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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.

If you chose to share any of these shots, please tag @FatTonyBMX and @GridLeague!

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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…

If you chose to share any of these shots, please tag @FatTonyBMX and @GridLeague!

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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.

If you chose to share any of these shots, please tag @FatTonyBMX and @GridLeague!

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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 – 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.

If you chose to share any of these shots, please tag @FatTonyBMX and @GridLeague!

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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

 

 

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.

 

Introducing My New Podcast – The Expansion Project

I couldn’t be happier to share this with you guys! After many months of thinking, learning, planning, and executing, I have launched a podcast that is available on iTunes and Stitcher.

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The Expansion Project is just that—a project based on the idea of expanding. Expanding what exactly? My mind, and myself as a person. It’s also a way for me to do something fun and creative while delivering free content to the world that will hopefully help to motivate and inspire other people.

I plan to release an new episode every week, so please subscribe and help spread the word by telling a friend or sharing a link on your social networks.

Eight episodes are already available. The first is a simple introduction, and the others are interviews and conversations with professional BMX riders, a coach, business owners and entrepreneurs, an artist, and an author. Download one or all of them and please let me know what you think! Any feedback or criticism is welcomed and appreciated!

You can learn more about The Expansion Project from the podcast’s dedicated Web site (theexpansionprojectpodcast.com), and of course please subscribe on iTunes or Stitcher, give five starts, and leave reviews!

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2014 Reebok CrossFit Games – Photos for PurePharma

Photo by @FatTonyBMX | ©PurePharma

Throughout the 2014 Reebok CrossFit Games season I had the opportunity to shoot the Regionals, Games, and Invitational for PurePharma. With the 2015 CrossFit Open starting this week I thought it would be a good time to reflect back on some of the moments I captured last year that have been posted on the PurePharma Instagram feed… Here’s to another kickass Games season! Good luck to everyone!

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Also, here’s a PurePharma print ad featuring a photo of Ben Smith from the beach workout at the CrossFit Games…

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CrossFit Photos – Gabriel Grobben at CrossFit Long Beach (Round 2)

Around this time last year I shot some photos of my good friend, training partner, and coach Gabe Grobben at our gym. By pure coincidence we ended up playing around with a few shots and movements almost exactly a year later. Here’s the second round of studio style photos of Coach G at CrossFit Long Beach

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**Photos posted on the site are copyrighted and not to be used without proper licensing.

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2015 OC Throwdown – Day 3 Photo Gallery

As I post the third and final day’s photo gallery from the 2015 OC Throwdown I want to give a huge congratulations to all the athletes that competed this weekend! It was an honor to have the opportunity to watch and photograph everyone out there!

Also, shout out to Jackie Perez who quickly became my new favorite female athlete to photograph! Haha!

If you are a media outlet, brand, or athlete looking for photos from the event, please shoot me an email at fattony4130@gmail.com!

When sharing or re-posting these images, please tag and give proper photo credit to me @FatTonyBMX. Thanks!

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2015 OC Throwdown – Day 2 Photo Gallery

Day two of the 2015 OC Throwdown is in the books, and that means more photos! The feedback I got today from the images posted yesterday was incredible, so thanks to everyone for their support!

If you are a media outlet, brand, or athlete looking for photos from the event, please shoot me an email at fattony4130@gmail.com!

When sharing or re-posting these images, please tag and give proper photo credit to me @FatTonyBMX. Thanks!

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2015 OC Throwdown – Day 1 Photo Gallery

Here is a quick snippit of what went down at the 2015 OC Throwdown today in Costa Mesa, California… I’ll be out there for the next two days shooting some of the best functional fitness athletes in the world, so stay tuned for more updates and photos!

If you are a media outlet, brand, or athlete looking for photos from the event, please shoot me an email at fattony4130@gmail.com!

When sharing or re-posting these images, please tag and give proper photo credit to me @FatTonyBMX. Thanks!

 

Grid League Photos – DC Brawlers

Photos of the NPGL’s DC Brawlers shot in Long Beach, California on September 14, 2014 during a double header where they defeated the New York Rhinos.

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For more information about the National Pro Grid League check out NPGL.com. While you’re at it, follow NPGL on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook!

If you want to see more of my photos from NPGL events, check out my Grid League tag page!

All photos shot by Fat Tony and are copyrighted by NPGL. If you choose to repost any of these images, please be respectful and give credit to and tag @FatTonyBMX and @GridLeague.

 

Grid Photos – LA Reign’s First Home Match at Walter Pyramid

I recently had the opportunity to shoot the LA Reign during their first home match of the inaugural NPGL season. The match was really close and super exciting to watch…everyone killed it!

As always, the match was a blast to shoot, and I’m looking forward to the next on on September 14th at the Walter Pyramid in Long Beach!

Here are 35 of my favorite shots from the match!

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For more information about the National Pro Grid League check out NPGL.com. While you’re at it, follow NPGL on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook!

If you want to see more of my photos from NPGL events, check out my Grid League tag page!

All photos shot by Fat Tony and are copyrighted by NPGL. If you choose to repost any of these images, please be respectful and give credit to and tag @FatTonyBMX and @GridLeague.

Vegan Confessions – Why I Started Eating Eggs

About a week ago I started eating eggs again after being on a whole foods, plant-based diet for more than a year and a half. The decision weighed heavily on me for several months, and I’d like to use this platform to explain myself…

 

The Back Story
When I transitioned from a fully carnivorous diet to “being vegan” in January 2013 there were a lot of factors that came into play including health reasons and compassion for animals. The documentary Forks Over Knives had a huge impact on me. I really identified with the film’s approach to eating, and I like the fact that they refer to a “whole foods, plant-based diet” as opposed to throwing around the term “vegan” everywhere. With this said, I do typically refer to myself as “vegan”, but only because makes it a lot easier and quicker to explain my lifestyle to other people.

 

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*Disregard the writing on the egg cartons. Farmstand 59 uses recycled cartons, so they all have different markings on them.

 

What’s Wrong With Eggs?
When considering compassion for animals or “animal rights”, eating eggs has a little bit of grey area. The eggs you buy at the grocery store were never fertile and would never produce baby chicks, so it’s not like you are aborting an unborn chicken. In that case, no harm done, right? Wrong…

Most of the eggs available for mass-consumption in the US come from factory farms, and even those labeled “organic” or “cage-free” come from places that I don’t think hatch, raise, and treat the birds ethically. There are many issues that go into this such as cutting off the beaks of baby chicks along with housing and transporting the chickens, but another huge issue with egg-laying hens is their male counterparts. When factory farms hatch baby chickens, if the chicks are male (meaning they won’t produce eggs for the farm), they often get thrown into grinders and are killed just after hatching. You can learn more about this the videos below…

(*For this first video, fast forward to the 3:00 mark to learn specifically about chickens and eggs…)

 

 

 

My Situation
When I got on a vegan diet I had my blood checked by my primary care physician to make sure my biomarkers were where they should be. I wanted to make sure I was as healthy as I felt…and I was for the most part. However, my HDL (the “good cholesterol”) was low, which I later found out runs in my family as my father also has low HDL. About a year later I went back to have my levels checked again, and my HDL was still low. Both times my doctor recommended I eat eggs or other animal products to help raise my cholesterol.

Shortly after I transitioned to the whole foods, plant-based diet I also began working out and doing CrossFit. Since beginning my fitness journey I’ve gotten to the point where I work out five to six times per week, and sometimes multiple times per day. I have personal goals with my strength and fitness that have been proving difficult to reach on a strictly plant-based diet, mainly when it comes to putting on healthy weight from lean muscle mass.

After giving this a lot of thought over several months I found a small, local farm just four miles from my house that sells fresh eggs one day a week. I visited the farm to see the chickens and their environment and to talk to the farmers. After my visit to the farm I was convinced as much as I could be that the eggs were as ethical as I could possibly get, so I decided to buy some (For $8 a dozen—eating healthy and ethically is expensive!). I’m currently eating two to four eggs per day (strictly those eggs I personally get from my local farm) and will monitor how things go, then in a few months I will go back to the doctor to get my levels checked again to see if the eggs have affected my cholesterol in any way, and of course I’ll be paying close attention to my muscle and weight gain during this time.

 

Now What?
For now I’ll continue to refer to myself and my diet as “vegan”, but again, that’s only out of convenience. I don’t really care what label I’m stuck with or what other people call me. The important thing to me is that I’m doing everything I can to ensure my body is healthy, my personal goals are being met, and my mind is at ease knowing that I’m doing what I feel is morally right when it comes to the food I put into my body.

 

NPGL Miami Pre Season Tournament Photo Gallery

After shooting the Las Vegas Combine for the National Pro Grid League I had the opportunity to travel to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, to shoot the NPGL’s inaugural draft pick and the League’s first ever pre season tournament. It was really cool to see the teams transform and morph over the few short weeks between the Combine and the Draft, and the racing that took place was absolutely incredible. I see a ton of potential in Grid, and I’m really looking forward to seeing where this new sport goes!

Here are 30 of my favorite photos from the week…

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For more information about the National Pro Grid League check out NPGL.com. While you’re at it, follow NPGL on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook!

If you want to see more of my photos from NPGL events, check out my Grid League tag page!

All photos shot by Fat Tony and are copyrighted by NPGL. If you choose to repost any of these images, please be respectful and give credit to and tag @FatTonyBMX and @GridLeague.