World's Strongest Man is an annual competition created in 1977 which brings together strength athletes from around the world. There are a variety of events per competition, including atlas stones, vehicle pull, squat, dead lift, and Hercules hold. Iceland's Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson is the current champion, who's also recognized as The Mountain on HBO's Game of Thrones. Prior to the actor taking the title in 2018, English strongman Eddie Hall was declared the World's Strongest Man the previous year.
Hall is the world record dead lift holder, lifting 500kg (1,102lb) in 2016. He stands at 6-ft-3 and weighs in at an impressive 410lbs. And while his gargantuan size may aid in his competitions, it can make ordinary tasks an extreme challenge. Take for example, riding economy on an airplane. Airline seats are notorious conservative and present challenges to those who are larger than the national average. In a photo posted to Instagram, Hall showed off how large he truly is after struggling to sit next to fellow strongman Brian Shaw on a flight from England to Scotland. Shaw won WSM in 2016, 2015, 2013, and 2011, and stands at 6-ft-8 and weighs in at 420lbs. Next to each other, the pair barely fit into their seats, leading Hall to comment on the hilarity of the situation.
"The check-in ladies sat me and @shawstrength right next to each other on the plane from London to Scotland and no-one on the plane would swap seats… Would you swap seats with one of us???… I wouldn’t either.”
Although this photo captured international attention, it's far from the first time Hall has shown off his uncomfortable plane rides. What do you think of this story? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section.