Eddie Hall set a new world record when he deadlifted 1,025 pounds on March 4 at the Arnold Strongman Classic in Columbus, Ohio (video below).
Actor, bodybuilder and former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger was present when the 28-year-old strongman, nicknamed "The Beast," broke his previous record of 1,021 pounds, notes the New York Daily News.
Hall, who is from Newcastle-Under-Lyme, Staffordshire, England, told BBC News he is taking in a staggering 10,000 calories a day in his quest to win the World's Strongest Man competition, which will take place in a few months.
"To be the World's Strongest Man is my lifelong dream," Hall said. "My life revolves around World's Strongest Man. I want to be the World's Strongest Man. That's what I said I was going to do five years ago and that's what I'm going to do."
Hall already has a 66-inch chest and weighs 392 pounds, but is trying to get up to 420 pounds for the competition.
"Yes, I'm doing damage to my body now," Hall said. "The human body isn't designed to be this size."
"But the same as any sport -- you've got to push the boundaries to be the best."
Hall recently had his heart rate, blood pressure, muscles, aerobic strength, body fat, physical exertion and recovery tested at Staffordshire University in England.
"I can honestly say, in all my time being a sports scientist I've never worked with an athlete quite like him," Dr. Peter Jones, one of the experts testing Hall, said. "He's unique."
Hall has been an athlete since his teens. He became a national swimming champion at 13 years old, and began lifting weights a few years later.
"You can see in some events he's pushed himself so hard he's not breathing at the end of an event and I'm just thinking, 'Get through it and get up,''' Hall's wife, Alex, said. "I worry about him every day."
Hall has sleep apnea and uses an oxygen mask in bed, but is not swayed by doctor recommendations at this time.
"The first thing the doctor said was the healthiest and safest way is for me to lose weight," Hall said. "Plain and simple, I can't do that. I'm chasing a dream."
"I just want to win it once and then come back down to safe levels you know because, to put it blankly, if I stayed at [400 pounds] for 10 years I'd die," Hall added.
"I've got to be level headed about this and think not only about myself, my family, my kids. I don't want them growing up without a dad."