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 …

Death to Dadbod: The Iron Games 1

Danial Hooper Death to Dadbod

I’m at the Iron Games and it’s amazing. I’m having a great time, hanging with some awesome people, and getting to make so many new best friends. It’s a great reminder of the heart of CrossFit: Good people and fun fitness.  Here are five quick notes from my experience on the opening day of the Iron Games. 1.I got starstruck three times on Thursday. First, Nick Fowler. He’s one of the best coaches in CrossFit, one could say he’s the …

dad bod

Death to Dadbod: The Space Between

Danial Hooper Death to Dadbod

Picture this. I’m in the middle of a Handstand Hold. Arms shaking, body giggling, blood rushing to my brain. Inside my head, a lightbulb turns on. An epiphany hath doth strucketh: Is it Dadbod or Dad Bod? My normal reaction would be to shrug and say, “Who cares?” but there is a lot of weight in that little spacebar. This is my 25th Death to Dadbod. If I’m doing it wrong, what does that say about me? Sure, you don’t come …

Death to Dadbod: Vacation Aftermath

Danial Hooper Death to Dadbod

We went to Vegas, again. This one is about a workout after vacation. Heaven knows I needed it after the last week. I don’t think I can call it our “best” family vacation, but there’s no doubt it’ll be remembered as our most memorable.  A few things to note, in the event you’re going to Vegas with your wife and kids: Don’t stay at Circus Circus. Unless you like boogers on your walls and enjoy the smell of stale cadavers. …

CrossFit Hero Workouts

Death to Dadbod: Running DT

Danial Hooper Death to Dadbod

CrossFit Hero Workouts require a different mindset. I don’t care if you’re doing a partnered/modified Murph or doing a half Glen – the spirit of the hero workout is to take it more seriously than others. Instead of a moment of silence, this is an opportunity to honor someone who did the right thing. With the current status of our world, we could use a little more glorification of sacrifice. That’s the beauty of these CrossFit Hero Workouts, if you …

No Fear

Death to Dadbod: The No Fear Lie

Danial Hooper Death to Dadbod

“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it.” -Mandela Do you remember the No Fear stickers? Dude-bros who drove a Chevy had the little kid peeing on a Ford symbol.  These were the “No Fear” eyes. Tough, huh? Is the cartoon face of fearlessness?  When I see someone say “No Fear” my mind instantly goes to the dude-bro. Not because the urinating child or over expressive eyebrows, but because every dude-bro is a …

benchmark workouts

Death to Dadbod: Outsider Chipper

Danial Hooper Death to Dadbod

I Googled, “Why are benchmark workouts important in CrossFit?” Don’t ask why. It’s definitely not because this week’s Outside the Box Benchmark features an 800 Meter Run and I didn’t want to do it. Or because Devil Presses feel like an exorcism of every demon in my family tree. Nope, I was just curious. And do you know what curiosity does to cats like me? As if Greg Glassman was reading my mind, the first result was a link to …

A fast workout

Death to Dadbod: Six Sweaty Minutes

Danial Hooper Death to Dadbod

I need a fast workout. The week snuck (sneaked?) up on me. Time flies when you have 4 kids, three cats, and a 60-minute commute to work.  Part of me is still struggling to get out of bed Monday morning. Yet, here I am, getting ready to workout at 10:00pm. It’s the only time I could workout, and there ain’t no rules against a late night WOD, right?  Sidebar: Judging from the picture above, part of our spouting fell off. …

CrossFit Games

Death to Dadbod: Stationary Sprint

Danial Hooper Death to Dadbod

This picture was taken about 6 years ago at the CrossFit Games. Pukey the Clown and I shared a staredown in the vendor village while my brother was busy winning his 2nd Affiliate Cup. The CrossFit Games are a blast; whether watching the competitors, the dudes with fresh haircuts and low self-awareness, the free stuff at the vendor village, or the totes awesome food – you’re going to have a good time. Sadly, I’m not going this year. Not as …

Death to Dadbod: Double Powers

Danial Hooper Death to Dadbod

Double Unders are CrossFit’s Broccoli. Consistently overlooked as a staple in their field, yet their presence is always felt and the value is unavoidable. Plus, both Double Unders and Broccoli are high in fiber. And they’re both at their best when soaked in a cheesy soup. If you’re looking for Double Under Tips, you’ve come to the right place. I’m actually pretty decent at Double Unders. At least compared to everything else fitness related. I haven’t practiced in years, yet …