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Learn the Spartan mindset. Founder & CEO of Spartan Race and NY Times best-selling author, travels the globe seeking and answers authors, academics, athletes, adventurers, entrepreneurs, CEOs and thought leaders. It will shift your thinking, make you laugh and and give you the tools you need. He’s on a mission to find the secrets to success in all aspects of life. Not only does Joe interview epic people, he has brought together an amazing panel to break down and analyze every aspect of these ...
 
How are you adapting after trauma, injury, loss, or a major change in your life? Host Dr. Theresa Larson's goal of the My New Normal podcast is to help give you the tools - research, education, and stories from resilient humans - to live optimally in your new normal.
 
Kwik Brain is a fun, fast-paced show designed to help busy people learn and achieve anything in a fraction of the time! Your coach, Jim Kwik (his real name), is the brain & memory trainer to elite mental performers, including many of the world’s leading CEO’s and celebrities. In this easy to digest bite-sized podcast, you will discover Kwik’s favorite shortcuts to read faster, remember more, and ‘supercharge’ your greatest wealth-building asset: your brain. Whether you’re a student, senior, ...
 
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Joe De Sena is the CEO of Spartan Race. He’s also a giant wrestling fan. He sponsors the Cornell RTC - now named the Spartan Combat RTC and just launched a new supplement line, Spartan Nutrition. This episode covers his story, as well as why he’s moving into the nutrition space. Picture: Spartan RaceFollow JoeTwitter: @RealJoeDeSenaInstagram: @Real…
 
Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues but the parent of all others. ~Cicero What are you grateful for in this moment? Every Thanksgiving, people reflect on what they’re most thankful for. This tradition can actually rewire your brain, and giving thanks year-round has tremendous benefits for your mind and body. Gratitude is an appreciation o…
 
Fitness is the fountain of youth! Joe Decker - former Guinness World’s Fittest Man and Death Race legend - talks with Spartan Up Endurance series host Johnny Waite about how to accomplish your fitness goals when you're 50 or older. In this episode you’ll learn: How to approach training when you’re out of your prime How to pivot your training. If yo…
 
What works to optimize your biology? Alisa Vitti, hormone expert, has made it her life's work to find out. In her conversation with Spartan founder and CEO Joe De Sena, she explains how and why women need to plan differently for intermittent fasting and hit workouts, how men can maximize testosterone and performance using their circadian rhythms, a…
 
How can movement help you to reset your mind? As promised, we will be continuing the conversation around what it takes to reset our brains during these uncertain times. This week, I’m thrilled to welcome back my good friend and movement coach, Aaron Alexander. Aaron is also a manual therapist, author of The Align Method, and host of Apple Podcasts …
 
What does a 4x La Ruta endurance mountain bike race champion eat during a race? Louise "La Ruta Lou" Kobin shares tips on diet for performance with our Spartan Up La Ruta series host Roy Wallack. In this episode you’ll learn: -What Louise eats and drinks during a race -How often she’s consuming calories while on the bike -What to eat and drink duri…
 
If your life was a movie, would you change the channel? That’s the question Hunter McIntyre wants you to ask yourself every day. Hunter McIntyre is a professional athlete and fitness trainer who has established himself as a dominant force in the world of obstacle course racing. He was named one of the top 50 fittest athletes by Sports Illustrated a…
 
Dr. Gil Blander, the founder of InsideTracker, has created a system to unlock the information hidden in your blood. Today on Spartan Up Podcast he tells Joe De Sena about his process and the surprising patterns he's discovered. For example, many health-conscious people are overdoing it with supplements. For his studies, Blander considers blood "val…
 
How do you perform a mental reset? Thank you for joining me for a very special episode of Kwik Brain! Today we are celebrating and sharing our 200th episode LIVE. Considering the year we’ve had, and the coming of a new one, I saw no better opportunity than to share 5 simple steps on how to R.E.S.E.T your brain and upgrade your life. In this episode…
 
Pat Christenson is a former NCAA champion and is the creator of the Etched in Stone Podcast Series - an audio documentary series profiling the National Wrestling Hall of Fame’s distinguished guests. Presented by the National Wrestling Hall of Fame and USA Wrestling, episode one of Etched in Stone goes live today! Listen to Etched in Stone anywhere …
 
Rollie Peterkin is one of the most inspiring people you’ll meet on this podcast. He bucked a job on Wall Street to fight MMA in Peru and since has traveled to 56 countries, authored a book and hosts a podcast. Before his life as an adventurer, Rollie was a 3x NCAA qualifier for Penn. This conversation is one of my all time favorites. Please enjoy!F…
 
“The moment I had the courage to be completely honest with myself”….that’s when things started to change for Sarah Hildebrandt, our guest today on Spartan Combat. Sarah is a 3x member of Team USA and currently the #1 ranked wrestler in the country in her weight class. Host Ryan Warner and Sarah talk about the all important moment of turning PRO. Yo…
 
At age 27, Joe Decker was out of shape and out of hope. He was an alcoholic and drug addict who had just hit rock bottom. Three years later, Joe broke the Guinness Record for World’s Fittest Man. He got there - from out of hope to Fittest Man - by mastering the goal setting process, and that’s the focus for today’s conversation. Host Johnny Waite t…
 
Hardell Moore (@hardell_m) is the head coach at the Oklahoma Wrestling Academy (OWA). As a wrestler, he was a 2x All American for Oklahoma State, placing second as a senior in 1998. Hardell is in the sport for the right reasons folks. He’s passing on life lessons everyday at the OWA. Please enjoy!*FANSIf you enjoy the podcast, would you please cons…
 
Fit Men Cook founder Kevin Curry joins Joe De Sena (Spartan Race founder & CEO) to talk about how Kevin changed his relationship with food. This episode of Spartan Up! Is brought to you by GONEROGUESNACKS.COM - use code SPARTAN25 for a discount FOLLOW SPARTAN UP: Spartan Up on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/spartanuppodcast/ Spartan Up on Twit…
 
How do you unlimit and unlearn fear? We get so many comments from people in our community on how fear has been holding them back. Struggles and perceived failures from this year have brought on amygdala hijacks like never before. In this episode, I share how fear is merely a signpost to be used to our advantage. By superimposing the Limitless Model…
 
Joe Gonzales was a 1984 Olympian, former NCAA champion and just the seventh American to win the prestigious Tbilisi Tournament. Joe wrestled for Cal State Bakersfield under the great Joe Seay. Though Cal-State Bakersfield was a Division Two school, they had two NCAA Division One champions in 1980: Joe and John Azvedo. Joe also had a win over Anatol…
 
If you want to make a change, start with a single person. In an age of more is better - more likes, downloads or views - Todd Durkin talks with hosts Jarog Cogswell and Yancy Culp on how to ‘light up the planet’ by starting with a single person. In case you missed the first episode, Todd Durkin (@ToddDurkin) is an internationally recognized strengt…
 
David “Magic Man” Taylor (@magicman_psu) was the 2018 World Champ and is vying for a spot on the 2021 Olympic Team. Back in college, he helped create the Penn State dynasty, winning two NCAA titles for the great Cael Sanderson (@caelsanderson). Today, he runs and owns the M2 training Center and lives in State College PA. This conversation focuses o…
 
Runners, when you hit the wall, Meghan Hicks suggests these two tips to push through. She would know, she’s run over 60 trail races and ultras, won and won the Marathon des Sables. She's is the managing editor for IRunFar.com. She’s also the author of Where the Road Ends: A Guide to Trail Running. Today she tells Spartan Trail host Mauri Pagliacci …
 
Hooked on Sugar? How about "diet" sodas? Kara Goldin, founder of hint water and author of the new book Undaunted, fell for the advertising. For years she believed that something called "diet" must be good for you. One day she stopped and read the ingredients label and her journey to better health for herself and others began. Kara set the diet soda…
 
How do you do manage your stress response for higher brain performance? You might be surprised to find out the relief that can come from simple decision making, endurance building, and good sleep. Today I’m excited to welcome back our special guest, Dr. Greg Kelly. He is a Naturopathic Physician (N.D.), lead product formulator, and author. In this …
 
Biochemical Engineer and Complex Problem Solving Specialist Ivor Cummins talks about the conclusions he's come to based on Covid data. At Spartan, we do the hard things. Today that means tackling a difficult conversation. Joe De Sena invited Ivor to share his information with you. Please, listen all the way through, give it some thought, and then l…
 
Jake Herbert (@Jakeherbert84) is an Olympian (2012) and 2x NCAA champ for Northwestern. Jake now resides in Michigan and is a real estate agent, as well as a productivity coach. Trust me, you do not want to miss this episode!Work with Jake here:JakeHerbert.Com*FANS: If you enjoy the podcast, would you please consider leaving a short review on Apple…
 
Ben Friberg, extreme endurance paddler talks with Johnny Waite, of Spartan Up Podcast, about how to prepare for the really big, self-supported, expedition-style adventures where you will be truly on your own. An example is Ben's dream crossing - the Bering Strait from Siberia to Alaska, alone on a stand-up paddleboard. Ben Stresses the importance o…
 
In Andy Stumpf's 17 years in the United States military, he executed missions around the globe, fighting the war on terror as a member of some of the most elite combat units in the world, including SEAL Team 6. He’s also the host of the hit podcast Cleared Hot and a BASE jump record-breaker. Andy stars in the latest episode of Blackhawk’s new film …
 
Pain is easy to forget, says Louise Kobin, 4x La Ruta race winner. In this episode, our first in the La Ruta series, Louise and Spartan Up La Ruta series host Roy Wallach introduce you to the 3-day, cross-country mountain bike race known as La Ruta. In this episode, you’ll learn about Louise’s first La Ruta race, specifically... -A deep dive of the…
 
James Nestor, author of the hugely popular book "Breath" explains his deep research. Should you be breathing through your nose? The answer is YES! Today on the Spartan Up podcast, He tells Spartan Founder & CEO Joe De Sena how breathing affects your performance. He also explains the history, the science, and some simple steps you can take to improv…
 
How do you create a limitless morning routine? I’ve been asked countless times how I start my day, so I could not be more thrilled to share today’s live podcast show with you. In this episode, I highlight some of the most useful practices and resources for making each day limitless. There is no one size fits all when it comes to making each day you…
 
Sarah Hildebrandt (@sarhilde) is currently the #1 50kg wrestler in the US. She recently dominated the 2020 Senior Nationals, winning OW in the process. Back in 2018, she won a World Silver medal and is currently gunning for a spot on the 2021 Olympic Team. Please enjoy folks!*FANS: If you enjoy the podcast, would you please consider leaving a short…
 
Spartan Combat athlete Gabe Dean (@DabeGean) discusses his comeback to the mat, and how the passing of a family member helped motivate his return. Gabe Dean is an assistant wrestling coach at Cornell - one of the top wrestling programs in the country - and was a 2x NCAA Champion for the Big Red. Gabe recently returned to competition, and that’s the…
 
Adapting to drastic life changes Ryan KentRyan Kent (instagram: dr0p_the_hammer) was a full-time, professional athlete until Covid hit. Now, he’s a full time worker with a pro athlete’s training load. Tune-in to learn how Ryan is adapting to the new normal, while still maintaining his fitness. SPONSOR This episode of Spartan Up! is brought to you b…
 
Frank - Twinkle Toes - Trigg (@FRANKTRIGG) is a UFC Hall of Famer, MMA commentator and referee. Prior to his MMA days, Frank wrestled at OU and was a NCAA qualifier for Jack Spates. In this episode we talk about the early days of the UFC, Frank’s epic fights with Matt Hughes, relationship advice, and more. Enjoy!*FANS: If you enjoy the podcast, wou…
 
Evolution has left you with two basic drives - to survive and to procreate, but evolutionary biologist Rebecca Heiss, Ph.D. tells Joe De Sena how understanding those drives can lead us to overcome fears and achieve success. Fear, says Heiss, is an ancient signal meant to keep us alive, but most things we fear today are not life-threatening. In this…
 
How do you increase your emotional agility during difficult times? I’m excited to welcome a very special guest today, Dr. Susan David. Susan is an award-winning Harvard Medical School psychologist and author of the #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling book, Emotional Agility. In this episode, Susan shares how emotional agility includes skills like cu…
 
Cornell wrestling coach Gabe Dean is back ladies and gents! He announced his return to the mat earlier this month and just won the US Open. Gabe is set to compete in Flo Wrestling’s 8-man bracket, where he can win up to $40k, on Halloween later this month. Listen to our first podcast with Gabe, via episode #71.Photo: Mark Lundy, Lutte-Lens.comSPONS…
 
How do you find the motivation to start your first trail race? Tune-in to hear professional, ultra-racer Mike Wardian (@mikewardian) tackle this question. Mike has set world records for the fastest time for 7 marathons on 7 continents in 7 days, and has also completed some of the most difficult races in the world like the Badwater Ultra. SPONSOR Th…
 
What goes into success in an expedition or adventure race? One huge element is your support crew. Spartan Up endurance host Johnny Waite talks to Ben Friberg, who has paddled from Cuba to the US and completed numerous ultra-paddle events, about what makes a solid crew. The main lessons in this podcast are: 1 - Planning is Everything 2 - Work with o…
 
Today’s guest is an entrepreneur, a YouTube star and the founder of the custom building company Rural Renovators. Before Kyle Stumpenhorst garnered a massive online following for his work creating post frame buildings, he actually worked an IT job, but dreamed of getting out from behind the desk and pursuing his dream of being a builder. Today on I…
 
Chris Labrecque is President of the Benefits Division of a large US Insurance Broker. He’s given talks on leadership and team cohesion. In this conversation, Chris shares his learnings from the business world, melded with his background in wrestling. Enjoy!SPONSORThis episode is brought to you by the Wrestling Changed My Life online store. We have …
 
How many hours a day do you need to use your feet to get to your phone? One? Two? zero? Adam Alter, author of "Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked," has made a study of the outsized influence addictive technology has had on us and some basic steps to counteract it. An associate professor at NYU’s Ste…
 
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