Death to Dadbod: Open Recap 20.4

Danial Hooper Death to Dadbod

Happy Halloween, Outsider.

We’re at the 4th installment of the CrossFit Open 2020, and I have to say… this is my favorite year so far. I like the variance, I’m enjoying the torture, and I’m happy to report that I haven’t puked/grew a tail yet. Small victories are still victories.

I finished trick or treating with the kids, and now I’m on a sugar high after eating 17 Reese’s Cups.

Why not do the workout tonight????

My wife, our youngest, and I dressed up as Little Red Riding Hood, the Big Bad Wolf, and the grandma. It was my excuse to wear a moo moo.

The Workout


As always, I got my 25 lbs dumbbells. I was going to use my kettlebell from Kettlebell Kings… but the idea of jumping over that thing made my feel as old as I look.

3… 2… 1… Go!

50 Clean and Jerks

I’m about 20 reps in before it dawns on me: 50 reps is a lot. That’s a hard start. No warming into this thing. So hey, pro-tip, warm up before doing this workout. I didn’t come into the workout with an expectation on score. Frankly, I just hoped to finish within the time cap, but I didn’t give enough respect to the sheer volume of C&Js.

30 DB Jumpovers

In the past, I’ve tried to break this movement up into an “over/back/pause” rep scheme. I realize that takes too long. This time, I’m just intent on finishing these as fast as possible. I’ll say it 1,000 times, but consistency of reps is more mental than physical. You gotta want to go back to the bar/DB.

40 Clean and Jerks

Excuse the broken record. I’m at about rep 10 when I start to feel a little tug in my back. Remember what I said about consistency? Well, I take it back. I decide to set the weights down and give myself a few seconds. If nothing else, just to fix my wig.

30 DB Jumpovers

I felt like I was going to vomit at 20.1. Maybe it was the monkey costume, maybe it was the burpees. Either way, this workout is different and yet I’m still feeling the urge to call some dinosaurs. It might be the fact that I had chili for dinner.

30 Clean and Jerks

Here’s where it smooths out. I broke it up into 15 and 15, but only because I didn’t want to cash out early. Those lunges are coming, and I don’t wanna go there if I’m already there.

30 DB Jumpovers

I have to remind myself that this is my last set of jumpers. We’re approaching the halfway point, 8 minutes down. I want to finishing this thing in 16 minutes.

20 Clean and Jerks

In hindsight, I shouldn’t have broke this up at 10-10. We’re close enough to being finished where I could have moved on without wasting 20 seconds empty handed.

30 Single DB Lunges

Drop a DB and drop it low. Lunges are so hard. They’re my kryptonite. Along with burpees, devil press, running, and teething babies. If I were better at this movement, I’d finish faster. Instead, it takes me longer to do these than it did to do 50 C&Js.

10 Clean and Jerks

I actually wish there were more reps here. A little longer of a break would be nice.

30 Single DB Lunges


5 Clean and Jerks

Just do them unbroken. Get it over with. The finish line is soooo close.

30 Single DB Lunges

And yet, so far. My legs are shaking, my depth isn’t what it used to be. But as a grandmother, I feel like depth only risks a broken hip. This is the worst part of the workout. There’s no finish line you get to sprint through. You know those clips fo the Marathon runners when they crawl to the end? Yeah, sometimes those people pooped themselves too.

I’m not saying that’s what happened to me, but my costume came with depends. So…

Time: 17:02


One more open workout to go.

And then… The Outsiders are hacking Brute Strength and taking over. Just wait.

Danial Hooper Editor
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I’m the family lab rat, if your family is a group of mad scientists. I mask my weaknesses by being funny and telling stories. Basically, I write posts for the blog, type up some emails, help where asked, and cry when Taz makes us run. My novels are available on Amazon. Something’s got to pay my daughters’ dance fees. I have four kids, three cats, and one wife. I love all of them dearly.