Chapel has been a coach and trainer for eight years, is currently a student at Dickinson State University, and holds the world record in the bench press and deadlift. He won these accolades at the 2021 United States Powerlifting Association National Doping Control Championship last July in Palm Springs, California.
In the domestic competition, Chapel competed in the Classic Raw 140kg + open division.
He won gold for 140kg + classic raw power and 140kg + raw bench and won silver for the 140kg + raw deadlift only. He set IPL and USPA national world records for his bench (512.6 lbs) and deadlift (728.7 lbs) and for his total (1963.5 lbs).
“We knew in advance that I was able to hit those elevators… I had hit elevators above the current world record in April, but since it was just a local competition and the right judges were not there. not there, I couldn’t set the record, “Chapel said.” The one I didn’t put on is the squat, I missed it half an inch at the national competition. That one will be there for me too to beat and fulfill my other records. “
Cody Chapel is a trainer and trainer at The Pit Strength and Fitness in Dickinson ND. (Josiah C. Cuellar / The Dickinson Press)
Originally from Arizona, Chapel began his professional powerlifting career when he moved to North Dakota. He also spent time in Colorado when he first started training and coaching.
“It wasn’t until I moved to North Dakota that I logged into the USPA and started competing in sanctioned competitions,” Chapel said. “Having the gym (The Pit Strength and Fitness) here and new owners taking over with the resources they have, I was really able to put in the time and effort I needed and my career progressed.”
A big reason Chapel ended up in North Dakota was to go to Dickinson State University to get a degree in psychology.
“What I’d like to do after I get my psychology degree and a master’s degree in therapy is integrate counseling into personal training,” Chapel said. “To make people feel more comfortable in a gym atmosphere, while still being able to work with a certified therapist.”
Chapel gained first-hand experience of the mental health benefits of training with his own personal battles, but also when he first started out. McKenzie Haven coach, who set records in the junior division. When she was in second grade, Haven struggled with anxiety, tied her up, and kept her from enjoying her school sports. A year after leaving the women’s hockey team, she was ready to start training and was paired with Chapel as a coach at the Pit Strength and Fitness gym.
Cody Chapel is the current global bench press and deadlift holder in the Classic Raw 140kg + drug tested division. (Josiah C. Cuellar / The Dickinson Press)
The two built a bond that allowed Haven to talk about his emotions while training. During their months of training, Chapel asked Haven to participate in a local competition that would lead to the two entering the USPA National Championship.
“At the Nationals, Kenzie and I both qualified for the IPL World Championships. We both set records, ”said Chapel. “I tell people I love competing in powerlifting, but I love coaching powerlifting a lot more. I love what I get out of it and what I am able to do in the lives of others.
The drug tested IPL World Championship will be held in Costa Mesa, Calif., Starting Thursday, November 4. His 140 + kg division will take place on Sunday, November 7.