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 …

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Death to Dadbod: Oh Great, a Lunge Workout

Danial Hooper Death to Dadbod

Oh boy. We’re in the safe space, right? I can say stuff between us friends and you won’t tell anyone, right? Thanks. That makes me feel so much better. I’m about to say some stuff about myself that’s um… embarrassing. So, if you’re not down with that, then just skip ahead to the lunge workout. Let’s start from the top. I’m in a bit of a stressful period of my life. Ya know, the whole global pandemic thing, and then …

Tiger King Fitness

Death to Dadbod: Tiger King Fitness

Danial Hooper Death to Dadbod

What a weird time. The world has effectively gone anti-social and anti-bacterial in efforts to combat this insane virus. We’re in a time that’ll be discussed in history books. Disease, social anxiety, prevention, the holy grail economy, alllllll the hand washing. Our kid’s kids aren’t going to believe this. And then, to make it even more confusing, there’s the Tiger King. This man’s story belongs in the history books too! Netflix has (again) united so many people during a really …

Death to Dadbod: A Real Fast Workout

Danial Hooper Death to Dadbod

What a time to be alive. It feels like just yesterday that I was worried about a teething baby and a flooded bathroom. Now, we got real concerns going on. COVID-19 is exposing some real weak points for some of us, myself especially. My brain is running in every direction, so much so that even a fast workout seems like an impossible commitment. I’m so worried about my kids safety/school work, my work going in the tank, and my house …

Let’s Talk About Time

Danial Hooper Uncategorized

So yeah… How can a clock move so fast and suddenly so slow? How were the first two weeks of January soooo slow and then suddenly we’re in February? Why does it feel like we never have enough time to actually achieve the things we want to do? Is this going to be a boring article with rehashed time saving tips that don’t actually work? Quick answers: 1) time only goes at one speed, you’re the one who changes. 2) …

Death to Dadbod – Filthy Fifty for Friends

Danial Hooper Death to Dadbod

Today, my wife and I completed the OTB Minimalist version of the Filthy Fifty. It’s the CrossFit equivalent of a murder by 10,000 paper cuts. No one movement is meant to be awful, but if you do it fifty times, you’re bound to feel filthy and likely contract a disease of the will. It’s so fun. You should totes try this one. Before I jump into the workout. Here’s a bit of an update on how my January went. January …