minute's rest before moving onto the rowing machine. Then, finally, come the exhausting fat-burner, the battle ropes. After one more minute of recovery, Hall hits all eight exercises again.

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"The hardest one on my heart rate was the burpees," he says. "Everything else I was getting to around 160, then the burpees got me to 166... That might look like a chaos workout, but because we're having the minute rest in between, you never ever build up any lactic acid, so it's just flushing everything out, getting everything moving, getting all that dormant blood in the muscles shifted, which aids recovery. Such a good way to recover from weight training."

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