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Butte fitness event exhausts athletes from all over state

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Butte's Copper City CrossFit gym hosted its annual "Hypoxia Team Throwdown" event, which features roughly four times the amount of work a normal CrossFit athlete would do in a typical day. Butte's Copper City CrossFit gym hosted its annual "Hypoxia Team Throwdown" event, which features roughly four times the amount of work a normal CrossFit athlete would do in a typical day.
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Just outside the doorway to Butte's Copper City CrossFit gym it's as calm as can be on this Saturday morning. Through the doors, on the other hand, is a different story.

"It’s constant," gym member Leo McCarthy says, "it’s dynamic and there’s a lot of movement to it and the atmosphere and the community just makes it fun.”

Arms flail, legs jump and hard rock music blasts on the speakers.

Teams from all over Montana flock to Butte every December for the Hypoxia Team Throwdown and it’s not for the faint of heart. It’s an all-day affair and each team does not one, not two, but four workouts that you’d do in a typical day at the gym.

The man keeping the chaos in line is Copper City CrossFit owner Anthony Fields, who does everything from duct tape the lines to cheer on his Butte teammates. His “box” as the gym is called, is growing in size — literally. This is the first year they’ve hosted Hypoxia in their new, larger Montana Street facility.

"It’s a blast, man." Fields said, "It’s like having your family here from all over the state, it really is, and it’s amazing to see the effort that they put in.”

A typical workout is exhausting -- you do all kinds of exercises ranging from jerks to box jumps to rowing, none of which you know ahead of time. Now imagine doing that four times minimum, from 9 a.m. until almost 5 p.m., and that’s not even if you reach the finals. Better have a strategy in mind.

“You know, you prepare for it," CrossFit Bozeman coach Joe Prete said, "So it’s not as awful, but you know, you just gotta not kill yourself on the first one, save a little bit for the second, third and fourth, which is a change from your normal one when you just do one as hard as you can. So as long as you train for it it’s alright.”

For a competition so physical, it's the mental side that sometimes prevents would-be CrossFitters from joining in.

"I'll tell anybody who wants to do this," McCarthy said, "the hardest step is walking through the door.”

Inside those doors it gets pretty hectic, but for a growing gym holding a statewide competition the commotion is as calming as can be.

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