Friday, May 08, 2009 
Fortissimus Officially Adopts Louis Cyr Trophy by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2009 IronMind

 In a prepared statement, Fortissimus World Strength announced its adoption of the “Louis Cyr trophy [as] the official symbol of the strongest man on earth,” the label it applies to the winner of its strongman contest.

The Louis Cyr Trophy, as created by Michel Binette, goes to the winner of Fortissimus. Photo courtesy of Fortissimus World Strength.

Following is the statement in its entirety:


According to Dr. Dudley Allen Sargent's official tale of the tape, Louis Cyr had a 20-1/2 inch neck, a 21-inch biceps, a 31-inch quad and a 60-1/2 inch chest, at a bodyweight of 324 pounds.

These measurements were taken in June 1895 by this professor emeritus of Harvard University. More than a century later, the renowned Canadian sculptor Michel Binette used these exact figures on a reduced scale and created the Louis Cyr memorial referred to as Fortissimus, the Strongest.

The bronze statuette shows the legendary strongman about to lock out a 273-pound iron-cast dumbbell, on the evening of January 19, 1892, at the Royal Aquartium Hall, in London UK.

Measuring 21 inches in height, at a weight of 13 1/2-pounds, this unique piece of art will now become the official symbol of the Fortissimus Strongest Man on Earth. So has it been decided by Fortissimus World Strength at its last Directors' meeting.

‘Louis Cyr stands as a universal reference of ultimate strength,’ said Paul Ohl. ‘His feats have challenged over six generations and survived the test of time. Just as the Sandow trophy rewards the winner of the Mr. Olympia contest, the Louis Cyr trophy will be officially awarded to the winner of the Strongest Man on Earth's title. The trophy will bear no 146, since Louis Cyr was born in 1863.’

The statuette is being casted at the Inverness Museum of Bronze, the only museum of sort in Canada.”


Fortissimus website reaches 82 countries/territories

 In 2008, Fortissimus' inaugural year, the first website registered visitors from 18 countries over a period of six months.  In 2009, has already reached 82 countries/territories, two months after its launching, February 19, 2009.
Thousands have logged in as new visits account for 61 % with an average 5 minutes per visit.

source: Google Analytics

Here are the 25 leading countries by importance of visitors:

United States
United Kingdom
Czech Republic


Presse release
For immediate distribution

Fortissimus Nominated for the Pleiades 2009

April 1st, 2009.  For its excellence as one of the year's outstanding achievement, Fortissimus has been selected as finalist by the Board of trade of Lévis. The winners will be announced on may 22. 


Source: Fortissimus

Tuesday, March 17, 2009 
Fortissimus: Top Strongmen Praise the Events by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2009 IronMind

“I like them,” Derek Poundstone said about the just-announced Fortissimus 2009 events. “They turned it up a notch from last year.”

Poundstone, who won Fortissimus 2008, was barely edged out of the 2008 World’s Strongest Man title on the last event, and then roared back to win the 2009 Arnold Strongman competition, is ready to rumble and he likes the fact that Fortissimus is centered around heavy events.

“When it’s lighter, there is always a little luck involved,” Poundstone explained, especially when you are talking about handheld timing being pushed, perhaps, beyond the limits of human reaction times. Poundstone, who is high on the brute strength meter, is also very fit, but beyond that, he compares himself to Magnus Ver Magnusson, who was masterful at understanding events and how to get the most from his body in each of them.

As a case in point, Poundstone says that when he approached the 517-lb. stone last year, he had a precise plan for lifting it, and that is how he will attack this year’s contest, too.

Also enthusiastic about the events is Travis Ortmayer, who told IronMind, “I think that Fortissimus 2009 may just be the most brutal competition I have ever seen! For instance, the dumbbell press medley was completed by three of us last year (Derek, Zydrunas, and myself), so what do they do this year?  They certainly didn't do the obvious thing and take the last implement off and replace it with a heavier one, no . . . they just ADD another, even heavier one!  The first day is going to pulverize the back and the second will take away what little will be left of the legs.”

And if you just want to cut to the chase, consider how Zydrunas Savickas assessed the mix: “Very good, heavy and interesting events."

Make your plans now - Fortissimus 2009 . . . “very good, heavy and interesting.”

Courtesy of Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2009 IronMind


Press release
For immediate distribution

Derek Poundstone wins the 2009 Arnold  Strongman  Classic

Bill Kazmaier, the legend of Strongman, said that “Derek Poundstone would be one of the best ever in the sport”. The man from Waterbury, Connecticut proved Kazmaier to be right.

On Saturday, March 7, 2009, Poundstone won the 2009 Arnold Strongman Classic after an epic battle against Mikhail Koklyaev, Russia’s biggest name in Strongman and one mighty athlete. It took the 2008 Fortissimus winner a world record to secure the title and become Zydrunas Savickas’ successor.

It was a great act. It went to the sixth and last event, as it did at Fortissimus and at the World’s Strongest Man. Poundstone dug in and drove the 202 lbs Circus Dumbbell upwards 15 times, alternating from left to right arm. A fabulous performance that left him the sole possessor of the world record.

The message is clear: Poundstone is after the Triple Crown in 2009.

Photo, courtesy of Kristin Nelson


Paul Ohl


Press release
For immediate distribution

Mariusz Pudzianowski makes cover of Milo Magazine

Five time winner of the World's Strongest Man title, Mariusz Pudzianowski of Poland was honored by MILO magazine. Pudzianowski made the cover of MILO after his 5th World's Strongest Man win in September 2008.


Paul Ohl
Fortissimus World Strength Challenge


Press release
For immediate distribution

Derek Poundstone holds pole position at the 2009 Arnold Strongman Classic

Montmagny, March 3, 2009. For an 8th consecutive year, the Arnold Strongman Classic ( will be held in Columbus, Ohio, March 6 and 7, 2009. And it is a much expected encounter. Not only because it bears a famous name (Arnold Schwarzenegger behind the big name behind the entire Arnold Sports Festival), but on account of the unique features of this ultimate brute strength challenge, the one of a kind in the world.

But this year’s Classic will add to the suspense. For the first time since 2003, Zydrunas Savickas, the Lithuanian superman, holder of many strength world records, and winner of six consecutive Arnold’s, a record in itself, is not on the starting list. After 17 years in professional strongman competition, the champion has decided that he needed a much deserved rest.

Derek Poundstone, America’s strongman sensation, the 2008 Arnold’s runner-up and winner of 2008 FORTISSIMUS, is the man that Marunde-Muscle Forum has in pole position, favorite to win this big one. In second spot by the poll, the Russian super athlete Mikhail Koklyaev, with Travis Ortmayer, the Texas Stoneman, running as 3rd favorite.

Out of the ten strength athletes competing this year at the Arnold Strongman Classic, seven are on the starting list of 2009 FORTISSIMUS (Derek Poundstone, Travis Ortmayer, Mikhail Koklyaev, Ervin Katona, Andrus Murumets, David Ostlund, Phil Pfister). With seven more competitors, they will be after the Strongest Man on Earth title at 2009 FORTISSIMUS, held June 27 and 28, 2009, in Montmagny, Québec, Canada.


Paul Ohl
Fortissimus World Strength Challenge

Thursday, February 19, 2009 
Zydrunas Savickas Wins Fortissimus Strongman of the Year Award
By Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2009 IronMind

Explaining to IronMind that their work involves “making a sport of a sport,” Paul Ohl, president of Fortissimus, announced the organization’s Strongman of the Year award - with Zydrunas Savickas getting the top honors for 2008.

Zydrunas Savickas, a name synonymous with victory at the Arnold strongman contest and the log lift world record, has just won the Fortissimus Strongman of the year award. Photo courtesy of Marcel Mostert.

“This award recognizes the strength athlete with the most outstanding accomplishments during the entire year,” according to Ohl’s statement.

“A selection committee has reviewed performances of world-class strength athletes on the basis of four criteria:

Level of competitions
Track record during the entire year
Value of each accomplishment
Record-breaking performances”

“Three strength athletes were selected:

Mariusz Pudzianowski of Poland (historical fifth World’s Strongest Man);
Derek Poundstone of the USA (first strongman ever to reach all three podiums during the same year (Arnold Strongman Classic, Fortissimus and World’s Strongest Man);
Zydrunas Savickas of Lithuania (first strongman ever to win six consecutive Arnold’s, first strongman ever to establish five strength world records during the same year, first strongman ever to enter 125 professional strongman contests (August 23, 2008, in Marijampolé, Lithuania, first strongman ever to enter 20 contests in a single year, with 16 wins and 4 runner up places)”

“The recommendation was unanimous,” Paul Ohl’s statement concluded: “Zydrunas Savickas is named 2008 Strongman of the Year.”