What is the NPGL?

I’ve heard National Pro Fitness League (NPFL) but as far as I know the chosen name is officially NPGL.  In my eyes it is definitely fitting.  But, what is it?  The NPGL is a new competition for athletes to show what they’re made of.  These athletes go through 11 different racing, trying to beat their opposition on what is called The Grid.  Before this there was never a way for athletes to make money and make this a living prior to being one of the best.  Of course there were sponsorships and other ways of making an income, but the NPGL is changing athletes lives and making it so they get a steady paycheck to be a professional Grid competitor.  They sign into teams, and compete, with their purpose to win races and get to the Championships!

The Grid

Each one of the Grids consists of 11 races.  Each team goes head to head like any other sporting event to win each race in attempt to get a higher score by the end.  The races are broken down with individual rules and scoring per event. the grid Here is how the NPGL breaks down each race:

RACE 1

One man and one woman on each team go back and forth through an increasingly difficult pair of movements. Each successive quadrant adds harder movements with fewer reps. Watch the substitutions because the athletes can’t work unless their partner is standing in the corresponding color box.

RACE 2

Three men and three women must match each other rep-for-rep as they grind through heavy lifts without letting the barbell fall to the ground. Teamwork and communication are essential as they have to navigate the transitions on and off the barbell.

RACES 3 & 4

Two women work as a team in a full sprint across the Grid. Thirty seconds later, they do it all over again as a separate race. Though simple the first time through, these races require solid strategy to be successful twice in a row. Substitutions and quick transitions are the keys to the fastest times.

RACES 5 & 6

Two men work as a team in a full sprint across the Grid. Thirty seconds later, they do it all over again as a separate race. Though simple the first time through, these races require solid strategy to be successful twice in a row. Substitutions and quick transitions are the keys to the fastest times.

RACE 7

The entire team is eligible to contribute in this seven minute ladder. The goal here is total weight lifted. The entire team’s total determines the two-point win, and the women’s total is the third point awarded. Every rep counts, and speed is just as important as strength.

RACE 8

One man and one woman progress through increasingly challenging bodyweight elements. Smart substitutions and fast transitions among the highest skilled players will determine the victor.

RACE 9

Three women work simultaneously across three stations for each element on the Grid. Substitutions can happen at any point, but each station must accumulate the full number of reps before anyone can move on. Teamwork and fast substitutions are required to win.

RACE 10

Three men work simultaneously across three stations for each element on the Grid. Substitutions can happen at any point, but each station must accumulate the full number of reps before anyone can move on. Teamwork and fast substitutions are required to win.

RACE 11

Four men and four women, each take on a single element in this super-fast relay race. They speed through the element and then sprint back and forth across the Grid. Specialists are thrilled because each player can focus just on what they do best.

You can also find individual videos of these races on their YouTube page!  I will admit, just reading them wasn’t enough for me either.  So if you go check out the videos I’m sure it will clear it up a little better.  You can see a picture below of how they will be scoring each of these races:

scoring for NPGL

*NC = Non-completion, or when the team doesn’t complete the race under the time cap. **Two points are awarded to the team with the overall most weight lifted, and one point is awarded to the team whose women lifted the most weight.

 

 The Teams

There are currently 8 teams from different states that will go head to head.  The teams are as follows:

  • DC Brawlers
  • San Francisco Fire
  • Philadelphia Founders
  • Boston Iron
  • Los Angelas Reign
  • New York Rhinos
  • Phoenix Rise
  • Miami Surge

You can find all these teams individual websites and social media already up and running if your looking to pick your favorite!  Currently as I’m writing this article the first ever draft of athletes is underway as we speak.  You can find the live coverage right on the NPGL homepage.

My Feelings

The NPGL is revolutionary.  Now athletes who aren’t named making it to the top ten of the CrossFit games, or don’t have a huge name in the scene are still able to get a paycheck and make fitness a lifestyle for themselves.  Before this Fitness and a paycheck was not used in the same sentence.  While CrossFit will not slow down because of this, the two will mesh well together and keep athletes training year round.  I’ve been hearing great things about it from everyone who is involved, and it also seems to be extremely viewer audience friendly.  These events will definitely be fun to watch and will put a whole new twist as fitness as a career!