Death to Dadbod: CrossFit Open 20.2 (Minimalist)

Danial Hooper Death to Dadbod

Ahem. The CrossFit Open is (in my mind) the pinnacle of CrossFit. Not because we get to watch Mat Faser and Tina Toomey dominate workouts. And no, it ain’t about the dude in your gym with the moose-knuckled spandex and wicked-good Fran time. The CrossFit Open is about you. It’s about me. We’re together, testing our fitness. The focus is on pushing ourselves and growing, not in competing with athletes chiseled out of iron and essential oils. We are CrossFit. …

CrossFit Open 20.1

Death to Dadbod: CrossFit Open 20.1 Recap

Danial Hooper Death to Dadbod

First taste of success. The CrossFit Open holds a special place in my heart. I wrote my first CrossFit Open recap 7 years ago. If you want to take a blast to the past… here, here, and here are some good places to start. These posts were the first moments I felt like I could write comedy mixed with CrossFit. And here we are today! Not-so-fun fact: I’ve never completed all the workouts in a CrossFit open. I usually make …

Bruce Wayne: 68-Year Old Crossfitter

Cheryl Hargrove Home Gym, No Filter Fitness

The Most Important Part of My Dad’s (Secret) Identity I want to start off this post about my dad with the most important information about him: His legal first name is Bruce. Legal middle name is Wayne. #dropmic Back to the heartfelt story: My dad is my #1 fan when it comes to my CrossFit competitive aspirations and career in the health and fitness industry. He proudly wears all the swag of the gyms I worked at and the teams …

How To Get Stronger

Death to Dadbod: How to Get Stronger

Danial Hooper Death to Dadbod

“If you want to know how to get stronger, you came to the right place… I think.” I participated in the Iron Games a few weeks ago. Was it the greatest experience of my CrossFit career? Yes, yes it was. Keep in mind, the second greatest experience of my fitness career is Adrian Conway’s Nano hand-me-downs. I talked about it twice already. Here and here. If you haven’t read those, take a few extra minutes and make it happen. I …

Postpartum Body Chronicles Pt. 2 – Kegels… You’re Doing Them Wrong

Cheryl Hargrove Mom Mindfulness

Last time I set out to write something about where I started in my postpartum fitness journey, it turned into more of a mental assessment in goal setting. THIS time, we’re gonna get down to the nitty gritty. Jumpin’ right in. WTF Just Happened to Your Body During pregnancy, your body went through a period of expansion (to over simplify it). Your stomach was pushed OUT and then sh*t was pushed DOWN. During the last month, I know we all …

Running workout

Death to Dadbod: Your New Favorite Running Workout

Danial Hooper Death to Dadbod

What’s the most important thing for a good running workout? Is it good shoes? What about a good attitude? Maybe it’s making sure the weather is permitting? Is it proper moisturization of the crotch? Or… maybe… it’s simply having the time to do the freakin’ workout.  Dude, I don’t know how people workout for 60-90 minutes every day. My schedule is so booked right now, I can barely manage 3 Outside the Box workouts each week. And those things are …

Dumbbell Exercise

Put the Fun in Functional: 5 Funky Dumbbell Exercises to Add to Your Workout Arsenal

Cheryl Hargrove Home Gym, Workout Videos

Adding Load Increases Workout Variance When incorporating a Dumbbell or Kettlebell into your workout routine, there are obvious movements to perform: the Kettlebell Swing, a Goblet Squat, a Dumbbell Snatch, etc. These are all movements that we see frequently in the gym and are perfect to take outside the box and into a park, driveway, or kids soccer game. But you’re not here for that… are you? Did you go outside the box to find some standard dumbbell exercises? Or …

baby shark workout

Death to Dadbod: The Baby Shark Workout

Danial Hooper Death to Dadbod

Full disclosure: I’m tired. This week has become a long month and I’m feeling like a stain on the underoos of life. Somehow, I made time to workout last night, the first time this week, and I’m pretty sure sleep deprivation is driving me slowly insane. I mean, why else would I be singing the Baby Shark song during a workout? Last night, our baby cried for roughly 36 hours. He’s teething, and he has his father’s tolerance of pain. …

Put the Fun in Functional: 5 Funky Bodyweight Exercises to Add to Your Workout Arsenal

Cheryl Hargrove Home Gym, Workout Videos

The Predicament You’re a garage/home gym exerciser and you’re looking to mix it up. However, the problem is, how and where do I get ideas to add variance into my programming? Thinking of new things to do involves effort, time, and a bit of learning. Eliminate ALL of that work for yourself and take a peek at the videos below. Seasoned Outsiders, you’ll likely recognize these from your session plans/workouts. Those of you who are new to OTB, try these …

Death to Dadbod: My CrossFit Injury

Danial Hooper Death to Dadbod

I broke my leg* at the Iron Games. It was during a Clean and Jerk Ladder, I was in the midst of putting 245 lbs over my head when a massive pop took place inside my knee. Sadly, I failed on the rep. I sustained my first real CrossFit injury* in my life.  *Okay, it’s not broken. However, if my wife asks, please tell her I totally tore my ACL. Or severed my kneecap. You can be as creative as …