Former World’s Strongest Man and record-breaking powerlifter Eddie Hall knows a thing or two about pursuing goals and pushing himself to his physical limits. And in his webseries Beasted, he helps coach regular guys through their own physical transformations. In one episode (filmed pre-pandemic), Eddie worked with 40-year-old Jay Kamiraz, who wanted to change “from Jabba the Hutt into an Adonis.”
While Jay, who works as a singer and TV personality, exudes confidence in his daily life, he still struggles with body confidence, as he carries both physical and emotional scars following a homophobic attack which left him hospitalized at the age of 17.
“You’ve got the willpower to go on and push, and that’s what we need from you now for the next six weeks, is to push through those barriers, eat right, train right, and you’re going to come back and look fucking phenomenal,” says Eddie.
Eddie, along with with strength and conditioning coach Luke Fullbrook, and sports rehab expert Chris Peil, prescribes a six-week muscle-building workout program including deadlift, bench press, goblet squat, shoulder press, frame carry, and SkiErg.
Jay also cuts his alcohol consumption and commits to a new nutrition plan for the duration of the challenge, comprising five protein-rich meals each day. “Eating the same f***ing food all the f***ing time is driving me crazy,” he says.
He loses almost 9 pounds in the first week, but admits to feeling “intimidated” by the prospect of keeping up the intense physical training on his own, and so he recruits a friend to join him at the gym to help keep him motivated. “I’ve just got this vision in my head of how I want to be and where I want to be,” he says.
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At the end of the six weeks, Jay has lost a total of 16.5 pounds and 5 percent body fat, with a considerable increase in his strength and endurance. But perhaps most importantly, he’s found a new source of confidence and self-belief. “What I want to show people is, beneath all this fabulous exterior… there is substance, and boy, there is a lot of strength,” he says.
“To me, you are redefining strength,” says Eddie. “You’re battling things head on.”
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