Death to Dadbod: CrossFit Open 20.5 Recap

Danial Hooper Death to Dadbod

Here we are. Standing together at the finish line. Five weeks of excellent fitness has come, and only a few days until it’s all over. If you’re vying for the chance to make it to the CrossFit Games, I wish you nothing but the best of luck. If you’re like me, and you’re just trying to finish the CrossFit open with your body intact… I’m there for ya. This year’s CrossFit Open has been my favorite. Outside the Box has …

Death to Dadbod: Open Recap 20.3

Danial Hooper Death to Dadbod

I started CrossFit because my brother started CrossFit. In this middle of this workout, I truly questioned if I would be happier if he just joined a cult instead. Have you ever made yourself so dizzy that your pancreas begins to throb? Where is your pancreas, anyway? Is it by your kidneys? It’s been a while since a workout made my brain feel funny. It might be the fake that I spent half the CrossFit Open 20.3 upside down, but …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …