Better Together — The Power of Community

Christy McCarty Family, Relationships, Uncategorized

Tribe. Clan. Network.  What comes to mind when you hear these words? Community. At one time, the community you found yourself a part of was primarily based on your location. With the advent of modern technologies, this is no longer the case. We are part of a community not only based on our location, but also based on our lifestyle, our beliefs, our heritage, our education, our talents, interests or abilities. Consider your own community. For some, this may be a …

Let’s Talk About Hard Conversations

Danial Hooper Brain Gainz, Family

So yeah… Hard conversations. It’s an easy day. Thursdays are rarely too intense. The twins and I are sitting down for dinner, as a family, enjoying some chicken, salad, and sweet potatoes. Joanie is seasoning the potatoes. Baby is taking a late nap on the account of a crazy growth spurt. AJ is upstairs in his dungeon being a moody teenager. We got some music on in the background and I’m enjoying a beer. Bella and I are talking about …

Unreasonable Podcast – Homeschooling Pros and Cons

Christy McCarty Family, Podcast

“Homeschooling is really hard. It’s not for everyone.” After having their third child, moving into a homestead on five acres that needs A LOT of work, and living through a pandemic, Pat and Taz are back to podcasting. In their most recent episode, Pat and Taz sit down together to discuss the “woes” and “great parts” (i.e. the pros and cons) of homeschooling. Homeschooling is a hot topic, and it’s popularity is growing every year. Pat and Taz address the …

Change Begins with Me.

Christy McCarty Family, No Filter Fitness

We believe that all humans are created equal, and are endowed with the ability to self-examine and become reflective. We believe that awareness of this and continued reflection creates the necessary space for growth. While not everyone is given the same start, we believe with the right support and education all humans have the capacity to grow and change on both a physiological and psychological level. We believe that by developing empathy and effective communication patterns, individuals can become guides …

Death to Dadbod: Fun Family Workout

Danial Hooper Death to Dadbod

I’m not entirely sure if there is such a thing. It’s an illusion. A wavy pool in the desert of parenthood. A fun family workout is a dad’s Atlantis or Holy Grail, something that can only exist in fiction. Like a child who cleans up after themselves and says thank you. The fun family workout can only exist in the mind. Even my family, a collection of moderately-active rascals with personalities and joy, cannot finish a family workout without tears …

Let’s Talk About Fitness

Danial Hooper Brain Gainz, No Filter Fitness

So yeah… What is fitness, really? I’m not asking for Webster’s definition. That’s going to give some vague smart mush about physical capabilities and yada yadas. The definition isn’t the word, it’s just a description. And it feels pretty unrealistic. I’m in my 30s, fitness ain’t the same as back in the olden days. Ain’t nobody got time for 90 minutes in the gym. Not if you’re working a 9-5 and got a spouse and kids and cats and need …

On the Horizon

Danial Hooper No Filter Fitness

Pat and I met in 2009, right before the CrossFit Games that we were both about to participate in. Our training leading up to the first day of competition was made up of ‘playing’ sports with each other. Badminton and golf were the two favorites. We trained between this 😉 Even with nine CrossFit Games appearances between the two of us, working out has never completed our identities. Our love for play, adventure, improving as humans, and in the last …

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Let’s Talk About Change

Danial Hooper Brain Gainz, No Filter Fitness

So yeah… This is an unprecedented time in our history. Social Unrest is more unrested than… maybe ever? At least on a global scale, right? I’m not a historian, but the amount of tension is different. This amount of pain is different. It’s ugly. And it’s needed. Change is coming. It’s the only way we can grow.  But change is hard.  People are struggling. Both sides of the fence are growing more frustrated. For those sitting on the fence, that …

Unfiltered Woman – Adee Cazayoux Fitness and Nutrition During Pregnancy

Cheryl Hargrove Brain Gainz, Mom Mindfulness, No Filter Fitness

Pregnancy in Relation to Nutrition & Training Taz and Adee are not only great friends, but have been collaborating regarding training modifications during Adee’s early pregnancy stages. As a mom of three, Taz had some experience and advice to give! In this week’s discussion, the two chat about workouts, nutrition, and lifestyle changes during pregnancy. Taz and Adee, going through her first pregnancy, share each of their stories, experiences, and advice in this latest interview. The whole episode is a …

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Death to Dadbod – The Truth About Turkish Get-Ups

Danial Hooper Death to Dadbod

I’m not saying I’m an expert in Turkish Get-ups. If you’re looking for fitness expertise within, Pat and Taz Barber or Cheryl Hargrove need to be given the microphone. They can teach TGUs better than I can recite the ABCs. Top notch teachers with the ability to educate and not inundate. In my mind, the strength of OTB is built around the people… and you’ll be hard pressed to find three better than those. Even Pat, a man who allegedly …