#559 – Danny Beeler

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Sevan Matossian (00:00):

What’s up, dude.

Danny Beeler (00:01):

Oh, nothing much. It’s uh, 10:00 AM where I am. So I already gotta workout in for the day. And dang. Dang. How was you

Sevan Matossian (00:08):

Guys? I think you’re the, um, you’re the second person ever we interviewed who trains it? Uh, CrossFit Krypton.

Danny Beeler (00:17):

You’ve interviewed Butte. Ben.

Sevan Matossian (00:19):

Yeah. What’s what I mean. Oh, oh, that’s right. Laura. We can put Laura in the pile. You actually need Laura. Laura’s the real person. Okay. Yeah,

Danny Beeler (00:28):

Yeah. Yeah. I re-watched that podcast the other day. It was, uh, it was pretty funny. She’s uh, she’s, she’s got a very dry sense of humor and uh, I, I enjoyed that.

Sevan Matossian (00:37):

You think? You think she likes me?

Danny Beeler (00:39):

Yeah, I think so.

Sevan Matossian (00:40):

Oh, that’s awesome. Would you lie to me to make me feel good?

Danny Beeler (00:44):

No,

Sevan Matossian (00:45):

<laugh> that’s awesome. Um, I was at the beach. I, I I’m in, uh, Newport beach, California. It’s like, uh, where is it? It’s it’s south of Los Angeles. Probably let’s say a hundred miles. I don’t know if that’s true, but it’s south of Los Angeles somewhere. And, uh, I went to the beach yesterday and I ran into some people I hadn’t seen in years. And um, I’m like, Hey, you wanna hang out at the beach? And they said, sure. So I went down to the beach with, um, them and Hiller and my family and I, and I’m I took off my shirt and the lady goes, oh my God, you’re fat. <laugh>. I goes, he’s not that fat. I was just like,

Mattew Souza (01:25):

Wow, damn my shirt’s back on.

Danny Beeler (01:28):

Yeah, kidding.

Sevan Matossian (01:29):

Fucking, I just threw down. I just drank more.

Mattew Souza (01:31):

<laugh>

Sevan Matossian (01:32):

Pushed it away.

Mattew Souza (01:34):

Damn.

Sevan Matossian (01:35):

I’m like, what do you mean? She’s like, I just figured since, you know, you would, you just wouldn’t be fat. I’m like, I’m not that fat.

Mattew Souza (01:40):

Oh my gosh.

Danny Beeler (01:42):

If, if you’re fat, um, uh, they’re gonna need a new term for some other folks,

Sevan Matossian (01:47):

Dude. And you know, it’s even crazier, but, but it’s consistent. Two days ago, I was at the, um, I was at the, I was in Santa Cruz and I was with some other friends who I hadn’t seen in a while and we’re at the beach and this lady looks over at me and my wife and she goes, oh, are you guys zoning? And I, and I, and I go, I go look at me. Do I look like I zoned? She goes, no, I just didn’t want you to feel bad and only ask your wife. I like <laugh>. Fuck.

Mattew Souza (02:14):

Damn God. No love. Yeah.

Sevan Matossian (02:17):

I’m good though with it. It’s it’s good. It’s it’s it’s like therapy.

Danny Beeler (02:21):

Yeah.

Sevan Matossian (02:21):

What made me think about that is, is that you you’ve used, you’ve used that for motivation, right? People critiquing your body.

Danny Beeler (02:31):

Uh, yeah. Yeah. Especially, it’s funny. We, uh, even in the gym, I’ll, uh, people come by and, you know, I CrossFit is people come by and encourage you. Oh yeah, you’re doing a good job. And that doesn’t do it for me. I like it when people call me a fat piece of shit

Sevan Matossian (02:46):

Harder.

Mattew Souza (02:46):

Yeah.

Sevan Matossian (02:47):

Yeah. Some, some fetish, some, some fetish

Mattew Souza (02:50):

Fetish support or negative coaching.

Danny Beeler (02:53):

Yeah, yeah. Yeah. It helps me a lot, um, to, to kind of prove people wrong. So

Sevan Matossian (02:59):

Danny, how old are you?

Danny Beeler (03:01):

I’m 33.

Sevan Matossian (03:02):

Oh man. You’re so I found CrossFit at 34. So a year older than, than you are.

Danny Beeler (03:06):

Yeah.

Sevan Matossian (03:08):

And, and how, and when did you find CrossFit?

Danny Beeler (03:10):

You know, I’ve, I’ve known about it for years. I grew up in Chesapeake, so, um, and, and like a mile and a half from crypto. So I’ve always driven by it. Uh, I, I remember watching Ben in 2015 win the game, so I always wanted to try it, but it was like super intimidating, you know, it was always one of those when I get, when I get a little fitter, maybe I’ll go try that. But, um, yeah, I fi I finally started in, uh, it was during the open last year, I think, um, the day before 22 or 21.2 is when I started at Krypton,

Sevan Matossian (03:41):

Which was, uh, 21 point. What year is that? That’s 20, 21 since it’s 21 point. Yeah. So, so you’ve been doing it just over a year?

Danny Beeler (03:49):

Yeah. About 18 months. Yep.

Sevan Matossian (03:54):

It’s a trip when I think of CrossFit Krypton. I, I don’t think of it as like, like an affiliate where people train. I just think of it as this place where Ben Smith is <laugh> yeah. It’s a trip in my, but then when I see your pictures, it’s a full blown, like awesome, insane flourishing affiliate.

Danny Beeler (04:14):

It really is. I mean, they got classes from 5:00 AM, all the way to 7:00 PM. Um, so yeah, it’s, it’s always, it’s always packed and, uh, yeah, we have, we have a, I, I really love it there. The, the environment’s incredible. I know I started on a Thursday and, uh, it was like, man, I don’t know if this is for me. And then the guy behind the front desk told me to come back on Friday, cuz they were doing Friday night lights. And so I came in and, and saw everybody kind of cheering everybody on during Friday night lights and, and that’s when I was, I was hooked

Sevan Matossian (04:43):

Immediately. Hey, did you do it that Thursday when you first came in? Did you actually do it that Thursday? Yeah.

Danny Beeler (04:48):

Yeah. I did my first workout that Thursday and I’m like, dude, I don’t, I don’t know if this is it.

Sevan Matossian (04:53):

And then I thought, I thought he was like, Hey, not today, tomorrow. And I was like, oh, that’s a mistake. Because if you, if you have the guts to go in the first day, you better get that, but they got you working out. That’s awesome. Yeah. What was your first workout?

Danny Beeler (05:05):

Um, it had thrusters. I remember that. Um, and I, I ended up doing it with a PVC pipe. Yep. Um, and, and couldn’t even, you know, break parallel with my squats and um, all sorts of crazy stuff, man. A thought he sent me a video of me doing it like a couple months back and, and just watching that it was, it was insane. Um, seeing where I started

Sevan Matossian (05:30):

Off topic a little bit, I saw a video the other day of Noah doing Fran, which looked like two minutes. Yeah. And someone goes, Hey, um, I don’t think I could do that with just the bar and you know what I was actually thinking. I’m wondering, and I have great pullups I could probably do 30 pullups in a row, maybe even strict, but I don’t know if I can do that with a PVC pipe and jumping pullups yeah. I need to try that.

Danny Beeler (05:57):

It was, I, I watched that

Sevan Matossian (05:58):

Two minutes is nuts. That’s a lot of movement. That’s a lot of that is a lot of movement. Hey, I think it would be a great workout with jumping pullups and just a PVC pipe. Just, just get, I mean, I’d have to be warm still to move that fast, but yeah, it’s nuts. Have you ever seen what’s do you know what the fastest time SU is? You’ve ever seen someone, have you ever seen someone do frame with jumping pull up and uh, PVC?

Mattew Souza (06:24):

I’ve never seen him do it with jumping pullups in PVC? No,

Sevan Matossian (06:26):

No. I want, I wonder what the, I wonder what the record time is for that. I’m gonna try, I’m gonna do maybe I’ll film that maybe that’s that’s what that’s. Maybe that’s what I should be when I get to get back home for my workout. See if it’s possible to break the two minute barrier doing that.

Mattew Souza (06:39):

I think you will.

Sevan Matossian (06:40):

You do.

Mattew Souza (06:40):

Yeah. Yeah. Cause I feel like mine’s not crazy fast. And the fastest I’ve gotten is like 2 32,

Sevan Matossian (06:46):

I think with the regular Fran. You’ve done 2 32. Yeah. Oh God.

Danny Beeler (06:52):

Serious it’s fit.

Sevan Matossian (06:54):

Have you, have you done a, um, RX? Uh, Fran, Danny?

Danny Beeler (06:58):

No, I, so I’ve still yet to get a, a strict pull up. Uh it’s it’s one of it’s one of the main goals I’m working towards. So, uh, I’m I’m, I’m banded pullups right now. And a lot of times during, you know, workouts, I’ll I’ll do inverted rows. Um, but yeah, I I’m still working towards the pullups.

Sevan Matossian (07:16):

I, uh, I got my first pull up. I was in the backyard. I was in college at my house. I think I was 24 and, and we were me and this dude were high on drugs <laugh> and he, and he, he was, he was into different drugs than I was into. He did meth and, uh, steroids. He was crazy Jack

Mattew Souza (07:33):

These your two minute Fran time. Yeah.

Danny Beeler (07:35):

Yeah. That’s quite the

Sevan Matossian (07:35):

Combo, but that dude taught me how to do a pull up in, in a tree. I, I wasn’t on meth or steroids, but, but it was pretty crazy. It was pretty crazy when I got my first pull up at 24, I was like, holy shit, this is a game changer.

Danny Beeler (07:48):

Yeah. Uh, yeah, that’s one of the things I’m working towards. I’ve I’ve never got a pull up in my life, so it’s definitely a big thing for me. I know I had never ran a mile all the way through until I started to cryp on, um, I, I told Ben how much I hated running and I think he might have

Sevan Matossian (08:02):

You fucked up.

Danny Beeler (08:03):

He took that to heart because we do a movement of the month. And so I started in March and the movement, the movement of the month for may was one mile for time

Sevan Matossian (08:12):

<laugh> oh, for time. Yeah. I don’t know if I’ve ever done a mile for time either. Like, God, that sounds so scary.

Danny Beeler (08:20):

I’d never ran it all the way through until, until that point.

Sevan Matossian (08:23):

Did, did you, what was your time? Did you break 15 minutes? 10 minutes?

Danny Beeler (08:26):

Yeah. I ended up getting 12, 12 and a half minutes I think.

Sevan Matossian (08:28):

Wow. Shit. And you were hurt?

Danny Beeler (08:31):

Oh yeah. For days, days at that point I’m still, you know, like I was probably still 380 pounds at that point.

Sevan Matossian (08:40):

And how tall are you?

Danny Beeler (08:41):

Uh, six one.

Sevan Matossian (08:43):

That’s awesome. Um, uh, you said Chesapeake. What, what state is that?

Danny Beeler (08:48):

Virginia.

Sevan Matossian (08:48):

Virginia. Okay.

Danny Beeler (08:49):

It’s right by Virginia Beach.

Sevan Matossian (08:51):

Okay. It’s weird when I think of Virginia. So I never think of Virginia as, um, being on the coast. I just, I can’t really in my head west, Virginia, Virginia and DC are all just like a clump in my head. Yeah. My geographic mind. It’s just like a mess. Just a

Danny Beeler (09:07):

Yeah.

Sevan Matossian (09:08):

But, but you’re on the you’re on Virginia actually is on the Atlantic.

Danny Beeler (09:11):

Yeah. We’re very, the Chesapeake is the very Southeast corner of Virginia.

Sevan Matossian (09:16):

And are you born, are you in your like hometown where you’re born? Like that’s

Danny Beeler (09:19):

Yeah, I was born in Virginia Beach and then we moved to Chesapeake when I was probably four or five. Um, I’ve lived some other places. I, I, you know, I lived in Alabama for a little bit. Uh, and I most recently I lived in Portland for about a year and a half.

Sevan Matossian (09:32):

No shit.

Danny Beeler (09:33):

Yeah. Yeah.

Sevan Matossian (09:34):

How did you end up in Portland?

Danny Beeler (09:36):

So I, uh, for work, I do, uh, I’m a project manager in, in ship repair. Uh, so I,

Sevan Matossian (09:42):

I was working like, like ship like boats.

Danny Beeler (09:44):

Yeah. Like, uh, Navy ships, USA ships. Okay. Um, so I, I went and worked out for a ship repair company out there. Um, and me and the family went and we, we loved it and then COVID hit and we didn’t have any friends or family out there. And they were insane with COVID. I mean, my wife and daughter were pretty much locked up for too much straight. So, uh, she came to me and said, we gotta move home. So I, we packed it up, moved home.

Sevan Matossian (10:08):

Yeah. It’s a tragedy that those people got that town <laugh> Portland is Portland is such an amazing place and those people and they destroyed that place. Um, I don’t mean this in, in any way. Like, like if you haven’t been to Portland, you have to understand like downtown Portland, there’s it, it actually is kind of like a zombie movie. I’m not exaggerating. It is a, the weirdest group of people. The, um, I don’t know what they’re doing to themselves. There’s there’s nothing natural there there’s no one.

Danny Beeler (10:45):

We, we were there.

Sevan Matossian (10:46):

It’s so weird. It’s so weird.

Danny Beeler (10:48):

We were there right after, um, right after George Floyd too. So we, we experienced like the, the riots downtown and stuff where they tried, they destroyed downtown. It was

Sevan Matossian (10:58):

The million, the million white man, March rioting. It was,

Danny Beeler (11:01):

It was

Sevan Matossian (11:01):

George Floyd.

Danny Beeler (11:02):

I’ll tell you, you know, that as the Portland is the, uh, whitest, large American city in the

Sevan Matossian (11:08):

World. I, I, I didn’t know that. Yeah. Yeah.

Danny Beeler (11:11):

It’s yeah. It’s ironic.

Sevan Matossian (11:14):

Yeah. It’s it’s um, yeah. And, and what’s crazy too. Is there, there were, there were crazy entrepreneurs there. And so it’s, it’s a big city, but there, but there were so many young people there starting like, cool shit. Like just a place that serves whiskey, just a place that serves croissants, just a place that makes leather belts. And, and you could have that because it was still affordable living and then something fucking happened. And, uh, it is,

Danny Beeler (11:42):

There’s a lot of great businesses there too. I mean, yes, Columbia’s outta Portland, Nike mm-hmm, <affirmative>, um, Adidas, they’re all out of Portland. I mean, it’s a, it’s a, it’s a really awesome spot. I, I really love that area of the

Sevan Matossian (11:53):

World. And, uh, and, um, uh, the, they have so much fucking water, which being from California, you just, you just see as a premium, what’s the, there’s a big tech company there too. Is it Microsoft or Intel? Who’s there

Danny Beeler (12:06):

Intel. Microsoft. They’re both there. Yeah. Our, our Intel is there. Yeah.

Mattew Souza (12:09):

Yeah. Microsoft, I think is Washington. Yeah.

Danny Beeler (12:13):

Yeah. Until Intel is in Portland as well.

Sevan Matossian (12:16):

When, um, how, how, how old were you? Do, how old were you when you started getting heavy?

Danny Beeler (12:21):

Uh, I’ve, I’ve been, uh, overweight looking back. I always thought that I was really big, but I was definitely overweight all through high school.

Sevan Matossian (12:30):

But how about, how about in elementary school?

Danny Beeler (12:33):

Uh, not so much. I, I played sports and stuff when I was a younger kid, probably middle school is when I started probably putting on some weight.

Sevan Matossian (12:40):

Um, uh, and did you do stuff like you just sit down and watch TV and eat a box of Ricks, the whole box of Ritz crackers, shit like that.

Danny Beeler (12:47):

Yeah. Yeah. Um, yeah, we, I think we had, you know, fast food and stuff as, as kids and, uh, we, we were pretty busy, you know, my, my, um, when I was younger, my dad worked a lot. My mom was a teacher, so I remember, you know, uh, me, I have one older brother. So during the summertime, uh, when my mom was off school, we we’d go to like, cc’s pizza. I don’t know if you know what that is, but it’s a, it’s a pizza. BU it’s a pizza buffet where it’s, it’s like four bucks a person. So, you know, it was cheap to take two teenage boys there. Yep. Um, and, and my brother and I would have like eating contests. He could eat the most pizza.

Sevan Matossian (13:23):

Yeah. So, and so you did play sports as a kid. So in what sports did you play? So you were comfortable in your body as a kid

Danny Beeler (13:32):

Look. Yeah, a little bit. I played, um, so I played some baseball, uh, dabbled in soccer for a little bit, but not, not a whole bunch. And then when I got to high school, I did, uh, marching band. I was in the drum line.

Sevan Matossian (13:44):

Oh, wow. Uh that’s. That’s so interesting. I, I think the, I used a bike. Did you ride a bike to school? Did you use a bike for transportation?

Danny Beeler (13:53):

No.

Sevan Matossian (13:53):

No. I think that’s the only thing I did that was like my saving grace. I rode my bike fucking everywhere.

Danny Beeler (13:59):

Yeah.

Sevan Matossian (14:00):

How about capris suns? Did you have capric suns at home? <laugh>

Danny Beeler (14:03):

Uh, yeah, I’m sure we did. And the, the little hugs, you know, the little like, uh, hug containers with the little foil wrappers that were, um, disgusting sugary juice.

Sevan Matossian (14:13):

That was liket or something. Right. It was in the little plastic. There

Danny Beeler (14:16):

Was like a little plastic round jug. I think they were called hugs. I can’t remember

Mattew Souza (14:23):

Hug.

Sevan Matossian (14:24):

I, my, my, my, my, and would your parents, because my mom would try, like, to be like healthy. Like, we weren’t allowed to have soda pop in the house. We wouldn’t have capris sons, and yet I would still have eat like a whole box of rich crackers for dinner or the key, anything the Keer elves made that was like a cracker. It would say, it would say no fat. You know what I mean? And then I eat a fucking box that could feed like five people.

Danny Beeler (14:43):

No, my parents were pretty good about as far as dinner goes. Yeah. Those hugs, uh,

Sevan Matossian (14:47):

Wow. Leave at that market. Ghetto that ghetto,

Mattew Souza (14:50):

A little, little hug, just a little fun,

Danny Beeler (14:53):

A little hug. They make it sound so only one gram of sugar.

Mattew Souza (14:57):

<laugh>

Sevan Matossian (14:58):

Well, you’d put like three of those down.

Danny Beeler (15:00):

Oh yeah. Yeah. I mean, we, we were pretty good at about dinner. My parents cooked a lot. Right. My dad, my dad’s always been like a fisherman kind of deal. So we ate a lot of seafood and, and stuff growing up. But, uh, yeah, I mean, snacking and we had sodas and, and stuff like that. The, you know, the cookies and sodas were always available.

Sevan Matossian (15:18):

Do you see where it went wrong? Do you see where it went sideways?

Danny Beeler (15:21):

Yeah, I think I, I, I had a little too much freedom as a kid, uh, to, to eat and drink, whatever I wanted. Um, and then, you know, uh, go, we buffets and stuff like that. We, we, there’s a Chinese buffet we ate at, in, in, uh, town, uh, pretty frequently once a week, probably. Um, so I think stuff like that just carried over into, uh, adulthood where, uh, I just got consumed as much as possible.

Sevan Matossian (15:50):

Yeah. We don’t, we don’t really have too many buffets in California. I can’t think of actually any hometown. I remember where

Mattew Souza (15:59):

Hometown buffet is probably like the only one I could think of out of, off top of my head to here.

Sevan Matossian (16:04):

Yeah. I don’t even,

Mattew Souza (16:05):

But there’s not, it’s not a popular thing here at all,

Sevan Matossian (16:07):

But I could remember be in places where there was a buffet as a kid. Like if somehow you ended up at a casino somewhere or

Mattew Souza (16:14):

Reno

Sevan Matossian (16:14):

Or in the east coast or something. Yeah. I just remember as a kid, it’s like, holy shit, this is really, this is heaven.

Danny Beeler (16:21):

Yeah. We had golden corrals. They big around here. I don’t know if you know what that is.

Sevan Matossian (16:25):

I’ve heard of it. I don’t, I don’t think I’ve ever been in one.

Danny Beeler (16:28):

We actually, we actually called ’em, uh, the scarf and barf. Um,

Sevan Matossian (16:32):

Wow. Wow. We that’s hardcore.

Danny Beeler (16:34):

I remember being a kid. There was a,

Sevan Matossian (16:36):

Oh, we had Sizzler. We had Sizzler. Sorry, go ahead. Go ahead. Dandy. Go ahead. Sorry. We,

Danny Beeler (16:40):

We, uh, ate a golden corral one time and saw a family. It was mom, dad, probably four kids ate enough dinner to where they, they, one of them threw up at the table where, which made the rest of ’em throw up at the table. They went and got cleaned up in the bathroom, came back, sat at another table, had dessert.

Sevan Matossian (16:59):

You witnessed that. Yeah. Oh, that’s amazing.

Mattew Souza (17:02):

Getting that money’s worth right there. Wow. Yeah. <laugh>

Danny Beeler (17:07):

So from then on, it’s been the scarf from barf

Sevan Matossian (17:09):

Dude. That’s, that’s a, um, that sounds like it’s a, uh, 1980s, uh, comedy, like with Chevy chase would be in or some shit.

Danny Beeler (17:15):

Yes. It, it was like, uh, what was that movie with Eddie Murphy? The clumps.

Sevan Matossian (17:20):

Yes.

Danny Beeler (17:20):

Yeah. Yeah. That’s, that’s what it made me think of.

Sevan Matossian (17:23):

Um, how old were you when you got self-conscious about it? About your eight,

Danny Beeler (17:28):

Uh, high school, high school was, um, you know, I was, uh, I was, I was always the funny kid though. So I, you know, I used my, my humor to kind of, to, um, play it off and, and I was popular because of how funny I was. So, but yeah, I was always conscious. Self-conscious about my weight.

Sevan Matossian (17:50):

And, and how would that show in, like, in the traditional ways? Like, if, if like the whole, if the senior class is going to like the, um, water slides, you’d be like, fuck that I don’t want, I’m not doing that.

Danny Beeler (18:00):

No, I, I would just make jokes about myself to kind of make it where nobody else could joke on me.

Sevan Matossian (18:06):

Yeah. And, and then would that make you comfortable with it? Were you cool with it then?

Danny Beeler (18:10):

Some, um, you know, like I do like the truffle shuffle and stuff like that, so I wouldn’t have a problem taking my shirt off, but I always make a joke of it and it would, it would try and make myself comfortable to, to be around people and, and be like that. But yeah, it was always tough.

Sevan Matossian (18:27):

Um, did that travel shuffle that’s from of Goonies?

Danny Beeler (18:30):

Yeah. Yeah, yeah. Wow.

Sevan Matossian (18:31):

Wow. Yeah, I guess it kind of, I, I guess it works too though. It’s, it’s a net positive. Right? You wanna get out there? You need to be free if you have to be the one to crack the joke, if that’s the way you’re, um, mitigating the, the discomfort, I guess, might you might as well do that, right. There’s nothing wrong with that.

Danny Beeler (18:50):

Yeah. Yeah. I mean, I, I wish I would’ve put that effort into being more active. Um, but, uh, yeah, I put a lot of effort into being the funny guy, just to live with being fat, as opposed to trying to do something about it

Sevan Matossian (19:04):

At that point. Have you put on so much weight that it it’s it’s stretched out your skin or your body to a point where there’s no return did, is that, has that happened in high, by high school already?

Danny Beeler (19:13):

Yeah, I was probably in a, like a two X t-shirt in high school. Um, which, I mean, it not necessarily huge, but I was, I was, I was pretty big.

Sevan Matossian (19:23):

That’s the part, that’s the part I, I, as a, as a parent, I trip on the most when I see kids who are so overweight that I’m like, okay, that kid’s gonna have that for the rest of his life. Meaning that, that body’s never going to the skin is gonna be so stretched out that, that body’s never gonna be able to contract back down.

Danny Beeler (19:48):

Yeah. I think he said it the other day with, uh, Ariel that I I’ll, I’ll never be able to drive my Ferrari.

Sevan Matossian (19:54):

Right. Yeah. I wreck my Ferrari, so yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah. And, and that, and, and on one hand, that’s okay. But, but parents, what should have your parents, what should, what should your parents done? Um, just not buy that stuff, not have it in the house. Like, what do you do to make sure that that doesn’t happen to your kid, but you also don’t wanna fuck your kid up. Right. You don’t wanna give your kid a fucking eating disorder,

Danny Beeler (20:17):

Right? Yeah. That’s, it’s something that my wife and I are like super conscious about with the whole eating disorder thing, but our biggest thing is to, uh, try and live by example. So yeah, we, especially at the beginning of this year, we stopped buying. Um, you know, we always had little Debbies and stuff like that in the house. Um, so we, we cut out as much as we could. Soda’s gone. Um, if you want a soda, it’s like a zero calorie soda, so you can have, you know, Coke, zero Sprite, zero. Um, and then we, we just don’t keep the snacks in the house readily available. Um, and it’s, and that, that alone has helped significantly. And then we, we cook as home. We cook at home as much as possible. Um, she’s our daughter’s super busy too. She stays, uh, really active. She does competitive dance. So she’s in the studio like three hours a day, probably five or six days a week. So,

Sevan Matossian (21:09):

Hey, did, did you, did you follow the games at all?

Danny Beeler (21:11):

Oh yeah. Oh yeah.

Sevan Matossian (21:12):

I, I think Emma Lawson that’s her background, I think. Is that her until one of those, one of those ladies until they were 13, they were a competitive dancer. I was like, yeah, I think it was Emma.

Danny Beeler (21:23):

Yeah. I think you’re right.

Sevan Matossian (21:25):

Yeah. That’s crazy. That’s hardcore.

Danny Beeler (21:27):

It is. It is.

Sevan Matossian (21:29):

Yeah. How, how, old’s your daughter?

Danny Beeler (21:30):

10.

Sevan Matossian (21:32):

That’s awesome.

Danny Beeler (21:33):

Yeah. Yeah. She’s and she’s like really good at it. Um, you know, um, I know a lot of parents probably say that, but, uh, she, she competed in like a higher age group this year and, and, and one pretty much every competition she went to for her solo. So she, uh, she pushes real hard. She loves it. Uh, she works hard when she wants to get something, so we encourage it as much as possible. Um, she sees me do CrossFits so she’ll come in and hang out at the gym some nights and stuff, which is cool. Uh, she was doing GDS the other night, which I, I love, I showing her how to do some PhD setups,

Sevan Matossian (22:10):

Dude. That’s awesome.

Mattew Souza (22:11):

Competitive shes hardcore too. Huh?

Danny Beeler (22:14):

Yeah. She used to do that, uh, before she went back to dance. Yeah. It’s pretty, it’s pretty intense.

Sevan Matossian (22:18):

She, she did what, before dance,

Danny Beeler (22:20):

Competitive cheer.

Sevan Matossian (22:21):

Yeah. And, and she’s already, she’s probably like doing, uh, um, doing her own choreography too, by that. I mean, like, you can walk into the living room and she’ll be in there just dancing, making up routines and

Danny Beeler (22:33):

Shit. Anytime music’s on the kids dancing, I guess. Yeah. That’s awesome. It’s you can’t stop her from dancing. It’s relentless.

Sevan Matossian (22:39):

Um, and do to get my kids into dance too. What would you recommend? They start cuz they dance like crazy. They dance every day. Same shit. But they, what would you start? ’em in?

Danny Beeler (22:48):

Uh, ballet is the foundation of everything. Uh, I know it, you know, it’s like the,

Sevan Matossian (22:52):

They did ballet for a little bit. I, it, but after a year I couldn’t see any fucking progress.

Danny Beeler (22:57):

It’s tough. It it’s really tough, but she’s like she, yeah, there you go. She, uh, she went to nationals for the first time, this year and won and won nationals.

Mattew Souza (23:05):

Wow.

Danny Beeler (23:07):

Yeah. She’s she’s uh, she’s a monster. She’s a

Mattew Souza (23:10):

Beast. Look that TRO it’s like as big as hair. How cool is that? She talls her. Yeah. Like I never had any trophies didn’t really play. So I she’s got one that’s as tall as hair,

Danny Beeler (23:17):

Man. We, I, I made her a wall in her bedroom that is like all of her awards from this year and she already ran outta wall space.

Mattew Souza (23:25):

Wow. Just

Sevan Matossian (23:26):

Does, does she love her awards?

Danny Beeler (23:29):

Yeah. Yeah, she does. She’s

Sevan Matossian (23:30):

Super. Yeah. My kids

Danny Beeler (23:31):

Super proud of him. Super proud of them.

Sevan Matossian (23:34):

The kids love other words. So, so you’re um, and, and did you just stop exercising? Was there a point, what was the heaviest you got,

Danny Beeler (23:42):

Uh, 4 55.

Sevan Matossian (23:44):

And, and how do you know that?

Danny Beeler (23:46):

Uh, so we went, when we were driving back from Portland, um, to here, uh, when we were moving back, uh, we stopped in Vegas for a few days and we went to that, um, heartbreak grill, I think it’s called on, uh, Fremont street. And it’s like, if you’re, if you’re over 350 pounds, you get to eat for free.

Sevan Matossian (24:07):

Yeah. That’s I, someone sent me that the other day, but I don’t know if it was you, someone sent me a picture of that.

Danny Beeler (24:12):

So I, I stepped on the scale and it was, it was 4 55 and we were intending to go in and get a burger. And when I saw that number, I was like, no, I’m not, I’m not eating at this place.

Sevan Matossian (24:23):

What do you think about that? It, it, so no, no one who, who goes there and weighs three 50 like that. Yeah. So is that, is that, was that heartbreaking to you when you got on the scale? Did like something moved inside of you?

Danny Beeler (24:37):

Uh, I think that was the start of it. Yeah. That was the catalyst. It, um, but it, it still took a little bit. Right. Um, we moved back here in July of 2020, and then, um, I had to go to San Diego for work with my new job here. Uh, and I spent like six months in San Diego and it, um, it was probably November of 2020 when I started like really working out and stuff.

Sevan Matossian (25:06):

Four 50.

Danny Beeler (25:07):

Yeah.

Sevan Matossian (25:09):

Wow.

Danny Beeler (25:10):

Yeah.

Sevan Matossian (25:11):

Um, what kind of car did you drive at the time?

Danny Beeler (25:14):

I, I have a little, uh, I have a Ford focus hatchback that I drive and, and then my wife has a Ford Explorer.

Sevan Matossian (25:22):

So, so at four 50 you have to have the seat all the way,

Danny Beeler (25:26):

All the way back,

Sevan Matossian (25:27):

Like, like it’s laying down.

Danny Beeler (25:30):

Um, no, it, the focus was surprisingly big, but the, yeah, the seats all the way back and, uh, the steering wheel’s pushed all the way in at four 50.

Sevan Matossian (25:41):

I, I, I can’t even. And do you need walking assistance at four 50?

Danny Beeler (25:50):

I didn’t. Um, surprisingly I I’m. I got around pretty. Okay. I mean, I, I still went up on ships and stuff, just not quite as frequently as I did in previously in my career. Um, but yeah, um, I couldn’t, you know, crawling into tanks was a big thing. I couldn’t get inside of the manholes to get inside of tanks on ships and stuff.

Sevan Matossian (26:12):

Do you remember the day that happened? Was there like a day that you could and then one day you’re like, not today?

Danny Beeler (26:18):

Yep. I, I remember I put on some coveralls and I, I went to the ship to go check some work that got done and I, I started to crawl in, like, I was just gonna be able to hop right into a problem. And then I literally could not fit through the hole. And I’m like, don’t remember this being these tight. And I, I was like measuring the, I, I remember measuring the, the manhole to see if it was like a different size on this one ship or something, cuz I just couldn’t believe that I wouldn’t fit.

Sevan Matossian (26:45):

Um, where, where do you get clothes when you’re, when you’re four 50, where do you get pants and underwear and shit like that?

Danny Beeler (26:50):

Uh, so I got, um, Duluth trading and, and Oregon was a place I shopped at a lot. Um, they had like these fire hose pants. They were like real stretchy, uh, that I would wear. Um, and then, uh, like Walmart, Walmart’s pretty good about having three X, four X size shirts.

Sevan Matossian (27:11):

So basically it’s, there’s a whole market. There’s there’s, there’s a whole market for it.

Danny Beeler (27:16):

Yeah. There’s another store called DXL. I think destination extra large it’s for big and tall folks. And I, I had some, uh, some five X shirts from there at one point that was the biggest shirt I ever wore was five X.

Sevan Matossian (27:29):

When I see someone shorter than me, it’s kind of like weird. Not, not, I mean, I see some women as kids. How

Danny Beeler (27:36):

Tall

Sevan Matossian (27:36):

Are you? Like five, five. Like I see some I’m like in the, in the, I’m like in the, what percentage on I in, I think I’m like in the, I wanna say 16%, but I think I’m lying. I think like, I think it’s like 12% of men are shorter than me.

Danny Beeler (27:49):

You’re in the top percentage for CrossFitters though. So you should be really good at CrossFit.

Sevan Matossian (27:53):

<laugh> that’s why, that’s the reason why I do CrossFits I’d be tall, but, but like, it’s always like if I see someone shorter than me, it’s like an Asian woman or something <laugh> but it’s the truth. And uh, and like cats and dogs are shorter than me, but

Danny Beeler (28:07):

Cats and dogs. Yeah.

Sevan Matossian (28:09):

But, but, um, but when I see someone shorter than me, like, and I’m talking to them, I notice like, I’m just like, I’ll be like, oh, like, especially I’m looking down, it’s weird as fuck. Um, when you’re four 50 and I assume it’s like that for tall people. I I’m assuming like once you get over six, six, like you see someone taller than you and you’re like, what the fuck? Like it’s gotta be weird. Right? Yeah. It’s like two black dudes seeing each other in Iceland. They’re like what <laugh> um, uh, oh, do, did you, is it like that when you’re four 50? Like, are there other 450 pound people?

Danny Beeler (28:43):

Um, yeah. I mean, yeah.

Sevan Matossian (28:45):

Uh, and like, do you see them? And you’re like, oh fuck, that’s a 500. Or

Danny Beeler (28:49):

Sometimes I, I, I watched, uh, I would watch my 600 pound life, uh, on TLC. It kind of make me feel a little bit better about myself.

Sevan Matossian (29:00):

Hey, is your, does your brain get fucked up at four 50?

Danny Beeler (29:04):

What do you mean?

Sevan Matossian (29:06):

Um, those people on the I’ve never watched that whole show. Um, but, but those people, some, they don’t seem, something seems damaged, like they’re in their intellectual capacity. Like, I don’t know if it’s like pressure on the brain from the fat on the head or if it’s just a crazy hormone imbalance, but they don’t seem, they seem, um, uh, like I obviously I don’t get this vibe from you, but like they seem like some, some of the, like they seem dumb, like something’s broken.

Danny Beeler (29:32):

Yeah. I think

Sevan Matossian (29:33):

Like, like I used to work in a home for dis mentally disabled adults. And there’s that kind of, there’s a little bit of that component to it.

Danny Beeler (29:39):

I don’t know if you get dumb because of being fat, but maybe, um, I think like maybe lower IQ people might be more susceptible to it. Right.

Sevan Matossian (29:49):

Because it may, and maybe not even anymore since it’s just so prevalent. Right?

Danny Beeler (29:53):

Yeah. Yeah.

Sevan Matossian (29:57):

But, but you didn’t feel, um, so.

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