Spartan Up! - A Spartan Race for the Mind!

With this episode, we honor all veterans, and at the same time share the incredible lessons, valuable in all walks of life, this one leader has distilled from a life of service. In honor of Veterans Day for this special episode Joe De Sena sat down with Retired Command Sergeant Major Rick Lamb - among his significant military background a Silver Star, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Joint Commendation Medal with V Device for valor, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with three Bronze Campaign Stars and Invasion Arrowhead, Master Parachute Badge, Ranger and Special Forces Tabs, and two awards of the Combat Infantryman’s Badge.

Lamb explains the clarity with which mission, purpose and leadership can be conveyed and bestowed and talks about the essentials of a solid team. In the end it is about being able to trust the person to your left and right and mastering your profession. First step? Looking the part and be the part.

As a father, Lamb tells Joe how he was able to get his teen son back on track with a simple process because in the end if your not raising good humans, your not doing your job.

To all veterans out there, thank you for your service.


LESSONS
LOOK the part BE the part
Be a master of your profession
Know what is expected of you
Lead from the front
Leaders eat last
Build a team - Trust the person to your left and right
The Oatmeal test - raise good humans

LINKS:
Joe’s Instagram for giveaway on Veterans Day
https://www.instagram.com/realjoedesena

 

TIME STAMPS
0:00 Starts with the oatmeal test
0:39 Intro to this episode with Sefra & Johnny
1:54 Interview begins with the art of storytelling
3:30 Joining the Rangers
4:20 Look the part- be the part
5:25 Being a master of your profession
6:15 The Ranger Creed
7:15 Knowing what’s expected of you
8:00 The orchestration of success
9:28 Reading it, studying it - knowing it
11:20 Lead from the front: follow me, do as I do
12:55 Getting after it
13:25 Building a high performing team
14:45 Styles of leadership
17:45 Tactics for landing
18:45 Jumping into Normandy
19:15 Special Veterans Day offer- ON VETERANS DAY @RealJoeDeSena on Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/realjoedesena
19:30 Getting good sleep
20:15 Build camaraderie away from the bullets
21:45 Using succinct language
22:30 Dealing with your relationship when in special forces
24:45 Identifying your kids passions
26:15 Mapping your passions: Creating the “Man List”
28:30 Twelve years working towards goals
32:20 Join the conversation on Instagram
33:00 Johnny & Sefra discuss takeaways from this interview

SUBSCRIBE:
Apple Podcasts: http://bit.ly/SpartanUpShow
YouTube: http://bit.ly/SpartanUpYT
Google Play: http://bit.ly/SpartanUpPlay

FOLLOW SPARTAN UP:
Spartan Up on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/spartanuppodcast/
Spartan Up on Twitter https://twitter.com/SpartanUpPod

CREDITS:
Producer – Marion Abrams, Madmotion, llc.
Hosts: Joe De Sena, Dr. Johnny Waite & Sefra Alexandra
Col. Nye is off on a different expedition- thank you for your service sir !
Synopsis – Sefra Alexandra | Seed Huntress
Production Assistant - Andrea Hagarty

© 2019 Spartan

Direct download: SUP_EDIT_Rick_Lamb_FULL_MIX_LIBSYN.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:30am EST

Hosts Zach Even-Esh and Joe De Sena talk with up and coming wrestler Ray Jaz about the difference between working smart and working hard. So many people talk about working smarter, NOT harder. Well, what we’ve realized is that when you’re working HARD, you are very often working SMARTER!

 

LESSONS:

Working smart is sometimes an excuse for people to avoid the work. Not at SPARTAN. The smartest worker IS the hardest worker!
You should SHINE when you’re working. Your actions should shine the brightest and speak louder than words.


LINKS:
More about Zach https://zacheven-esh.com
Read “The Spartan Way” https://www.spartan.com/en/race/learn-more/race-types-overview?article=the-spartan-way-book


SUBSCRIBE:

Apple Podcasts: http://bit.ly/SpartanUpShow
YouTube: http://bit.ly/SpartanUpYT
Google Play: http://bit.ly/SpartanUpPlay

 

FOLLOW SPARTAN UP & Zach:
Ray Jaz https://www.instagram.com/ray__jaz/
Spartan Up on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/spartanuppodcast/
Spartan Up on Twitter https://twitter.com/SpartanUpPod
Follow Zach on Instagram https://instagram.com/zevenesh
Follow Zach on Twitter https://twitter.com/zevenesh
Zach’s STRONG Life Podcast https://apple.co/2vFaCv1

 

CREDITS:

Producer – Marion Abrams, Madmotion, llc.
Host & Show Notes: Zach Even - Esh

© 2019 Spartan

Direct download: 57_ActionsLouderWords.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:30am EST

Host Dr. L says: Though we often talk about endurance from a physical point of view, building mental endurance is just as important. It’s important that we stretch what we think we can do and work to increase our mental fortitude so that we can tolerate difficult experiences on the path of life. Building mental endurance is a practice - so getting yourself to practice this practice is one of the first steps. Using mantras and gathering data can also help in building this muscle.

LESSONS:
Build mental endurance by practicing. Put yourself in a position where mental endurance is required and see how you hold up.
Use a mantra - something you say repetitively - to help get your mind into a state of focus and attention.
Gather data from your own life that helps support your own sense of mental endurance.

SUBSCRIBE:
Apple Podcasts: http://bit.ly/SpartanUpShow
YouTube: http://bit.ly/SpartanUpYT
Google Play: http://bit.ly/SpartanUpPlay

FOLLOW SPARTAN UP AND DR. L:
Spartan Up on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/spartanuppodcast/
Spartan Up on Twitter https://twitter.com/SpartanUpPod
Dr. L on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/drlarapence/

CREDITS:

Production Team: Heather Knox, Knox Creative; Marion Abrams, Madmotion, llc.
Host: Dr. Lara Pence
Synopsis: Dr. Lara Pence

© 2019 Spartan

Direct download: 65_Building_Endurance.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:30am EST

What do these legends, some of the world’s top distance and trail runners, think about the growing adoration for the primal sport of trail running? Trail runners have always maintained an infamous degree of camaraderie and community, especially the Ultra runners who cover distances that can seem inconceivable.  Hear about incredible records, but also the simple joys of running and of sharing the joy of running with others. Panelists talk about running five marathons in five days on five continents, setting record times, running one hundred miles for the first time, and running around the rim of the Grand Canyon for a fun day of exploration. The key is just trying it out, finding your own flow and entering what Terry calls the “oasis of connectedness” on the trail.  

 

Maike Wardian - won the 2008, 2009 and 2010 US 50 km championship, the 2011 US 50 mile championship, the 2008  U.S. National 100 km championship and many others. Wardian is known for the vast number of marathons he participates in. 

 

Camille Herron - won the 2017 Comrades Marathon and holds several world best times at ultramarathon distances, along with the Guinness World Record for the fastest marathon in a Superhero costume.

 

Ian Sharman - a British ultramarathon runner, coach, he currently holds the record for the Grand Slam of Ultrarunning and is the winner of the 2013 2015, 2016 and 2017 Leadville Trail 100.

 

Kara Goucher - was the 10,000 meters silver medalist at the 2007 World Championships, represented her country at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and 2012 London Olympics,  made her marathon debut in 2008 and finished third the following year at the Boston Marathon.

 

Terry Chiplin - from US Trail Running Conference

 

Peter Maksimow - from the American Trail Running Association. 

 

And our own Spartan Up host Johnny Waite as moderator.

 

 

 

LESSONS

  1. Support your athletic community 
  2. Have compassion in competition 
  3. Be present & connected 
  4. Find your favorite trail & keep exploring
  5. Get outside & enjoy being in nature 
  6. Don’t be intimated- just try it out 
  7. Define what it means to be out there to you 
  8. Run to explore & really feel what the world is like 
  9. Enjoy the experience 

 

LINKS

Spartan Trail Series https://www.spartan.com/en/trail

US Trail Running Conference https://ustrailrunningconference.com/

Camille Herron http://www.camilleherron.com

Kara Goucher http://www.karagoucher.com

Mike Wardian http://mikewardian.com

Ian Sharman https://www.sharmanultra.com

Amedican Trail Running Association https://trailrunner.com/

This curated group podcast was recorded at Spartan World Media Fest brought to you by ATP Science 

 

TIME STAMPS

0:45 Johnny Waite introduces the legendary panel of trail runners

1:30 Panelists introduce themselves 

5:45 Ultra running coming into the general consciousness

7:30 The sense of community amongst trail runners 

8:45 How they got started in trail running 

10:00 What keeps you running a hundred miles 

12:00 Loving the sport and adapting as they get older 

13:00 Organizing trail runs and welcoming new runners 

14:45 How the sport is evolving 

16:30 Their favorite home & international trails 

25:00 Favorite trail is like your favorite child 

27:30 Who is coming into the sport as it is growing

29:30 Male and female competition in the sport

31:00 What motivates you on the trails 

33:00 An accessible sport if you put in the time

34:30 The ancestral lineage of running 

36:00 Everyone runs their own trail 

37:30 The exploration and beauty of running 

39:45 Disconnecting with media and connecting with nature

41:45 The great people you meet 

43:30 All running is good running 

SUBSCRIBE:

Apple Podcasts: http://bit.ly/SpartanUpShow

YouTube: http://bit.ly/SpartanUpYT

Google Play: http://bit.ly/SpartanUpPlay

 

FOLLOW SPARTAN UP:

Spartan Up on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/spartanuppodcast/

Spartan Up on Twitter https://twitter.com/SpartanUpPod

 

CREDITS:

Producer – Marion Abrams, Madmotion, llc.

Hosts: Moderator Dr. Johnny Waite, Guest panelists: Terry Chiplin, Kara Goucher, Mike Wardian, Ian Sharman, Peter Maksimow, Camille Herron 

Joe De Sena, Col. Nye & Sefra Alexandra were jogging along in the audience at the Spartan World Media Fest 

Synopsis – Sefra Alexandra | Seed Huntress 

Production Assistant - Andrea Hagarty

 

© 2019 Spartan

Direct download: 273_ATP_STAGE_TRAIL-FINISHED.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:30am EST

Why do we catch ourselves falling into negative talk or self-doubt at times? How do we fix this? In this episode, Zach Even-Esh talks with four-time NCAA All American Wrestler and Cornell Coach Gabe Dean about how to conquer self-doubt and negative head chatter.

LESSONS:
- Why are you falling into the trap of self-doubt or negative self-talk?
- Failure is actually a POSITIVE thing. Failure will speak change!
- Don’t be afraid to put yourself in new situations that challenge you and perhaps cause “failure” in a positive way!
- Don’t expect success to happen overnight. It will take time, trial and error and consistency.
- Hold yourself to a higher standard so you will push through the tough times.
- Sign up for something that scares you. Now you have a deadline and something to work for and work towards!

LINKS:
More about Zach https://zacheven-esh.com
Read “The Spartan Way” https://www.spartan.com/en/race/learn-more/race-types-overview?article=the-spartan-way-book


SUBSCRIBE:

Apple Podcasts: http://bit.ly/SpartanUpShow
YouTube: http://bit.ly/SpartanUpYT
Google Play: http://bit.ly/SpartanUpPlay

 

FOLLOW SPARTAN UP & Zach:
Follow Gabe Dean https://www.instagram.com/dabegean
Spartan Up on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/spartanuppodcast/
Spartan Up on Twitter https://twitter.com/SpartanUpPod
Follow Zach on Instagram https://instagram.com/zevenesh
Follow Zach on Twitter https://twitter.com/zevenesh
Zach’s STRONG Life Podcast https://apple.co/2vFaCv1

 

CREDITS:

Producer – Marion Abrams, Madmotion, llc.
Host & Show Notes: Zach Even - Esh

© 2019 Spartan

Direct download: 60_NegativeSelfTalk.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:30am EST

Dr. L says we are a culture obsessed with expertise. We are in a constant hustle of one-up-manship and forgetting that we can find tremendous wisdom in not being the best. Sometimes when we give ourselves permission to suck at things we actually come out on top because we learn from the experience, gain wisdom from the failures, and extrapolate a new tolerance of getting uncomfortable.

LESSONS:
Always looking to be the best and claiming your expertise can be a fool’s race.
When you do something that you know you’re not good at you creative a learning experience for yourself that is essential for growth.
Pick one thing every week to do that you know you’re not good at. Write down the ways that engaging in this experience gave you wisdom and new knowledge about yourself.

SUBSCRIBE:
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YouTube: http://bit.ly/SpartanUpYT
Google Play: http://bit.ly/SpartanUpPlay

FOLLOW SPARTAN UP AND DR. L:
Spartan Up on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/spartanuppodcast/
Spartan Up on Twitter https://twitter.com/SpartanUpPod
Dr. L on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/drlarapence/

CREDITS:

Production Team: Heather Knox, Knox Creative; Marion Abrams, Madmotion, llc.
Host: Dr. Lara Pence
Synopsis: Dr. Lara Pence

© 2019 Spartan

Direct download: 64_Ok_To_Suck.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:30am EST

This special episode features a remarkable panel recorded at Spartan World Media Fest brought to you by ATP Science. Learn to create your own personal board of advisors, how to choose who influences you, AND how to use your own wisdom learned on life's journey to positively impact others. This rockstar episode features Spartan founder Joe De Sena, our buddy Anders Varner from Shrugged Collective, Jared Easley of Podcast Movement, Joe Polish of the Genius Network, Major League Baseball player and Ultrarunner Eric Byrnes, and Spartan legend Amelia Boone. Each of these individuals have a remarkable tale, and when put together this conversation about how to build your personal board of directors is a roadmap for how to traverse the bumps in the road which as Amelia says, “is what makes it fun!” Enjoy. 

 

LESSON

  1. Build your own personal board of directors
  2. Disruptors bring awareness- learn from them 
  3. Answer to the higher calling of the organization 
  4. Know your true north, what motivates you and listen to your gut
  5. Don’t let your secrets make you sick 
  6. Build your culture around your core values
  7. Put yourself in vulnerable positions and attack life
  8. Use your story to help others in need
  9. Don’t get wrapped up in “woundology” 
  10. Focus on the positive impacts your are creating 
  11. “Your winning or your learning” 
  12. Lead from a place of love 
  13. BE NICE 
  14. Don’t take your feelings too personally 
  15. The bumps in life is what makes it fun 

 

LINKS:

Joe Polish

https://joepolish.com

https://geniusnetwork.com

https://geniusrecovery.com

Eric Byrnes

https://www.ericbyrnes.com

Amelia Boone

http://ameliabooneracing.com

Anders Varner

https://shruggedcollective.com

Jared Easley

https://podcastmovement.com/

 

The Spartan World Media Fest was made possible by ATP Science 

 

TIME STAMPS

0:00 Marion introduces this special episode with an open panel 

1:58 Spartan Media Fest Panel intro’s: Joe De Sena, Anders Varner, Eric Byrnes, Jared Easley & Amelia Boone

5:30 Beginning of Amelia Boone’s Spartan journey in the snow at Joe’s

7:00 Joe De Sena on building his personal “board of directors”

11:30 Anders Varner on building a strong team

12:30 Disruptors and their benefit 

14:00 Answering the the higher calling of the organization 

14:45 Eric Byrnes on baseball and mental capacity in endurance 

16:45 Amelia Boone on being your own brand, friends and family 

17:45 Knowing your true north, what motivates you & listening to your gut 

18:45 Being prudent verse taking a chance 

19:15 Joe Polish intro,  the Genius Network and helping people in recovery

20:28 Viewing and treating addicts with compassion 

21:00 Joe Polish’s breaking point in life & how he got sober 

22:45 The Genius Recovery platform & fighting silent battles 

23:30 Not letting your secrets make you sick 

24:30 Establishing family and business culture with values 

26:00 Living your life with a sense of purpose  when you have influence 

27:35 Positives of being in the spotlight and making beneficial impacts 

28:45 Accumulating experience- being in vulnerable positions and attacking life

29:45 Amelia Boone on struggling with an eating disorder & the public’s response

31:00 having courage to speak out - “Disorder and shame thrive in silence and darkness”

32:45 not getting wrapped up in “woundology” 

34:00 “Your winning or your learning” 

37:00 This awesome panel ends with life lessons and final thoughts 

 

SUBSCRIBE:

 

Apple Podcasts: http://bit.ly/SpartanUpShow

YouTube: http://bit.ly/SpartanUpYT

Google Play: http://bit.ly/SpartanUpPlay

 

FOLLOW SPARTAN UP:

Spartan Up on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/spartanuppodcast/

Spartan Up on Twitter https://twitter.com/SpartanUpPod

 

CREDITS:

Producer – Marion Abrams, Madmotion, llc.

Hosts: Joe De Sena, Guest panelists: Anders Varner, Eric Byrnes, Jared Easley, Amelia Boone and moderator Joe Polish

 “Dr.” Johnny Waite Col. Nye & Sefra Alexandra were cheering them on in the audience at the Spartan World Media Fest 

Synopsis – Sefra Alexandra | Seed Huntress 

Production Assistant - Andrea Hagarty

 

© 2019 Spartan

Direct download: 272_STAGE_BOARD_OF.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:30am EST

Zach Even-Esh is joined by guest Charlie “The Spaniard” Brenneman to talk about keeping it simple! Do you ever feel overwhelmed? If you do, take a look at your desk / workspace. Take a look at your garage, bedroom, etc. Having too much “stuff” that you don’t need will stress you out and overwhelm you. Here’s how to declutter and get more productive while being less stressed.


LESSONS:

Once a week, clean and organize the areas of your life that you spend the most time in (work place / office desk), bedroom, living room, garage, etc.
Donate the clothing, books, etc that you don’t use but someone else can benefit from.
Simplicity helps you remove excuses. Get rid of the “stuff” that slows you down in LIFE.


LINKS:
More about Zach https://zacheven-esh.com
More About Charlie https://charliespaniard.com/
Read “The Spartan Way” https://www.spartan.com/en/race/learn-more/race-types-overview?article=the-spartan-way-book


SUBSCRIBE:

Apple Podcasts: http://bit.ly/SpartanUpShow
YouTube: http://bit.ly/SpartanUpYT
Google Play: http://bit.ly/SpartanUpPlay

 

FOLLOW SPARTAN UP & Zach:

Spartan Up on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/spartanuppodcast/
Spartan Up on Twitter https://twitter.com/SpartanUpPod
Follow Zach on Instagram https://instagram.com/zevenesh
Follow Zach on Twitter https://twitter.com/zevenesh
Zach’s STRONG Life Podcast https://apple.co/2vFaCv1

 

CREDITS:

Producer – Marion Abrams, Madmotion, llc.
Host & Show Notes: Zach Even - Esh
Guest: Charlie “The Spaniard” Brenneman

© 2019 Spartan

Direct download: 56_Decluttering.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:28am EST

Spartan's "Chief Mind Doc" Dr. L says: Teaching your children to tolerate distress is not an easy task. It requires clear boundaries and firm NOs. It’s not always easy to be firm when your kid’s have strong wants and desires that, at times, put you in precarious positions. But it’s important that your children understand that they cannot always have their way and learn to tolerate what this feels like. As adults, they will feel disappointment, experience heartache, and see sadness. Teaching them to tolerate such feelings and exposing them to the journey will help them along the way and give them a chance to build resiliency and grit.

LESSONS:
Firm NOs and strong boundaries are what children need to feel safe.
Teaching your children how to tolerate distress is a critical lesson that will translate into adulthood.
With friends and family, remember that you also need to set clear boundaries, say NO when you need to, and tolerate the distress that comes with it.

SUBSCRIBE:
Apple Podcasts: http://bit.ly/SpartanUpShow
YouTube: http://bit.ly/SpartanUpYT
Google Play: http://bit.ly/SpartanUpPlay

FOLLOW SPARTAN UP AND DR. L:
Spartan Up on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/spartanuppodcast/
Spartan Up on Twitter https://twitter.com/SpartanUpPod
Dr. L on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/drlarapence/

CREDITS:

Production Team: Heather Knox, Knox Creative; Marion Abrams, Madmotion, llc.
Host: Dr. Lara Pence
Synopsis: Dr. Lara Pence

© 2019 Spartan

Direct download: 63_Parenting.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:37am EST

Joe De Sena and his family visited the wrestling room at West Point to learn from the ultimate role models in mental and physical toughness. Kevin Ward, head wrestling coach, explains what it takes to build and maintain the culture of a team, whether that is a wrestling team, a family or a business. Motivation, says Kevin, is a byproduct of being passionate, and discipline is true freedom. Invite rigor and the right folks into your daily routine and you may revell in the results!

LESSONS
Finish what you start
Work hard
Be 100% dedicated to the team
Culture is defined by the worst behavior you accept
Discipline is freedom
Understand your expectations
Hold yourself to a high standard
Be devoted to what your doing
Create your passion

LINKS

TIME STAMPS
0:00 Joe, Dr. Johnny and Guest Host Anders Varner introduce this weeks episode
1:15 Interview starts in the toughest room in the country
3:00 Growing up wrestling
4:45 Finishing everything you start
6:00 Importance of kids having a work ethic
7:30 Working with the best at West Point
9:00 Giving 100% to be on the team
9:45 Nurturing culture of the team
11:00 Teaching them how to think
12:15 Discipline is freedom
13:15 Expectations, standards and devotion
14:15 What do you praise, what do you punish?
14:45 Creating your passion
15:45 Joe, Dr. Johnny and Guest Host Anders Varner discuss what they learned from Coach Ward

 

SUBSCRIBE:

Apple Podcasts: http://bit.ly/SpartanUpShow
YouTube: http://bit.ly/SpartanUpYT
Google Play: http://bit.ly/SpartanUpPlay

FOLLOW SPARTAN UP:
Spartan Up on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/spartanuppodcast/
Spartan Up on Twitter https://twitter.com/SpartanUpPod

CREDITS:
Producer – Marion Abrams, Madmotion, llc.
Hosts: Joe De Sena, “Dr.” Johnny Waite and Guest Host Anders Varner- Col. Nye & Sefra Alexandra are off seeking adventures and stories of resilience this week.
Synopsis – Sefra Alexandra | Seed Huntress
Production Assistant - Andrea Hagarty

© 2019 Spartan

Direct download: 271_SUP_Kevin_Ward_LIBSYN.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:30am EST

Zach Even-Esh and Joe De Sena answer a listener question “what would you have done differently starting your businesses?” The answer? Who cares! It’s in the past. Time to move forward.

On today’s Spartan WAY hear the strategies, tactics and philosophies the founders of Underground Strength and Spartan use to get things done and keep moving forward.

.


LESSONS:

Fire. Ready. Aim
The past does not exist
Ask an expert to accelerate progress


LINKS:
More about Zach https://zacheven-esh.com
Read “The Spartan Way” https://www.spartan.com/en/race/learn-more/race-types-overview?article=the-spartan-way-book


SUBSCRIBE:

Apple Podcasts: http://bit.ly/SpartanUpShow
YouTube: http://bit.ly/SpartanUpYT
Google Play: http://bit.ly/SpartanUpPlay

 

FOLLOW SPARTAN UP & Zach:

Spartan Up on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/spartanuppodcast/
Spartan Up on Twitter https://twitter.com/SpartanUpPod
Follow Zach on Instagram https://instagram.com/zevenesh
Follow Zach on Twitter https://twitter.com/zevenesh
Zach’s STRONG Life Podcast https://apple.co/2vFaCv1

 

CREDITS:

Producer – Marion Abrams, Madmotion, llc.
Host & Show Notes: Zach Even - Esh

© 2019 Spartan

Direct download: 54_Over_Analyzing.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:30am EST

Spartan MIND host Dr. L says: We tend to store up emotions in our body. These can be of any kind, the more painful ones like irritation, anger, sadness, or shame, or the more joyous ones like excitement, pride, and happiness. Although talking about feelings can certainly be useful, sometimes we need alternative forms of emotional expression so that we can release our feelings and the energy that goes with it. When we utilize different forms of release we make ourselves more available to other experiences and feelings that could bring us wisdom and joy.

LESSONS:
Give yourself various avenues of emotional expression such as physical release, like a Spartan race, or creative release, like artwork or making something with your hands.
Talk therapy is great but sometimes we need different outlets that can give us a vehicle to let go of certain feelings.
Take note of when you might need some emotional release - feeling overwhelmed is normally a good sign.


SUBSCRIBE:
Apple Podcasts: http://bit.ly/SpartanUpShow
YouTube: http://bit.ly/SpartanUpYT
Google Play: http://bit.ly/SpartanUpPlay

FOLLOW SPARTAN UP AND DR. L:
Spartan Up on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/spartanuppodcast/
Spartan Up on Twitter https://twitter.com/SpartanUpPod
Dr. L on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/drlarapence/

CREDITS:

Production Team: Heather Knox, Knox Creative; Marion Abrams, Madmotion, llc.
Host: Dr. Lara Pence
Synopsis: Dr. Lara Pence

© 2019 Spartan

Direct download: 62_FindingRelease.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:30am EST

Recycled man is driven by the need to earn the heart, and second chance, he was granted. A diagnosis of cancer can change everything in your life - learning you need a new heart would cause many to give up. Derek Fitzgerald faced both of these challenges, even flat lining a few times before receiving a heart transplant. Yet he had the inner strength and drive to got from crawling to running to marathons to Ironman. This remarkable interview with our own Col. Time Nye is truly a testament to never giving up and to fighting for a life worth fighting for!

LESSONS
Know when your head hits the pillow, you’ve done everything you can in that 24 hour period
Anything is possible
Keep your head in the game
Take control of your life and be active
Fight for a life worth fighting for
Inspire others
Enjoy life

LINKS
https://www.recycledmanspeaks.com
https://www.recycledman.com

TIME STAMPS
1:30 Interview begins with the Colonel & Derek
3:00 Dealing with a cancer diagnosis
4:30 Learning how to walk again
5:30 7 years of heart failure from Chemo.
7:30 Hoping to stay alive after dying a few times
9:45 Given a second chance at life: a heart transplant
10:30 Starting racing during recovery
11:15 Thanking the donor family for his life
12:30 The training regiment
14:30 After effects of a transplant
16:45 Earning every heartbeat
19:00 Fighting for a life worth living
22:15 The Colonel, Joe and Sefra discuss the interview and lessons learned
27:45 Let us know what’s holding you back from getting uncomfortable?!

 

 

 

 

 

SUBSCRIBE:

Apple Podcasts: http://bit.ly/SpartanUpShow
YouTube: http://bit.ly/SpartanUpYT
Google Play: http://bit.ly/SpartanUpPlay

FOLLOW SPARTAN UP:
Spartan Up on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/spartanuppodcast/
Spartan Up on Twitter https://twitter.com/SpartanUpPod

CREDITS:
Producer – Marion Abrams, Madmotion, llc.
Hosts: Joe De Sena, Tim Nye & Sefra Alexandra- “Dr.” Johnny Waite is off seeking adventures and stories of resilience this week.
Synopsis – Sefra Alexandra | Seed Huntress
Production Assistant - Andrea Hagarty

© 2019 Spartan

Direct download: 270_Derek_Fitzgerald_LIBSYN.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:30am EST

Zach Even-Esh and Joe De Sena let you know what they think of your excuses. Can't afford the gym? Too long a drive? Don't have time to get there? F*** the gym, Joe & Zach have the answer.

LINKS:
More about Zach https://zacheven-esh.com
Read “The Spartan Way” https://www.spartan.com/en/race/learn-more/race-types-overview?article=the-spartan-way-book


SUBSCRIBE:

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Spartan Up on Twitter https://twitter.com/SpartanUpPod
Follow Zach on Instagram https://instagram.com/zevenesh
Follow Zach on Twitter https://twitter.com/zevenesh
Zach’s STRONG Life Podcast https://apple.co/2vFaCv1

 

CREDITS:

Producer – Marion Abrams, Madmotion, llc.
Host & Show Notes: Zach Even - Esh

© 2019 Spartan

Direct download: 53_HomeGym.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:30am EST

Today on Spartan MIND host Dr. L Says: When hype begins to arise around an experience or event, doubt, insecurities, and excuses can settle in simultaneously. These serve as a protective barrier to our greatest fear - failure. But shying away from the experience or letting a list of excuses serve as a disclaimer is not the way to go. Lean in to the experience, no matter how much you want to pad it with ‘what ifs’ or ‘maybe’s.

LESSONS:
Remember that owning the experience in front of you - and the conditions that come with it - will serve you best.
Move forward by acknowledging what you are truly afraid of and then let yourself accept the possibility of failure.
Take responsibility for your future - no one will create it for you.


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Spartan Up on Twitter https://twitter.com/SpartanUpPod
Dr. L on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/drlarapence/

CREDITS:

Production Team: Heather Knox, Knox Creative; Marion Abrams, Madmotion, llc.
Host: Dr. Lara Pence
Synopsis: Dr. Lara Pence

© 2019 Spartan

Direct download: 61_TakeAccountability.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:41am EST

Jason believes that adversity is what builds opportunities to create trust. Whatever you are facing in life, let go of the past, lock-in to the mission in front of you and win the day!
Navy Seals go through some of the toughest training on the planet. Mental, physical and emotional limits are tested beyond what we can imagine. What key lessons are learned in these life or death experiences that can help you conquer the challenges in your life?

LESSONS
Trust helps you win the day
Shift focus away from anxiety to what you can affect
Attack the challenges in front of you
Never sacrifice character for talent
Learn to serve as a team
Lead with conviction and purpose
Think about what you want to produce
Be thankful you are where you are
Let go, lock in & win the fight in front of you

LINKS
https://www.swimwithamission.org/
https://www.stonewall-solutions.com/

TIME STAMPS
0:00 Intro to episode with the Colonel, Joe and guest host Josh Crosby
1:25 Interview begins at the Swim With A Mission Foundation event
2:30 Training that helps win the day as Navy Seal
4:30 Shifting focus away from anxiety to what you can effect
6:25 Purpose behind training as a team
8:15 Serve the team out of a motivation greater than yourself
9:15 Leaving a legacy
10:40 Trust and courage in combat
11:50 Surrounding yourself with the right people
14:00 Trust the process
15:50 Free yourself of the outcome
18:00 Training for worst conditions than you compete in
19:30 Letting go, locking in and attacking the mission in front of you
20:35 Joe, the Colonel and guest host Josh Crosby discuss lessons learned

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CREDITS:
Producer – Marion Abrams, Madmotion, llc.
Hosts: Joe De Sena, Tim Nye & Guest Josh Crosby. Co-hosts Sefra Alexandra and “Dr.” Johnny Waite are off seeking adventures and stories of resilience this week.
Synopsis – Sefra Alexandra | Seed Huntress
Production Assistant - Andrea Hagarty

© 2019 Spartan

Direct download: 268_Jason_Kuhn_edit_LIBSYN.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:30am EST

Spartan Way host Zach Even-Esh says: I was 19 years old working in a hospital fitness center. I came across a sign that STILL influences me and inspires me to this day! Watch the video so you can learn from this lesson I learned 20+ years ago!


LESSONS:

Often times simplicity is more powerful than complexity.
Take accountability for things. Did you open it? Then close it?
Did you make a mess? Leave crumbs behind? Clean it.
Did you break it? Then you must fix it and / or replace it.
Did you use it? Return better than you found it!


LINKS:
More about Zach https://zacheven-esh.com
Read “The Spartan Way” https://www.spartan.com/en/race/learn-more/race-types-overview?article=the-spartan-way-book


SUBSCRIBE:

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YouTube: http://bit.ly/SpartanUpYT
Google Play: http://bit.ly/SpartanUpPlay

 

FOLLOW SPARTAN UP & Zach:

Spartan Up on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/spartanuppodcast/
Spartan Up on Twitter https://twitter.com/SpartanUpPod
Follow Zach on Instagram https://instagram.com/zevenesh
Follow Zach on Twitter https://twitter.com/zevenesh
Zach’s STRONG Life Podcast https://apple.co/2vFaCv1

 

CREDITS:

Producer – Marion Abrams, Madmotion, llc.
Host & Show Notes: Zach Even - Esh

© 2019 Spartan

Direct download: 52_Accountability.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:30am EST

Dr. Lara Pence says: We are a society of human beings that engage in relationships, look for connection, and are looking for ways that we fit into the pie of community. So it’s no wonder that we can get activated in relationships and with the people that we come in contact with. Getting activated is often best identified by feeling irritable, angry, frustrated, or ‘hot’ when you're in connection with someone. We all get activated but understanding where the activation is coming from and how to work through it can be an important factor when trying to make the next best choice.

LESSONS:
We can all become activated in relationships and when we are in engagement with another person.
A few questions to ask yourself when you feel yourself getting activated:
Where is this coming from? (insecurity / fear)
Does this person remind me of someone?
How can I breathe, take perspective, and make the next best choice?
Do I need to circle back with this person (or myself) in order to get more clear on what was activated?


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Dr. L on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/drlarapence/

CREDITS:

Production Team: Heather Knox, Knox Creative; Marion Abrams, Madmotion, llc.
Host: Dr. Lara Pence
Synopsis: Dr. Lara Pence

© 2019 Spartan

Direct download: 60_GettingActivated.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:30am EST

How did a cigarette at a Spartan race spark a journey that led to an appearance on Shark Tank? Kressa Peterson talks about how she and her husband found Spartan, embraced the struggle but resisted the mud. From that the "Shower Toga" was invented.

How many of you have been joyful after a Spartan Race- but driven home filthy? Kressa’s life was changed after being almost broken at a race in North Carolina, where all she wanted was to get clean. The Shower Toga was born and after a stint on Shark Tank and partnering with Spartan- her “clean / dream“ is shifting the paradigm of the after race reality. 

 

LESSONS 

  1. Find what you love
  2. Figure out creative solutions
  3. Partner with force multipliers 

 

LINKS 

https://showertoga.com

 

TIME STAMPS 

1:00 Interview begins on the farm

2:45 Dealing with addiction and illness 

4:30 Starting to train for Spartan Race

6:00 Smoking and getting diagnosed with breast cancer 

9:45 Filming for everyday Spartans & climbing Mt. Fuji

12:30 Taking time to unplug 

13:30 Burpee Break 

15:45 The Shower Toga 

22:00 Making it happen & getting on Shark Tank 

29:00 To Burpee or not to Burpee? 

31:00 Companies that change lives 

33:55 Dr. L & Joe discuss the Kressa, Shower Toga’s & lessons learned from the hustle 



 

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Spartan Up on Twitter https://twitter.com/SpartanUpPod

 

CREDITS:

Producer – Marion Abrams, Madmotion, llc.

Hosts: Joe De Sena, Tim Nye & Sefra Alexandra, “Dr.” Johnny Waite & guest host Dr. L 

Synopsis – Sefra Alexandra | Seed Huntress 

Production Assistant - Andrea Hagarty

 

© 2019 Spartan


Direct download: Kressa-edit_01.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:30am EST

Zach Even-Esh says the way of the world shows that we are MORE connected than ever before thanks to technology, yet we are also FEELING more disconnected & lonely than ever before. Thank you technology!

For more on the subject of technology and distraction check out the Spartan Up episode with Nir Eyal.

LESSONS:

If you REALLY want to feel happier and more connected, put down that phone and connect with people in person!
Instead of a text message, go “old school” and CALL someone. Better yet, Face Time!
Challenge yourself to get away from the distanced type communication of text messages and take it to the next level: Do something IN person. Organize a gathering or meet up in person.


LINKS:
More about Zach https://zacheven-esh.com
Read “The Spartan Way” https://www.spartan.com/en/race/learn-more/race-types-overview?article=the-spartan-way-book


SUBSCRIBE:

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YouTube: http://bit.ly/SpartanUpYT
Google Play: http://bit.ly/SpartanUpPlay

 

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Spartan Up on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/spartanuppodcast/
Spartan Up on Twitter https://twitter.com/SpartanUpPod
Follow Zach on Instagram https://instagram.com/zevenesh
Follow Zach on Twitter https://twitter.com/zevenesh
Zach’s STRONG Life Podcast https://apple.co/2vFaCv1

 

CREDITS:

Producer – Marion Abrams, Madmotion, llc.
Host & Show Notes: Zach Even - Esh

© 2019 Spartan

Direct download: 51_Technology_Disconnection_V2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:30am EST

Dr. L says - We are a society that is filled with distractions. And we aren’t very good at taking accountability for our own role in this absent-minded behavior. Time management matters when we’ve got so much happening AND when distractibility is so available to us. But you’ve got to be able to integrate some time management skills into your daily life in a way that supports all of your busy activities rather than restricts them.

LESSONS:
Time management is important in order for you to execute on choices that move you forward.
Use these steps to help you manage your time:
Prioritize
Say No
Commit
Write this process down!


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Spartan Up on Twitter https://twitter.com/SpartanUpPod
Dr. L on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/drlarapence/

CREDITS:

Production Team: Heather Knox, Knox Creative; Marion Abrams, Madmotion, llc.
Host: Dr. Lara Pence
Synopsis: Dr. Lara Pence

© 2019 Spartan

Direct download: 59_TimeManagement.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:30am EST

Host Joe De Sena interviews “Fear Guru” Patrick Sweeney on Joe’s Vermont farm during the 2019 “Death Race.”

What are the fears you face in your life? Is it possible that they are holding you back from what your true gifts actually are? Sweeney shifted from a life bounded by terror to one led through courage. There is immense power in fear and if you can learn to harness it as fuel - your true superhuman qualities can be unlocked. Find your authentic self and start by doing something every day that scares you!

LESSONS
Become aware of your defense mechanisms
Learn to make decisions based on opportunity not fear
Recognize triggers and how you react
Understand when the amygdala is trying to take over
Do something that scares you every single day
Don’t let fear lock away your true passions & gifts
Discover your authentic self
“Live big & remember your death”
Fear is Fuel

LINKS
http://www.thefearguru.com
https://www.pjsweeney.com

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TIME STAMPS
0:00 Joe, the Col and guest host Josh Crosby intro the “Fear Guru”
0:50 Luminox.com sponsor break- use code SPARTAN10 FOR 10% off
1:20 Interview begins with the fear frontier…
2:30 Semantic verse emotional memory
4:00 Learning your defense mechanisms
5:00 Decision making based on fear or opportunity
6:00 Fight, flight or freeze
9:00 A paradigm shift after almost dying in his 30’s
10:15 Luminox.com-sponsor break- Official timing partner of Spartan Race
10:30 Episode continues- with learning how to live after almost dying
12:15 Finding your authentic self
13:05 Courage as a superpower
14:20 Understanding the mapping of your brain
16:00 Scare yourself everyday
17:25 Crossing the atacama desert
18:20 The fear cocktail and superhuman powers
19:30 Am I going to die a good death?
20:55 Joe, The Col and guest host Josh Crosby discuss their fears & how to overcome

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CREDITS:
Producer – Marion Abrams, Madmotion, llc.
Hosts: Joe De Sena, Tim Nye & Guest Josh Crosby. Co-hosts Sefra Alexandra and “Dr.” Johnny Waite are off seeking adventures and stories of resilience this week.
Synopsis – Sefra Alexandra | Seed Huntress
Production Assistant - Andrea Hagarty

© 2019 Spartan

Direct download: 267_PAT_SWEENEY_FULL_mixdown_01.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:30am EST

Host Matt B Davis talks to Spartan ATHLETE Leigh Anne Wasteney about training for elevation, diet and pre and post race meals.

 

LESSONS:

• Learning to train for elevation

• Elevation prep on hills or treadmills

• Her plant based diet helps her feel lean and mean

• Everybody is different when it comes to nutrition


 

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Leighanne Wasteny on Instagram http://instagram.com/leighanne_wasteney

CREDITS:
Host: Matt B Davis (@mattbdavis)
Show Notes: Matt B Davis
Producer: Marion Abrams, Madmotion, llc.
Editing: Marion Abrams

© 2019 Spartan

 

Direct download: Leigh_Anne_Wasteney_mixdown_01.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:30am EST

Host Zach Even-Esh says: 1 night during the Summer I went out for a family stroll and we got some ice cream.
It fired me up SO much because I felt that I was ending my day on a WEAK note.
NO good!


LESSONS:

No matter what happens between the morning and night time, you can ALWAYS start AND finish the day with something Strong & Positive.
Choose something that Benefits YOU & Betters YOU.
It can be 1 set of push-ups, squats or burpees.
Maybe it’s some stretching.
You can also write in a gratitude journal.
Put your phone away during the start and end of the day, this ensures you will do something for YOU!


LINKS:
More about Zach https://zacheven-esh.com
Read “The Spartan Way” https://www.spartan.com/en/race/learn-more/race-types-overview?article=the-spartan-way-book


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Spartan Up on Twitter https://twitter.com/SpartanUpPod
Follow Zach on Instagram https://instagram.com/zevenesh
Follow Zach on Twitter https://twitter.com/zevenesh
Zach’s STRONG Life Podcast https://apple.co/2vFaCv1

 

CREDITS:

Producer – Marion Abrams, Madmotion, llc.
Host & Show Notes: Zach Even - Esh

© 2019 Spartan

Direct download: 50_SPARTAN_WAY_Start_and_Finish_Day_Strong.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:30am EST

Life is filled with tough choices, especially if you are looking to challenge yourself and elevate your own life. We are wired to look for comfort but sometimes the tough choices put us in a position of discomfort no matter which you choose. Keep in mind that avoiding tough choices is never going to benefit you - but rather leave you unfulfilled and pining for more, despite the ease of being unchallenged.

LESSONS:
Tough choices will exist and sometimes there is no “good” choice.
Tap into your value system to help you make a choice that is in alignment with what matters to you.
Remember, no matter the choice - if you are open to it - there will be wisdom gained.
Trust in yourself - if you focus on values and are open to learning - you will win.


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CREDITS:

Production Team: Heather Knox, Knox Creative; Marion Abrams, Madmotion, llc.
Host: Dr. Lara Pence
Synopsis: Dr. Lara Pence

© 2019 Spartan

Direct download: 58_TrustTheToughChoices.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:30am EST

Are digital devices, coworkers or social media distracting you? What does it take to channel you action into traction? Nir Eyal works at the intersection of psychology, technology and business teaching you how to avoid triggers and make pacts with yourself to actuate your intentions. Don’t blame phones social media or your corporate or personal culture. Learn how to build beneficial habits and stop getting distracted from the life you want.

LESSONS
Master internal triggers
Make time for traction not distraction
Hack back external triggers
Make pacts: effort, price & identity
Acknowledge the dizziness of freedom
Spend time according to your values
Learn tactics to cope with discomfort
Plan ahead with intent: create a time box calendar
Values define you
Take time to reflect not react
Address the three life domains

LINKS
NirAndFar.com/Indistractable
The schedule maker tool I mentioned is here: https://nirandfar.com/schedule-maker/
Distraction guide here: https://www.nirandfar.com/distractions/
Habits vs routines article here: https://www.nirandfar.com/habits/


TIME STAMPS
1:15 Interview begins with distraction vs traction
3:00 Pre-commitments & “dizziness of freedom”
4:45 External vs. internal triggers
6:00 Time management is pain management
7:45 Spend time according to your values
9:30 Tactics based on peer reviewed studies
10:30 Reacting verse reflection
11:00 Myth of multitasking vs. multi-channeling vs. task switching
13:30 The three life domains
16:00 Common source of distraction is other people
18:00 Reducing prescription mistakes
20:00 The pacts: keeping distraction out & yourself “in”
27:45 Being busy & getting it done
28:15 Building an in-distractible workplace: expectations vs. control
30:00 Psychological conditions of not being distracted
33:00 What’s the cost of screen time? The answer is “It Depends”
35:00 Kids, competency & autonomy
39:30 Joe & guest Kressa of Shower Toga discuss what they learned in how not to get distracted


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CREDITS:
Producer – Marion Abrams, Madmotion, llc.
Hosts: Joe De Sena, Tim Nye & Guest Host Kressa Peterson. Co-hosts Sefra Alexandra and “Dr.” Johnny Waite are off seeking adventures and stories of resilience this week.
Synopsis – Sefra Alexandra | Seed Huntress
Production Assistant - Andrea Hagarty

© 2019 Spartan

Direct download: 266_Nir_Eyal_FULL_EDIT_1_01.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:30am EST

Ashley grew up playing sports and competed at the highest levels in track and cross country during college. She’s been on several podiums in the last couple of years, and consistently finishes in the top 10 against the top competition. Today she joins Matt B Davis on Spartan Up to discuss training, nutrition and more.


LESSONS:

• Learning to embrace what you don’t want to train.

• What her workout routine consists of.

• There’s always something to improve upon.

• Fueling early and often during longer races.


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Ashley Heller on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/ashmillost22/

CREDITS:
Host: Matt B Davis (@mattbdavis)
Show Notes: Matt B Davis
Producer: Marion Abrams, Madmotion, llc.
Editing: Marion Abrams

© 2019 Spartan

Direct download: Ashley_Helley_mixdown_01.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:30am EST

Many people equate being alone with loneliness. But they are not one and the same. We can be alone - with our self and by our self - and still feel very connected to others around us and our support system. We need to practice being alone more so that we can learn how to be with our own thoughts and feelings. Too often we are looking to others to fill up the white space when we could be getting more in touch with our own sense of self and practice gaining greater self-awareness.

LESSONS:
Being alone is not synonymous with being lonely.
In order to get to know yourself better, you may want to spend time doing things alone so that you can tune into how you are feeling and what you are thinking.
Being alone is not a measure of your worth and value. You are worthy and valuable regardless of who is in your presence.
Learning how to tolerate your own thoughts and feelings is a lost art, as we are constantly busy on our phone or distracted by various notifications. Learn solitude and you’ll inevitably feel more connected to yourself.


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CREDITS:

Production Team: Heather Knox, Knox Creative; Marion Abrams, Madmotion, llc.
Host: Dr. Lara Pence
Synopsis: Dr. Lara Pence

© 2019 Spartan

Direct download: 57_Be_Alone.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:30am EST

When we think of strength and power, how often do we include the magnetic and influential force of positivity? Pete Cohen has a long and successful track record of turning around some of the best known sports teams and business with his positive, motivational coaching style. In life it’s important to look for mentors, role models and leaders- but, at some point we need to become our own. Never stop pushing and #DoTheWork !

LESSON
Life’s purpose is to grow
Become a warrior of your own life
Get out of your comfort zone everyday
Eat less
Democratize education
A leader is someone people WANT to follow
Begin with the end in mind
Without nature there is nothing
Take the lead in your own life & push through

LINKS
https://petecohen.com

TIME STAMPS
0:00 Col Nye & Joe introduce this interview : separating winners from losers
1:45 Interview begins on the Spartan Farm
3:00 Inviting a million people to Vermont
4:00 The Burning Couch annual event :)
6:00 Being consumed by information
8:00 Taking things to another level with Spartan education
10:00 Finding leaders & becoming a leader
12:00 How can I help? & Doing the work…
15:00 Focusing on legacy?
15:55 Burpee Break
16:00 Interview continues
17:00 Living with the seasons
19:00 Flying with the kettlebell, learning roles & leopard print dresses
21:00 How to take the lead in your life
22:40 Getting the best out of people & being an energy giver
24:00 Pushing through & fighting for your life
25:00 The Colonel & Joe discuss what they learned from Pete


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CREDITS:
Producer – Marion Abrams, Madmotion, llc.
Hosts: Joe De Sena, Tim Nye, Guest Hosts Josh Crosby & Lonnie Mayne. Co-hosts Sefra Alexandra and “Dr.” Johnny Waite are off seeking adventures and stories of resilience this week.
Synopsis – Sefra Alexandra | Seed Huntress
Production Assistant - Andrea Hagarty

© 2019 Spartan

Direct download: 265_PETE_COHEN_LIBSYN.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:30am EST

Lindsay Webster has won more obstacle racing titles than anyone. She is beating everyone in the field, and usually by several minutes. We talk about her skiing and mountain bike racing background, what she loses sleep over, and how she stays on top year in and year out.


LESSONS:

 

  • Staying consistent year in and year out.
  • What she’s improved the most in recent years.
  • How she balances run and obstacle training.
  • What’s in her homemade gym.

 

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Lindsay Webster on Instagram :https://www.instagram.com/lindsaydawnwebster/

 

CREDITS:

Host: Matt B Davis (@mattbdavis)

Show Notes: Matt B Davis

Producer: Marion Abrams, Madmotion, llc.

Editing: Marion Abrams

 

© 2019 Spartan

 

Direct download: Lindsay_Webster_01.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:30am EST

Feeling insecure, struggling with self-esteem, and being unsure of whether you’re good enough are all common issues that can arise in your lifetime. It doesn’t make you broken, it just makes you human. But working hard to cut off the parts of yourself that you don’t like isn’t the best way to go about building up your self-esteem and certainly flies in the face of self-acceptance. Embracing those elements of yourself that you wish were different is a more effective tactic and, in the end, leaves you feeling more confident and whole.

LESSONS:
Wanting to avoid, ignore, or push away altogether the parts of yourself that you don’t like is a common, though ineffective tactic.
Try to embrace and accept the parts of yourself that you don’t like, rather than push them away.
Use a mantra to help yourself embrace who you are.
Integrate positive affirmations into your routine and begin to acknowledge how these parts of yourself actually make you unique and special.


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CREDITS:

Production Team: Heather Knox, Knox Creative; Marion Abrams, Madmotion, llc.
Host: Dr. Lara Pence
Synopsis: Dr. Lara Pence

© 2019 Spartan

Direct download: 56_Ok_To_Be_You.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:30am EST

When you sit at home in the evening and watch horrific recountings of violence happening around the world, have you thought about who is doing the reporting? One must remember the brave souls risking their lives to shed light on these realities, in an effort to bring global awareness and balanced reporting to these issues. Lara Logan, an Emmy award winning television and radio journalist / war correspondent, has had a career that has brought her to the front lines of numerous civil wars in Africa, coup’s, Afghanistan, living in the Red Zone during the Iraq War and the uprisings in Egypt to name just a few. She has endured unspeakable assaults and witnessed deaths and destruction on many continents. Through all of these events she exudes the utmost resilience and teaches us to hold true to our principles, that everything has a price and that no one can take away the freedom that lives within you.

Warning The interview in this episode includes the recounting of violent events and may not be suitable for all audiences.


LESSONS
Principles mean nothing if their just slogans
Be consistent
Kindness and respect are paramount
Listen to what people say - inhale information
Don’t take no for an answer
When you are knocked down- get back up
Everything has a price
Stay true to yourself
No one can give or take away your freedom - it’s within you

LINKS

TIME STAMPS
0:00 Joe, Colonel Nye & guest host Josh Cosby introduce this episode
1:11 Interview begins with Lara Logan & Lonnie Mayne
2:00 Knowing what you believe in- growing up during apartehied in South Africa
4:00 Consistency as an imperative quality
5:00 Life is for the living
7:00 Parenting pointers and family sacrifices for believing in the mission
9:45 A different notion of balance
10:30 Inhaling information and learning as much as you can all the time
12:00 Her first assignment
15:00 Going to war as a reporter for the first time
16:45 Tales from the front lines
18:35 Don’t take no for an answer & always get back up
19:12 Break
19:57 Interview continues with horrifying events in Egypt
22:00 Imprisoned in Egypt
24:00 Attacked and sexually assaulted by a mob
26:30 Fighting for dignity or die fighting
30:00 The hope of possible survival
33:00 Unimaginable horrors
34:15 Dealing with news of cancer
37:00 Deciding “how much” “ you give your abusers each day
38:00 Staying true to yourself
39:45 Joe, The Colonel and guest Josh discuss this remarkable interview


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CREDITS:
Producer – Marion Abrams, Madmotion, llc.
Hosts: Joe De Sena, Tim Nye, Guest Hosts Josh Crosby & Lonnie Mayne. Co-hosts Sefra Alexandra and “Dr. Johnny Waite are off seeking adventures and stories of resilience this week.
Synopsis – Sefra Alexandra | Seed Huntress
Production Assistant - Andrea Hagarty

© 2019 Spartan

Direct download: 264_LARA_LOGAN_LIBSYN.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:30am EST

Alyssa burst onto the OCR scene by winning her home race in Seattle, WA in the fall of 2015. Since then she has seen 40 plus podiums, including 3rd best in the world at the Spartan Tahoe World Championship in 2017. On today’s episode she talks with Matt B Davis about coming back from injuries and switching up her training and coaching to become a better athlete.

LESSONS:

 

  • Coming back from injury.
  • How manual labor can prepare you for OCR.
  • High intensity workouts that work for her.
  • Focusing on “Quality Running”.
  • Choosing the coach that's right with you.



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Alyssa Hawley on Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/alyssahawley14/

 

CREDITS:

Host: Matt B Davis (@mattbdavis)

Show Notes: Matt B Davis

Producer: Marion Abrams, Madmotion, llc.

Editing: Marion Abrams

 

© 2019 Spartan

Direct download: Alyssa_Hawley_athlete.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:30am EST

Having hard conversations are part of life. Not the part that we always enjoy or look forward to but essential and unavoidable nonetheless. Because of the discomfort associated with hard conversations, we like to avoid them or engage in unhelpful practices that actually don’t serve communication or intent. Learning how to have a difficult conversation is something that many of us have to do if we want to elevate our relationships and move towards that which makes us more resilient.

LESSONS:
Having hard conversations is part of being human, especially if you are looking to build distress tolerance skills and effective communication styles.
Remember the following when you go into a difficult conversation:
Ask yourself what your intention is behind the conversation.
Remind yourself that difficult conversations often help relationships, not harm them.
Breathe and be calm.


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CREDITS:

Production Team: Heather Knox, Knox Creative; Marion Abrams, Madmotion, llc.
Host: Dr. Lara Pence
Synopsis: Dr. Lara Pence

© 2019 Spartan

Direct download: 54_HARD_CONVERSATIONS.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:30am EST

Mixed Martial Artist and UFC Champion Keith Jardine, known as the Dean of Mean talks about his relentless spirit in fighting his way to infamy in and out of the ring. Famous for some legendary takedowns, a reality tv show and now a successful paleo business venture- learn what it takes to be a heavyweight in business and battle.

LESSONS
Find your purpose
Be relentless in achieving your goals
Know when to pivot

LINKS
https://cavemancoffeeco.com/


TIME STAMPS
0:00 Intro with Joe, the Colonel & Guest Host World Champion rower Josh Crosby
2:40 Interview begins drinking Caveman coffee & the “Dean of Mean”
4:25 Growing up playing football & wrestling in Oregon / California
6:25 The strange man nobody wanted to mess with
7:30 Training for sports as a way of life
9:00 Outlets for testosterone & proving yourself nonverbally
10:00 showing up “unattached” to world class wrestling tournaments
11:00 Starting MMA training & the drive to be a boxer
14:00 The joy of the fight
14:15 Burpee Break
15:35 Fighting internationally
18:30 Overcoming the struggle
20:45 Reality T.V. & the UFC
23:00 Training regiment
24:30 Getting in control of food
27:00 Col Nye, Joe & Josh discuss lessons learned


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CREDITS:
Producer – Marion Abrams, Madmotion, llc.
Hosts: Joe De Sena, Tim Nye & Guest Host Josh Crosby
Synopsis – Sefra Alexandra | Seed Huntress
Production Assistant - Andrea Hagarty

© 2019 Spartan

Direct download: 263_Keith_Jardine_EDIT_01.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:30am EST

We don’t always have the time to do a deep dive to uncover what might be impacting us negatively. Nevertheless, we need to pay attention to the things that are bothering us so that we can understand the way that we operate more intimately. It doesn’t take a whole lot of time to ask yourself a few easy questions that might pinpoint what needs your attention and remediation. Tuning into your hunger level, angry feelings, lonely experience, and whether or not you are tired can easily check off a few regular triggers.

LESSONS:
If you don’t have time for a deep dive to discover what’s
bothering you, ask yourself these easy four questions to
help uncover the answer:
a. Are you hungry?
b. Are you angry?
c. Are you lonely?
d. Are you tired?
If you answer yes to any of those questions, see what you can
do to address your needs and get yourself back on track.

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CREDITS:

Production Team: Heather Knox, Knox Creative; Marion Abrams, Madmotion, llc.
Host: Dr. Lara Pence
Synopsis: Dr. Lara Pence

© 2019 Spartan

Direct download: 053_HOW_DO_YOU_CHECK_IN_WITH_YOURSELF.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:30am EST

He’s not the first to tell Spartan founder, Joe De Sena, he made it to the pro level of soccer, or that an injury changed his trajectory and set him on a new path. Like many there were successes and failures along the way, challenges to overcome and great rewards. But Andy Ramage is not here to talk about that. He’s with us to talk about the discovery he made that changed EVERY aspect of his life for the better. It sounds like a late-night TV ad, but it’s true. There’s one simple change you can make in your life that will make you happier, more successful, healthier and improve your relationships - and Andy is on a mission to teach you about it.


LESSONS
One lesson. There’s an easy way to improve your life.

LINKS
O.N.Y.B. https://youtu.be/NKSzxY8SFVw
Interview with O.N.Y.B.Ruari Fairbairns VIDEO https://youtu.be/Ckwgpxiqswo AUDIO https://podcasts.apple.com/fi/podcast/177-one-thing-to-10x-everything-ruari-fairbairns/id952870930?i=1000399421715
Interview with Chris Herren VIDEO https://youtu.be/P7JK21-15zs AUDIO https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/238-chris-herren-the-truth-about-addiction-interview/id952870930?i=1000431598065


Are you a podcaster with a message of resilience - mental or physical? If you talk about nutrition, fitness, self improvement, leadership, wellness, running or OCR join us on our mission to rip 100 million people of the couch and give them the tools to keep going at Spartan World Media Fest brought to you by ATP Science! https://www.spartan.com/en/2019-tahoe-spartan-podfest

 

TIME STAMPS
00:00 Joe De Sena introduces the interview & the secret pill
01:14 Joe De Sena interview Andy Ramage
01:50 Andy’s Roots
02:25 Andy’s journey to Pro Soccer
03:35 Joe teaches Andy the Fist Bump
03:50 The Injury that Changed his Path
06:45 Travelling the World - What he loves about Ireland
07:15 How do you define excessive drinking?
08:10 Travel to Australia
09:00 Becoming a Broker
10:45 Success vs Happiness
11:20 Starting a New Business with a Unique Advantage
13:00 The How to Be Your Absolute Best
14:40 BREAK - Hear about Spartan World Media Fest, and event for podcasters and content creators who share our mission of resilience for mind and body.
15:05 Health Issues in the Face of “Success”
17:15 How Andy Reversed his Health Issues
18:40 Starting ONYB
22:50 The Social Pressure
24:20 Kryptonite
24:50 Seeing Behind the Matrix
27:25 We miss you Sefra, Johnny and COl Nye.
27:35 Joe De Sena wraps up: are you sleepwalking through life?
28:05 Give Credit to those that make Healthy Choices
28:15 Check out the interview with NBA player Chris Herren about addiction and recovery
28:54 The Rewards
29:30 Another way to Overcome Fear
29:40 Tell us what you think on Instagram at @SPartanUpPodcast

 

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CREDITS:
Producer – Marion Abrams, Madmotion, llc.
Hosts: Joe De Sena, Sefra Alexandra, Johnny Waite & guest Dr. Lara Pence
Synopsis – Sefra Alexandra
Production Assistant - Andrea Hagarty

© 2019 Spartan

Direct download: 262_ANdy_Ramage_LIBSYN.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:30am EST

Everyone has a valuable contribution to make and everyone gets stuck. It’s part of what makes us human. Sometimes what works for one person doesn’t work for everyone. Which is why we’ve brought the Spartan Up podcast family together to ask what works for them when they feel stuck, Sefra the Seedhuntress, retired Col. Tim Nye and "Dr" Johnny Waite. Each answer is unique - a testament to each of us having our own unique journeys. The key here is to try each tactic out and see which one works for you. From remember the power of family, grounding yourself in the bite of ice cold water, or waking up each day with an intention - there’s lots to choose from to move you from feeling stuck to free.

LESSONS:
We can all benefit from hearing how others cope when they feel stuck.
Try the following practices to get you on track:
Reconnect with family and use the power of your tribe to get you grounded.
Immerse yourself in a cold bath to reinvigorate the senses and get you grounded.
Set an intention in the morning, taking into consideration how you want the day to go and let YOU be the driver of how the day starts.
Use a mantra to facilitate momentum.
Check in with your values to ensure that you are in alignment with what matters to you.

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CREDITS:

Production Team: Heather Knox, Knox Creative; Marion Abrams, Madmotion, llc.
Host: Dr. Lara Pence
Synopsis: Dr. Lara Pence

© 2019 Spartan

Direct download: 054_MIND_UNSTUCK_CITIFIELD_EDIT_MIX_1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:30am EST

This week Joe sits down with Jim Gregory a former Green Beret & Olympian (with an asterisk.) Jim didn’t always reach the ultimate goals he set for himself, but he always persisted with confidence and a positive attitude. The result is a life of incredible accomplishment. How can you grow from disappointment? What can you learn from failure? Does tough training in youth give you the foundation to withstand these trials? All these are questions Joe and Jim discuss. Learn what the asterisk next to Olympian means and the secret to a life without regrets.

LESSONS
Make pain your friend
Find opportunities for growth in disappointment
Take chances & throw yourself out there!
Get uncomfortable
Push as hard as you can
Don’t give up

LINKS
https://f3nation.com


This episode of Spartan Up is brought to you by Duke Cannon. Visit Dukecannon.com right now to get 15% off your first order with the promo code SPARTAN. Free shipping on orders over $35
TIME STAMPS
0:00 Joe, Sefra, Johnny and guest Host Dr. L introduce interview
1:30 DukeCannon.com Sponsor Break
2:00 Interview with Jim Gregory at Westpoint
3:15 Becoming a friend to pain
4:30 Joining the Army
5:45 Inspired by Apache helicopters after Desert Storm
7:15 Entering Ranger School
9:15 The Pentathlon team
12:00 Recycling Ranger School … twice
14:10 DukeCannon.com Sponsor Break
16:00 Entering World Class Athlete Program
18:20 Wins National Championship for modern Pentathlon
19:45 Ranked tenth in the World
21:00 Shaking off disappointment
23:00 Training during 9/11
25:00 Taking chances & putting yourself out there
26:00 Pushing as hard as you can
27:30 Never giving up & taking life as it comes
28:45 F3: Fitness, Fellowship & Faith
31:05 Joe, Sefra, Johnny & guest host Dr. L discuss what they learned from Jim
35:40 DukeCannon.com Sponsor close

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CREDITS:
Producer – Marion Abrams, Madmotion, llc.
Hosts: Joe De Sena, Sefra Alexandra, Johnny Waite & guest Dr. Lara Pence
Synopsis – Sefra Alexandra
Production Assistant - Andrea Hagarty

© 2019 Spartan

Direct download: 261_SUP_JIM_GREGORY_EDIT_FULL_01.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:30am EST

Ryan Atkins is the current Spartan Race Ultra World Champion and the winningest obstacle racer of all time. Ryan talks to Matt B Davis about a winning mindset, how he approaches his weaknesses, and how he mixes his training up to keep it fun and enjoyable.

LESSONS:

• Adding fun training like mountain biking or stand up paddleboarding.

• What he eats.

• Making workouts can be intense AND fun.

• Getting better at running uphill has improved his performance.



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Scott Jurek on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/scottjurek/

CREDITS:
Host: Matt B Davis (@mattbdavis)
Show Notes: Matt B Davis
Producer: Marion Abrams, Madmotion, llc.
Editing: Marion Abrams

© 2019 Spartan

Direct download: Ryan_Atkins_ATHLETE_FULL.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:04am EST

Stress is a part of life. It’s nearly impossible to avoid. So the goal shouldn’t always be reducing the stress in your life but instead integrating ways to manage your stress and lower the intensity. Some of us are better and managing stress than others but the good news is that all stress management skills can be practiced and learned. First and foremost, we need to consider what we are putting into our body and the attention that we are giving our mental faculties. We must nourish our bodies the right way and treat our whole being with a level of respect and care.

LESSONS:
We all experience stress. So sometimes the best goal is stress management not stress reduction.
To manage stress you must take inventory on what you are putting into your body food wise and whether or not you are fueling appropriately.
Practice your stress management skills regularly for the best crystallization.

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CREDITS:

Production Team: Heather Knox, Knox Creative; Marion Abrams, Madmotion, llc.
Host: Dr. Lara Pence
Synopsis: Dr. Lara Pence

© 2019 Spartan

Direct download: 52_STRESS_MANAGEMENT_TOOLS.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:30am EST

If you could be any superhero who would you be? Todd Herman is a mental performance coach that utilizes the strategies inherent with embodying an alter ego to be successful as an athlete on the field or as an executive in the boardroom. Find out what role identity, clothing and mental preparedness can play in your success. Imagination is a powerful tool that can be practiced and honed to overcome perceived limitations and obstacles you never thought that “you” could overcome.


LESSONS
Mastering the self is our greatest challenge
Preparation, routine, planning, relaxation & breathing skills are keys to success
Seek mentors & apprenticeships
Move forward & level up
Alter Ego means a trusted friend or ally
Utilize your imagination to reach your goals
Act with intention

LINKS
More about SpartanX https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PhvIba0mXsE
More about Todd Herman www.toddherman.me/live2019
Todd on Facebook facebook.com/toddhermanconnect
Todd on Instagram instagram.com/todd_herman
Special Ops Survivors https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PhvIba0mXsE

TIME STAMPS
0:00 Spartan Up panel with guest Lonnie Mayne discusses SpartanX
1:30 Interview begins with Todd Herma & Joe De Sena
2:30 Coaches role in pushing you to your personal best
3:45 Mastering the self
4:45 Childhood trauma and its effects on his life
5:45 Mental game strategies and alter egos
7:15 Preparation, routine and planning
8:15 Mentorship & apprenticeship
10:00 Getting into flow state & a cold call
11:45 SPECIALOPSSURVIVORS.ORG break
13:30 Interview continues
14:20 Moving forward & leveling up
16:00 creating a “shield” around the athlete before a game
18:00 quickly shifting mental paradigms
19:00 Utilizing “Alter Egos’”
21:00 The power of imagination
23:00 Finding superhero qualities that inspire you
25:50 In-clothed cognition
31:00 What attributes do you take with you in competition?
32:45 The panel Sefra Alexandra, Col. Nye, Johnny Waite & guest Lonnie Mayne discusses how to integrate alter egos into your practice

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CREDITS:
Producer – Marion Abrams, Madmotion, llc.
Hosts: Joe De Sena, Sefra Alexandra, Col. Nye, Johnny Waite & guest Lonnie Mayne
Synopsis – Sefra Alexandra
Production Assistant - Andrea Hagarty

© 2019 Spartan

Direct download: 260_Todd_Herman_FULL_1_01.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:30am EST

This week Joe De Sena fills in for Zach Even-Esh and talks about commitment. Who do you quit? How can you game your own mind and emotions to stay on track and achieve your goals?

Zach will be back soon with more of the great SPartan WAY episodes you love.


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Follow Zach on Instagram https://instagram.com/zevenesh
Follow Zach on Twitter https://twitter.com/zevenesh
Zach’s STRONG Life Podcast https://apple.co/2vFaCv1

 

CREDITS:

Producer – Marion Abrams, Madmotion, llc.
Host & Show Notes: Zach Even - Esh

© 2019 Spartan

Direct download: 49_Commitment_SPARTAN_WAY_JOE_EDIT.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:30am EST

Considered one of the world’s top sales trainers & real estate investors, Grant is playing in the big leagues. Joe walks with his kettlebell to his castle in the middle of London to talk about life and business with a guy who has made it his business to 10X yours. Hear Grand and Joe compare origin stories and at the end Joe’s behind the scenes take on his time in the “Cardone Zone.”

LESSONS
Make yourself invaluable
When you meet someone, figure out how you can help them
Take potential clients & do something challenging with them
Happiness is wanting what you already have
Let’s change the world together

LINKS
https://grantcardone.com/podcast/

This episode of Spartan Up is brought to you by Shady Rays Polarized shades you can afford to lose or break - because they’ll replace them for free. Go to www.Shadyrays.com and use code SPARTAN for 50% off 2 or more pairs.

TIME STAMPS
0:00 Joe De Sena introduces interview with Grant Cardone of the Cardone Zone
1:00 Shadyrays.com intro “Built for Adventure”
1:25 Interview begins in the Cardone Castle outside London
4:00 getting “graded” in your marriage
5:25 the theme of disappointment
6:30 growing up around women
7:45 searching for male mentors
9:30 learning the real estate business
11:00 Joe’s fathers real estate endeavors & downfall
14:00 Shadyrays.com break “Built for Adventure”
15:05 Lessons from Joe’s pool cleaning days
18:00 making yourself invaluable
19:30 How Joe gets into Cornell
23:00 Joe’s introduction to Wall Street
25:45 Joe starts his own firm and “makes it,” but feels like sh*t
27:00 Joe starts racing & buys his farm in Vermont
29:30 getting close to quitting
32:00 persevering even when people doubt you
34:30 The world of investing
36:00 Homeschooling kids & living around the world
41:00 changing lives
42:15 Joe De Sena reflects on interview & gives his take aways
46:00 Shadyrays.com close “Built for Adventure”


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CREDITS:
Producer – Marion Abrams, Madmotion, llc.
Host: Joe De Sena and co-hosts Sefra Alexandra, Col. Tim Nye, Johnny Waite
Synopsis – Sefra Alexandra | Seed Huntress
Production Assistant - Andrea Hagarty

© 2019 Spartan

Direct download: 259_SUP_Grant_Cardone__FULL_01.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:30am EST

We make thousands of choices in just one day. What we wear, choose to eat, and decide to do are just a tiny few. Micro-decisions are made constantly and it’s important to understand one of the phenomena that informs our choices. Something called confirmation bias is often behind many of our decisions and also behind the way that we develop a view of ourself. Confirmation bias occurs when we pay attention to and focus on information that confirms a pre-existing belief, value, or assumption. For example, let’s say you don’t think you’re very smart. Because of confirmation bias, you will naturally, though sometimes without awareness, look for information that confirms this belief. So you may pay attention to that one critique that you got on a project review instead of the fifty positive statements that came your way. It’s important to understand confirmation bias and bring into awareness how this may be impacting your beliefs and subsequent choices.

LESSONS:
Understanding why certain beliefs are held and decisions are made is an important step in getting to know yourself better.
Confirmation bias occurs when you pay attention to information that confirms pre-existing beliefs or assumptions.
Pay attention to what information you focus on and what beliefs you may be looking to confirm or validate.

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CREDITS:

Production Team: Heather Knox, Knox Creative; Marion Abrams, Madmotion, llc.
Host: Dr. Lara Pence
Synopsis: Dr. Lara Pence

© 2019 Spartan

Direct download: 51_UNDERSTANDING_CONFIRMATION_BIAS.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:30am EST

When life gets busy and tough, we can sometimes focus on what we don’t have. Instead, we need to be grateful for everything we have, including the “obstacles” which are opportunities in hiding.

Start writing down what you are grateful for in a gratitude journal. Start your day with a gratitude journal. Tony Robbins inspired me to do this around 2001.


LESSONS:

Write down 3 things you are grateful for, including the most simple things such as seeing the sun or the moon.
Be grateful for everything, including the challenges that you’ve been stressing over.
Make your gratitude journal part of your core morning ritual.
Write in your journal every day, 7 days a week. It only takes 2 minutes MAX!


LINKS:
More about Zach https://zacheven-esh.com
Read “The Spartan Way” https://www.spartan.com/en/race/learn-more/race-types-overview?article=the-spartan-way-book


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CREDITS:

Producer – Marion Abrams, Madmotion, llc.
Host & Show Notes: Zach Even - Esh

© 2019 Spartan

Direct download: 48_GratitudeJournal.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:30am EST

Let’s face it. We all experience being overwhelmed. It is a common human experience. But the thing is, there are ways to manage being overwhelmed if you turn your awareness inwards. First, think about how you can use the work of the breath to calm yourself down. Try using the box method. Next, set your priorities. Think about what requires your attention next and where would your energy would best be utilized. And lastly, try and plan for what comes next. These tools can help ground you and create space for you to manage the feeling and the experience.

LESSONS:
Being overwhelmed is part of the human experience so don’t beat yourself up when you feel it.
Try these strategies to overcome feelings of being overwhelmed:
Remember your breath.
Set your priorities.
Make a plan.

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CREDITS:

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Host: Dr. Lara Pence
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© 2019 Spartan

Direct download: 50_OVERCOMING_BEING_OVERWHELMED_1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:30am EST

Born in the fields of Ireland, Mo was a guide, teammate and mentor when Joe began adventure racing 20+ years ago. Her ethos are deeply steeped in the foundation and inspiration for Joe to build Spartan Race. Have you heard him say “if your not cold, your wearing too much. If you're tired, your sleeping too much. If you're not hungry, your eating too much.”? That and other great lines like “ Quit moanin & get goin!” originated with Mo. This is a great conversation, where we learn were many of Joe’s battle cries of grit hail from!

 


LESSONS
Visualize the things you want to happen
Have a point in the distance to go towards
Quit your moanin & get goin!
Learn & practice patience
Try things - don’t get stuck!
Use fear as fuel
Be cold, tired & hungry
Soak up life - don’t wait for another
Help those around you

LINKS

This episode of Spartan Up is brought to you by Shady Rays Polarized shades you can afford to lose or break - because they’ll replace them for free. Go to www.Shadyrays.com and use code SPARTAN for 50% off 2 or more pairs.


TIME STAMPS
0:00 Joe De Sena introduces Maureen’s interview
0:55 Shadyrays.com intro “Built for Adventure”
1:20 The women who inspired Spartan Race’s foundation
2:30 Growing up rugged in Ireland
4:00 Mountain biking to work and starting adventure racing
5:00 Don’t tell me not to do it- cause I’ll do it!
6:00 Joe’s adventure race “babysitters”
7:00 learning terrain of the World & every aspect of yourself
8:45 Joe visualizing the farm before it existed
9:45 Working with foster kids- surviving & adapting
12:00 Quit your moanin & get goin!
13:30 Shadyrays.com break “Built for Adventure”
15:00 Children are our future- dealing with “broken” children
17:00 Can you push kids too hard?
19:30 Joe’s Wall Street buddies joining races
21:00 Fear of entering the art world
22:50 Soaking up life
24:05 Joe reminisces about racing with Mau, that quitting is forever & being wired differently


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Direct download: 258_maureen_monaghan_FULL_1_01.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:30am EST

Glutathione is not a word that trips off the tongue, but it’s very much worth remembering. It’s a substance that combats the problems related to oxidative stress. Let’s learn more about it.

First, let’s describe oxidative stress in a little more detail. This happens when substances called “free radicals” and “oxidants” start to grow in number in our bodies. We need some of these radicals because they can act as “signaling” molecules that trigger important processes (like the heart pumping more blood during stressful moments). But if you have too many free radicals, this results in an unhealthy imbalance leading to cell damage.

“Free radicals” might be understood as roaming individual atoms of oxygen that are desperately looking to pair up with other atoms (because atoms like to exist in pairs). This means that they’re pretty indiscriminate about where they pair up (sort of like a person who is “on the rebound”), which results in a variety of bad outcomes when this “outsider” settles down with some random cell in the body. That settling causes damage to individual cells, eventually causing cell membranes to break and altering what a cell normally allows to enter and exit its boundaries.

One way to understand glutathione’s benefits is that it helps to repair or counteract the breakage and unraveling of cells that free radicals and oxidants tend to cause. For instance, glutathione repairs the “caps” (known as telomeres) that are found at the end of chromosomes. If that cap is broken, DNA can unravel! And there are many other ways it keeps cells healthy – from fighting nerve damage caused by Lyme disease to repairing cell damage that happens during chemotherapy. Its broad usefulness in the repairing of damage caused by free radicals explains why it’s also referred to as the “master” antioxidant.

One thing to know about this substance is that it’s hard to maintain healthy levels of glutathione through supplements. It’s mainly produced in the body. Unfortunately, with aging comes a reduction of the production of glutathione. When people reach 40, they produce around 30 % less glutathione. By age 65, that reduction can reach 50 %!

You can help whatever levels of glutathione are in your body by what you’re eating. Eliminating sugar, grains and processed foods from your diet is a great way to lessen oxidative stress. And you can find ways to raise the levels of glutathione. Both aerobic training and weight training – individually and in combination – have been found to increase the body’s production of glutathione.

So remember: keep your free radicals under control by reducing oxidants in your diet and by using exercise to keep the amount of glutathione in your body as high as possible. The positive impact on processes that contribute to aging and chronic diseases could be impressive!


KEY TERMS & IDEAS
Glutathione is a substance primarily produced in the body that helps to ward off the effects and potency of free radicals and oxidation in our body’s cells. It’s effectiveness across a broad spectrum of body processes that can be affected by free radicals has made it known as the “master” antioxidant.

Oxidative Stress: “Oxidative stress is an imbalance of free radicals and antioxidants in the body, which can lead to cell and tissue damage. Oxidative stress occurs naturally and plays a role in the aging process.” (Medical News Today)

Free radicals: Free radicals might be understood as roaming individual atoms of oxygen that are desperately looking to pair up with other atoms (because atoms like to exist in pairs).


LINKS & RESOURCES:

Jamie Eske, “How does oxidative stress affect the body,” Medical News Today, April 2, 2019, https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/324863.php, accessed April 2019.

Nicole Galan, “What are the benefits of glutathione?” Medical News Today, December 10, 2018, https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/323936.php, accessed April 2019.

“Free radicals may be good for you,” ScienceDaily, March 1, 2011, https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/02/110228090404.htm, accessed April 2019.

Terry Lemerond, “Fighting free radicals with glutathione,” Chiropractic Economics, June 2, 2016, https://www.chiroeco.com/glutathione-benefits/, accessed April 2019.


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Direct download: 37_Spartan_HEALTH_Glutathione.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:30am EST

The first 2 minutes of something new is often uncomfortable, perhaps scary! Waking up earlier than normal = uncomfortable. But it’s just those first 2 minutes you gotta get through!


LESSONS:

Comfort is the enemy
The discomfort goes away after only a few minutes
Remind yourself that you CAN build momentum that works in your favor.
Make an internal deal with yourself to just do 1 thing moving forward.
Remember, doing 1 thing is 100% more than zero!


LINKS:
More about Zach https://zacheven-esh.com
Read “The Spartan Way” https://www.spartan.com/en/race/learn-more/race-types-overview?article=the-spartan-way-book


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CREDITS:

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Direct download: 47_SPARTAN_FirstTwoMinutes.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:30am EST

We all blame. Your spouse gets an earful when you forgot your kids lunchbox, the customer service agent becomes the punching bag when you accidentally deleted your photos from your iPhone, or your supervisee gets a talking to when you forgot to check your schedule. Blaming is never really a useful tactic but we do it because we struggle with difficult feelings. So we offload them. Feelings of disappointment, especially in yourself, can spawn lots of blaming because we struggle to tolerate that feeling. Reminding yourself that even painful feelings can be tolerated and worked through can help you move away from blaming behaviors. 

 

LESSONS: 

  • Understand and remind yourself that blaming is one tactic that we use to offload difficult and painful feelings. 
  • Build up some distress tolerance around those feelings by sitting when them, breathing, and using positive affirmations. 

 

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Direct download: 49_WhyWeBlame.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:30am EST

The Death Race. Its name alone can be enough to undermine your confidence. An old friend of the podcast, Don Devany has taken the nickname of the Death Race “Taskmaster.” A decade long veteran of the infamous Death Race, he has inspired legions while they perspired to heroic feats of greatness. Joe De Sena sat down to talk with Don days after he cycled cross country east to west & back again! 9145.5 miles of riding to raise funds for DECA Journey for the One Step Ahead Foundation for kids with mobility issues. What is it that makes one athlete complete the Death Race and another fail? Did those lessons influence Don in his cross country journey? He shares lessons learned from not quitting and falling into the proverbial ditch. Is there a secret to success? Is it “burning the boats”?. To Joe Don is a “testament to what resilience is all about and understands what makes people tick & what makes them break!” There are some people that are simply from another era. Don oozes from every pore the archetype of a medieval knight / renaissance henchman with the mind of a grand philosopher. As Don is famous for saying: GET IT DONE!


LESSONS
Feed the engine
Food / shelter/ water is what truly matters
Maintain your “machine”
Reduce your options- don’t have a plan B
Burn the obstacles in your mind before you begin
Reframe your points of reference
Don't go into challenges with preconceived notions
Pedal On!

LINKS
https://onestepaheadfoundation.wordpress.com/2019/02/04/deca-journey/
The Death Race https://life.spartan.com/post/worlds-toughest-race

 

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TIME STAMPS
0:00 Joe De Sena introducing the one and only Don Devany
0:57 Shadyrays.com intro “Built for Adventure”
1:20 Interview begins as Death Race is about to start
3:25 “Feeding the engine” to be on the bike 12+ hours a day
4:30 A thousand reasons to fall in the “ditch”
6:15 Being grateful and appreciative for “anything more”
7:15 The bottom of Maslow’s pyramid
8:25 Biking across America… both ways! “tasting & drifting the Country”
10:15 An I-Beam in the icy river- just move forward!
13:00 Masonry and getting it DONe.
14:30 Teaching kids to earn their dollars & “learn life”
15:47 Shadyrays.com break “Built for Adventure”
17:08 Interview continues with “maintaining your machine”
18:05 Lessons from a decade as a Taskmaster
20:00 Challenges to overcome on the road
22:00 Perspective and frame of reference of the struggle
27:00 Taking away the option of a Plan B
28:50 Survive the here & now: “pedal on
29:30 Joe De Sena reflects on the interview with Don the Taskmaster
33:55 Shadyrays.com close “Built for Adventure” - special offer for Spartans!

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Direct download: 257_SUP_EDIT_don_devany_FULL_01.mp3
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Like magnesium, zinc is a mineral that’s present in many of the body’s functions. We talked about Magnesium in another episode and if you remember it’s important because it’s involved in many different ways in your body’s cellular activity. Well zinc is another much needed mineral and let’s talk about why!

EPISODE SCRIPT

Zinc might not be as ubiquitous as magnesium, but it’s still very important to pay attention to in your diet. Why? Because the body lacks a specialized zinc storage system!

Zinc has a lot of benefits, but three in particular can have a big impact on your daily health.

First, zinc supports your immune system. While you only need a little zinc to have your immune system work well, a deficiency could have dire consequences. That’s because zinc is the ingredient necessary to activate T-cells, which are important for two reasons: 1) T-cells attack infected and cancerous cells and 2) they help to control and regulate immune responses. A measure of how important T-cells are for the immune system is that some of the worst aspects of HIV result from the virus’s attack on T-cells.

Second, zinc has an impact in the process of healing wounds. Specifically, it’s important because of the way it interacts with collagen. Collagen is a protein that maintains the structure in skin and other kinds of connective tissue. Zinc, in turn, helps in the production and remodeling of collagen, which is a key property that boosts tissue growth in and around a “wound bed,” thus promoting healing.

Third, zinc has great properties that can help you with the common cold. Many people find that zinc lozenges can help cut down on the severity and duration of a cold. One study found this zinc remedy could cut down on the length of a cold by 40 percent! The theory is that zinc helps to reduce inflammation in and around the mouth and throat, where much of the cold virus resides.

So, now that you know that you need zinc, where can you find it? Oysters are a great source, so if you’re at happy hour, have a few to make up for that beer! Red meat, lobster and poultry are also good sources. For vegetarians, beans, nuts, dairy products and especially whole grains help with zinc intake.

Since zinc isn’t stored in the body, people who are prone to zinc deficiencies either have trouble absorbing it, take in too little, or use up too much. In the first case you’ll find people with digestive disorders or diseases associated with metabolism, like liver disease. In the second case, vegetarians who aren’t eating oysters and red meat could become zinc deficient without some compensating strategies. Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding use a lot of zinc for their baby’s needs and may also run low.

Remember, because your body can’t store this important mineral, don’t take it for granted. Think zinc.


Key Terms and Ideas:

The only source of zinc comes from what we eat (either from food or supplements) because the body lacks a specialized zinc storage system.

T-cells are a “type of white blood cell that is of key importance to the immune system and is at the core of adaptive immunity, the system that tailors the body's immune response to specific pathogens. The T cells are like soldiers who search out and destroy the targeted invaders.” (MedicineNet)

Collagen is a protein that maintains the structure in skin and other kinds of connective tissue.

LINKS & RESOURCES:

Cathy Thomas Hess, "Monitoring laboratory values: zinc, copper, vitamin C, vitamin A, and vitamin E," Advances in skin & wound care 22.5 (2009): 240, https://journals.lww.com/aswcjournal/Citation/2009/05000/Monitoring_Laboratory_Values__Zinc,_Copper,.12.aspx, accessed April 2019.

Joseph Nordqvist, “What are the health benefits of Zinc?” Medical News Today, December 5, 2017, https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/263176.php, accessed April 2019.

William S. Shiel, “Medical Definition of T Cell,” MedicineNet, https://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=11300, accessed April 2019.

“Zinc: Fact Sheet for Health Professionals,” National Institutes of Health: Office of Dietary Supplements, March 13, 2019, https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Zinc-HealthProfessional/, accessed April 2019.



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Direct download: 35_Spartan_HEALTH_Zinc.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:30am EST

We’re afraid to tell others what they need to do. We’re afraid to tell others to step up and stop being lazy, stop being a clock puncher, stop being average!


LESSONS:

There is nothing wrong with telling others that the standard of excellence is NOT being met by them. Tell them to step it up and tell them how to do it!
Challenging others might be scary at first, but you will be helping the individual and yourself by expressing why you are demanding excellence.
You have achieved more in your life by pushing yourself. Perhaps a Coach or mentor pushed you as well. Someone is waiting for you to push them!


LINKS:
More about Zach https://zacheven-esh.com
Read “The Spartan Way” https://www.spartan.com/en/race/learn-more/race-types-overview?article=the-spartan-way-book


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Direct download: 46_SPARTAN_Push_Them_For_Greatness.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:30am EST

Yes! There actually is a right way to plan! Whether you are planning to run errands, planning to change your relationship with food, or planning to start a new workout routine, knowing what works and what doesn’t can help. A phenomenon called the planning fallacy can get us into trouble when it comes to planning because here we tend to overestimate our abilities because we assume perfect conditions and ignore past data. When we assume perfect conditions, we disregard all of the things that could make the road more rocky and the path more of a struggle. And when we ignore past data, we take the approach of this being the ‘first time’ and leave all of the great wisdom from past failures in the past.

How do you get around this? First, assume imperfect conditions. Assume struggles and mud will slow you down and plan for it! And next, take wisdom that you’ve gained from the past in regards to what you’re planning for and use it in the present.

LESSONS:
Understand the planning fallacy: the tendency to overestimate your abilities because you assume perfect conditions on your route and you ignore data from the past.
When you start out, consider what struggles and roadblocks you might encounter and plan accordingly.
Bring with you data from the past in terms of what’s worked and wasn’t hasn’t, and use it in the present.

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Direct download: 48_HowToPlanRIGHTWAY.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:30am EST

What do cage fighting and gluten free waffles have in common? Vince Nance. Vince and Joe De Sena cook up a great interview that discusses operational leadership, the rigors and rewards of Brasilian Jiu Jitsu and the importance of women’s self defense. Anarchy has never tasted so good! 

 

LESSONS

  • Don’t punch unless you mean it (always act with full intention
  • Start where you are!
  • Adjust as needs change 
  • Leave deep tracks 
  • Designate mental real estate to your commitments 
  • Legacy = people, love and action 
  • You can’t make excuses and learn at the same time



LINKS

https://anarchywaffles.com

This episode of Spartan Up is brought to you by Duke Cannon. Visit Dukecannon.com right now to get 15% off your first order with the promo code SPARTAN. Free shipping on orders over $35

 

TIME STAMPS 

0:00 The Col, Johnny & Dr. L introduce episode

1:15 Dukecannon.com sponsor intro

1:40 Vince & Joe De Sena begin by making waffles

4:30 Battling with the pancake tycoons  

5:30 Growing up with martial arts 

8:30 Lessons from the cage

11:30 Dukecannon.com sponsor break

15:00 Efficiency of living where you work 

16:00 Women’s self defense training 

18:15 Leaving your tracks 

19:00 The illusion of starting at the end

21:00 The keys to Brasilian Jiu Jitsu 

23:00 Letting go of your own preconceived notions 

25:00 Importance of women learning self defense

26:00 Organizational leadership 

27:00 Keeping the ego in check 

30:15 The Colonel, Johnny & Dr. L discuss how to apply these lessons to your life 

37:55 Dukecannon.com sponsor close

 

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CREDITS:

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Hosts: Joe De Sena, Col. Nye, Johnny Waite & guest host Dr. Lara Pence

Synopsis – Sefra Alexandra | Seed Huntress 

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© 2019 Spartan

 

Direct download: 256_SUP_VINCE_NANCE_LIBSYN.mp3
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Brian "Tosh" Chontosh says: Defining what Initiative is seems fairly easy. Now, let’s discuss it from a lack of and where we are responsible for others lacking it. When I find myself frustrated with others I like to ask myself what guidance or information or incentive am I not providing to excite initiative from them.

On another vein, I also find myself getting frustrated with others who are acting with hyper or too much initiative. Again, it could be a function of many things, but I like to ask myself the same questions of what am I not doing or providing?

Then, I always put myself in check to make sure I don’t ever take too much or not enough when I am supporting others’ causes.

LESSONS:
Ask yourself what your responsibility is in helping others take appropriate initiative
Check in and identify if you are taking too much or not enough when supporting others


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CREDITS:

Producer: Marion Abrams, Madmotion,llc.
Host: Brian “tosh” Chontosh
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© 2019 Spartan

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Dr. Nada Milosavljevic MD says: Kidneys take a beating during times of extreme, extended exertion; there are natural ways to give them a bit of support. There's a host of beneficial foods, nutrients, and herbal teas and drinks that can aid in kidney cleansing, detox and optimal functioning.

Hydration. Kidneys need water to create the urine that flushes out the majority of the waste in our bodies. So what happens when you don’t drink enough water? Essentially, waste starts backing up in your kidneys – and that can lead to kidney stones.

Foods. In recent studies, brown seaweed has been shown to help reduce kidney damage from diabetes. Eating cranberries has been associated with a drop in urinary tract infections. And foods that have lots of calcium, like tofu or fortified cereals, help to reduce the possibility of kidney stones. Calcium binds with a compound called urinary oxalate that contribute to kidney stones. When it’s combined with calcium, that oxalate can be more easily excreted from your system.

Beverages / Herbal Teas. A variety of drinks and herbal teas have attributes that can cleanse kidneys or reduce kidney damage. Examples of these are stinging nettle, sambong (an herb often used in the Philippines and Asia) and hydrangea. In the case of hydrangea, a recent study showed hydrangea given three days to mice could help to mitigate aspects of kidney disease.

Nutrients. Omega 3 fatty acids found in fish oil can be very beneficial to kidneys. Because Americans tend to have more Omega 6 oils that can contribute to kidney stones, taking a fish-oil supplement can add more beneficial Omega 3. In addition, Omega 3s actually slow down the metabolic processes of Omega 6s! Also, taking Vitamin B-6 can reduce the oxalates that can help create kidney stones.

Our kidneys work really hard to rid waste, help with fluid balance, and they even make some hormones. After a tough race they need a little TLC.

KEY TERMS & IDEAS
Kidney stones: “These are hard, pebble-like pieces of material that form in one or both of your kidneys when high levels of certain minerals are in your urine. Kidney stones rarely cause permanent damage if treated by a health care professional. Kidney stones vary in size and shape. They may be as small as a grain of sand or as large as a pea. Rarely, some kidney stones are as big as golf balls. Kidney stones may be smooth or jagged and are usually yellow or brown.” (National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases)

Oxalates “are a natural substance in many foods. They bind to calcium during digestion in the stomach and intestines and leave the body in stool. Oxalate that is not bound to calcium travels as a waste product from the blood to the kidneys where it leaves the body in the urine. If there is too much oxalate and too little liquid in the urine, calcium oxalate fragments create creates. As the crystals begin to increase in number, they stick to one another to form a larger crystal known as a kidney stone.” (National Kidney Foundation)



LINKS & RESOURCES:
Cindy Kuzma, “No, Marathon Runners, You Don’t Have to Worry About Your Kidneys,” Runners World, April 18, 2017,
https://www.runnersworld.com/news/a20853413/no-marathon-runners-you-dont-have-to-worry-about-your-kidneys/, accessed April 2019.

“Definitions & Factors for Kidney Stones,” National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, May 2017, https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/urologic-diseases/kidney-stones/definition-facts, accessed April 2019.

Mahsa Motshakeri, et al., "Effects of brown seaweed (Sargassum polycystum) extracts on kidney, liver, and pancreas of type 2 diabetic rat model.]," Evidence-based complementary and alternative medicine 2014, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3910465/, accessed April 2019.

Jessianna Saville, “What Are Oxalates and Why Are They a Concern for Kidney Disease Patients?” National Kidney Foundation, September 5, 2018, https://www.kidney.org/atoz/content/what-are-oxalate-kidney-stones, accessed April 2018.

Sen Zhang et al., "Total coumarins from Hydrangea paniculata show renal protective effects in lipopolysaccharide-induced acute kidney injury via anti-inflammatory and antioxidant activities." Frontiers in pharmacology 8 (2017): 872, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5735979/, accessed April 2019.


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Direct download: 34_Spartan_HEALTH_NaturalKidneyCleanses.mp3
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Zach Even-Esh says: Sometimes, the very thing that you love is also the very thing that can break your heart. Ultimately, you must live your truth.

 

LESSONS:

It’s OK to be vulnerable if you’re following and living your truth
Focus on giving. Giving and helping others.
Live your truth.
Support people are doing good for other but can use your help.
Do something for someone who can never repay you


LINKS:
More about Zach https://zacheven-esh.com
Read “The Spartan Way” https://www.spartan.com/en/race/learn-more/race-types-overview?article=the-spartan-way-book


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CREDITS:

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Host & Show Notes: Zach Even - Esh

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Direct download: 45_SPARTAN_The_Man_in_the_Arena.mp3
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Before you head into a race, or any event that means something to you - a job interview, a first date, a meeting with the boss - it’s important to mentally prepare. When you are more mentally prepared, you can set up an outcome in your mind that works for you, walk into the event with greater confidence, and use mindfulness tools to keep yourself calm. There are a few questions that you can ask yourself to set yourself up in such a way and thought they may take a few minutes to answer, the outcome will make it well worth it.

LESSONS:
Getting yourself mentally prepared for an event that matters to you can help you experience the event in a more positive way and may even impact the outcome.
Ask yourself the following three questions:
What does success look like here?
What do I need to ensure confidence going in?
What do I need to do to remain calm?

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Host: Dr. Lara Pence
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© 2019 Spartan

Direct download: 47_PreraceMentalChecklist.mp3
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This week’s guest is full of ideas and has surrounded herself with the best minds for decades. At the time of this interview she was the Executive Editor at Harvard Business Review - hosting the IdeasCast podcast for over a decade and more recently the Women at Work Podcast. She and Joe talk at Fenway about actionable advice on how success can be achieved through small wins & conquering proverbial mountains each day. Be consistent, track your time & celebrate your progress!

LESSONS
Power of Small Wins: making progress each day keeps you motivated
Accept the risk in achieving your goals
Set a goal: be specific & concrete- make yourself accountable!
Be consistent: climb a small “mountain” everyday
Keep a “time-diary:” track what you spend time doing- celebrate progress

LINKS

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TIME STAMPS
0:00 Intro to episode with the Col., Joe, Johnny & Dr. L
1:50 SHADYRAYS.COM “Built for Adventure”
2:35 Interview begins with Sarah: The HBR IdeaCast
3:30 The “Power of Small Wins”: tangible progress
4:30 Rick Ridgeway’s summit of K2 without oxygen: acceptance of risk
7:00 Weekly podcasts & summiting peaks
8:45 “Women at Work” Podcast
10:30 Competition in the workplace
12:05 SHADYRAYS.COM Sponsor Break
13:45 Interview continues with: take the best forget the rest…
14:45 Setting goals- committing to it publicly
16:55 Creating a “time diary”
17:45 Why we podcast?
19:30 The panel discusses how to integrate Sarah’s takeaways
27:40 SHADYRAYS.COM close

 

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CREDITS:
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Hosts: Joe De Sena, Col. Nye, Johnny Waite & guest host Dr. Lara Pence
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Brian "Tosh" Chontosh says this is just another way of saying don't be an emotional based decision maker, don't be impulsive, or think about what you are doing / not doing. For me, phrasing it this way simply invites engaging about what it means to not allow a transitory feeling or emotion to rule on my actions.

I start to introduce the power of feedback mechanisms and discipline. When we give in to mood we have an often temporary high followed with a low of sorts. [ It doesn't always have to be the pleasure & guilt dynamic. ] What happens is the decision to arrive at the immediate high receives the connection to a response from mood and the further down the road low just gets labeled as a new mood that needs to be placated. The opposite is true where discipline to do an uncomfortable thing now yields a down the road high where if we can remember to associate that feeling of high as a reward to the decision to deny comfort (in this example) we can modify behavior and decisions.

LESSONS:
Anytime you say to yourself “I don’t feel or I’m not in the mood…” check in
Let your mood have an appropriate vote along with a handful of rational informatives

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Direct download: STAND_018_mood_1_01.mp3
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It can be a big help for achy joints and general inflammation in the digestion tract and respiratory system as well. The use of BOSWELLIA resin dates back thousands of years in Ayurvedic medicine. But, more recently, medical science has begun to research its full potential and extensive anti-inflammatory properties. Most notably, scientific studies have suggested that boswellia can also block what is known as “5-LOX inflammation,” which has great therapeutic possibilities.

Boswellia is an herbal extract derived from Boswellia serrata, a densely-leaved tree (that looks like a beautiful over-sized shrub) found across India, Saudi Arabia and Ethiopia. The extract’s name comes from old French and means “high quality incense.” It’s gathered from the resin of five varieties of Boswellia trees.

It’s healing properties have been noted for centuries and has been used for a variety of illnesses and ailments, including: asthma, cerebral edema, chronic bowel diseases, arthritis and cancer.

In the case of arthritis, for instance, boswellic acids – the active components of Boswellia – seem to have very strong anti-inflammatory properties. People who have rheumatoid arthritis as well as osteoarthritis may respond well to boswellia because it may also help to reduce cartilage loss and hinder the autoimmune process that contribute to these conditions.

As scientists have looked more deeply into this traditional medicine, they’ve found that boswellia has some additional properties: specifically, its potential to block what’s known as 5-LOX inflammation (which is short for the more scientific term, “5-lipoxygenase inflammation”). 5-LOX is an enzyme that can interact with fatty acids to create leukotriene, which is linked to very strong pro-oxidant and pro-inflammatory activities. (If you saw my earlier podcast on glutathione, I discussed how dangerous an overabundance of oxidants in your system can be!)

5-LOX can impact both the cardiovascular system and the neural system. Its impact on cardiovascular health is often concentrated in the aorta, coronary and carotid arteries. For the neural system, it’s especially localized in the hippocampus and the cortex. In both the cardiovascular and neural systems, the presence of 5-LOX increases considerably as people get older. Luckily, integrating boswellia herb in your diet is pretty easy. You can find it an extract, herbal supplement or powder.

As we all know, frankincense had great value in ancient times. Modern science has confirmed that it’s properties are not just stuff of legend and story. Its anti-inflammatory properties have been proven to be very effective in dealing with some significant health problems like inflammation and they can help ease post race joint aches and pains.


KEY TERMS & IDEAS

Boswellia (or Indian Frankincense) has had a centuries-long reputation for reducing inflammation of all kinds, like arthritis and asthma. More recently, scientists have confirmed this property through studies and have discovered its ability to block 5-lipoxygenase inflammation.

Boswellia: an herbal extract derived from the Boswellia serrata tree, which is a densely-leaved tree (that looks like a beautiful over-sized shrub) found across India, Saudi Arabia and Ethiopia.

5-lipoxygenase inflammation: 5-lipoxygenase (also known as “5-LOX”) is an enzyme that can interact with fatty acids to create leukotriene, which is linked to very strong pro-oxidant and pro-inflammatory activities.



LINKS & RESOURCES:

Jin Chu, and Domenico Praticò, "The 5-lipoxygenase as a common pathway for pathological brain and vascular aging," Cardiovascular psychiatry and neurology 2009 (2009), https://www.hindawi.com/journals/cpn/2009/174657/, accessed 2019.

“Indian Frankincense,” Arthritis Foundation,
https://www.arthritis.org/living-with-arthritis/treatments/natural/supplements-herbs/guide/indian-frankincense.php, accessed April 2019

Aaron Moncivaiz, “Boswellia (Indian Frankincense),” Healthline, November 9, 2017, https://www.healthline.com/health/boswellia, accessed April 2019.

M. Z. Siddiqui, "Boswellia serrata, a potential antiinflammatory agent: an overview," Indian journal of pharmaceutical sciences 73.3 (2011): 255, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3309643/, accessed April 2019.


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Direct download: 33_Spartan_HEALTH_Boswellia.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:30am EST

Having a team is powerful, but, sometimes, you will be alone, without the team. You must learn to exude strength even when in solitude.


LESSONS:

If you’re following the common path but your gut instinct says NO, then it’s time to live your truth in solitude.
Do not fear starting alone. Do not fear progressing alone.
Look inward to find your truth.
You will and can find strength when you follow the path you were meant to be on.


LINKS:
More about Zach https://zacheven-esh.com
Read “The Spartan Way” https://www.spartan.com/en/race/learn-more/race-types-overview?article=the-spartan-way-book


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CREDITS:

Producer – Marion Abrams, Madmotion, llc.
Host & Show Notes: Zach Even - Esh

© 2019 Spartan

Direct download: 44_SPARTAN_WAY_StrengthSolitude.mp3
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Sometimes you can get so caught up in the daily grind and the day-to-day routine that you forget to slow down, pause, and ask yourself, “how does this serve me?” When it comes to our mental energy, resilience, and toughness, we have to clear our head of all the junk so that we can make room for that which improves our mental clarity. It’s important for you to reflect on whether the things you are reading, listening to, and watching are filling your mind engine with helpful and use information, or stuff that makes clogs it all up.

LESSONS:
It’s important to take time and evaluate if you are creating space in your mind so that it is more clear and available to wisdom, knowledge, and constant working flow.
Ask yourself the following:
Does what I’m listening to serve me?
Does what I’m reading serve me?
Does what I’m watching serve me?
It’s okay to listen, read, and watch things for fun. Just make sure you are also leaving space and time for your mind to rest!


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CREDITS:

Production Team: Heather Knox, Knox Creative; Marion Abrams, Madmotion, llc.
Host: Dr. Lara Pence
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© 2019 Spartan

Direct download: 46_CleaningMentalHouse.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:30am EST

Bruce lives where fighting and business converge. With a background as an executive level headhunter and a youth spent in the boxing gym, he’s translated those tactics into building champions. The renowned boxing coach sits in the podcast ring this week with Joe De Sena and discusses the keys to coaching to glory, rebuilding them after loses, and the importance of vulnerability. What it comes down to is the Law of Outcomes: “ the amount of pain, suffering and sacrifice you make must be equal to the goal you wish to achieve.” Bruce is the guy you want in your corner!

LESSONS
Work hard, pay attention & listen
Be an active observer
Keep notes!
Follow your passions
The key to coaching is connection
Humility and empathy are worthy traits
“Deserves” got nothing to do with it
Be vulnerable in life
“Law of outcomes: the amount of pain, suffering and sacrifice you make must be equal to the goal you wish to achieve”
Have a vision for yourself- success is an exclusionary process
There is no easy path- be willing to suffer for your dream

LINKS
https://www.yourcornerman.com


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TIME STAMPS
1:20 Interview begins with Joe & Bruce
1:50 A passion for boxing & fighting
3:30 A history of coaching
4:30 The warrior spirit
6:30 Working hard & paying attention
7:30 An informal apprenticeship
9:00 Balancing the office & the gym
10:00 Becoming a warrior in business & the ring
11:00 Keeping notes on what you learn
12:00 Boxing as a tool in coaching
13:00 Importance of connection in coaching
14:20 How to keep humility
15:40 Shady Rays Sunglasses break with Zach Even - Esh of the Spartan Way
17:25 Interview continues with tears & temper
19:00 The repercussions of “losing”
22:20 Rebuilding an athlete
25:45 “Deserves” got nothing to do with it
26:55 Going through the grieving process- can you bring an athlete back from the brink?
28:00 Dealing with being in the public arena
31:10 Being vulnerable in life
32:00 Law of Sacrifice
33:00 The exclusionary process of success
34:30 Doing the thing that is “true” to you
36:10 The panel discusses the great Babashanisms
43:45 Shady Rays Sunglasses close


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CREDITS:
Producer – Marion Abrams, Madmotion, llc.
Hosts: Joe De Sena, Sefra Alexandra, Col. Nye, Johnny Waite & guest host Isaiah Vidal
Synopsis – Sefra Alexandra | Seed Huntress
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© 2019 Spartan

Direct download: 254_BRUCE_BABASHAN_LIBSYN_01.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:30am EST

It takes more energy to catch up than it does to simply keep up. This extra expenditure of energy ends up creating a greater deficit which in turn feeds the loop to fall behind yet again.

This is simple physical conservation of energy theory.

What happens with individuals on a psychological level is an entirely different story. The tendency is to attempt finding shortcuts rationalized as improved techniques, greater efficiency, or new moves etc…

Where in our lives are we creating shortcuts to catch up when we should have been playing keep up?

LESSONS:
Gradual loss of capacity creates dangerous thought patterns to look for shortcuts
Spend the time and energy now keeping up before you have to spend more catching up later

 

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CREDITS:

Producer: Marion Abrams, Madmotion,llc.
Host: Brian “tosh” Chontosh
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© 2019 Spartan

 

Direct download: STAND_017_Keepup_CatchUp_1.mp3
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Organic foods are generally more expensive than conventional foods because conventional foods often use substances to accelerate plant and animal growth, protect against insects or increase the scale of farming. These substances are certainly not part of the natural growth cycle of the flora and fauna that we eat. For flora, there are pesticides, ionizing radiation, artificial fertilizers and, yes, even sewage sludge. For animals, the substances include antibiotics and hormones.

If any part of this long list of artificial means is used in the food on your table, it is not organic! But because it isn’t as easy as conventional farming, organic food can be difficult to find. And if you can find it, paying for it may give you a case of sticker shock. Moreover, some food that isn’t quite organic can still be pretty good for you.

Being an organic farmer is a complicated business. There is a certification process and it can take a few years to transform a conventional farm into an organic one. But there are two caveats. A farm that is organic can be situated next to a farm that isn’t, thus possibly compromising the quality of its food. Conversely, because the certification process can be long and expensive, some farms that haven’t quite yet qualified as officially organic can have great food.You need to know where your food comes from and how exactly it was grown.

Look into transit times of your food, too, because longer transit times results in both less flavor and fewer vitamins. Food processing procedures can introduce contaminants or reduce the healthiness of foods or meats, depending on the quality of the processing.

Also, for fruits and vegetables, the thicker the skin, the healthier the food (usually). Pineapples are an example of a safer kind of conventional fruit.

The “dirty dozen”
Fruit and vegetables that have thin skin or soak up lots and lots of water: apples, grapes, strawberries, celery, peaches, spinach, lettuce, cucumbers, nectarines, snap peas, tomatoes, and pears. If you’re going to eat these, go organic.

Figuring out which foods to buy to better maintain your health can be a bit complicated, but a little education can go a long way. In addition to helping you to stay healthy, organic foods’ great taste and texture makes life sweeter and more enjoyable with every meal. Remember: “Health is Wealth”!


KEY TERMS & IDEAS:


Organic foods are generally more expensive than conventional foods because the conventional foods often use substances to accelerate plant and animal growth, protect against insects or increase the scale of farming.

Organic food “is produced by farmers who emphasize the use of renewable resources and the conservation of soil and water to enhance environmental quality for future generations. Organic meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy products come from animals that are given no antibiotics or growth hormones. Organic food is produced without using most conventional pesticides; fertilizers made with synthetic ingredients or sewage sludge; bioengineering; or ionizing radiation. Before a product can be labeled ‘organic,’ a Government-approved certifier inspects the farm where the food is grown to make sure the farmer is following all the rules necessary to meet USDA organic standards. Companies that handle or process organic food before it gets to your local supermarket or restaurant must be certified, too.” (Medicine.net)

In addition to how your food is grown, it’s important to know how it’s transported. Specifically, the transit times of your food – the time it takes to get from the farm to your grocer – also have an impact on nutrition. That’s because longer transit times results in both less flavor and fewer vitamins.

LINKS & RESOURCES:
“Frequently Asked Questions,” organic.org, https://organic.org/faqs/, accessed April 2019.

M. Huber, et al., "Organic food and impact on human health: Assessing the status quo and prospects of research," NJAS-Wageningen Journal of Life Sciences 58.3-4 (2011): 103-109, https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1573521411000054, accessed April 2019.

“Organic Agriculture,” USDA: Economic Research Service, https://www.ers.usda.gov/topics/natural-resources-environment/organic-agriculture/, accessed April 2019.

Melissa Stopler, “What is the Definition of Organic Food?” Medicine.net,
https://www.medicinenet.com/what_is_the_definition_of_organic_food/views.htm, accessed April 2019.


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CREDITS:
Producer: Marion Abrams, Madmotion, llc.
Writer and Host: Nada Milosavljevic MD, JD
© 2019 Spartan

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Is your work or career just a job? Or, do you truly live the code, being a pro whether you are at work or not?

LESSONS:

If the culture at your work is about kindness and excellence, do you live this after the 9-5 hours are over?
Excellence is a habit. Practice excellence, even when you’re not at work or when the cameras are not rolling.
Joe DeSena is a Spartan whether the camera is rolling or not. He’s doing his burpees, carrying kettlebells, etc all the time, NOT just when cameras are rolling.
You’re not trying to be perfect, you’re just trying to get better! Do the little things, at all times.


LINKS:
More about Zach https://zacheven-esh.com
Read “The Spartan Way” https://www.spartan.com/en/race/learn-more/race-types-overview?article=the-spartan-way-book


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CREDITS:

Producer – Marion Abrams, Madmotion, llc.
Host & Show Notes: Zach Even - Esh

© 2019 Spartan

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Our mind is a melting pot of different kinds of thoughts. Joy ones, excited ones, worry ones, hopeful ones, and, yes, negative ones. It is important to be aware of your own negative thoughts because denying they exist doesn’t make them go away - and in some circumstances doing just that only makes them grow stronger. And, at the same time, you want to be strategic about how you address them because if you give them too much attention they can grow and get stronger. Countering your negative thoughts with positive ones can be a useful strategy - whether you do this in your head or write it down in a journal. Also, work on trying to remove the judgment that you may be placing on top of the negative thought. We all have negative thoughts so to shame yourself or be self-deprecating because you have negative thoughts only makes things worse.

LESSONS:
Negative thoughts can arise in anyone at any given time. Being aware of your own negative thoughts can serve you when trying to implement strategies that decrease the thoughts.
Try to identify your most prominent negative thoughts and counter them with positive thoughts, reality testing, or hopeful mantras.
Remove judgment that you place on top of the negative thought and have compassion for yourself.


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CREDITS:

Production Team: Heather Knox, Knox Creative; Marion Abrams, Madmotion, llc.
Host: Dr. Lara Pence
Synopsis: Dr. Lara Pence

© 2019 Spartan

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Fran Martinez tragically lost his son to an undiagnosed illness when he was an infant. In the beginning, the pain seemed too much to bear. In the midst of this his marriage ended. He ran from life and friends. Loving friends brought him back to society, got him exercising, and eventually he found Spartan Race. He realized the obstacle course was a metaphor for life. The community, the exercise, and overcoming those obstacles worked a kind of healing magic on him. Now his mission is to bring that healing to others. He has started Proyecto Daniel in Spain and the “Hero’s Heat,” to build a community for parents (now over 3,000 strong), to come together knowing they are not alone and to realize how strong they really are!

Joe sat down with Fran at our Spartan World Championships in Morzine France for this powerful and moving interview.

LESSONS
Obstacle courses are a metaphor for life
You are not alone when going through tough times
Let people love you

LINKS

 

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TIME STAMPS
1:00 Interview begins with Fran & guest host/ translator Angel Sanz
2:00 losing his son
3:00 searching to push himself beyond the pain
4:00 wanting to “go”
5:00 his wife leaves him
6:00 friends pulling him out of depression
7:00 finding Spartan Race
7:30 Dukecannon.com break
9:30 letting other parents know they are not alone & are strong
10:40 the “Hero’s Heat”
12:30 letting people love you & loving yourself
14:00 Proyecto Daniel
14:45 Joe De Sena, Sefra Alexandra, Col. Nye & Johnny Waite discusses the interview


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CREDITS:
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Synopsis – Sefra Alexandra | Seed Huntress
Production Assistant - Andrea Hagarty

© 2019 Spartan

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Host Brian "Tosh" Chontosh takes a deeper look at the value of consistency. Everyone should take a moment to go back and dig into the definition of consistency. And on that note, appreciate the difference between consistency and persistency.

If we look at consistency as harmony towards a whole and seizing opportunity when it presents it reframes how we may hold ourselves accountable towards failure and allowing it to take hold of us in a negative fashion.

 

LESSONS:
Being consistent is not necessarily about routine
Reframing who we view consistency will allow more room for life to happen
Consistency is about seizing opportunity when it presents and creating opportunity when it seems unpresent

 

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CREDITS:

Producer: Marion Abrams, Madmotion,llc.
Host: Brian “tosh” Chontosh
Show notes: Brian “tosh” Chontosh

© 2019 Spartan

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Processed foods are foods that are handled and altered in some way before they get to your pantry or refrigerator. The more harmless kinds of processing are things like cutting and peeling a variety of fruit and packaging those things as a “fruit salad.” The next step in processing is canning food, which can either reduce the nutritional content of food or introduce some unhealthy quantity of natural elements, like adding sodium. The next step is changing foods by chemically altering them.

There are many reasons why these chemically altered foods are really bad for you. The most obvious is that they’re often full of chemicals! Even those lists of artificial ingredients on the food labels of heavily processed foods don’t reveal the whole story. Proprietary rights on secret ingredients, for example, allow food companies to omit a lot of details about what’s in their products. The term “artificial ingredients” can have several unnamed chemicals lurking behind it.

Here are some other specific reasons why heavily processed foods can be bad:

● They often contain too much sugar and fructose syrup, refined carbohydrates and trans-fats.
● Lots of processed foods have refined grains like rice and white flour with many nutrients stripped out of the whole grains they came from.
● Competition between food manufacturers encourages creating foods that reward your brain in ways that are similar to drug addiction, leading to obesity.

Reading labels can help, but it may be close to impossible to avoid all processing. One way to cut down on a lot of processed foods is to remember to avoid these things:

● Processed meats, like sausages, hot dogs and those you’d find in a deli. They’re linked to cancer and have lots of saturated fats.
● Mass-produced baked goods, which often have trans fats.
● Meals you can cook quickly often have too many sugars and salts along with lots of refined carbohydrates.
● Sodas have more sugars than you should ever have in a drink.

Not all processed foods are bad. Things like peanut butter, yogurt, canned tuna and whole-grain cereals can be good for you.

The key thing to remember is that most foods in our supermarkets that can’t be found in nature (like cheese puffs, pasta, muffins or gummy bears) have probably been processed in some way. Combine avoiding the worst effects of food processing along with adding whole foods whenever possible and you’ll make some significant improvements to your health!

Key Terms and Ideas:

Processed foods are foods that are handled and altered in some way before they get to your pantry or refrigerator. The more harmless kinds of processing are things like cutting and peeling a variety of fruit and packaging those things as a “fruit salad.” The next step in processing is canning food, which can either reduce the nutritional content of food or introduce some unhealthy quantity of natural elements, like adding sodium. The next step is changing foods by chemically altering them.

While food labels list many ingredients of particular food items, a lot of important details can be left out. Proprietary rights on secret ingredients, for example, allow food companies to omit a lot of details about what’s in their products. The term “artificial ingredients” can have several unnamed chemicals lurking behind it.

Not all processed foods are bad. Things like peanut butter, yogurt, canned tuna and whole-grain cereals can be good for you (but make sure to read the food labels on these items to double-check).

LINKS & RESOURCES:

Lisa Cantkier, “Refined Carbs: Are They Our Worst Enemy?” University Health News Daily, December 19, 2018, https://universityhealthnews.com/daily/nutrition/refined-carbs-worse-enemy/, accessed April 2019.

Chris Gunnars, “Nine ways that processed foods are harming people,” Medical News Today, August 1, 2017, https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/318630.php, accessed April 2019.

Chandra Johnson-Greene, “Processed Foods: 5 Reasons to Avoid Them,” University Health News Daily, June 4, 2018, https://universityhealthnews.com/daily/nutrition/processed-foods-five-reasons-avoid/, accessed April 2019.

“Not all processed foods are unhealthy,” Harvard Health Publishing, June 2015, https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/not-all-processed-foods-are-unhealthy, accessed April 2019.


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© 2019 Spartan

Direct download: 31_Spartan_HEALTH_Processed.mp3
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Major (Retired) Scotty Smiley became the first blind active-duty officer in military history following a face-to-face confrontation with a suicide car bomber in Iraq in 2005. After his injury, Scotty’s faith led him to forgive his attacker and inspired him to rebuild his life while continuing to serve his country in the U.S. Army. His wife Tiffany's drive and support are an incredible model of partnership in resilience.

He recently completed an Iron Man and was featured in the film "Beat Feat"

LINKS:
https://hopeunseen.com/

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CREDITS:
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Hosts: Joe De Sena, Sefra Alexandra, Col. Nye, Johnny Waite & Guest host Lonnie Mayne
Synopsis – Sefra Alexandra
Production Assistant - Andrea Hagarty

© 2019 Spartan

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Sweep the Sheds Comes from the book Legacy, a book written about the New Zealand All Blacks. In order to build a GREAT team, no individual can be too good for something, including sweeping the shed.

LESSONS:

"Sweeping the Shed" is a tradition that says that no individual is bigger than the team and its ancestors. This includes cleaning out the locker room after practice or a game.
The All Blacks want a culture in which you leave your jersey better than you found it. You’re essentially “planting seeds” that will grow trees and fruits that you might never see.


LINKS:
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© 2019 Spartan

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Anger is one of those emotions that few like to acknowledge and even fewer like to talk about. Either way, however, avoiding anger doesn’t mean that it goes away. In fact, the more you understand your anger the more likely you are to manage your responses appropriately and not be overcome by expression. It’s important to remember that anger is a normal emotion and, although it may be uncomfortable, it is neutral in nature. We also all experience and feel anger at various points in our life - denying your anger usually only makes it grow and become less easy to manage.

LESSONS:
Anger is a part of being human. Recognizing and understanding your anger gives you an opportunity to manage this feeling more appropriately.
Use the right language when you are describing how you feel. It’s okay to say, “I’m angry.” You don’t have to water it down by using language like frustrated or annoyed.
Give yourself permission to stop, pull back, take perspective, observe, and then choose the next right move for you when you are angry.


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CREDITS:

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Host: Dr. Lara Pence
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© 2019 Spartan

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“We were made to do hard things,” is Katie Wells family motto. Her popular website “Wellness Mama" features simple answers for healthier families. Mama to six children, she has found ways to bring lessons from the workplace to the management of her home. She systematizes her household (spreadsheets are one of her “love languages”). All this to empower her children- who by the way, have to start their own business before being given a cell phone or car! Joe De Sena and the Spartan Up team really learned a lot in this one and as Katie says, “if you want to change the trajectory of society… HELP THE MOMS!”


LESSONS
Systematize your house
Siloing: everything has a time & a place
Raise adults not children: identify & align common goals
Recognize the workflow & natural consequences
Cold water helps with singleness of focus
Define long-term priorities & core objectives
Creating “white space” for kids creativity

LINKS
https://wellnessmama.com

Listen to the newest Spartan Podcast Trail Talk with Luis & Charlie on your favorite podcast app, or find a link at spartan.com/trail

TIME STAMPS
0:00 Intro with Colonel Nye, Sefra Alexandra, Johnny Waite & Guest host Lonnie Mayne
1:45 Academics as a family culture
3:00 Walking across the country & meeting her husband
4:00 How she is raising her six children as entrepreneurs
5:00 Starting an incubator in her home: a 12-year-olds podcast
6:00 Getting really sick
7:30 Uniting a community of mothers
9:15 The core concerns of moms
10:15 Systematizing the house
11:45 TRAIL TALK with Luis Escobar & Charlie Engle!
13:00 Interview continues: Finland with Four Sigmatic in ice water
14:30 Kids as employees?
15:45 Managing & ownership in the household
17:45 A new app concept … The Spartan Mama
18:25 Defining long-term priorities
19:45 Pole vaulting- a sport her kids can do together
20:45 The Colonel, Dr. Johnny, The Seed Huntress & Guest Lonnie Mayne discuss lessons learned


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CREDITS:
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Hosts: Joe De Sena, Sefra Alexandra, Col. Nye, Johnny Waite & Guest host Lonnie Mayne
Synopsis – Sefra Alexandra
Production Assistant - Andrea Hagarty

© 2019 Spartan

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It’s fairly obvious that if you look for your car keys or you look for your wallet, you will eventually find your keys and wallet.

When we are riding our mountain bikes and there is danger to the right, the inexperienced tend to look to the right - where they want don’t want to go. Which is where the bike then tends to turn.

If you walk through life looking for conflict you will find it. If you look at life negatively, you will find negativity.

LESSONS:
Don’t look where you don’t want to go. Focus on where you want to be.
When you find yourself looking at negativity, acknowledge it, then deliberately look for 3 positive things to offset it.

LINKS:

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The popularity of collagen is skyrocketing. It’s especially effective in compensating for problems related to our bones and our skin as we age. Although human beings start out making collagen naturally, as people get older, they become less capable of absorbing nutrients or synthesizing them. In that case, collagen-rich foods and supplements can compensate for deficiencies. Collagen is also the most abundant protein in your body so you might want to know a bit about it.

Collagen can help a lot with arthritis, a painful disease in which the body has an autoimmune response against its own cartilage. There’s a few theories as to why this helps relieve joint pain. One is that it might accumulate in the cartilage and stimulate production of more cartilage. Another, is that that this supplementation might not replace collagen due to the autoimmune response. Instead, it may lessen the severity of the autoimmune response itself by increasing the body’s tolerance of (or familiarity with) collagen through repeated exposure!

Sarcopenia is losing muscle mass (often as we grow older.) This condition increases the possibility of falls and bone breaks. Luckily, there are ways to reduce the rate of this loss. A recent study noted that a combination of weight training and the use of collagen supplemention can help. In that study, a group taking collagen derived from chickens increased their muscle strength and their fat free muscle mass at a much higher rate than the control group.

Finally, collagen can also help with maintaining the elasticity of your skin. It’s a common problem: aging skin can get wrinkly. While the sun has its own impact on your skin, aging alone can decrease the quality and the quantity of collagen your skin uses. Oral administration of bovine collagen can compensate for those decreases and help maintain a youthful look.

There are collagen supplements that are widely available. One of the most familiar might be bone broth, which takes collagen out of the bones of chicken, fish or beef. You’re right to be concerned about what exactly is the source of that collagen. Supplements using animal parts from cows or ground up hooves might make consumers think twice. You’ll feel more assured if you look for companies that acquire their collagen (bones and tissues) from cage-free, free-range, and antibiotic-free sources.

Collagen: “Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body, found in the bones, muscles, skin, and tendons. It is the substance that holds the body together. Collagen forms a scaffold to provide strength and structure. Endogenous collagen is natural collagen, synthesized by the body. Exogenous collagen is synthetic. It comes from an outside source, such as supplements.” (Medical News Today)

LINKS & RESOURCES:
“Sarcopenia with Aging,” Web MD, June 30, 2019, https://www.webmd.com/healthy-aging/guide/sarcopenia-with-aging#2, accessed April 2019.

“Chicken capsules good for aching joints, arthritis study finds,” Science Daily, https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/11/091130192915.htm, accessed April 2019.

Hongdong Song, et al., "Effect of orally administered collagen peptides from bovine bone on skin aging in chronologically aged mice," Nutrients 9.11 (2017): 1209, https://www.mdpi.com/2072-6643/9/11/1209, accessed April 2019.

James McIntosh, “Collagen: What is it and what are its uses?” Medical News Today, June 16, 2017,
https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/262881.php, accessed April 2019.

“Resistance exercise and specific collagen peptides fight sarcopenia,” Neutraceutical Business Review, September 23, 2015,
https://www.nutraceuticalbusinessreview.com/news/article_page/Resistance_exercise_and_specific_collagen_peptides_fight_sarcopenia/112079, accessed April 2019.

Gregory Shaw, et al., "Vitamin C–enriched gelatin supplementation before intermittent activity augments collagen synthesis," The American journal of clinical nutrition 105.1 (2016): 136-143, https://academic.oup.com/ajcn/article/105/1/136/4569849?fbclid=IwAR2F-PlCIV5b1IDRWrnBKvq44-tp81Ei5WlDrdeljiWZLQ2kIGZqHlqmCwI, accessed April 2019.

“The Best Way You Can Get More Collagen,” Cleveland Clinic: Health Essentials, May 15, 2018, https://health.clevelandclinic.org/the-best-way-you-can-get-more-collagen/, accessed April 2019.

https://www.nutraceuticalbusinessreview.com/news/article_page/Resistance_exercise_and_specific_collagen_peptides_fight_sarcopenia/112079

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Direct download: 30_Spartan_HEALTH_Collagen.mp3
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Scott Jurek is widely considered one of the best ultra marathoners ever winning Badwater, and Western States multiple times. He also recently broke a speed record for running the entire Appalachian Trail. You can learn a lot more about him by reading the book “Born To Run”, and two books he’s authored, “Eat and Run”, and “North”.


LESSONS:

Finding things that motivate you.
The best way to find what you love is experience, over suggestions.
Our bodies are always ready to take on new challenges
Be open to all possibilities
You can take on an ultramarathon without doing shorter races first.
Find your own “personal best”.

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Scott Jurek on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/scottjurek/

CREDITS:
Host: Matt B Davis (@mattbdavis)
Show Notes: Matt B Davis
Producer: Marion Abrams, Madmotion, llc.
Videography: Matt B. Davis
Editing: Heather Knox & Marion Abrams

© 2019 Spartan

 

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Pressure is a privilege. I first heard this from Tim Grover, the author of Relentless. Tough times and challenges mold us into stronger men and women. Spartans love challenges. Rather than avoiding challenges, Spartans say Bring it on!!!


LESSONS:

High performers seek out challenging opportunities while “normal people” see challenges as something that holds them back
Nothing worth having will ever come easy
Learn to find comfort in situations that would break down “normal people”
Seek out discomfort, even if it’s just for 30 seconds.


LINKS:
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Read “The Spartan Way” https://www.spartan.com/en/race/learn-more/race-types-overview?article=the-spartan-way-book


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CREDITS:

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Host & Show Notes: Zach Even - Esh

© 2019 Spartan

Direct download: 41_SPARTAN_WAY_HappinessInStruggle.mp3
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We have become pathologically attached to the end product of things. We focus more on the grade, the paycheck, the medal - all while ignoring the hard work and process that it took to get to the end. The problem with this is that when we only focus on the product, we are missing out on all the vital, awesome information that we can gather from the process. We need to look more towards all of the greatness that came before the product so that we don’t get attached to the wrong thing. And when we focus on process, we are more likely to gain important information that can tell us about how we were successful or how we missed the mark.

 

LESSONS:

  • Try to move away from just the end product and spend more time thinking about what got you there in the first place.
  • Remember that regardless of what happens in the end, there is important information in the process of getting there - be open to learning more about yourself through looking at your own process.
  • When you attach to the product, you risk letting yourself down when the end does not turn out the way that you want it to.


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CREDITS:

 

Production Team: Heather Knox, Knox Creative; Marion Abrams, Madmotion, llc.

Host: Dr. Lara Pence

Synopsis: Dr. Lara Pence

 

© 2019 Spartan

 

Direct download: 43_MOVING_AWAY_FROM_THE_END_PRODUCT.mp3
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“It’s the START that stops you” says the electric Eric Byrnes who launched his Major League  Baseball career with a 22 game hitting streak. Byrnes was a player who relied on his speed and hustle, and he brings the energy of a fast ball to this interview. Drafted out of high school by the Dodgers, he went on to play for the Oakland Athletics, the Colorado Rockies, the Baltimore Orioles, the Arizona Diamondbacks, and the Seattle Mariners.  He was living the dream. After “retiring” Eric discovered new outlets for his drive - triathlons & ultras, and for his voice - as a broadcaster on ESPN, in his book “the F*ck It List” and his podcast. If that’s not enough - On April 22/23, 2019, Byrnes set a new Guinness Book of World Records mark for most holes of golf in a single day, 420 holes.

It’s a  power packed convo about not taking your feelings too personally, living in the now, and seriously maximizing your days! Get after it Spartans!

LESSONS
1. To succeed immerse yourself 

2. You get out what you put into life

3. Create luck with your attitude & effort 

4. MAXIMIZE your days 

5. It’s the start that stops us!

6. It’s not about what’s next, it’s about what’s NOW. 



LINKS
https://www.ericbyrnes.com


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TIME STAMPS
00:00 Dr. Johnny, Joe De Sena, Sefra Alexandra & The Col. Nye intro Eric’s episode
01:05 Gone Rogue offer
01:25 Interview begins with Johnny & Eric
03:12 Kids need for free play
04:30 Being drafted to the big leagues
06:30 22 game hitting spree
08:00 Starting with ESPN Radio
10:00 Entering the triathlon world with a beach cruiser
12:30 His first IRONMAN
12:55 Gone Rogue break
14:30 Western States
19:20 Iron Mike & 90 mile an hour hits
24:25 Hard times in life
28:00 The F* IT List & writing about lessons learned  
35:00 Have perspective on life & don’t take your feelings too personally
37:00 The Hustle Podcast
38:20 The panel discusses lessons learned from Eric’s interview
44:27 Gone Rogue close


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Hosts: Joe De Sena, Sefra Alexandra, Col. Nye & Johnny Waite
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© 2019 Spartan

Direct download: 250_SUP_ERIC_BYRNES_FULL_01.mp3
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“You’ve got to give respect to get respect.” Well, if everyone is waiting for someone else to give it to them, we will be waiting an awfully long time.

If you share anger, anger gets returned. If you’re always picking fights, you’ll always be fighting.
If you want Love, love others. If you want friendship, be a good friend.


LESSONS:
Rise up, Give.
Give, not for the sake of getting, and it will be given.

LINKS:

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CREDITS:

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Host: Brian “tosh” Chontosh
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© 2019 Spartan

Direct download: STAND_014_Give_it.mp3
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Because the word “fat” is associated with being overweight, many people go overboard and think that all fats are bad. But that’s far from the case. Some fats are necessary and … some fats are amazingly good for you.


What we talk about

A source of some of these amazing fats is coconut oil. These good fats are “medium-chain fatty acids” (or MCFAs). They are:

●        Caprylic acid,

●        Lauric acid, and

●        Capric acid

One of the amazing things about these fatty acids is that they are much more easily converted into energy than many other fats. How much more easily? While most fats go through a process that entails twenty-six steps to be converted into energy, these MCFAs require only three steps. Because they are smaller than long-chain fatty acids, they’re relatively easy to digest. And because they’re processed by the liver, they become energy immediately after the liver does its job with them.

All the potential benefits of coconut oil are too long to cover in this podcast, so look up some of the references below this video if you want to learn more. But let’s start with four promising outcomes of integrating coconut oil into your diet.

1) It can contribute to preventing heart disease and high blood pressure. Coconut oil is full of natural saturated fats. This not only increases the amount of good cholesterol in your bloodstream, but is also actually helps to convert bad cholesterol into good cholesterol.

2) It can help brain function. When MFCAs are processed through the liver, a by-product of this process is ketones. Ketones are an alternative from of energy that your tissues and muscles can use for fuel. When your body doesn’t produce enough insulin to turn glucose into energy, the body can use ketones instead. This has great potential implications for brain health. The brains of people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease have generally lost the ability to create insulin. Ketones can step in and provide another source of energy to maintain brain function.

3) It can contribute to cancer prevention. Tumors use sugar to grow, but tumor cells are unable to derive energy from ketones. Producing more ketones through consumption of coconut oil gives the body the energy it needs for its healthy cells while simultaneously depriving energy from cancer cells. Pretty amazing.

4) It can help you lose abdominal fat. One study of 40 women with abdominal obesity found that they lost considerable amounts of fat after taking daily supplements of 2 tablespoons of coconut oil for 12 weeks.

The research on the benefits of coconut oil is still ongoing and it has a lot of calories per ounce, so it shouldn’t be used in excessive amounts. One of the easiest ways to integrate it into your diet would be to replace your standard cooking oils with coconut oil. But, keep in mind, coconut oil isn’t the best choice for high temp cooking (above about 350 degrees) other than that, it’s great tasting, so what have you got to lose, except bad fat?

Key Terms and Ideas:

Medium-chain and long-chain fatty acids: “Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs) are a unique form of dietary fat that impart a wide range of positive health benefits. Nevertheless, the potential anti-aging properties of MCTs have been largely unrecognized by many life extension enthusiasts. Dietary fats are molecules composed of individual carbon atoms linked into chains ranging from 2 to 22 carbon atoms in length. Long Chain Fatty acids (LCTs) ranging from 12 to 18 carbons long are the predominant form of fat in the American diet. MCTs, by contrast, are composed of only 6 to 10 carbon links. Because of their shorter chain length, MCTs have a number of unique properties which give them advantages over the more common LCTs.” (Nutrition Review)

Ketones: Ketone bodies, or simply ketones are substances produced by the liver during gluconeogenesis a process which creates glucose in times of fasting and starvation. There are three ketone bodies produced by the liver. They are acetoacetate, beta-hydroxybutyrate, and acetone. These compounds are used in healthy individuals to provide energy to the cells of the body when glucose is low or absent in the diet. (Biology Dictionary).

One of the easiest ways to integrate coconut oil into your diet would be to replace your standard cooking oils with coconut oil.

LINKS & RESOURCES:

“Ask the doctor: Coconut oil and Health,” Harvard Health Publishing, August 22, 2018, https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/coconut-oil, accessed April 2019.

Josh Axe, “20 Coconut Oil Benefits for Your Brain, Heart, Joints & More,” Dr. Axe: Food is Medicine, May 21, 2018, https://draxe.com/coconut-oil-benefits/, accessed April 2019.

Ward Dean, “Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs),” Nutrition Review, April 22, 2013, https://nutritionreview.org/2013/04/medium-chain-triglycerides-mcts/, accessed April 2019.

Kris Gunnars, “Top 10 Evidence-Based Benefits of Coconut Oil,” Healthline, January 11, 2018, https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/top-10-evidence-based-health-benefits-of-coconut-oil, accessed April 2019.

“What are Ketone Bodies,” Biology Dictionary, February 27, 2018, https://biologydictionary.net/ketone-bodies/, accessed April 2019.

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© 2019 Spartan

Direct download: 29_Spartan_HEALTH_Coconut.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:30am EST

Have you ever found yourself being busy yet not productive? In a day and age where too many people are over inundated due to having too much information and too many options, we are afraid to just do the work!

LESSONS:

Instead of thinking you need to “get ready” for something, why not just get started!
Organization is crucial for success
Cook your lunch and dinner for the week ahead by cooking in quantity and organizing the refrigerator
Organize the week ahead on Sunday night.
Don’t react to things in the moment. Instead, block out your schedule so you are disciplined with the work you need to get done


LINKS:
More about Zach https://zacheven-esh.com
Read “The Spartan Way” https://www.spartan.com/en/race/learn-more/race-types-overview?article=the-spartan-way-book


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Zach’s STRONG Life Podcast https://apple.co/2vFaCv1

 

CREDITS:

Producer – Marion Abrams, Madmotion, llc.
Host & Show Notes: Zach Even - Esh

© 2019 Spartan

Direct download: 40_SPARTAN_WAY_Readiness.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:30am EST

We can only store and attend to so many things at any given time. Our mental energy actually has a limit. Because of this we need to be intentional on where we invest our mental energy and take inventory on what is occupying space in our mind. If we are more curious and intentional around where we are investing mental energy, we can adjust time spent so that very little time gets wasted. A simple exercise of evaluating your seven most filled areas can aid in getting you to where you truly want to be.

LESSONS:
Your mental energy is limited to being intentional with where you spend it can help create a more engaging life and leave you feeling more productive.
Try this simple activity to get your mental energy aligned with your intentions:
Make a pie chart and write down the 7 areas that take up most of the space in your head on a daily basis.
Identify what percentage each area takes up. For example, family may take up 10%, while work takes up 40%, and training 15%, and so on.
Ask yourself: Is this where I want it to be?
Finish with: What changes can I make to get it where I want to be?


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CREDITS:

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Host: Dr. Lara Pence
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© 2019 Spartan

Direct download: 42_EVALUATING_YOUR_MENTAL_ENERGY.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:30am EST

Nicole Alexander, Major, U.S. Army Special Operations & PROMOTE Co-Founder, was born with grit and determination. As a young girl she always wanted to be doing as much as possible, which led her into the rigors of a “company” of ballerinas. In college she found rowing and pushed herself to the limits, inspired to “find her swing!” Joining the army and then Special Operations she utilized rigorous dedication and discipline to lead groups through unimaginably difficult situations. Now she and Joe discuss the importance of mentorship and working out till you throw up- enjoy!

LESSONS
Find your swing (rhythm) and who/ what inspires you
Work hard with determination- there’s no way around it!
Realize “you get to do” these things & that’s a privilege
Do it till you throw-up
Mentorship is key

LINKS
www.promoteleadership.org
www.goarmysof.com

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TIME STAMPS
0:00 Colonel Nye introduces Major Nicole Alexander
0:55 Gone Rogue | promo code: SPARTAN25
1:17 Joe & Nicole Alexander begin with ballet
3:45 a mother’s influence to always do more
5:30 Do you want to be an national champion?
8:55 Joining the army- deployed as a combat engineer
11:00 Joining Special Operations
12:30 Gone Rogue | promo code: SPARTAN25
14:00 Joe & Nicole return from rowing
19:30 PROMOTE - leadership development | mentorship | inclusion & diversity
21:30 Joe, Ret. Colonel Nye, Guest Host Ret. CSM Frank Grippe & Sefra Alexandra discuss the interview
27:45 Gone Rogue | promo code: SPARTAN25


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CREDITS:
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Hosts: Joe De Sena, Sefra Alexandra, Col. Nye & Guest Host Ret. CSM Frank Grippe
Synopsis – Sefra Alexandra
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© 2019 Spartan

Direct download: 249_SUP_EDIT_Nicole_Alexander_FULL_01.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:30am EST

We tend to all be able to appreciate what ‘leaving something better than you found it’ means in a physical sense. Picking up after yourself, picking up trash off the ground, leaving the surroundings a little nicer than when you arrived.

Now, the mark of really appreciating this is how you apply this to relationships, feelings, and some of the less observable, measurable imports in life/community.

And the great stretch exercise is how you apply it to yourself each and every day.


LESSONS:
Do one thing in every situation to leave your physical environment just a little better than when you arrive
Do one thing in every situation to leave a stranger or friend just a little better off than you found them
Don’t forget about yourself - one thing each and every day to improve you
It doesn’t matter how small or trivial, sometimes the most trite can have the greatest impetus for growth


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CREDITS:

Producer: Marion Abrams, Madmotion,llc.
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© 2019 Spartan

Direct download: STAND_013_leave_it_better_FULL_01.mp3
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Allium vegetables – like onions, garlic, leeks and shallots – have a host of health benefits, including possible reductions in the rates of some cancers. Two of the most commonly used of these veggies – onions and garlic – are also the most pungent; sometimes too pungent.

But despite some drawbacks, they are minor compared to the variety of health benefits that these veggies can bring.

WHAT WE TALK ABOUT

Let’s start with garlic.

This vegetable has been a part of great, tasty dishes for hundreds of years. It’s also been used as a home remedy for colds with some recent studies suggesting that people taking garlic supplements have a reduced rate of catching colds compared to people who didn’t.

And there are some even more serious conditions that garlic can help with. It’s been shown to reduce both blood pressure and total cholesterol. And for people with diabetes, garlic supplements over a few months have reduced their fasting blood glucose levels. All pretty impressive.

Next, let’s move to onions that have their own particular benefits.

Like apples, onions contain a flavonoid that’s a great antioxidant: quercetin. This flavonoid can contribute to reductions in atherosclerosis and coronary heart disease! And although quercetin is available in other foods, it’s absorbed much faster into the bloodstream if it’s consumed through onions! Another way that onions help against cardiovascular-related problems is that they can inhibit or reduce platelet aggregation, which can lead to blood clots.

One thing that people don’t like about onions is what happens when you cut them for cooking – your eyes start to tear up. While you’re cutting through an onion, organosulfur compounds are created. These may be part of the process contributing to tearing up, but they also have anti-inflammatory and anti-allergic properties that are very beneficial. (And don’t peel too much of the onion – most of the best stuff is in the outer layers.)

Two things to remember about onions that may encourage you to eat them more: cooked onions can be sweet, without the lachrymose edge (this is the sulfur based compound that makes us tear up). Also, if you put your onions in the fridge an hour before you cut them, the onions release less of the gas that irritates the eyes.

Onions and garlic might be unusually dramatic in the way they can take over a room with their odors and gases released through cooking. But with the right approaches, they not only add zest to your meals, but they also add truly healthy ingredients to your body’s daily food intake. Despite the smell, give these valuable veggies a try!


LINKS & RESOURCES:

Julia Calderone, “The Health Benefits of Garlic,” Consumer Reports, April 19, 2019, https://www.consumerreports.org/diet-nutrition/the-health-benefits-of-garlic/, accessed March 2019.

John Murphy, “Stinky foods that offer health benefits,” MDLinx, March 5 2019, https://www.mdlinx.com/internal-medicine/article/3512?utm_source=in-house&utm_medium=message&utm_campaign=stinkyfoods-mar6, accessed March 2019.

Ravi Varshney and Matthew J. Budoff. "Garlic and heart disease," The Journal of nutrition 146.2 (2016): 416S-421S, https://academic.oup.com/jn/article/146/2/416S/4584712, accessed March 2019.

Xin Wu, et al. , "Allium vegetables are associated with reduced risk of colorectal cancer: A hospital‐based matched case‐control study in China," Asia‐Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology (2019), https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/epdf/10.1111/ajco.13133?referrer_access_token=T1wZjp4SnJ27mEvQVVCUgota6bR2k8jH0KrdpFOxC65yG96s1j467S1GYqbcerbdLy5upo7MH8H6uhbXA8weCU1KS-oKV4V1XboqoqWd7JEuB5LOcU5QbW1ULdCeyrF7Ws3--oLbuMx0TXLQvuHD2Q%3D%3D, accessed March 2019.


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© 2019 Spartan

Direct download: 28_Spartan_HEALTH_StinkyFood.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:30am EST

On this episode, Kevin talks talk with Amber Klein. Amber is a well spoken, well known & passionate high energy Spartan Ambassador for the Spartan Race brand. She truly believes in our mission & has the passion, and race experience, to back it up.

TAKE AWAY POINTS:
You CAN really do more than you think!
Promote & support what you believe in
Keep your training fun
Anyone can do a Spartan Race!


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Kevin Gillotti on The Web www.kevingillotti.com

CREDITS:
Host: Kevin Gillotti
Show Notes & Artwork: Kevin Gillotti
Producer: Marion Abrams, Madmotion, llc.
Videography: Madison McGahan, Mike Isabell, Alberto Campos
Editing: Heather Knox

 

© 2019 Spartan

Direct download: SPARTAN_ATHLETE_Amber_Klein.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:30am EST

Have you ever talked yourself out of an opportunity for no reason at all? Excuses for no reason at all? Self sabotaging yourself before you’ve even put your feet on the floor is a great recipe for frustration and never getting out of your own way.


LESSONS:

If you’re nervous about doing something, perhaps this means this is an opportunity you SHOULD take
Are you answering the knocks on the door? Those thundering knocks are opportunity, waiting for you to answer the door and say YES!
Discomfort and nervous energy will go away once you start experiencing the benefits of facing the very things you are afraid of.


LINKS:
More about Zach https://zacheven-esh.com
Read “The Spartan Way” https://www.spartan.com/en/race/learn-more/race-types-overview?article=the-spartan-way-book


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Zach’s STRONG Life Podcast https://apple.co/2vFaCv1

 

CREDITS:

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Host & Show Notes: Zach Even - Esh
Editor - Heather Knox
© 2019 Spartan

Direct download: EP39_SPARTAN_WAY.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:30am EST

Insecurities are just obstacles. Painful, yes. Unfortunate, indeed. Debilitating? Don’t have to be.
An insecurity doesn’t have to be a barrier to the things that you want but if you don’t use the right tools and focus on overcoming your insecurities they can absolutely become 10 foot walls that are difficult to get over. It’s important to be active in challenging your insecurities through various actions that can work to eventually overcome them.

LESSONS:
We all have insecurities but we need to be intentional around how we address and work through them so that they don’t become barriers to the things that we want in life.
Try the following tactics to help you overcome your insecurities:
Say THANK YOU. Don’t provide disclaimers or discount the positive feedback someone sends your way. Say THANK YOU and receive.
Challenge your insecurities with positive affirmations. Integrate positive affirmations or uplifting mantras to help challenge what’s bringing you down.
Focus first on the good things. Try to look at what went well first so that your insecurities don’t have a head start.
Shift perspective on your experience. Try to use a different lens to help you move away from always noticing the insecurity or letting that lead the way.


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CREDITS:

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Host: Dr. Lara Pence
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© 2019 Spartan

Direct download: 41_OVERCOMING_INSECURITY.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:30am EST

One of the most recognized faces of daytime TV, Mara speaks with Joe De Sena in this interview about the perspective gained during her childhood growing up outside the country, her perennial struggle with being overweight and the magic of serendipity. Her goal is to end all abusive relationships, including with food. Join us this week as we explore discipline as a key to sustaining wellness.


LESSONS
Find what feels intrinsic to you
Travel to gain perspective
Design & organize your tools to fit your needs
Make a list of your “undoings”
End “abusive” food relationships
Cleanup your diet to be successful
It’s may not be simple but discipline is doing it whether you want to or not
Use the scale as a tool

LINKS
https://www.marascampo.com

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0:00 Joe, Sefra, the Col & Dr. Johnny introduce Mara’s episode
1:50 Tiger Balm Active Intro
2:14 Interview begins| growing up in Somalia
3:30 Growing up overseas
5:00 Gaining perspective
7:20 Going into Broadcast Journalism
9:30 Serendipity on the job hunt
11:00 Pioneering the “backpack” model of digital journalism
12:40 Navigating to new stories
14:15 It takes a village for TV production
14:50 Tiger Balm Active break
15:55 Interview returns “more focused”
17:00 “Health is relative”
18:00 What is your undoing
18:45 Having a food funeral
20:15 Cleaning up your diet
22:00 The hard times & a food cult
23:45 Filling the time with healthy endeavors
27:14 The panel discusses the interview
30:50 Tiger Balm Active close


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Hosts: Joe De Sena, Sefra Alexandra, Johnny Waite & Colonel Nye
Synopsis – Sefra Alexandra
Production Assistant - Andrea Hagarty

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I understand the value of a resume and what it’s intended for.

But, we all know the resume game and some of us even have a professional writer “polish” it up. So what is the real value? Also, a resume is simply a collection of yesterday’s events.

With a resume mindset about life we become static and superficial. Let others keep record of your accomplishments and use that saved energy to keep doing new and exciting things. Otherwise, we tend to default to doing the same things over and over. I prefer a growth mindset.

 

 

LESSONS:
Stop living your resume, start living today

 

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Host: Brian “tosh” Chontosh
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Imagine you’re in a supermarket and you want something healthy to drink, but you want something tasty, too. Many people might think – and with some good reason – that a naturally flavored drink like grape juice or orange juice would provide a beverage that’s refreshing and good for you.

But with the choices available to consumers in most supermarkets, they would be wrong. Why?

 

There are two assumptions many people make about their choices at the market based on labeling. 1) That a “natural” choice is always a healthy choice and 2) that the guidelines and advice given on food labels are straightforward and relatively transparent. They aren’t necessarily right.

If you’re concerned about eating healthy but you’re not sure how best to do it, get in the habit of reading food labels … and you need to know how to read them, too. (check part 1 for more info.)

If you wanted orange juice as a healthy way to quench your thirst, there are some reasons to opt for water instead. Why is that? Too much sugar is bad for you and processed foods are full of them. But some foods that advertise as “natural” foods are, too. A typical 8-ounce glass of pure orange juice can have around 21 grams of sugar, which is more than half the 36 grams recommended for men and only 25 grams for women. You may have read the packaging to be doubly sure and noticed that nothing was added to the juice. That made it look like it was “healthy” and “natural” which in moderation it can be but there’s almost an entire daily dose of sugar for women in a single 8 ounce glass.

You have to know how to read your food labels to avoid fooling yourself

There are plenty of other ways that food labels can undercount, deflect or underemphasize the potential unhealthy ingredients or components that go into food and food products. Here are some tips to avoid some unhealthy traps:

Nutrition information is based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your particular healthy calorie intake may vary significantly.

Fats can also sneak into food labels in some interesting ways.
Looking out for artificial fats (like trans-fats) and added sugars is only part of the healthy reading you need to do. If you’re eating things that don’t list a lot of beneficial nutrients (like iron, fiber, and vitamins) you might be consuming a lot of empty calories.
Beware of sneaky trans-fats. If the label says “0 grams of trans fat” but also lists “partially hydrogenated oil,” that means there is less than .5 grams of trans fat – not a lot, but it’s there.

In today’s confusing food environment, you need to be educated to stay healthy. One of the best ways to do that is to learn about food labels.

 

KEY TERMS & IDEAS:

Nutrition information on food labels is based on a 2,000 calorie diet. When you’re assessing the information on food labels, remember to take into account the daily calorie intake that is healthy for your body’s needs, which may be more or less than 2,000.

Just because something is “natural” does not mean that it is automatically good for you. Fruit juices, for instance, are full of sugar and drinking a lot of juice could raise your sugar intake to very unhealthy levels.

Trans fats. “There are two broad types of trans fats found in foods: naturally-occurring and artificial trans fats. Naturally-occurring trans fats are produced in the gut of some animals and foods made from these animals (e.g., milk and meat products) may contain small quantities of these fats. Artificial trans fats (or trans fatty acids) are created in an industrial process that adds hydrogen to liquid vegetable oils to make them more solid.
The primary dietary source for trans fats in processed food is “partially hydrogenated oils." Look for them on the ingredient list on food packages. In November 2013, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) made a preliminary determination that partially hydrogenated oils are no longer Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) in human food.”

 

LINKS & RESOURCES:

Durish Mozaffarian and Diyi Shangguan, “Do food and menu nutrition labels influence consumer or industry behavior?” STAT, February 19, 2019, https://www.statnews.com/2019/02/19/food-menu-nutrition-labels-influence-behavior/, accessed March 2019.

“The best and worst things you can do for your heart,” MDLinx, February 25, 2019, https://www.mdlinx.com/internal-medicine/top-medical-news/article/2019/02/25/7558495/?utm_source=in-house&utm_medium=message&utm_campaign=heart-feb26, accessed March 2019.

“Trans Fat,” heart.org, March 23, 2017, https://www.heart.org/en/healthy-living/healthy-eating/eat-smart/fats/trans-fat, accessed March 2019.

“Understanding food nutrition labels,” heart.org, March 6, 2018, https://www.heart.org/en/healthy-living/healthy-eating/eat-smart/nutrition-basics/understanding-food-nutrition-labels, accessed March 2019.


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Spartan Pro Team member Nicole Mericle came into OCR from a running and bouldering background and was able to make an almost immediate impact. She is widely considered the best female OCR “short course” athlete in the world, winning multiple championships.


LESSONS:

One can become a great obstacle racer even when obstacles aren’t your initial strong suit.
Indoor climbing gyms are phenomenal for obstacle race training.
With climbing, just get started. Learn the basic holds and moves.
Repetition is your best friend.
How she schedules both runs and climbs.

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CREDITS:
Host: Matt B Davis (@mattbdavis)
Show Notes: Matt B Davis
Producer: Marion Abrams, Madmotion, llc.
Videography: Jeff Marier (@ocrvideo)
Editing: Heather Knox

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Do you know your worth or do you let others determine your value? Sometimes you need to say no in the short term so you can yes to something bigger in the long term. In a world where so much is free or discounted, don’t feel like you need to do what everyone else is doing.


LESSONS:

Don’t let labels determine what you do and who you become.
True Spartans are ready & willing to turn obstacles into opportunities
Decide what you want to achieve and take action towards achieving those goals.
Say NO to the small opportunities and labels that are holding you back!


LINKS:
More about Zach https://zacheven-esh.com
Read “The Spartan Way” https://www.spartan.com/en/race/learn-more/race-types-overview?article=the-spartan-way-book


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Zach’s STRONG Life Podcast https://apple.co/2vFaCv1

 

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We are human. We are fallible. And sometimes that means that lies slip from our tongue.
We all do it or have done it but it’s important to understand how pervasive lying can impact you. In the beginning lying may make you uncomfortable but the more that you lie, the more your brain accommodates to this discomfort and soon enough it’s not uncomfortable anymore. This is when it starts to get tricky because when lying becomes habitual and you lie more often, you begin to move into dangerous territory of passively telling yourself that you’re not good enough and the only good enough version is the fabricated one. It’s important to ask yourself how lying serves you and in what ways it moves you further away from your authentic self.

LESSONS:
Your brain will acclimate to the discomfort of lying the more that you lie and eventually become used to it.
Ask yourself the following questions to help you understand your own reasons behind lying:
Where do you lie?
Why do you lie?
How is it serving you?


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Host: Dr. Lara Pence
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His early life was so “perfect” Nick Green says he was too afraid to take risks or to fail. He was lucky, a business concept found him during college and forced him to learn resilience and the value of failure. Once he overcame that fear, the world of possibilities opened up to him! Now he is building a mission driven business ThriveMarket.com. What does it take to thrive in life? A good place to start is your nutrition. Nick has devised a way to make healthy organic food accessible & affordable. He failed his way to success and shares his gems of advice about leaning into fear, the struggles of the unknown and the triumph of getting help people either through education or healthy food with Joe De Sena in this episode.

 

LESSONS

“Unlearning” can be a key to success
Stop worrying about failing
If your really struggling you may be on the right path
Identify your weaknesses and build your team to fill them
Lean into fear

 

LINKS

Thrive Market https://thrivemarket.com

 

This episode of Spartan Up! is brought you by Luminox, the Official Timing Partner of Spartan Race. Luminox is the watch brand of choice when it comes to overcoming tough obstacles where "every second counts”. Visit www.Luminox.com and use code SPARTAN10 to get 10% off your next order.

 

TIME STAMPS

0:00 Sefra Alexandra, Johnny Waite, Col. Nye & guest host Lonnie Mayne intro this episode

1:52 Luminox Break

2:15 Interview with Nick begins in the hills of Malibu

4:00 Environment of the family of an entrepreneur

5:00 Accidental entrepreneurship

6:45 Failing your way to success

9:00 The emotional pain of the fear of failure

10:30 Unlearning the emotional pain

11:25 Luminox Break

11:40 Being a domesticated animal

13:30 Thrive Market= Costco meets Whole Foods

15:00 Gut level decisions

18:15 Customer acquisition & profitability

21:40 Panel discusses Nick’s advice

 

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CREDITS:

Producer – Marion Abrams, Madmotion, llc.

Hosts: Joe De Sena, Sefra Alexandra, Johnny Waite, Col. Nye & Guest Host Lonnie Mayne

Synopsis – Sefra Alexandra

Production Assistant - Andrea Hagarty

 

© 2019 Spartan

 

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