Professional Fitness Athletes’ Association To Give Competitors a Unified Voice

The nonprofit aims to act on behalf all athletes in functional fitness competitions.

The Professional Fitness Athletes’ Association (PFAA) has been established.

As reported by Morning Chalk Up, 3-time Fittest Woman on Earth Tia-Clair Toomey, 2020 Rogue Invitational champion Patrick Vellner, and 2019 Dubai CrossFit Championships winner Brent Fikowski are a few of the big names to join the nonprofit associationPFAA will be a means of representation for functional fitness competitors to have a unified voice and collective bargaining power for their interests, regardless of their membership status with PFAA. 

According to the PFAA’s website, their goals include:

  • Work on projects that will safeguard the health & safety of athletes at competitions.
  • Create frameworks so competitions operate consistently, fairly and adhere to high standards.
  • Improve communication between event organizers and athletes.
  • Directly cooperate with companies and individuals outside the PFAA to give input on shaping the competition season.
  • Work to establish what is in the best interest of athletes currently in competitions, while also ensuring the growth of competitions for future athletes.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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The interim executive committee of the PFAA consists of:

Current PFAA members also include all sixty athletes who have qualified for the 2020 Reebok CrossFit Games.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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CrossFit HQ has gone through a significant number of major changes recently including the company’s sale to soon-to-be owner and CEO Eric Roza, the loss of their partnership with Reebok, and multiple postponements of the 2020 Games due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The 2020 Games, now scheduled for September 14th at the earliest, will take place in Aromas, California with a limited roster and an absence of age group competition. It will be without some of the biggest names in the sport who withdrew from the event in an effort to evoke change in the company’s leadership.

We will continue to share updates about PFAA as they are released.

Feature image from Brent Fikowski and Tia-Clair Toomey’s Instagram pages: @fikowski and @tiaclair1

Phil Blechman

Phil Blechman

Phil is a native New Yorker passionate about storytelling, bodybuilding, and game design. He holds a BFA from Syracuse University.

Before becoming a Staff Writer at BarBend, Phil worked on the creative team at World Wrestling Entertainment, as a narrator for Audible.com with over a dozen titles, and as a producer, director, and playwright Off-Broadway in New York City where he worked for The Araca Group and co-founded IJB Theatrical Productions. He can be heard as a co-host of both the Here’s What’s Up podcast and Eternal Durdles podcast.

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