Earlier this year I decided to branch out from my BMX roots and start shooting photos of other things I enjoy and that I am passionate about, and one of those things was fitness. After exploring a few angles and doing a little grunt work here and there I landed an incredible gig shooting for a brand new professional sports origination called National Pro Grid League, or NPGL. (Note: At the time I got connected with them it was still National Pro Fitness League, or NPFL.)
In their words, “Grid is the world’s first professional spectator sport with coed teams that compete in athletics racing. It’s a mainstream sporting league that is fan, TV, and sponsor friendly. Each two-hour match features two 10-person teams (5 men, 5 women, one of each being over 40 years old) going head to head in 11 fast races. Grid races are easy to follow and are played with preset rules and unlimited substitutions designed to force teams to strategize. Grid has eight teams operating in Los Angeles, New York, Boston, Washington DC, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Miami and San Francisco.”
I shot Grid League’s Las Vegas combine a few weeks ago where 200 hopefuls were competing in several matches throughout the week with their sights set on becoming a professional athlete. It was an extremely compelling event, and it was truly an honor to shoot so many top competitors.
I had been following The League online and through podcasts for a while, and I see big things in the future for the sport. To me it is one of those things that I look at and feel like it just makes sense on so many levels, so I’m incredibly thankful to be a small part of the it all so early on in its inception, and I hope to continue to work with them in their inaugural season.
After sifting through more than 15,000 photos that I shot over the course of three days I managed to pick 50 of my favorites to share here including Lindsey Valenzuela, Kenny Leverich, Andrea Ager, Noah Ohlsen, Rita Benavidez, Kristan Clever, Alessandra Pichelli, Jeremy Kinnick, Matt Aikin, and more…
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.
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 photos from NPGL events, check out the league’s Facebook galleries!
I’ll post a few more photos from the Las Vegas event next week, then be on the lookout for shots from the Miami preseason tournament soon after!