When you hear the phrase, power couple I'm sure Jay-Z and Beyonce or Brad and Angelina come to mind. We have a bit of a different idea however, and recently spoke with a power couple that could actually kick your ass - Strongman competitors Kim Baum and Tim Filus. These two prove that the key to a meaningful relationship is communication....and the ability to squat seven hundred pounds! Luckily we were able to get them to drop the weights long enough to answer a few questions about Powerlifting and Strongman.
Fitness Cult Chronicles: Tell us a little more about the differences between Powerlifting and Strongman?
Tim Filus & Kim Baum: Powerlifting encompasses the big 3 lifts - squat, bench and deadlift. On each lift you have 3 attempts to get your heaviest 1 rep max, then your best lift of each lift is added up for your total. Strongman, on the other hand, is an array of different events and variations of each event. There are typically 5 events at competitions which the promoter of the show will pick. Sometimes the lifts are for fastest time, most reps, or max weight.
FC^2: Do you have a preference between the two?
TF/KB: We both prefer Strongman because we find it to be more challenging and to us, a little more exciting. Every competition is different due to how many different events there are so training from competition to competition varies. It keeps it exciting, challenging and fun! But we still enjoy and respect powerlifting for the personal goals we get to set and shoot for.
FC^2: We used to love Magnus Ver Magnusson growing up, were there any strongmen/women that inspired you to get into the sport?
TF: I remember watching 5 time World's Strongest Man, Mariusz Pudzianowski and being amazed by his physique and his incredible strength, but the one person who actually got me into the sport was Kim believe it or not. She had been competing in Strongman already and made me promise to her that I would compete at least once and after I did I truly fell in love with the sport.
KB: It's difficult to pick one specific Strongman who inspired me, but if I had to choose it would be Brian Shaw. Growing up, I remember always watching World's Strongest Man on TV and thinking how awesome it was. I would have never imagined that I could do that stuff, but in college I decided to give it a shot and for 4 years Strongwoman became my sport. To this day, I still love watching World's Strongest Man on TV.
FC^2: What has been your biggest moment in powerlifting or Strongman thus far?
TF: The highlight of my career has been competing with and against the best heavyweights in the nation at the 2013 North American strongman Nationals.
KB: My biggest was when I became the 2013 National Middleweight Champion at America's Strongest Woman competition. Another big moment for me was earning 3rd place in the 2012 Arnold Classic and being able to compete in the finals on the main stage (only the top 4 girls make it).
FC^2: Describe how each of you train for Strongman competitions. Is your training year-round or are there peaks and valleys based on your competition schedule?
TF/KB: We train year-round. When we are preparing for a competition we will focus mainly on the lifts/events that will be at the competition. When we're not training for a specific event we will switch up our training week to week or we will focus on events that we feel are our weak spots to bring those lifts up.
FC^2: It looks like being a Strongman or powerlifter doesn't involve just having brute strength, what other activities do you do to get ready for these competitions?
TF/KB: When it comes to Strongman, endurance is a major factor so we don't always focus on max strength. We will focus on lighter weights and max reps to work on endurance. We also do cardio, push prowler sleds, use battle ropes, flip tires, and hit tires with sledge hammers. We will try anything that pushes our limits and that can make us better athletes.
FC^2: Are there any resources (websites, books, etc.) you would recommend for someone who is trying to expand from a general weightlifting program into powerlifting or Strongman?
FC^2: Can you tell us a bit more about the Strongman community?
TF/KB: The Strongman community is great - it's one of the only individual sports where you see people help out and cheer on their competition. We have both met and made new friends at every competition we have gone to. Strongman also has to be one of the funnest strength sports to watch - who doesn't want to see a car being lifted for reps?! To learn more about the sport or upcoming competitions, visit North American Strongman, Inc.
FC^2: What does the future hold for each of your careers?
TF: I'm looking to compete in Strongman and powerlifting this coming year and in the years to come. I have goals in each sport I want to achieve, and when I do I will set new goals and chase those.
KB: Because I love the strength sports I will continue to train and compete here and there, but my new passion as of late is being a physique competitor. I recently won my IFBB Pro card so I will be chasing down my 1st Pro victory.
To learn more about Kim Baum and Tim Filus follow the links below:
Kim's YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/Strongwoman1228
Tim's YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxEOzbynTyMlTui4ud8jVKg