Meet the Team

We created Outside the Box for people like us, people who want to get fit and stay fit but don’t have a bunch of time for fitness.

Hi, we’re the Barbers.

Once upon a time, we were CrossFit Games competitors. Now, we run a business from home while raising three little kiddos. Our lives have changed a lot over the years. And so have our reasons for working out.

We used to train to keep an edge on the competition. Now we work out to keep up with our kids. And to keep sane.

Being parents and small business owners requires constant attention and mental energy. Which means sometimes our fitness slips through the cracks.

We originally created this program for ourselves so we could stay fit and ready for anything without having to leave the house. When we shared the workouts with friends, they kept asking for more.

Now, we’ve partnered with Brute Strength to bring this programming to you. We’ve gathered a team of CrossFit coaches and CrossFitters who share our vision to build an uncomplicated, but fun, fitness program that’s friendly to the watch and wallet.

Taz Barber
Co-Founder / Semi-Nomadic Programmer

Sports and competition have always been a big part of who I am. I stumbled into CrossFit while training for sprint kayaking. Soon, CrossFit took over my life. It has become my livelihood – I coach classes and write session plans for gyms all around the world. It’s how I met my husband. It’s helped shape my character. After my second child, life has become fuller and more complicated. I no longer have time for 1-2 hours of working out on a daily basis. I no longer make competition my priority. I want to be fit enough to keep up with my active family. I have three sons now, I’m outnumbered! I need to be able to keep them from “watering” our garden and killing the plants. My fitness is my “me time”. It keeps me ready for our trips to the ocean, our hikes, camping trips, and growing food in the backyard. It allows me to stay kind, loving, and fun. I’m excited to help bring the same benefits to others.

Pat Barber
Co-Founder/Video Monkey/Head Pesterer of Taz

When I got started in CrossFit back in 2004, I was just another bro trying to find his way. Then it became everything — how I made a living, how I met my wife, and why I traveled around the world. My mission today is so different than when I was giving hours of my day to training. I’ve gone from dude to dad. My current goal in life is to raise three good men. And to do that, I’ve got to teach them about self-discipline, camaraderie, humility, and the power of a good mental game. What I know from 12+ years of coaching CrossFit is that it’s so much more than an exercise program. It can improve almost everything in your life. If I want to teach my sons good habits, I have to walk my talk because they are always watching and learning. Plus, I want to be fit enough to play with them, to do fun stuff with them, and be healthy into old age. In my free time, I surf, watch youtube, and dabble in knifemaking/blacksmithing.

Christy McCarty
Homebuilder/Wellness Creator/Outsider Avatar

I met Crossfit 15 years ago when I needed to be in the best shape of my life to have a homebirth after a cesarean. The methodology WORKED, I was hooked, and I went on to get my Level 1 trainer certificate so I could impart the knowledge to others. I am a wife to a busy husband and a homeschool mom to two very active boys. I stay busy between their schooling and their sports. Oh! And we’re currently in the thick of building a house, with our own hands. Having the time to devote to my family and this big DIY project is a priority. I need a community built around that type of lifestyle — the lifestyle that allows for minimal time to maintain a healthy level of fitness that prepares me for whatever life throws at me. I also just plain crave community. I won big when I found Outside the Box. Since meeting Pat, Taz, and the others in this community, I’ve established relationships I hope to carry with me for the long haul. I have a passion for writing, and I’m happy to be able to help build this community. I strive to inspire and move others toward accomplishing something larger than they imagine for themselves. I hope to kindle and grow the abilities of those around me by my zeal, vision and example. I love people, long edifying conversations, belly laughs, a strong coffee, and a good wine. Put all of those together, and you’ve got my kind of party.

Danial Hooper
Word Wizard/Lead Brewmaster/First Contact Seeker

I came into CrossFit 9 years ago, and have never been particularly good at it. I’ve been to CrossFit Regionals and the CrossFit Games 3 times. All as a spectator. I enjoy working out but have no desire for a six pack, unless it’s an IPA. I’m a regular guy who wants to be fit. I have twin daughters who dance competitively. A teenage son who loves Fortnite and mimics my every move. To top it off, my wife and I have a newborn son who cost a fortune because of IVF. I work long hours, write novels in my free time, and Outside the Box is exactly what I need. My works vary from Vampire Comedy, Apocalyptic, and I even wrote a Romance novel. Now, I also get to write for Outside the Box and I couldn’t be more excited. I love coaching, advising, encouraging, and making people laugh.