Get to Know Danny Nichols of the Phoenix Rise – Behind The Grid Episode 17

If you’ve ever wanted to see a couple of professional functional fitness athletes try on clothes at the mall, then today is your lucky day…

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What happens when Danny Nichols, Bryan Miller, Craig Kenney and Blaine McConnell walk into a clothing store? Check out Behind the GRID, Episode 17 to see how the Phoenix Rise players had some fun during training breaks in the 2015 National Pro Grid League season.

The Phoenix Rise had quite the season in 2015, going all the way to the championship match. The team built strong bonds during Season 2, especially since they lived and trained together.

“We’re having a lot of fun out there. We’re winning, which helps a lot,” said Danny Nichols, the 2015 NPGL MVP. “Everyone is willing to do whatever they need to do and they’re willing to sacrifice to be here and win a championship.”

The Rise came up just short as the DC Brawlers defended their title and kept their claim to the Pinnacle Trophy. But Phoenix players emerged stronger in many ways. Nichols was surrounded by his teammates when presented with the 2015 NPGL MVP Award.

“We’ll go the distance, no matter what it takes, we’ll stick together through ups and down, and we’ll finish strong because I’m always finishing,” he said.

Go to GRID TV and check out the full Episode 17 of Behind The GRID, a look at the lives, personalities and preparations of the NPGL — including amateur GRID.

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About GRID
GRID is the world’s first professional spectator sport with two co-ed teams racing head-to-head in a two-hour match. It incorporates speed, skill and strategy in a test of endurance through a variety of weightlifting and body-weight elements. Each two-hour match features two 14-person teams (7 women, 7 men, one of each being over 40 years old) going head-to-head in 11 races. GRID has eight NPGL teams: Los Angeles Reign, New York Rhinos, Boston Iron, DC Brawlers, Phoenix Rise, Miami Surge, San Francisco Fire and Baltimore Anthem. Visit for more information, and follow Grid — NPGL on Facebook, @TheGridLeague on Twitter and @GridLeague on Instagram.

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