Supertotal Competition, 2015




In a weightlifting or powerlifting meet, your “total” is the sum of your heaviest successful lifts.  A Supertotal is a combination of your weightlifting total (max snatch and max clean & jerk) and your powerlifting total (max back squat, max bench press, and max deadlift).


Saturday December 12th, 2015.  This will take all day so regular classes will be cancelled.


We’ll be running this like a standard weightlifting or powerlifting meet, but a bit more relaxed.  Each person will have three attempts at each lift.  We’ll have a women’s session and a men’s session for each lift.  What that means is that all of the women will perform their lifts in the snatch, then all of the men will go.  This will continue for each of the movements.

Although this is mainly just going to a loosely regulated bro-session, we’ll still be crowning some winners.  Best lifters will be determined by bodyweight/weight lifted ratio and most weight lifted regardless of bodyweight.Lifters may compete in as few or as many of the lifts as they choose.

We’ll be following up with more info on the specifics but coaches Craig, Dave, and Mitch all have experience in this type of meet and they’d be happy to answer any questions.


Well, why not?!  We’ve done another in-house competition in the past and it was a great time.  You’ll get a chance to re-test your maxes in a positive environment with your friends cheering you on.  Plus, if you’ve ever considered entering a meet, this will be a great way to test the waters without diving in head first.


Sign up on the board at the gym.  We’ll see you on the platform!

Member Spotlight, Niva Odahlen

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On any given weekday evening you can probably find Niva in the gym.  Whether it’s lifting some seriously heavy weight or, more recently, rolling on the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu mats she always has a smile on her face.  Niva is one hell of an athlete and an even better person.  We’re happy to have had her at Copperhead since day one.

Upcoming events, end of 2015

Hey guys, with the holidays coming up we just wanted to give you a quick idea of what we have coming up.


11.5.15 – 11.9.15
CrossFit Lift-Off
This is a new type of CrossFit event. It’s similar to the Open in that the workouts will be revealed on a Thursday and competitors will have until the following Monday to complete them and enter a score. It’s unique in that the first two events are max snatch and max clean and jerk. The third workout will presumably a more typical CrossFit Open-type WOD, but we won’t know for sure until 11.5.15. We’ll be doing the workout (Event 3) on Friday, November 6th.

Squaw peak hike
We’ll be heading up Squaw peak at 8am instead of the usual Saturday workout. If you’ve never done it, it’s not the easiest hike in Phoenix, but it’s not the toughest either. We can meet up at the gym and carpool to avoid parking issues as well.

Just to be clear, the gym will be closed.

Copperhead Super Total Comp
Snatch + clean and jerk + back squat + bench press + deadlift = Supertotal! This even will be run like a weightlifting meet and a powerlifting meet combined. Entrants can chose to lift in any or all lifts that they’d like. We’ll be doing a bigger announcement with all of the details soon.

Copperhead Holiday Party
This year’s party will either be at the gym or at Twin Peaks on Camelback and 20th Street.

Spartan Sprint

The Reebok Spartan Sprint: This is our shortest distance. It is perfect for athletes of all levels; from Spartan first timers to seasoned racers. The 3+ Mile Sprint may be our shortest distance but it packs more than 20 Signature Spartan Obstacles including mud, fire, walls and barbed wire. If you think you can’t do it, you’re wrong. Get to the starting line and show yourself what you are capable of.

Team name Copperhead Select the 8-11 time. Once the team is complete it will give an exact start time (looks like 10:15). There is no cap size on the team so everyone can go. Once it cools off we will start meeting at phoenix college track, Sunday mornings to practice.  We had a good turn out last year, let’s try to do it even bigger this year!

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Farewell Adam


We wanted to take a moment to say goodbye to one of our original coaches, Adam. He was with us from day one (before then, actually), and he was an integral part of setting our gym on the right path. His attention to detail and sense of humor will be missed.

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Below is a note from the man himself,

A message to the members and friends from Copperhead CrossFit. I want to thank everyone over the years that has been a member and that still is. I had so much fun coaching you guys working out with you talking to each of you and learning about the person behind the barbell. It has been a great journey and an evolution of my person to have been graced with such a great group of people on a daily basis to share a sweat and help to achieve whatever goal you may have had. I wish everyone the best with their training and most importantly their life’s evolution. Every time you accomplish something or move through a challenge or an obstacle you didn’t think was possible you build Self-Efficacy in your life. So take those big and small accomplishments from the gym and magnify them in your lives and everyone will have whatever level of success they desire in their life. Much love and gratitude to all my friends at Copperhead I will see you along the path.

Thank you Adam. Best of luck in your future endeavors.

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Member Spotlight: Octavio Alvarez

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Although you may not know Octavio personally, there’s a good chance you’ve seen him around the gym. Possessing one of the one of the most epic beards at Copperhead, “O” is regularly around. On any given weekday afternoon there’s a good chance you can find him relaxing on a foam roller, racking up a top score, or cheering on members finishing their last few reps. Octavio is one of the nicest and most polite CrossFitters you’ll ever meet and we’re happy to have him at Copperhead.


Where are you from, Originally?
I am originally from La Chorrera, Panama. But I spent the majority of my life in Abilene, Texas.

In regards to the last question: If not Phoenix, what brought you here? I moved to Phoenix four years ago for a change of scenery but mostly for love (editors note: Octavio was recently married, CONGRATS)!.

octavio overheadWhat’s something that most people don’t know about you?
I’m a pretty reserved guy but I have a great sense of humor.  Most people would describe me as quiet but in reality I’m adventurous… I’ve skydived, eaten blood sausage and free climbed mountains.

How long have you been at Copperhead?
I’ve been with copperhead since day one.  The recommendation actually came from another coach at a previous gym.

What was your motivation for starting?
I grew up playing football and really enjoy the similarities between the two… the discipline required and the sense of community. I also needed something more challenging than the Zumba class I was taking.

What fitness-related accomplishment are you most proud of?
I’m most proud of my technique of my snatch.

Do you have any advice for new members?
For people new to copperhead, I would say get to know the people, the coaches and the other crossfitters. It’s that bond that has kept me at the gym and has motivated me to accomplish my fitness goals.

octavio weighted pull up