An Interview with the World’s Strongest Woman, Kristin Rhodes!
Hello everyone, I’m Donnie Kiernan, representing the personal injury law firm of ROMAN & ROMAN, located in Clearwater, FL and their Strongman training facility, Tampa Bay Strongman Training. I’m here with the newly crowned “World’s Strongest Woman”, Kristin Rhodes. Does it still sound good when you hear that title in front of your name?
(Kristin Rhodes) It still hasn’t sunk in. After all these years of training, all the hoping and waiting for the opportunity to come up, I finally can say that I won! It feels amazing. I have had some amazing opportunities this year and I am so thankful.
(RR) You’ve previously stated that your interest in Strongman was piqued due to your husband being asked to compete in a show. Did you do any type of athletics or strength training before that?
(KR) I was always a competitive athlete growing up. I played soccer, ran cross country and threw discus in track and field. In college I continued my throwing career for a few years. Then I had gotten married, had two kids, and training took a back seat for a few years. My husband had been asked to compete in a strongman show in July 2006 and I saw how much fun it was. The next show he was competing in was August 2006 and it had a women’s division. I competed, won, and fell in love with the sport and I have been competing ever since.
(RR) What is the greatest experience that competing in the sport of Strongman has afforded
(KR) It’s something for me. As a parent often your kids become your life, sometimes they are your identity. Through competing I have met some amazing people, I have traveled to many places that I never ever thought I would go and I have had so much fun doing it. I mean how many people can say they flip 600lb tires or pull double decker buses? I always have a great story to tell. Strongman has enriched my life and I will always be grateful that we found this sport.
(RR) You also get to travel around the country and train with high level athletes, right? Like a certain, well known training group located in Tampa Bay, Florida?
(KR) Yes!!! We really enjoyed coming and training with the Tampa Bay crew last summer. We will always remember that day; Donnie pulled a 700lb deadlift for the first time in his life. He had wanted it for so long and it happened there. I also met a wonderful group of people. You were all so accommodating and we had lots of fun training!
(RR) Outside of being the “Strongest Woman In The World,” what is your everyday life like around the Rhodes home?
(KR) Busy, very busy. I work all day from 7[AM] to 4[PM] running a child care business from my home. Then at 4[o’clock] I start phase two of my day, which includes taking my kids to their sports activities. Then dinner, and Donnie and I train in the evenings, usually around 8 or 9 pm. This year we changed our training program to alleviate the stress of trying to fit it all in. We are now training only three days a week and it works out great. I usually get 6 hours of sleep and am back at it the next day.
(RR) Tom Roman, senior partner at ROMAN & ROMAN, P.A., is a nationally ranked master’s level American Strongman, so we not only support the sport of Strongman, but live it as well. How have your sponsors helped you grow to the world-class athlete that you are today?
(KR) My sponsors make it possible for me to travel at the international level and take these amazing opportunities that come my way. Strongman is an expensive sport to compete in and I am so very grateful for my sponsors. It alleviates some of the stress so that I can concentrate on training and competing. Thank you for your generosity, your sponsorship helped defray some of the travel costs associated with my trip to Finland, so that I could come back the world champion!!
(RR) We, at ROMAN & ROMAN, P.A., are very proud to have been a part of your outstanding success in 2012. Elite-Level Powerlifter and multi-million dollar entrepreneur, Dave Tate has been quoted to say he hates this final question, but I’m going to ask it anyway, any final thoughts for our readers?
(KR) Anything is possible with hard work and determination. Believe in your dreams and don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do it. Back when I started competing I had a dream, I have finally realized that dream and I again want to say thank you for believing in me!
(RR) Thank you again for sitting down with us. Once again, Kristin Rhodes, the “World’s Strongest Woman” and ROMAN & ROMAN, P.A. proudly sponsored athlete!