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The Eddie Hall Shoulder Workout!

Eddie Hall is a professional strongman competitor and the winner of the 2017 World’s Strongest Man competition.

Eddie is a great all-around athlete but he is known for his super-human shoulder strength.

Eddie has overhead pressed over 470 pounds on both the log press and the axle press!

Introduction

  • Part 1: Eddie Hall’s Training Split
  • Part 2: Eddie Hall’s Shoulder Workout Template
  • Part 3: Eddie Hall’s Log Press Workout
  • Part 4: Eddie Hall’s Military Press Workout

In this comprehensive guide I will teach you exactly how Eddie Hall organizes his shoulder workouts to build size and strength.

But first you have to watch this video of Eddie Hall barely missing a world-record 507 pound log press. Check it out:

Talk about a strong pair of shoulders!

Eddie trains his shoulders once per week on their own separate training day. Eddie feels this is the best way to develop a world record overhead press.

Here is the exact training split that Eddie uses:

Eddie Hall’s Training Split

  • Monday: Legs
  • Tuesday: Chest / Triceps
  • Thursday: Back
  • Friday: Shoulders

As you can see Eddie trains his shoulders once per week on their own separate training day. Eddie trains his shoulders with a similar “powerbuilding” style shoulder workout each week.

Here is Eddie’s basic shoulder training template:

Eddie Hall’s Shoulder Workout Template

  • Part 1: Seated dumbbell overheard press for 1 set of 20-30 reps
  • Part 2: Heavy overhead pressing movement for sets of 1-5 reps
  • Part 3: Multiple shoulder isolation exercises for sets of 10-15 reps

First he warms up with one high-rep set of seated dumbbell overhead presses. Then he performs a few heavy sets of 1-5 reps on some type of overhead pressing exercise.

When Eddie competed as a strongman he focused on exercises like the log press or the axle press. Today Eddie focuses on more basic exercises like the seated barbell overhead press.

Finally Eddie finishes his workout with 2-5 shoulder isolation exercises like lateral raises and rear delt flies.

Now let’s take a look at a couple of Eddie Hall style shoulder workouts.

Here is one of Eddie’s log press workouts. This workout is similar to the log press workouts that he performed while competing in the World’s Strongest Man competition. Check it out:

Eddie Hall Log Press Workout

  • A1: Seated DB overhead press, 1 set of 20-30 reps
  • B1: Log press, 3 sets of 4-6 reps
  • C1: Lateral raise machine, 3 sets of 12 reps
  • D1: Lateral DB raise, 3 sets of 12 reps
  • E1: Front DB raise, 3 sets of 12 reps
  • F1: Seated DB overhead press, 3 sets of 20-30 reps
  • G1: “Front to back” barbell press, 3 sets of 12 reps
  • H1: “Around the worlds” overhead press, 3 sets of 12 reps

Here is the training video for this workout:

This was definitely a higher-volume workout. However, Eddie still follows his normal shoulder training template. He starts his workout with one high-rep set of seated dumbbell overhead presses.

To be honest I’ve never understood why Eddie does this. It seems like it would fatigue him before his heavy log presses. Maybe that’s why Eddie Hall is the world’s strongest man and I’m not! Next Eddie performs a few heavy sets on the log press.

Finally Eddie finishes his shoulder workout with a bunch of bodybuilder-style isolation exercises.

Here is another shoulder workout that Eddie recently performed. This time he went heavy on the seated military press. Check it out:

Eddie Hall Seated Military Press Workout

  • Exercise #1: Seated DB overhead press, 1 set of 20-30 reps
  • Exercise #2: Seated military press, 3 sets of 3-5 reps
  • Exercise #3: Cable lateral raise, 3 sets of 10-15 reps
  • Exercise #4: Reverse pec dec, 3 sets of 10-15 reps

Here is the training video for this workout:

This is much closer to what Eddie Hall normally does to train his shoulders.

First Eddie performs his high-rep set of seated dumbbell overhead presses to get his shoulders warmed up. Then he performs a few heavy sets on the seated military press.

Eddie hall works up to a heavy triple with 405 pounds. Wow – talk about an incredible overhead press! Finally Eddie hall finishes up with some isolation exercises for his side and rear delts.

So what’s the verdict? Is the Eddie Hall shoulder workout right for you? In my opinion Eddie’s shoulder workout is a great choice for advanced bodybuilders and strongmen competitors.

I really like how Eddie focuses on compound overhead pressing exercises first in his routine before moving onto smaller isolation exercises.

This is something that other top bodybuilders like Ronnie Coleman and Dorian Yates also did in their routines.

Here is a great quote by Eddie Hall to pump you up even more:

“When people say that something can’t be done, there’s no better feeling than proving someone wrong and when you’ve got so many people to prove wrong there’s so much glory in it.”

Thank you for reading and I wish you the best of luck on your strength training journey!