TBF Sweet 16 is Back!

It’s our favorite tournament to date and now it’s back and improved!

Anyone can sign up and there is no entry fee.  The following prizes will be awarded:  

  • 1st Place: $100 Amazon gift card, free 5-pack, t-shirt
  • Runner-Up: $50 Amazon gift card, free 3-pack, t-shirt

Everything is based on our 16-minute partner Phys Ed workout, hence the name, TBF Sweet 16.

Here’s how it works…

March 1 – March 13: Seeding Phase

Scoring: Attendance-Based Point Accumulation

Top four highest point totals accumulated during Seeding Phase will earn the top seed in their division AND a first round bye. You will earn 1 point for attending an evening class, or 1.5 points for a morning class, capped at one class per day. For example, if you attend two evening classes, you will earn 1 point for that day. You must attend at least one class during the Seeding Phase to progress into the Tournament.

March 13: Selection Sunday

We’ll build the bracket here in a similar fashion to the NCAA bracket, monitoring performance during the Seeding Phase to try to make matches as fair as possible.

March 14 – April 3: The Tournament

Scoring: Best rowing distance during co-ed Phys Ed each round

You’ll face off against 1 or more people each round depending on number of Tournament participants.  We’ll advance people based on their best co-ed performance that round.  You can partner up with anyone (of the opposite sex) in class regardless of whether they are even in the Tournament.  

We’ve made 2 changes to the TBF Sweet 16 rules from last year:

  1. You can only make 2 attempts during each round
  2. Each round will consist of a unique ‘buy-in’ you and your partner must complete before heading to the rower

Until the end of the month, we're running pricing specials on several packages.  Use promo code "TBFUnlimited" to save $20 on any unlimited option, or "TBFsweet16" to save 20% on any 5, 10, or 20-class package. All packages are available here.

Use this form to register for TBF Sweet 16: 

Name *


Is it an individual or team winner?

Individual.  But during play, you partner up with someone in class (of the opposite sex) and whatever distance you achieve with that person is your individual score.

Who can I partner up with during a 16-minute Phys Ed race?

During the Seeding Phase you can partner with anyone.  We'll even have plenty of individual workouts this round. You can earn points just for attending class. 

During the Tournament, you must partner up with someone of the opposite sex in order for your score to be validated.  We don't expect you to partner up with the same person throughout the tournament... that may change from class to class.  

How often can I come to class?

As much as you want. During the Seeding Phase, higher attendance will help potentially earn you a top seed in your division AND a first round bye. But remember, you are capped to points earned for only one class per day.  

During the Tournament, each round will last a few days.  We’ll accept the best of your first two attempts that round.

I'm not the best rower so what if I come a lot during the seeding phase and then get matched up with someone really strong who comes only once during seeding phase?

We'll take this into account when building the bracket.  Strong rowers that come only once during seeding may all face each other in round 1 of the Tournament. The addition of the ‘buy-in’ this year should help to level the playing field between each level of rowers. 

When is the sign-up deadline?

We encourage you to sign up by March 1st so you have two weeks to accumulate points and potentially earn a bye for the first round (if you are one of the top four in attendance points).  The  deadline is March 12.  Sign up using the form above this FAQ section.

What if I get eliminated the first week or second week of the Tournament?

We'll have a separate contest for everyone that gets eliminated the first or second round. The winner of that bracket will get a free 5-pack and t-shirt.

I don't come to class that often so is it worth it for me to sign up?

Don’t be a jabroni!  You have nothing to lose!  Luck is involved and we designed the tournament so you can still win by only coming to class once every few days.