Spartan Up! - A Spartan Race for the Mind!

Zach brings on special guest & fellow Spartan Podcaster, Tosh, to discuss why you should NOT feel bad while standing up for Excellence! Sometimes we start to feel bad when our friends and family tell us, Hey, you’ve changed!

That’s right, you are changing for the better and there is Nothing wrong with that!

 

LESSONS:

• Do not conform to the norms of “good enough”, even when people close to you try to tell you that you’re trying too hard.

• Do not ease up on your mission. If you’ve done the work, you deserve to EARN more success. 

• You should celebrate the fact that you want to win. When you win, you help other people win. 



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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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: SPARTAN_WAY_EXCELLENCE_29.mp3
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Emotional reasoning is a negative thinking pattern that can best be described as the process of turning feeling into fact. We cannot control how we feel but we can control what we do with these feelings and when we turn our feelings into fact we can find ourselves in a made up reality. Being aware of when you engage in emotional reasoning can help you shift out of this way of thinking and bring you back into a position of knowing that a feeling is sometimes just a feeling.

LESSONS:

Emotional Reasoning: When we turn our feelings into fact. Try to catch yourself when “I feel XXX”, becomes “I am XXX” : such as, “I feel incompetent” becomes “I am incompetent.” Remember to tell yourself that a feeling is just a feeling, or use the phrase, “I’m having the feeling that I am incompetent” so that you get separation from the emotion.

 

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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: 29_SM_Feeling.mp3
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In that moment when you think your life will end, will you have regrets? During his second Afghanistan deployment Green beret Kevin Flike was shot in the abdomen, what did he think in those touch and go moments? Kevin says “an experience is worth nothing unless you share it,” now he shares the story of his own recovery and his experiences going from highly competent soldier to a man who needed help putting on his socks. He talks about fear, courage (which he defines as “going forward when the outcome is uncertain,”) and the power of setting exceptional goals. With his wife’s encouragement, he got off pain medication, got himself into both MIT and Harvard, and started the Green Beret Foundation. He’s created a documentary to raise awareness and funds for the Green Beret Foundation called “Wounded by War.”


LESSONS
Have long term goals
Setup small milestones along the way
Find something that motivates you to not quit
Understand the sacrifice it takes to get where you want
Failure is the best teacher: fail early, fail often
Don’t be afraid- just get out there
Try new things and be open to the experience


LINKS
Kevin’s Documentary Film http://www.woundedbywar.com/
More about Kevin https://www.greenberetfoundation.org/people/kevin-flike/
Wounded by War on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/woundedbywar/
Green Beret Foundation https://www.instagram.com/greenberetfoundation/


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TIME STAMPS
0:00 Joe De Sena, Dr. L , Johnny Waite & Col. Nye introduce Kevin’s episode
1:47 Powerful Foods shop.spartan.com/powerful code SpartanPower
2:13 Interview begins with guest host Dr. L
3:00 Getting shot in the stomach
5:00 Dealing with wounds
7:00 Support staff and path to recovery
10:45 Powerful Foods Break
12:50 Habit number 9 of the 31 Habits of the Healthiest Spartans
14:45 Interview continues: degrees from Harvard & MIT
18:00 Lessons learned
20:45 Joe, Dr. L, Johnny & Col. Nye discuss the interview and how you can apply lessons learned from Kevin’s experience to your life
25:43 Powerful Foods
26:00 Show close


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CREDITS:
Producer – Marion Abrams, Madmotion, llc.
Hosts: Joe De Sena, Johnny Waite,Colonel Nye & guest host Dr. L (Sefra Alexandra was on expedition in the South Pacific)

Synopsis – Sefra Alexandra
Production Assistant - Andrea Hagarty

© 2019 Spartan

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There are a million ways you can be tempted to squeeze a few more minutes or hours out of your day, but if you want to stay healthy, you should remember one thing: you can’t cheat sleep. If you do, you may throw off what’s called - your circadian rhythm.

Circadian Rhythm is also called your sleep/wake cycle and it’s the physical, mental, and behavioral changes that follow a 24- hour or daily cycle in your body. One of the chemical or hormone mechanisms that is central to your circadian rhythm (aka, sleep-wake cycle) is melatonin, which is a hormone that induces sleep. When the optic nerves (in the eye) receive less light, that triggers a signal to the brain to make more melatonin. That happens, for example, when the lights go out and you go to bed. That natural hormone release can be affected which, in turn, can negatively affect your circadian rhythm.

Circadian rhythms or sleep-wake cycles influence hormone release, eating habits and even body temperature to name a few. Having an irregular rhythm has been linked to some chronic health conditions like sleep disorders, obesity, diabetes, depression, and something called seasonal affective disorder. Those irregular rhythms will also affect your physical performance, endurance, and cognitive health.

How much sleep do we need? We talked about this in another episode, and if you remember, it can vary a bit by age, according to the National Sleep Foundation you need an average of 7-9 hours of sleep each night.

To maintain healthy sleep patterns, one thing you should do is keep consistent bedtime habits as much as possible.

Try to go to sleep at roughly the same time each night. Another way, putting away your phone at night, and not looking at computer screens in the hours before you sleep because it can disrupt that sleep/wake cycle.

Since this question has come up with some of our listeners I want to go back to something we talked about a moment ago. Some people call it the “winter blues” or feeling a bit therapy used for “seasonal affective disorder” (or “SAD”), a condition that makes some people feel down or depressed with reduced exposure to sunlight during the winter.

One effective natural treatment is using “light therapy,” in which you use a bright lamp with a strength of 10,000 lux (strength of light emitted) for about 20-30 minutes every morning during the fall and winter. This can decrease the amount of melatonin that is secreted in the brain during the daytime and can help reset your circadian rhythm.

Our busy schedules can often distract us from good daily routines and habits and disrupt our circadian rhythm. Being conscious about keeping a regular bedtime and some easy steps and natural treatments can help you maintain healthy sleep/wake cycle throughout the year. Maintaining and supporting your CR means you’ll be much more alert, better prepared for your next race, and more effective at whatever challenge comes next.

KEY TERMS AND IDEAS:

Circadian rhythms (aka, Sleep/Wake Cycles) have a major impact on health because they help to regulate multiple systems within the body. Maintaining regular sleep patterns is the key to maintaining natural circadian rhythms. For some people who have problems with their circadian rhythms, there are gentle means to compensate and get back on track.

1. Circadian rhythms are physical, mental, and behavioral changes that follow a daily cycle.

2. Melatonin is a hormone that induce sleep and plays a role in maintaining a healthy circadian rhythm.

3. Seasonal affective disorder (or “SAD”) is a condition that makes some people feel down or depressed with reduced exposure to sunlight during the winter. A natural way to help improve this is light therapy (10,000 lux strength) for 20-30 minutes each morning.


LINKS & RESOURCES:

Follow Dr. Nada on:

Linkedin https://www.linkedin.com/in/nada-milo...
Sage Tonic www.sagetonic.com
Sage Tonic on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/sagetonic/

National Institute of General Medical Sciences, “Circadian Rhythms,”
https://www.nigms.nih.gov/Education/Pages/Factsheet_CircadianRhythms.aspx, accessed January 2019.

National Sleep Foundation, “Excessive Sleepiness,”
https://www.sleepfoundation.org/excessivesleepiness/content/how-much-sleep-do-we-really-need-0, accessed January 2019.

Alfred J. Lewy, et al. "Winter depression: integrating mood, circadian rhythms, and the sleep/wake and light/dark cycles into a bio-psycho-social-environmental model." Sleep medicine clinics 4.2 (2009): 285-299. https://www.sleep.theclinics.com/article/S1556-407X(09)00017-4/abstract

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

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

© 2019 Spartan

Direct download: 015_Spartan_HEALTH_Circadian1.mp3
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This week I talk strategies for overcoming pre-race jitters and nervousness with Kenneth Yee. When you travel all of the way from Malaysia for a first time visit to a country, a lot is at stake because a lot has been expended. So the last thing you need is to be dealing with energy robbing nervousness on top of all of the other moving pieces associated with racing.

 

TAKE AWAY POINTS:

  • Ask for advice from more well traveled athletes on their tactics
  • Concerns about temperature changes between countries
  • Catching up on sleep ASAP so leave enough time in your travel schedule

 

SUBSCRIBE:

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YouTube: http://bit.ly/SpartanUpYT

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FOLLOW SPARTAN UP AND KEVIN G

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

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

Kevin Gillotti on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/kevingillotti/

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: 006_SPARTAN_ATHLETE_Kenneth_Yee.mp3
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People LOVE being around passionate people. It makes them feel good
And inspires them to get better at Life!


LESSONS:

• If you’re struggling to get better in a certain area of your life,
Seek out passionate coaches / environments to become part of.

• Passionate people can completely alter the trajectory of a company, school, sports team, etc. 

• Passion is inside ALL of us, you need to share it with the world.



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

© 2018 Spartan

 

Direct download: SPARTAN_WAY_PASSIONATE_PEOPLE_28.mp3
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Great competitors believe that they have the capacity to win and compete in the way that moves them closer to their goals. They build themselves up with confidence and visualize accomplishments instead of defeats. Believing in yourself is a key part of pumping positive medicine into your brain and your body, as the power of positive thinking has been demonstrated across disciplines.

 

LESSONS:

  • A strong belief in your capacity to achieve and get things done is a critical part of being a great competitor.
  • Building up self-confidence and relying on positive self-esteem will help you along your journey and give you an edge against those who don’t believe that they can.

 

SUBSCRIBE:

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FOLLOW SPARTAN UP AND DR. L:

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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

 

© 2018 Spartan

 

Direct download: 28_SM_Believe_Update.mp3
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Picture this, you’ve just reached the Summit of Everest- a pinnacle achievement when you’re literally on top of the World… and all of sudden everything goes white... your completely blind. Join us this week as Brian walks us down his “Blind Descent,” and tells us what skills learned from his time as a former US Navy Air Rescue Swimmer / Combat Search and Rescue and perhaps a little luck, got him home safe.

 

LESSONS:

  • Don’t panic
  • Focus on what needs to be done
  • Do more
  • Be who you are
  • Seek obstacles, don’t avoid them



LINKS
http://www.briandickinson.net



TIME STAMPS:

0:00 Dr. L, Col Nye and Johnny Waite introduce Brian

1:20 Interview begins- “always climbing”

2:50 Joe on Aconcagua

4:00 Mental toughness of downtime

5:00 Growing up on a mountain

7:00 Climbing Everest solo with sherpa support

8:45 Acclimatization

10:00 Hiking in the “death zone”

11:15 Completely soloing

13:00 Time standing still on the Summitt

14:30 Descending snow blind

19:05 31 Habits: #8 Intermittent Fasting

21:20 Interview continues: 24 hrs locked in a shipping container at Tahoe

25:00 Navy Training

28:28 Dr.L, Col Nye & Johnny Waite discuss Brian’s experience and what we can learn from his Blind Descent

 

LINKS:

More about Brian http://www.briandickinson.net/

 

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YouTube: http://bit.ly/SpartanUpYT

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FOLLOW SPARTAN UP:

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

 

CREDITS:

Producer – Marion Abrams, Madmotion, llc.

Hosts: Johnny Waite,Colonel Nye & guest host Dr. L (Joe De Sena was running around Fenway & Sefra Alexandra was on expedition in the South Pacific)

 

Synopsis – Sefra Alexandra

Production Assistant - Andrea Hagarty

 

© 2019 Spartan

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Our bodies need energy and we get that from the food we eat. No surprise, right? But, what is the gatekeeper between food consumption and the energy needed for athletic performance? It’s your gut – especially the gut flora.


EPISODE SCRIPT

There are millions and millions of bacteria in your gut – in fact, there are ten times more bacteria than cells in your gut. Ten times! What are these flora doing in addition to processing food?

They can identify pathogens (dangerous compounds)

Bolster and improve the health of the intestines

Promote the growth of new cells

What happens to athletes when the gut isn’t working well? It gets in the way of performance, recovery and long-term health and sustainability of athletic performance at a high level like competition. To be more specific, there’s a cascading effect that starts very small but ends up degrading your abilities to do what you want to do in the gym, at a race or in any competitive setting. It starts with:

Too few interferons in your gut. Interferons (a type on immune cell in your body) are they’re released from cells in your gut and are important in helping to fight viruses. A healthy gut microbiome supports interferons. An unhealthy gut means fewer interferons and that can hurt your immune system. With that, the possibility of catching cold and suffering from other viruses increases.

If your immune system is stressed, your body’s ability to repair the kind of inflammation that often comes with strenuous exercise is impaired. This can lead to an increased possibility of increasing the injuries sustained during training.

Your digestion is also compromised, thus reducing the efficiency of processing nutrients for energy.

If this continues, you’ll probably not be able to improve and sustain the kind of athletic performance we Spartans are aiming for.

Luckily, it’s relatively easy to keep your gut healthy.

First, eat healthy. We all know this, but don’t cut corners if you’re exercising at a high level. The difference between good performance and great performance can sometimes be very small – so you need to be disciplined if you’ve set ambitious goals for yourself.


Give your gut what it wants.
Probiotic supplements are very helpful. Yogurt is a common source of friendly bacteria. Many specialized probiotic supplements are very helpful, too.
Some other options might be fermented foods, like sauerkraut.

As we’re exercising, our gut normally performs silently and behind the scenes. That’s how you want to keep it because it usually draws our attention after something has gone wrong. Support you gut with good eating habits and you’ll keep your performance at a high level.


KEY TERMS & IDEAS

Gut health is key to thwarting viruses, processing food for energy and repairing the damage of inflammation. Keeping the gut healthy is relatively simple. It’s worth it because the gut and especially gut flora provide a necessary foundation for your health.

Gut flora. “Bacteria and other organisms that live inside the intestines. They help digest food. Vitamins such as biotin and vitamin K are made by gut flora. Also called gut microflora, intestinal flora, intestinal microflora, and microflora.” (National Cancer Institute)

Probiotics. “Probiotics are living microorganisms that, when ingested, provide numerous health benefits.” (Healthline)

 

LINKS & RESOURCES:

Follow Dr. Nada on:

Linkedin https://www.linkedin.com/in/nada-milo...
Sage Tonic www.sagetonic.com
Sage Tonic on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/sagetonic/


“Microflora,” in NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms, National Cancer Institute, https://www.cancer.gov/publications/dictionaries/cancer-terms/def/microflora, accessed January 2019.

“Probiotics 101: A Simple Beginner’s Guide,” Healthline, https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/probiotics-101, accessed January 2019.

Morgan Bickenbach-Davies, “Here’s How Your Gut Plays a Major Role in Your Athletic Performance,” Braveheart Coaching, February 22, 2017, http://www.braveheartcoach.com/2017/02/22/healthy-gut-healthy-athlete/, accessed January 2019.


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

© 2019 Spartan

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On this episode, I talk with Colleen about adjusting & adapting (time changes, food, sleep, training, weather) to the local race destination and preparing for a race after the rigors of long-distance international travel. Colleen should know, she traveled 28 hours from Malaysia to race in the USA.

TAKE AWAY POINTS:
Using meals to beat jet lag effects
Paying attention to time zones (get on the local time ASAP)
Using sleep times of race time zone, even when traveling despite what others are doing

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FOLLOW SPARTAN UP AND KEVIN G
Spartan Up on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/spartanuppodcast/
Spartan Up on Twitter https://twitter.com/SpartanUpPod
Kevin Gillotti on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/kevingillotti/
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

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Rest & recovery are NOT a negative thing for Spartans. In fact, when you work hard, the rest and recovery gives you the much need mental & physical break allowing you to come back stronger, more energized and more inspired.


LESSONS:

Rest & recovery are good for the mind AND body.
Taking a break from the normal stimulus will boost your creativity.
More is not better, Better is Better!


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: SPARTAN_WAY_VACATION-27.mp3
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Great competitors believe that they have control over the things that happen in their lives and they take ownership of those choices. They do not offload poor performance to circumstances outside of them. They take ownership for the choices - both those that make them stronger (both mentally and physically) and those that put them in circumstances of struggle. Ownership is about believing that you have a strong internal locus of control - that you can control the direction of your life.

 

LESSONS:

  • Try to remember that you always have a choice; that you have more control over your life when you believe that you have more control.
  • Take ownership of the decisions that you make, whether they are your accomplishments or your poor choices.  

 

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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

 

© 2018 Spartan



Direct download: 27_SM_Ownership_Update.mp3
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What does it take to solve complicated and seemingly insurmountable challenges? Dr. Jeff Karp, Principal Investigator of Karp Lab & Harvard Medical School professor, believes the answer is a multidisciplinary approach. Surround yourself with experts who have expertise you don’t with a variety of skills and backgrounds. Karp explains to Joe De Sena how his team applied their problem-solving system to a specific challenge around brain cancer. It’s a system and process that can be applied to any puzzle. He is committed to developing the “next generation bioengineers at the forefront of regenerative medicine.” When you face Spartan challenges and obstacles as look for creative solutions. Collaborate and find new approaches to conquer our goals.

LESSONS
Always continue to learn
Ask lots of questions and seek those that have the answers
Validate those around you by allowing them to contribute
Surround yourself with mission-driven people who have expertise varied from your own
Focus on helping people and being a good mentor- give back to the next generation!
Mistakes, even those on the stage, teach you

LINKS
http://www.karplab.net/

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TIME STAMPS
0:00 Col. Nye, Johnny Waite & Dr. L introduce Dr. Jeff Karp
1:00 Elevate beak
1:25 Interview with Joe & Dr. Karp begins - medical lab design at Harvard
2:30 starting six companies
4:00 multidisciplinary problem solving
5:45 developing a new approach to brain cancer
8:20 going “all in”
10:00 breaking down dogmas
11:45 meeting people in the entrepreneurial ecosystem
13:15 constantly be experimenting
13:50 31 Habits of Health Spartans: #7 “Tell Someone”
14:55 Elevate break
16:50 Interview continues: Joe tells the tale of Spartan Tea
18:00 Learning from a big mistake at a TEDMED talk about bioinspiration
21:00 Giving feedback to CNN & taking risks
26:00 Three things everyone should do
26:55 Colonel Nye, Johnny Waite and Dr. L discuss how to integrate Dr. Jeff Karp’s insights
34:30 Elevate Break
35:00 close

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

CREDITS:
Producer – Marion Abrams, Madmotion, llc.
Hosts: Joe De Sena, Johnny Waite, Colonel Nye & guest host Dr. L (Sefra Alexandra was on an expedition in the South Pacific)

Synopsis – Sefra Alexandra
Production Assistant - Andrea Hagarty

© 2019 Spartan

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Maintaining good health usually means doing many things and not just one. For instance, if you want to lose weight, gaining muscle can help, but focusing on that alone is not the best or most efficient way to make your weight goals. Today, we’re focusing on immunity and how to naturally raise the bar and stay healthy.

A multi-faceted approach is even more important in boosting the strength of your immune system. The right foods and herbs combined with the right daily habits can support your immunity to pathogens (a bug, a virus)…

Avoid smoking and drinking alcohol as much as you can (of course).

Getting enough sleep. Sleep performs many regulatory functions for the immune system. One that is especially important is helping to create a “memory” within the immune system so antibodies can “remember” unwelcome organisms that have previously invaded the body.

Also, something all Spartans do is to follow a moderate and regular exercise regimen that boosts immunity. One caveat: athletes performing at peak levels have reported some increased susceptibility to respiratory illness, so if you’re going to push yourself to high competitive levels of performance, your preparing for a big race take some extra precautions. And I’ll mention those now...

The immune system – like any system in the body – needs a variety of nutrients to keep it running well. A lot of those nutrients (like vitamins and minerals) are often best supplied by fruits and vegetables … and some spices and herbs as well.

Citrus fruits: These are easy to access and rich in vitamin C, which is thought to increase the body’s production of white blood cells. (Papaya, kiwis and spinach also have a lot of Vitamin C.)

Turmeric: It’s part of many spicy curry recipes, but it can also have a restorative effect on the body by reducing inflammation and repairing muscle damage that come with exercise.

Oregano: this popular herb is full of antioxidants. Research has also shown that essential oils from oregano can combat bacteria, as well.

Cayenne pepper packs multiple punches. In addition to vitamin C, it has beta carotene and antioxidants which help to maintain mucus membrane tissue that fends off bacteria and viruses.

The right food intake combined with the good daily habits can support your immunity to pathogens. This multi-faceted approach just takes a little bit of planning and is easy to do and really effective!

KEY TERMS AND IDEAS
Good habits can support a vibrant immune system. A multi-faceted approach to maintaining good health is even more important in boosting the strength of your immune system. The right foods and herbs combined with the right daily habits can support your immunity to pathogens.


Immune system. “The immune system is the body's defense against infectious organisms and other invaders. Through a series of steps called the immune response, the immune system attacks organisms and substances that invade body systems and cause disease.” (KidsHealth)

Pathogens. A microorganism (like a virus or bacteria) that can cause disease.

White blood cells. “A type of blood cell that is made in the bone marrow and found in the blood and lymph tissue. White blood cells are part of the body’s immune system. They help the body fight infection and other diseases.” (NCI Dictionary).

LINKS & RESOURCES:
Follow Dr. Nada on:
Linkedin https://www.linkedin.com/in/nada-milo...
Sage Tonic www.sagetonic.com
Sage Tonic on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/sagetonic/

David C. Nieman, et al. "Upper respiratory tract infection is reduced in physically fit and active adults." British Journal of Sports Medicine 45.12 (2011): 987-992, https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/bc18/dca045fdece0fc7b9b4c30f6c7ec887f1869.pdf,
accessed January 2019.

“How to boost your immune system,” Harvard Health Publishing, July 16, 2018, https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/how-to-boost-your-immune-system, accessed January 2019.

“Immune System,” Kidshealth, https://kidshealth.org/en/parents/immune.html, accessed January 2019.

Luciana Besedovksy, Tanja Lange, and Jan Born, "Sleep and immune function," European Journal of Physiology 463.1 (2012): 121-137, https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00424-011-1044-0, accessed January 2019.

“Protect Your Health with Immune-Boosting Nutrition,” eatright.org
https://www.eatright.org/health/wellness/preventing-illness/protect-your-health-with-immune-boosting-nutrition, accessed 2019

NCI Dictionary, “White blood cells", https://www.cancer.gov/publications/dictionaries/cancer-terms/def/white-blood-cell, accessed January 2019.


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On this episode, Cole and I chat about tapering for a Spartan Race using methods such as the current week’s workload and perceived effort as a determination for how much of an effort level and workload to put out in a race taper depending on race distance (Sprint, Super, Beast).

 

TAKE AWAY POINTS:

  • At least a 1 week taper for a Beast
  • Use RPE (rate of perceived exertion) as a means to determine effort level
  • The immediate events leading up to a race (sleep, work, previous workouts) need consideration is a taper plan
  • Listen to your body!

 

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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




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I first heard this Sun Tzu quote from my friend and NFL Veteran,
John Welbourn. It REALLY hit home for me as I have experienced
Countless times how an environment can lift you up or hold you back.



LESSONS:

 

  • Surround yourself with battery chargers as our friend Joe Polish says to gain inspiration from others
  • As a parent, keep an eye on your kids’ friends. Do they make your child better or add more stress?
  • Whether it’s work, sports, gym - you’re always in an “environment” and surrounded by people. Make sure these environments are charging your batteries!



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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Host & Show Notes:  Zach Even - Esh

 

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Great competitors stay committed. There will always be excuses, always a reason to quit, move on to something else, or put it on the shelf for later. Great competitors commit. They move away from language like, “I’ll try”, that immediately gives them a way out, and they use more declarative statements like, “I will.” Having the mindset of completion allows them to move forward with stronger intention and will.

 

LESSONS:

  • Commitment is a key element to becoming a great competitor.
  • Try to shift away from words that give you an out and become more proficient in the language of commitment.
  • Commitment isn’t about perfection but it is about showing up and remaining on task.



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CREDITS:

 

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

Host: Dr. Lara Pence

Synopsis: Dr. Lara Pence

 

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What patterns did you learn as a child? How are they showing up in your adult life? Bizzie Gold unveils the mystery behind the obstacles and triggers in your mind that hold you back from realizing our full potential. The founder of the massive phenomenon Buti Yoga, Bizzie Gold was not satisfied with breakthroughs in physical health. This week she and Joe discuss how Sustainable Self-Mastery can be conquered through her paradigm shifting BREAK Method.


LESSONS

  • Don’t adhere to a victim mentality
  • Practice self awareness and do a “check-in”
  • Take note of what triggers you
  • Observe your emotional responses
  • Be open and unafraid to uncover what is holding you back

 

LINKS

https://breakmethod.com/

https://www.bizziegold.com/

https://mymoderngood.com/

https://butiyoga.com/

 

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TIME STAMPS

0:00 Johnny, the Colonel & Dr. L introduce Bizzie’s episode

2:25 Interview with Joe De Sena & Bizzie Gold at Spartan World Championships begins

4:15 Directed storytelling

5:00 Overcoming childhood adversity

6:30 Not embracing the victim mentality

7:30 “You’re a Liar”

9:45 31 Habits  Relearning About Fats

11:11 FORTHEFITAID.COM break

12:30 The interview continues & Joe’s completely “fixed” :)

13:15 Obstacle course vs online course

14:00 Buti Yoga- the cure to something that is hidden

16:25 Core beliefs about yourself

17:45 “Go Into the Chaos”

20:00 Dr. Johnny, Colonel Nye & Dr. L discuss how to integrate Bizzie’s method into your daily routine

24:50 FORTHEFITAID.COM close

 

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CREDITS:

Producer – Marion Abrams, Madmotion, llc.

Hosts: Joe De Sena, Johnny Waite,Colonel Nye & guest host Dr. L (Sefra Alexandra was on expedition in the South Pacific)

 

Synopsis – Sefra Alexandra

Production Assistant - Andrea Hagarty

 

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We’ve talked about a class of herb called adaptogens in an earlier episode of Spartan Health. Rhodiola is an adaptogen that can provide many health benefits and provide energy, endurance, and recovery support during your next Spartan Race. Rhodiola is a well-researched herb used for centuries in Asia, Russia and arctic regions of Europe.

WHAT WE COVER

a. First if all, what is it? In a nutshell, it’s a wonderful herb that can help your body recover from stress and fight fatigue. Further, it can support the body as you condition to different environmental stressors like high altitude.
b. But, let me give you a bit of its history ‘cause it really is fascinating: Rhodiola is an herb native to China, Russia (and a particular region in Russia, Siberia) and Mongolia. It has been used in Russian folklore medicine for centuries and caught the interest of Russian scientists in roughly the 1950’s. They heard of its health and vitality promoting properties and began conducting research to get a better understanding of its clinical properties and application. They were so impressed with what they found they started giving it to Russian cosmonauts (in their space program) and their Olympic athletes. They felt the cosmonauts recovered more quickly from space induced ill-effects and that it supported their Olympic athletes in terms of endurance.
c. Rhodiola is one of the most well-researched Adaptogens (they’ll be more on adaptogens in another podcast so stay tuned); it’s generally regarded as a safe, non-toxic, herb. But, before taking any herbal supplements of any kind check with your health provider in case you have specific medical needs that might affect your use of this herb or any others for that matter.
d. To recap, Rhodiola can help enhance stamina, exercise recovery and help the body adjust to stress-related conditions (such as high altitude or even jet lag when changing time zones).
e. Several ways it can be used - In Siberia, it’s often taken as shot of rhodiola infused vodka! I am NOT suggesting that and I want to be quite clear but I am highlighting the importance and health application of this wonderful, time-honored herb. It can be consumed as an herbal tea / aka tisane, in capsule form, or as a powder in a healthy smoothie or beverage.
f. So the next time you’re looking for something to provide natural and healthy support as you push your body and mind to prep for the next race. Check out Rhodiola!

KEY TERMS & IDEAS:

Rhodiola: native to arctic regions of Europe, Asia, and Russia
Supports a healthy stress response, endurance, and recovery from environmental extremes - jet lag and high altitude
Historical use by Russian cosmonauts and olympic athletes
A well-researched herb with a fascinating history

LINKS & RESOURCES:
Follow Nada on LInkedin https://www.linkedin.com/in/nada-milosavljevic-35b502b9/
Sage Tonic www.sagetonic.com
Sage Tonic on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/sagetonic/

“Adaptogens exert a stress-protective effect by modulation of expression of molecular chaperones” Phytomedicine. 2009 Jun;16(6-7):617-22.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19188053
“The effects of an acute dose of Rhodiola rosea on endurance exercise performance”J Strength Cond Res 2013 Mar;27(3):839-47.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23443221
“Acute Rhodiola rosea intake can improve endurance exercise performance” Int J Sport Nutr Exer Metab 2004 Jun;14(3):298-307.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15256690


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Direct download: 012_HEALTH_RHODIOLA_EDIT_1.mp3
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On this episode, Kristen talks to me about how to stay race fit & race ready when you are juggling a life & interests outside of racing, but yet are a highly competitive athlete with aspirations.

 

TAKE AWAY POINTS:

  • BALANCE - Does racing have to be your sole focus to be successful?
  • Consider being content & at peace with being a top athlete, but not always the “winner”
  • Make a mental effort to not get caught up in what others are doing
  • Be ok with going with the flow
  • Train & use what you have at hand & time allows

 

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CREDITS:

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Show Notes & Artwork: Kevin Gillotti

Producer: Marion Abrams, Madmotion, llc.

Videography: Madison McGahan, Mike Isabell, Alberto Campos

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Direct download: 003_SPARTAN_ATHLETE_Kristen_Saad.mp3
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