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Metcon Camera for iOS

Time and record your workouts!

The Metcon Camera helps athletes by placing a timer right on the screen where it should be. No more limiting your camera angles to where the clock is located in your gym. Liberate your recordings with the Metcon Camera!

Great for online submissions for any and all fitness competitions and for bragging with your friends on YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram!

The Metcon Camera allows for introductions and on screen timer activation when you're ready. Use the For Time, Time Cap, or Rounds settings to customize the type of timer you want to use. Also, you have the option to change the color of the timer to your liking to make your recordings standout.

New Features and Customizations are on the way! Stay Tuned!


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Please see the Metcon Camera for more details. For further inquires and support information please contact [email protected]

Will GRID League survive the 2017 season?

GRID League is a fitness competition league that involves two teams competing head to head that involves a variation of weightlifting, body-weight and other athletic components. GRID teams must have exceptional speed, strength, technique and a well balanced team to finish the races in the quickest conceivable time.

The National Pro GRID League was founded by Tony Budding, a former CrossFit Inc. employee, in 2014. To say the league started off rocky is an understatement. They had to endure a name change due to its close similarity to the NFL franchise. Then had to stop operations midway through the first season due to investors backing out. This lead to embarrassing cancellations of matches and altering the format of the finals. These setbacks were damaging to the reputation of the league. It put the question of whether or not this is a viable sport or not. To top it off, the GRID League season ended with the removal of the founder, Tony Budding. Ouch.

The next two seasons brough less and less flair than the inaugural season provided. Instead of individual head to head matches, they brought together all the teams to compete head to head on the same day. They also moved matches to fitness expos and smaller arenas.

What are they doing wrong?

To start, they make it hard to be a fan. With any growing sport you would assume you want to reach as many people as you can so you can establish some form of base audience. The best way of providing that reach is through online viewership. The use of YouTube, Facebook, and other media platforms to show the matches to people would have been idea. But GRID opted for charging to watch matches online.

Spending $20.00 to watch a sport that i know nothing about is ridiculous. This paywall is exactly how it sounds, a big uninteresting wall around the league preventing entry to anyone with the slightest curiosity. Still to this day it's disappointing to see that they still charge a fee to watch online. It’s possible they have contract obligations with cable networks they signed on with but this is a massive barrier to viewership. Think for a second on how CrossFit grew to its cult-like status. They didn't charge to watch online from the start, they grew their audience first then monetized more year over year.

If you want more proof of this, just compare the YouTube pages of CrossFit vs GRID League. It is certainly clear what method works best.

The matches are confusing. Sure, we can blame some of this on being a new sport, constant changes in format, and the actual GRID itself and all but the reality is head to head matches just are not entertaining enough to watch (especially for a fee). GRID may have tired to combat this by introducing crazy movements but that basically turned the matches into circus events rather than fitness competitions. It also seemed that athlete safety was put on hold during these spectacles.

There was initial optimism for the GRID League to be just as successful as the CrossFit Games. But at this point in time seeing the dwindling interest in matches, higher profile athletes leaving, and low viewership numbers, it just does not seem likely that will happen anymore. Only time will tell. Let’s see how 2017 plays out for the GRID League.


Photo Credit: NPGL

CrossFit Games Announces 17.1 Open Details!

We are twelve days out from one of the largest online fitness competitions hosted by the CrossFit Games. Today, Dave Castro and the gang just announced that 17.1 CrossFit Games Open will be a double feature that will take place in Paris, France & Montreal, Canada! What?! Now that’s what I’m talking about.

CrossFit Games site is indicating that the announcement will come from the infamous fearless leader, Dave Castro in Paris, France. Then they will whisk the live feed all the way to Montreal, Canada for part one of the head to head action.

But who you ask? Well we are going to start off with a great line up featuring Patrick Vellner vs Brent Fikowski. Both very formidable athletes in their own right. Vellner finished third and Fikowski finished 4th in the 2016 CrossFit Games. Should be fun to watch this match up.

And once they are done, we get thrown back across the pond to Paris, France where Samantha Briggs and Kristin Holte will throwdown for 17.1.

Now that our mind is pretty much blown, we need to process this information. The CrossFit Games and Dave Castro have decided to take the action to two countries to kick off the open. This is an impressive feat and a great way to expand this brand into other countries in hopes of bringing in more people to the open. This only means great things for the community. As the CrossFit Games continues to grow we can only hope this brings more top level athletes out to compete for the coveted top spot, The Fittest on Earth.

The coverage of 17.1 begins on Feb. 23rd at 5PM PST. You can view the live feed at There will be a pre-show before the live announcement, followed by the Cool Down Show. Be sure to mark your calendars and tune in!


Photo Credit: CrossFit Games