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Grid League Photo Gallery – DC Brawlers in Anaheim

The DC Brawlers took the NPGL championship in 2014, and it looks like they may take it again in 2015, so it’s always an honor to shoot their matches! Here are 35 of my best shots from their race against the New York Rhinos from the Fit Expo in Anaheim, California a few weeks ago.

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All photos by Fat Tonyl ©NPGL 2015, and shot during the National Pro Grid League double header weekend at the Anaheim Fit Expo on August 22 & 23, 2015

Grid League Photo Gallery – Los Angeles Reign in Anaheim

Here are 40 of my best photos from the recent NPGL Anaheim match featuring Noah Ohlsen, Kenny Leverich, James Townsend, Taylor Drescher, and the LA Reign…

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All photos by Fat Tonyl ©NPGL 2015, and shot during the National Pro Grid League double header weekend at the Anaheim Fit Expo on August 22 & 23, 2015

Grid League Photo Gallery – Boston Iron in Anaheim

Here are 40 of my favorite photos that I shot at the LA Fit Expo where the Boston Iron beat out the Baltimore Anthem in the first of four Grid League matches during the weekend competition.

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All photos by Fat Tonyl ©NPGL 2015, and shot during the National Pro Grid League double header weekend at the Anaheim Fit Expo on August 22 & 23, 2015

My Appearance on Harder to Kill Radio Talking About Reinventing Myself, Getting Fit & Transitioning Career Paths

One of the first people I interviewed on The Expansion Project was my friend Steph Gaudreau—owner and blogger of StupidEasyPaleo.com, author, photographer, and more.

Well, when it came time for Steph to start her new podcast Harder to Kill Radio, she returned the favor and interviewed me. Check it out, and if you like her style, go download or watch some of her other episodes!

Grid League Photo Gallery – San Francisco Fire in Anaheim

This past weekend I was hired on by the NPGL to shoot photos at their four-match weekend, so as usual I have a photo gallery from each match I shot!

The way the Grid League photographers work is we each shoot an assigned team, so this gallery features the San Francisco Fire from their victorious match against the Miami Surge.

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All photos by Fat Tonyl ©NPGL 2015, and shot during the National Pro Grid League double header weekend at the Anaheim Fit Expo on August 22 & 23, 2015

 

 

Photos from the Fox BMX “Made For This” Campaign with Scotty Cranmer

Sometimes the biggest and best photo shoots require you to wait a long time to share the images…like a really long time.

In September 2014 I went to New Jersey to shoot photos of Scotty Cranmer for Fox Racing for an ad campaign that wouldn’t launch until July of 2015.

Lucky for me I got the opportunity to go back and shoot some more with Scotty in May of 2015, and if you know Scotty at all it goes without saying that the photos I accumulated on those two trips were incredible. Scotty has always been one of my favorite riders to watch and favorite pros to shoot and work with, so I was beyond stoked to land this gig.

It was an absolute honor to shoot with Scotty and work with the talented Fox crew on this project!

Here are a handful of photos I shot for the campaign and some of the applications they were used in. At the bottom of this post you’ll also find the video that launched the Made For This campaign.

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2015 CrossFit Games Photos

Last month I had the opportunity to shoot photos at the 2015 CrossFit Games for Pure Pharma, and I had a great time shooting their incredible athletes!

CrossFit HQ doesn’t allow photographers to post their own photos, so here are 30 shots of mine that Pure Pharma posted on their Instagram account.

Athletes include: Brooke Ence, Scott Panchik, Chad Mackay, Rasmus Andersen, Kristin Holte, Joe Scalli, Team Invictus, the Dutch CrossFit team, and the CrossFit Turicum team.

If you missed it or just want to look again, here’s the link to my gallery of 2015 CrossFit Regionals photos.

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**Editing and cropping of all photos by Pure Pharma.

Announcing My Newest Business Endeavor and Passion Project: BreakParallel.com

About a year ago I had the idea to start an aggregate website in the functional fitness industry similar to what I ran in the BMX world for so many years. As a fan of CrossFit and functional fitness I never found a place online where I could see all the best videos, keep up the industry news, and see cool photos on a regular basis, and I knew that some day someone would fill that void. I also knew I had the potential to fill it, but honestly at that time I didn’t want to start a company that would force me into a full-time job. However, after mulling over it for months and telling a few friends in the industry about my idea I finally was in the right mental space to bite the bullet and commit to the project.

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In February of this year I met a friend based in Austin, Texas, named Jarret Schienman who I partnered with to start the site. Jarret and I have done a lot of work on the back end of the site to get us to this point, and we were happy to officially go live one day before the 2015 CrossFit Games started.

As the Editor I’ve been working every day since then to keep the site updated, and recently we brought on another good friend of mine from the East Coast named Jordan Samuel as a third partner and associate editor.

BreakParallel.com is now up and running and the three of us are really excited to see where the company takes us. We have big goals and plans, so be on the lookout!

If you’re into fitness or just want to help us out, please click on the site and take a look around. If you like what you see it would really mean a lot to me if you shared it with a friend or on your social networks!

While you’re at it, please follow Break Parallel on:
Instagram (@BreakParallel)
Twitter (@BreakParallel)
Facebook (/BreakParallel)

I would also like to give a big thank you to Scott Greci from Guru Design for the logo design and Mike Smick for the WordPress build! If you ever need any graphic design services or web development, hit them up!

6 Things I Like About the Incase EO Travel Backpack

I recently got my hands on a dope new backpack from Incase, so I wanted to write up a review to let you guys know what I think about it.

The bag is Incase’s EO Travel Backpack that sells for $179.95 on their site. Incase has a ton of different backpacks, but I chose this one because it was different than traditional top load backpacks and I really wanted to try something new for when I go on quick trips.

There are essentially three compartments—the main compartment that opens up more like a book or a roller bag than a traditional backpack, the back section that’s made for a computer and/or iPad, and the front area that has a ton of little nooks and crannies where I can tuck away all kinds of stuff like my chargers, mouse, business cards, and portable hard drive.

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Here are the top six things I like about the Incase EO Travel Backpack:

1. The Overall Sleek Look
I’m not into flashy colors or bright logos (anymore), so this thing is perfect in terms of how it looks. It’s just straight black, looks super clean, the logos aren’t too in your face, and the materials they use have a pretty techy appearance. I’m not even sure why it looks that way to me, but when you look at the bag, you just know it’s a really modern and high-end product and not just an ordinary backpack.

2. It Can Hold My 17” Computer
I’ve been rockin’ a huge 17” Mack Book for several years now, and a lot of bags can’t even hold a computer that big. The EO Travel Backpack actually has two sections that can hold my monster computer though—one that’s soft and padded that’s perfect if I don’t want to use my case, and another that’s still big enough to hold the computer when it’s in my G-Form case. Since I do a lot of outdoorsy and adventure type stuff and tend to throw my bag around while on the go, I usually have the computer inside the case, and this backpack has no problem accommodating.

3. The Padding & Comfort
Anyone who has spent some time walking from terminal to terminal inside airports knows that backpacks can become a huge pain in the ass real quick. Thankfully the EO Travel Backpack has super good padding on the back and shoulders, and it also has the strap that goes across your chest so you can make adjustments here and there to make it more comfortable.

4. It’s Weather Resistant
Like I mentioned before, I do a lot of outdoorsy stuff, for lack of better words. I’ve been to 35 countries and have seen my fair share of rain and rough weather conditions along the way. Having a backpack that can take a little abuse from rain and everything else is a must.

5. The Side Handle
This is one of those things that might not seem like much, but it’s actually really rad and extremely convenient in certain circumstances. Seasoned travelers will know exactly what I’m talking about, but until you’ve spent a lot of time on the road you might not get it, so you’ll have to trust me on this one.

6. Attention to Detail
I guess you can say this bullet point is pretty much the same as number one listed above, but A) six sounded better than five when I was making my list, B) it brings the list full circle, and C) it’s my list, so I call the shots. The quality of the material and craftsmanship, the treatment of the Incase logos, and the thought that obviously went into the design are all on point. As a former graphic designer and as someone who has a smidge of OCD, I notice and appreciate the small stuff, and Incase is on dialed with everything.

This wouldn’t be an honest review without mentioning a few places where the EO Travel Backpack falls a little short in my opinion, so here ya go…
– It doesn’t have any side pockets, which is something I got used to on my old travel backpack. You know, the kind of pocket that you dump random junk into? For some reason I feel like it’s missing one of those.
– The main compartment doesn’t hold quite as much as I’d like it to, which limits the amount of stuff I can cram in there. This one is definitely for shorter trips or just romping around town with.

So there you have it ladies and gents… If you like what you see and want to check one of these bad boys for yourself, hit up the Incase website!

 

2015 CrossFit Games Regionals Photos

Last month I had the opportunity to shoot photos at the 2015 CrossFit Games Central and California Regionals on behalf of Pure Pharma, and I had a blast shooting their incredible athletes!

CrossFit HQ doesn’t allow photographers to post their own photos, so here are 29 shots of mine that Pure Pharma posted on their Instagram account.

Athletes include: Brooke Ence, Wes Piatt, Scott Panchik, Julie Foucher, Rasmus Andersen, and Team Invictus

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**Editing by Pure Pharma.

 

Grid League Photo Gallery – Random Photos from San Jose

I had a handful of random photos that didn’t really fit into the previous four team galleries from the Grid League event in San Jose, so here are a few stragglers!

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All photos by Fat Tony and ©NPGL 2015. Taken at the National Pro Grid League tournament in San Jose, California on June 13, 2015.

Grid League Photo Gallery – DC Brawlers in San Jose

Here’s the final of four Grid League photo galleries from the opening weekend in San Jose a few weeks ago… Last, but certainly not least is the 2014 reigning champs, the DC Bralwers! This team may be unstoppable!

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All photos by Fat Tony and ©NPGL 2015. Taken at the National Pro Grid League tournament in San Jose, California on June 13, 2015.

Grid League Photo Gallery – San Francisco Fire in San Jose

Keeping the Grid League galleries rolling, here’s a selection from the San Francisco Fire as they beat out the Phoenix Rise in what was easily the most exciting match of the NPGL 2015 opening weekend.

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All photos by Fat Tony and ©NPGL 2015. Taken at the National Pro Grid League tournament in San Jose, California on June 13, 2015.

Grid League Photo Gallery – Miami Surge in San Jose

Here’s the second gallery of Grid League photos from the NPGL event in San Jose last weekend. This time around it’s Miami Surge from their bout against the Los Angeles Reign.

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My deepest apologies for the lack of Lauren Truszkowski and Nicole Capurso photos. Believe me, no one is more bummed about this than I am!

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All photos by Fat Tony and ©NPGL 2015. Taken at the National Pro Grid League tournament in San Jose, California on June 13, 2015.

Grid League Photo Gallery – Baltimore Anthem in San Jose

I recently had the opportunity to shoot for NPGL again, so this is the first of four photo galleries I’ll be posting from the opening week of the 2015 Grid League season that went down in San Jose, California.

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This gallery features the Baltimore Anthem team from their match against the New York Rhinos.

The highlight for me was getting to photograph Olympic weightlifting medalist Dmitry Klokov in his first ever professional Grid match. What a freakin’ beast!

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All photos by Fat Tony and ©NPGL 2015. Taken at the National Pro Grid League tournament in San Jose, California on June 13, 2015.