Let’s Talk About Happiness

Danial Hooper Brain Gainz, Death to Dadbod

So yeah… We live in a world starved for happiness. We’re forgetful, we’re tired, and we’re always moving on to the next thing. Our collective brains are great at dwelling on negativity, and mother culture says bad news creates better ratings. We crave happiness, but we don’t know what to do when we have it. It’s like old Don Draper once said, “But what is happiness? It’s a moment before you need more happiness.” How about this… How insane is …

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Death to Dadbod – New Challenges

Danial Hooper Death to Dadbod

New Challenges are healthy. They are a necessary opportunity to establish a path you didn’t know existed. Struggle breaths life into a skeleton. Rain feeds a dying plant. But dude, new challenges are soooo challenging. I started a new job on Monday. It’s exciting. FNX is awesome. Products are awesome, people are awesome, and the environment is exactly what I’ve been missing. It ain’t easy, but man… it’s fun. There’s a CrossFit gym attached to it. All the equipment, all the …

Let’s Talk About Apologies

Danial Hooper Death to Dadbod

So yeah… How to Apologize I don’t know if I’m in the right mindset to write this today. The range of emotions racing through my mind has me unable to truly focus. For the last 10 years, I worked in Corporate America. As of Wednesday, that’s no longer the case. It’s bittersweet, to be sure, but 10 years anywhere is bound to seep into your bones. I’m shook… and, excited. I feel this sense of relief and disdain. Fear and …

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Death to Dadbod: Self Talk/Arguing With Myself

Danial Hooper Death to Dadbod

“It’s not supposed to be easy. If it were, it wouldn’t work. Nothing easy results in growth. You persevere by making choices to overcome and offer more effort than excuses. This is why you train, not to win a trophy, but to flourish physically and mentally… and spiritually. You’re here to improve. Be like the clock, keep moving.” – Me, during a little self talk (er, therapy) session in the middle of a short workout. Self Talk I’ve been here …

Let’s Talk About Hard Conversations

Danial Hooper Brain Gainz, Family

So yeah… Hard conversations. It’s an easy day. Thursdays are rarely too intense. The twins and I are sitting down for dinner, as a family, enjoying some chicken, salad, and sweet potatoes. Joanie is seasoning the potatoes. Baby is taking a late nap on the account of a crazy growth spurt. AJ is upstairs in his dungeon being a moody teenager. We got some music on in the background and I’m enjoying a beer. Bella and I are talking about …

Death to Dadbod: Fun Family Workout

Danial Hooper Death to Dadbod

I’m not entirely sure if there is such a thing. It’s an illusion. A wavy pool in the desert of parenthood. A fun family workout is a dad’s Atlantis or Holy Grail, something that can only exist in fiction. Like a child who cleans up after themselves and says thank you. The fun family workout can only exist in the mind. Even my family, a collection of moderately-active rascals with personalities and joy, cannot finish a family workout without tears …

Let’s Talk About Fitness

Danial Hooper Brain Gainz, No Filter Fitness

So yeah… What is fitness, really? I’m not asking for Webster’s definition. That’s going to give some vague smart mush about physical capabilities and yada yadas. The definition isn’t the word, it’s just a description. And it feels pretty unrealistic. I’m in my 30s, fitness ain’t the same as back in the olden days. Ain’t nobody got time for 90 minutes in the gym. Not if you’re working a 9-5 and got a spouse and kids and cats and need …

On the Horizon

Danial Hooper No Filter Fitness

Pat and I met in 2009, right before the CrossFit Games that we were both about to participate in. Our training leading up to the first day of competition was made up of ‘playing’ sports with each other. Badminton and golf were the two favorites. We trained between this 😉 Even with nine CrossFit Games appearances between the two of us, working out has never completed our identities. Our love for play, adventure, improving as humans, and in the last …


Let’s Talk About Change

Danial Hooper Brain Gainz, No Filter Fitness

So yeah… This is an unprecedented time in our history. Social Unrest is more unrested than… maybe ever? At least on a global scale, right? I’m not a historian, but the amount of tension is different. This amount of pain is different. It’s ugly. And it’s needed. Change is coming. It’s the only way we can grow.  But change is hard.  People are struggling. Both sides of the fence are growing more frustrated. For those sitting on the fence, that …

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Death to Dadbod – The Truth About Turkish Get-Ups

Danial Hooper Death to Dadbod

I’m not saying I’m an expert in Turkish Get-ups. If you’re looking for fitness expertise within, Pat and Taz Barber or Cheryl Hargrove need to be given the microphone. They can teach TGUs better than I can recite the ABCs. Top notch teachers with the ability to educate and not inundate. In my mind, the strength of OTB is built around the people… and you’ll be hard pressed to find three better than those. Even Pat, a man who allegedly …