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USA Functional Fitness to Hold Collegiate National Functional Fitness Championship

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USA Functional Fitness is proud to announce it will be hosting its first ever Collegiate National Functional Fitness Championships February 3th and 4th in Reston, Virginia. The competition will feature both pairs and individual competition in both RX and Pairs Divisions.

The competition is open to any athlete aged 25 or younger who is enrolled in a degree program at US college or university. Athletes competing in the pairs divisions must attend the same school.

USAFF is providing guaranteed spots entry to the pairs competition for the following schools with functional fitness or CrossFit® club programs who have assisted in the initial idea phase of the event planning:

Penn State University
University of Pittsburgh
Naval Academy
West Point
University of Cincinnati
University of Miami, Ohio

The remaining spots for the pairs competition will be open to the public for general registration on a first come first served basis this fall.

Athletes wishing to compete in the individual division must complete an online qualifier beginning in October. Registration for the online qualifier is open now.

Besides earning individual and pairs National titles during the event, one school will be crowned the National Functional Fitness Championships based on a point system for podium finishes. Athletes in both RX and scaled divisions will earn points for their school for podium finishes, though RX divisions will earn more points than scaled divisions will for the same placing.

USAFF’s expansion and focus in the collegiate space mirrors the International Functional Fitness Federation’s (iF3) desire to align with the International Federation of University Sport (FISU) and earn the sport a place at a future World University Games.

Interested athletes can find more information and register for the individual online qualifier on Competition Corner

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2022 USAFF Masters Online Qualifier

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2022 USAFF Masters Online Qualifier


USA Functional Fitness would like to invite all Masters Athletes (30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, and 65+) to participate in the USAFF online qualifier to earn a spot to represent the United States at the International Functional Fitness Federation’s Masters World Championships taking place November 18-20, 2022 in Aruba!

Qualification

The USA Functional Fitness Masters online registration is open until May 23, 2022. In order to limit the number of qualifiers that athletes need to complete, USAFF will use the following workouts from the CrossFit (CF) Age Group Quarterfinals (AGQ) as part of your score:

Endurance Test: Age Group Quarterfinals Workout 5

Strength Test: Age Group Quarterfinals Workout 4

Bodyweight Test: Age Group Quarterfinals Workout 3

Mixed Test: Age Group Quarterfinals Workout 2

If you completed the AGQ, you simply need to register for the USAFF Masters Qualifier and input your existing scores.
If you did not register for the CF AGQ, you will have 3 weeks to complete all 4 tests and submit your scores and videos.

Video Submissions

Video standards listed on the AGQ website will have the same requirements for video submissions.

  • Unverified scores will be posted publicly at the time of submission.
  • It is the responsibility of each athlete to ensure video standards and movement standards are met, as scores may be adjusted and penalties applied accordingly.
  • Videos will be reviewed and scores will be verified by USAFF after completion of the USAFF Masters Qualifier.
  • All scores will be reviewed and verified no later than June 12, 2022.


Register Here 2022 USAFF Masters Online Qualifier

Athlete Selection

Athlete Selection

The top three male and female athletes in each age group will qualify to represent the USAFF at the Masters World Championships in Aruba.

Invitations

The first round of invitations will be sent out electronically after online qualifier scores are validated. Qualifying athletes will have until June 26, 2022 to secure their spot for the event. A second round of invites will be sent if/when initially invited athletes decline their spot for the Masters World Championships. Any unclaimed spots for the Masters World Championships can then be awarded via at-large invitation.

Travel

Athletes who decide to travel to compete at the World Championships, will be required to meet the vaccination requirements as they have been identified by the country of Aruba.




Register Here 2022 USAFF Masters Online Qualifier

Reach For The Rings

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Reach For The Rings
The story of the Olympic Fitness Movement
IMDB link – imdb.com/title/tt14043296/
Genre – Documentary, Sports 
Who has what it takes to be the Champion?


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REACH FOR THE RINGS tells the story of the sport of Functional Fitness aspiring to reach the Olympic Games

May 24th, 2021 – A new documentary film portrays the 2019 World Championships of the International Function Federation—a not for-profit, athlete-driven organization endeavoring to bring the sport of Functional Fitness to the Olympic Games—available now for pre-orders on iTunes & Apple TV.

After prevailing at their own National Championships, the top Functional Fitness athletes from around the world converge on Malmo, Sweden to compete in the 2019 iF3 World Championships.

Over three days, these athletes face 6 harrowing “tests” in order to crown the World Champions in the Women’s, Men’s, and Teams divisions. Each of the 6 tests challenges a different aspect of fitness: Endurance, Strength, Bodyweight, Skill, Mixed, and Power.

The USA Functional Fitness Team are here for redemption after dominating at home in 2017 and facing disappointment in London in 2018. Coach Justin Cotler plans to stage a comeback and sweep the podium in 2019.

Canada’s Alex Parker is here on a personal quest to defeat her “frenemy” and rival, American Jordan Adcock, who lives in the same town, trains at the same gym, and shares the same coach. They’re neck and neck in every test.

The sport of Functional Fitness wants to be an Olympic sport. These 46  National Federations around the globe have banded together in order to “Reach For The Rings” and achieve their Olympic dream.

This is the first film from the International Functional Fitness Federation, produced by Functional Fitness Films, and distributed by Gravitas Ventures.

Reach For The Rings is available now throughout the USA & Canada!  You can watch the trailer: https://f.io/cQpvYuGm and order using the following links:

Video-On-Demand

iTunes: https://tv.apple.com/movie/reach-for-the-rings/umc.cmc.3a1e0we4g6c7494kxzkg0x82n?itsct=tv_box_link&itscg=30200

Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/movies/details/Reach_for_the_Rings?id=fQx-dfIwp3s.P&hl=en_US

Microsoft Xbox: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/p/reach-for-rings/8d6kgwxn85wl?activetab=pivot%3aoverviewtab

Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/reachfortherings

VUDU: https://www.vudu.com/content/movies/details/Reach-For-The-Rings/1716202

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zkiz2bX5BIo&ab_channel=YouTubeMoviesYouTubeMoviesVerified

Fandango: https://www.fandangonow.com/details/movie/reach-for-rings-2021/MMVA6526B1EDE3D46452AB525E8D54C44580?ele=searchresult&elc=reach%20for%20&eli=0&eci=movies

DVD & Blu-ray

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Reach-for-Rings-Blu-ray/dp/B08WYDVPRL

Walmart: https://www.walmart.com/ip/Reach-for-the-Rings-DVD/381465686

FYE: https://www.fye.com/reach-for-the-rings-aec.gvtm22032dvd.html

Oldies.com: https://www.oldies.com/product-view/77860T.html

Best Buy: https://www.bestbuy.com/site/reach-for-rings-dvd/35255441.p?skuId=35255441

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/dvd-reach-for-rings/36078346?ean=0810047235668

Yes Asia: https://www.yesasia.com/global/reach-for-rings-mod-us-version/1102431361-0-0-0-en/info.html

Director
Nicholas John Nakis

Producers
Nicholas John Nakis, Gretchen Kittelberger

Writer
Nicholas John Nakis

Cast
Alex Parker, Jordan Adcock, Zach Sowder, Matt Dlugos, Zach Watts, Kason Morris, Matt Morton, Maicey McIlveen, Samantha DeCristofaro, Brian Harris, Justin Cotler, James Fitzgerald, Gretchen Kittelberger

Runtime 
118 minutes

Production Company
Functional Fitness Films, LLC

Production Year
2021

Country of Origin
USA

Dialogue Language
English

Soundtrack
MS-Records
Alex Medina (Beats by Medina)

Copyright Holder & Year
International Functional Fitness Federation, LLC 2021

MPAA Rating
Not Rated

iF3 Worlds 2020 Cancelled; Continental Cup Announced

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May 19th, 2020: Today the International Functional Fitness Federation announced their decision to cancel the 2020 iF3 World Championships scheduled to be held in November 2020 in British Columbia, Canada. The decision was made after the planning team received information that the reinstatement of large scale sporting events will not occur until stage 4 of British Columbia’s reopening plan; a stage  which will not begin until a vaccine or other treatment for Covid-19 is found. Additionally, international tourism is not set to restart until this stage. Based on British Columbia’s stated reopening plan, the iF3 felt that it would be inappropriate and potentially misleading to the athletes to continue to plan an event that the iF3 could not guarantee would be both legal and safe to hold in November of this year.

However, the cancellation of the 2020 World Championships does not mark the end of the 2020 season. Along with the cancellation, the iF3 also announced the addition of a live virtual Continental Cup to the 2020 season. The Continental Cup will feature the same individual and team athletes that would have attended the 2020 World Championships and will feature a preliminary and final round of competition held on subsequent weekends in December.

In the preliminary round of competition, athletes will compete against other athletes from their continent during a 2 hour live but virtual competition featuring 6 tests. Athletes will participate in the competition from their own gyms, but be logged into an online streaming platform during their designated timeslot in order to see their competitors and take them on head to head.

The top three athletes and teams from each continental preliminary session will move on to the final round of competition, which will take place the following weekend. The format of the final round will mimic the preliminary round, but with 6 new tests. The final will be “new life” meaning all scores will reset going into the final. Additional details about the Continental Cup will be released in the coming months

Anti-Doping Education to Feature Once Again at USAFF Nationals

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June 5, 2019: The USA Functional Fitness National Championships will include anti-doping education provided by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) thanks to a generous donation by OPEX Fitness.

USAFF Nationals will kick off on Friday June 14th with anti-doping education seminars presented by USADA. It is USAFF’s belief that the foundation of a good anti-doping program starts with educating athletes on the rules they are required to abide by. Therefore, USAFF will be hosting two educational seminars on that Friday; one targeting athletes who have not received any anti-doping education before and a more in-depth seminar for athletes who were at Nationals last year where they received the basic education.

Last year’s educational session, also presented by USADA, was not only informative to the athletes but also provided useful insights to USAFF about the state of supplement use and suspected PED use in the sport. In a follow up report provided by USADA to USAFF, 30.77% of 2018 Nationals participants answered yes to the survey statement  “I know performance-enhancing drugs have been offered to others.” Additionally, 84.62% of respondents answered yes to using dietary supplements in the past. With dietary supplements being prevalent in functional fitness, USAFF wants to continue focusing efforts on educating athletes about the potential dangers of supplements to their body and their reputation as clean athletes.

“I want to play a part with increasing the education on what clean sport means” said James FitzGerald, Founder of OPEX Fitness. This year’s education is being funded through a donation from OPEX Fitness. Due to OPEX’s belief in the importance of clean sport, they have entered into an agreement with USAFF that donated funding that will be specifically earmarked for anti-doping education.

USAFF Director of Operations Kason Morris stated, “Our athletes deserve to know that when they step onto the competition floor there is a level playing field between the athletes. This all starts by developing the groundwork for a robust anti-doping program. Without the support of OPEX, we would not be able to offer this education to our athletes this year, and we are grateful for their support and commitment to clean sport.”

Competition at USA Functional Fitness Nationals will kick off on Saturday June 15th and run through Sunday the 16th at CrossFit Krypton in Chesapeake, Virginia. Top finishers in the Individual divisions will earn their spot to represent the USA at the International Functional Fitness Federation (iF3) World Championships in Malmo, Sweden on August 30-September 1st. Master’s athletes at the event will also be fighting for qualification spots to the iF3 Masters World Championships which will be in Australia in October.

USA Functional Fitness to Kick off Anti-doping Efforts at National Championship

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For Immediate Release

May 10th, 2018: USA Functional Fitness (USAFF) will be initiating its efforts in the realm of anti-doping this August during the USA Functional Fitness National Championships. These efforts will start with an athlete education session hosted by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) which will take place on Friday August 24th prior to the kick off of the weekend’s competition.

USAFF recognizes that athlete education is a vital component of a good anti-programing, and feels it is critical that anti-doping rules and policies be spelled out and clearly explained to participating athletes. During the in-person presentation, USADA will discuss the importance of clean competition and protecting the rights of athletes. In addition, USADA will cover global anti-doping standards, including the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Prohibited List, as well as some tools that are publicly available to help athletes prepare themselves for future anti-doping efforts. .

USAFF President Josh Plosker stated, “USAFF is committed to not only maintaining a clean sport but also making sure that athletes understand the rules and are fully prepared to uphold those rules. It is vital to us that athletes receive appropriate education before any sort of anti-doping testing begins. That being said, once anti-doping education has been offered, athletes should fully expect that testing can occur.”

USAFF athletes that go on to represent the United States at the International Functional Fitness Federation World Championships in London in October can also expect to encounter anti-doping control efforts at that event, indicating the worldwide commitment of the functional fitness community to clean sport.

 

2018 USAFF Rulebook Released; Major Qualification Updates Explained

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The 2018 USA Functional Fitness Rulebook is now publicly available on the USAFF website at https://usafunctionalfitness.org/sport/usaff-rulebook/. Any updates to the movement standards for the 2018 season will be released in the upcoming weeks.

While the majority of the rulebook remains the same as the 2017 season, some sections have been revised for clarity. The only major change to the rulebook for 2018 is the qualifying process for Nationals and the selection of the athletes which will compromise the National Team and get to travel to London to represent the US at the International Functional Fitness World Championships in October. This is located in section 3.2 of the rulebook. While all athletes should review the rulebook in its entirety to make sure they understand the competitive requirements for sanctioned USA Functional Fitness competitions, below is a summary of both the Nationals qualifying process and the selection process for Worlds.

Nationals Qualifying Process

There are 4 tracks through which an athlete can qualify to USAFF Nationals in 2018:

  1. Automatic Invitation to Compete
    • All 2017 National Team Members receive an automatic invite to compete
  2. Special Invitation to Compete
    • Athletes who showed exceptional performance at an Athlete Performance Camp or in other competitions, whether sanctioned or unsanctioned, throughout the year can be invited to compete by the National Team Coaching Staff
  3. Online Qualification
    • The Official USAFF Online Qualifier will be held June 7th to June 18th 2018. The top 30 individual male and the top 30 individual female finishers in the qualifier will be invited to compete at Nationals.
  4. Injury/Illness Appeal
    • In order to submit an injury or illness appeal for entry to Nationals you must have been unable to participate in both tracks 2 and 3 due to the injury or illness. Please contact USAFF directly if you believe you qualify for an injury or illness appeal.

Worlds Qualification

Since the US is not the host country for Worlds this year we are not allowed to send as many athletes to compete at Worlds as we did in 2017. This year, the USA is allowed to send 3 individual male athletes, 3 individual female athletes, and 1 team of 4 (made up of 2 males, and 2 females) to compete at Worlds.

  • You must compete at USAFF Nationals on August 25th and 26th in Glen Jean, West Virginia in order to be considered to compete at Worlds.
  • The top 3 male and top 3 female finishers at Nationals will automatically earn a spot on the National Team and the opportunity to travel to London to represent the United States at Worlds.
  • Two additional men and two additional women who competed at Nationals will be selected by the National Team Coaching staff to be added to the National Team and represent the United States at Worlds.
  • The National Team Coaching staff will decide which qualifiers to Worlds will compete as Individuals and which will compromise the team in the team competition.

Throughout the remainder of the season, the National Team Coaching staff may in their discretion add up to 5 additional men and 5 additional women to the National Team for inclusion in National Team Camps, Activities, or representation at other internationally sanctioned events.

 

Werksan Barbells Announced as Official Equipment Partner for USAFF National Championships

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April 6, 2018 – USA Functional Fitness is excited to announce Werksan Barbells as the official equipment provider for the 2018 USA Functional Fitness National Championships.

Werksan Barbells is known for its high quality barbells and plates and is one of only 5 equipment companies in the world to hold the prestigious IWF Certification, a testament to the precision and quality of Werksan’s equipment. Though famously known for their weightlifting equipment, Werksan will also be unveiling a new custom built pullup rig for USAFF Nationals.

Josh Plosker, President of USA Functional Fitness, stated “USA Functional Fitness couldn’t be more excited to work with Werksan as our equipment provider for Nationals. They offer an unparalleled quality of product, and now with their expansion of offerings to include pullup rigs, they offer the total package for equipment within the functional fitness space.”

Kenny Triboletti, President and General Manager of Werksan Barbells, commented “Werksan is thrilled to team up with USA Functional Fitness. USA Functional Fitness has been clearing a path to promote and grow functional fitness as a competitive sport in the US. Like Werksan, USAFF is proud to create opportunities for competitive athletes of all ages and abilities.”

USA Functional Fitness Nationals will be held August 25th and 26th at Summit Bechtel Reserve in Glen Jean, West Virginia. The event will be a part of Spartan’s North American Championship weekend. USAFF Nationals will feature two days of competition with the top functional fitness athletes in the country vying for a spot on the USA Functional Fitness National Team as well as the crown of National Champion. The top finishers at the event will also qualifier to represent the US at the International Functional Fitness Federation National Championships October 5-7th in London, England. Please visit https://usafunctionalfitness.org/2018-nationals/to learn how to qualify to compete at USAFF Nationals.

 

Learn More

Werksan

Werksan Barbells USA is based in Moorestown, NJ and produces high quality weightlifting and strength and conditioning equipment. They are known for producing the World’s Toughest Barbells and Bumper Plates. For more information on Werksan please visit werksanusa.com and follow them on facebook and instagram @werksanbarbells.

USAFF

USA Functional Fitness is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization serving as the national governing body for competitive functional fitness in the United States. Their mission is to promote and grow the sport throughout the country by striving to improve fairness, safety, and integrity in the sport as well as increasing sporting opportunities for athletes, coaches, judges, and spectators. You can learn more about USAFF at usafunctionalfitness.org or follow them @usafunctionalfitness on facebook and instagram.

USAFF Hosts National Championship during  Spartan’s North American Championship Weekend in West Virginia

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For Immediate Release 

USA Functional Fitness Hosts National Championship during Spartan’s North American Championship Weekend in West Virginia

Spartan’s Global Championship Series Event Takes Place August 25 -26 in Glen Jean, WV

BOSTON, MA (April 4, 2018) – USA Functional Fitness (USAFF) and Spartan have Joined forces to host the USA Functional Fitness National Championship competition in conjunction with the 2018 Spartan North American Championship in Glen Jean, West Virginia taking place August 25th and 26th. USAFF is the national governing body for competitive functional fitness in the United States of America and Spartan is the largest obstacle race (OCR) and endurance brand in the world.

The USAFF National Championship is a 2 day competition featuring the country’s top functional fitness athletes as they compete for the title of National Champion and a spot on the USA Functional Fitness National Team. Athletes will compete in six tests, which showcase the range and breadth of their abilities in areas such as aerobic capacity, strength, power, and skill proficiency. Athletes selected for the USA Functional Fitness National Team will be invited to represent the United States at the International Functional Fitness Federation World Championships held October 5-7th in London, England.

“We are excited to be a part of the activities at Spartan’s North American Championship event,” said USA Functional Fitness President Josh Plosker. “This is an incredible opportunity to create additional excitement for both events, adding to activities at Spartan’s race festival – and it allows athletes from both the functional fitness world and the Spartan world to cross and broaden their athletic horizons.”

The competition will be held in the race festival of Spartan’s North American Championship at the Summit Bechtel Reserve, a training, Scouting, and adventure center for the millions of youth and adults involved in the Boy Scouts of America.

The North American Championship is the culmination of Spartans U.S., Canadian and Mexican National Series, which will see the best endurance athletes from the three countries competing for cash and prizes on the road to the World Championship. The event is presented by Wild, Wonderful West Virginia and is part of Spartan’s 2018 Global Championship Series, with competition unfolding across more than 30 countries.

“In addition to the on-course action, Spartan events are designed to provide a unique experience for spectators and racers alike, and the addition of USAFF’s championship is an exciting addition to the festival at our North American Championship,” said Spartan General Manager of U.S. Events, Brian Duncanson. “The two events will bring some of the continents best athletes together to form two-days of no-holds-barred competition and we look forward to watching it all unfold in West Virginia.”

Functional fitness workouts are performed at a high intensity and are based on functional movements, which aligns with Spartan’s training philosophy, emphasizing strength, endurance and mental grit. Spartan events focus on sport and athleticism, pushing the bodies and minds of competitors to the limit across miles of unforgiving terrain while they conquer signature obstacles such as the Spear Throw, Monkey Bars and Barbed Wire Crawl.

Athletes wishing to participate in USA Functional Fitness Nationals must qualify through one of three methods including receiving an invitation based on performance at the USAFF Performance Camp in mid-April, being a current member of the National Team, or through an online qualifying event to be announced shortly.

For qualifying information for the 2018 Spartan North American Championship, registering for an open heat and purchasing spectator passes, visit Spartan.com.

 

ABOUT USA FUNCTIONAL FITNESS

USAFF is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization acting as the national governing body for competitive functional fitness in the United States. More information about USA Functional Fitness and the National Championships is available at usafunctionalfitness.org.

ABOUT SPARTAN 

Spartan is the world’s largest obstacle race and endurance brand, and the first in-sport to feature timing and global rankings. With more than 200 events across more than 30 countries in 2018, Spartan Race will attract more than one million global participants offering open heats for all fitness levels, along with competitive and elite heats. The Spartan Race lifestyle boasts a community of more than five million passionate social media followers, health and wellness products, training and nutrition programs, and a popular NBC television series, which has made obstacle racing one of the fastest growing sports in the world. Spartan Race events feature races at three distances, 3+Mile/20+ Obstacle “Sprint,” 8+ Mile/25+ Obstacle “Super” and 12+ Mile/30+ Obstacle “Beast,” culminating in the Reebok Spartan Race World Championship in Lake Tahoe, Calif. Visit http://www.spartan.com for more information and registration.

 

Media Contact: Jonathan Fine at 781.248.3963 or jonathanf@spartan.com.

 

Plosker Becomes USAFF President; Fitzgerald Moves To iF3

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February 15, 2018: In a January 31st Board Meeting, USA Functional Fitness (USAFF) Chairman James Fitzgerald announced he would be stepping down as Chairman effective immediately in order to take on a larger role with the International Functional Fitness Federation (iF3).

Josh Plosker was selected as the new President of USA Functional Fitness and Justin Cotler will move into the Vice President role, while remaining a National Team Coach. Mike Lee will retain his position as National Team Coach.

Fitzgerald expressed his excitement about the transition and confidence in the USAFF leadership team, “Internally, staff have been aware this transition would occur for awhile now, it was just a matter of making sure the timing was right. With the 2018 season just around the corner, the time has come to make this change. I have no doubts that there is a phenomenal team in place that will develop USA Functional Fitness into a strong and well-run organization. I look forward to shifting my focus to the international stage and helping to push the mission of the iF3 forward.”

Newly elected President Plosker commented, “I’m very excited to be beginning 2018 as the new President of USAFF. We already have a strategic plan in place for 2018, which will help to push the organization forward. Our focus for the year remains solely on the athletes and providing them with training opportunities, competitive opportunities, and the opportunity to represent their country in international competition.”

Plosker elaborated on the opportunities USAFF plans to provide to athletes in 2018, which include an Athlete Performance Camp in April, USAFF Nationals in August, and the iF3 World Championships in London in October.

The Athlete Performance Camp is up first on April 14-15th in Scottsdale, Arizona and is an opportunity for members of the National Team as well as interested members of the public to train together and test their abilities in each of the 6 test categories used in international competition. Athletes will face tests of Aerobic Capacity, Strength, Bodyweight Endurance, Bodyweight Skill, Mixed Modal, and Power over two days along with the several discussions and seminars throughout the weekend.

The Camp also provides an opportunity for athletes not on the National Team to earn a spot to compete at the USAFF Nationals in August. Current National Team members automatically earn a sport to compete at Nationals, but everyone else must qualify to compete in 2018. While most of the qualification spots will be decided through an online qualifier later in the year, USAFF coaching staff have additional invite spots that they will give away based on performance at camp.

More information on the USAFF Performance Camp and USAFF Nationals will be released in the coming weeks. Cotler will be going live on facebook in the next few weeks in order to talk about the goals of USAFF, the upcoming USAFF season, the performance camp, and answer questions from members.