Best Lifter spotlight from the WPUSA Tennessee State Championship on May 8, 2021.
Men’s Open Raw Best Lifter...
Name, age & how long have you been Powerlifting?
My name is Timothy Farris (The Batman) I am 23 years old currently and will be turning 24 the 25th of this month and I’ve been powerlifting for 3 and a half years.
Best lifts in competition?
My best lifts in competition are 601lbs squat, 403lb bench and 650lb deadlift but not all done it one meet.
Athletic background? What you did before powerlifting?
Before powerlifting in high school I played football and broke several all American records and ran track and field I was able to compete at the state level 3 years in a row in track and field placing 6th on the podium for long jump my senior year.
To be honest a couple of my friends encouraged me to pursue powerlifting. I didn’t know it existed and had no prior plans on competing until it came up. I’ve always been known for my strength and speed but this sport was primarily on strength and power so my training had to be changed up. It pushed me too another level on all aspects mentally, emotionally and physically. It created a sense of purpose, another chapter to complete and I want to continue to grow within the sport alongside my fellow athletes.
Tell me something about your gym/team.
My gym is down to earth everyone talks to everyone and knows everyone. We all get along and we all push each other to our best limits because we know that each one of us can go further. We got several other powerlifters that attend my gym and have broken several records of their own. I believe wholeheartedly I have the best group of people surrounding me and it’s only getting bigger.
Trying alone or training partner/coach, team?
I’ve been training alone for the most part. I’ve worked out with training partners that I consider my brothers but currently I’m training alone. Everyone’s schedule changes in life which is no big deal we all know what we are about and know what we need to do, I’m learning as go from listening to those who have good genuine knowledge and passing it on as well to others. Currently no coach.
Something most people you train with (or those who follow you if you train alone) don't know about you?
I like to sing.
Biggest inspiration in the sport?
I have a few Russell Orhii, Larry wheels, John Haack the list goes on but Russell Orhii being my biggest inspiration because I want to compete with and against him in drug tested meets as it wouldn’t be fair for me in untested meets, but I’m always up for the challenge no matter the opponent or size.
What's your favorite lift?
Deadlift. 100% hands down. It is also my best lift.
Least favorite lift?
For a time it was squats, but now I love them I have no least favorite lift.
Biggest challenge in your training?
Training alone. That’s my biggest challenge so far it gets hard at times but I’m getting better with coming in and getting down even if I’m on my own I have people around me hyping me up and encouraging inside the gym and out that keeps me going.
Ideal training atmosphere? Focused and dialed in or noisy and high energy?
Definitely noisy and high energy I feed on everyone’s energy so have you to come correct if you are around me. We don’t do that dull quiet talk we get loud where I’m from. Haha
Training plan. Do your own programming or have a coach?
I do my own programming but I listen to others input to help me out accordingly. Thus far I’ve been having amazing results until I need an actual coach to push me past my limits.
Social media. Positives and negatives
Social media on a positive scale is good for advertising, broadcasting your content for purposeful meaning and getting across a good clean message. The negative side of things is constantly one upping others. Getting to caught up and creating drama, arguments and fights. Not recognizing your self worth and understanding that not everyone is on your journey and you are not on theirs. It doesn’t matter if you have 1 or a million followers you should be the same person through and through and not pretending and being fake. Lead by example be a role model we don’t realize who’s watching and looking up to us.
Diet you follow? Supplements?
I have no set diet but I try to eat clean when good food is available other then that I’m eating everything in sight. In the future lords willing I want to push on eating better for sure. I take vitamins and that about it. Magnesium, zinc, calcium, fish oils and probiotics.
Biggest accomplishment in your powerlifting career?
What's one of your powerlifting goals?
Being number 1 in several federations whether that’s winning 1st or being number 1 completely overall is my biggest accomplishment in rankings, I may not have the highest total or biggest numbers but I’m coming up stronger and stronger and it’s an honor and I’m humbled I’ve never seen myself doing the things I’ve done in the sport of powerlifting but I’ve not done it alone I got my people with me supporting me and believing in me end I serve a mighty God who has given me strength throughput the process. It’s not been an easy journey but I wouldn’t trade it.
What's one of your non-powerlifting goals?
I would like to become an actor so I can be Batman on the big screen haha. Dream big and never give up hope is my thing even if it seems all is lost. I’m happy to be apart of a big community of lifters and people across the world thank you for this opportunity.
Finally is there anyone you would like to acknowledge or give a shout out to (team, coach, spouse, sponsors)?
Shout out to you Johnny Layne for making this possible and the entire USPC/WPUSA crew. To all my friends and family who may read this thank you. And to all other lifters who may read this thank you for pushing me, let’s keep going! All glory to God.