Spartan Up! - A Spartan Race for the Mind! (general)

Katrin Davidsdottir, two-time CrossFit world champion Icelandic born, is happiest when she is working. She loves work - whether making progress or failing then moving forward again. How has she achieved so much so young? The attitude and the mindset that nurtured throughout her life. Kristin’s secret may be that she has no secret at all. Her methods are straightforward and that they work so well is surely due to her indomitable consistency and drive.

Lessons:

1. Extreme success requires extreme sacrifice.


2. Hard work brings joy and reward.


3. Use your abilities and talents to build something that goes beyond your ego. 


Links:

Katrín Davíðsdóttir on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/katrindavidsdottir/

Katrín Davíðsdóttir on Twitter https://twitter.com/katrintanja

Katrín Davíðsdóttir on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/katrintanja/

 

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YouTube: http://bit.ly/SpartanUpYT

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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 with Johnny Waite, Sefra Alexandra, and Col. Tim Nye.

Synopsis – Matt Baatz

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Direct download: 179_SUP_EDIT_Katrin_Davisdottir_FULL_01.mp3
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Have you seen the iconic photos of Iceland's Blue Lagoon? On the way back from the Spartan Ultra World Championship we found Grimur Saemundsen, the doctor, and entrepreneur who founded the Icelandic spa visited by more than half of the country's tourists.

Use his exceptional business success story as a parable to guide your own success. The indigo tint of the water comes from naturally therapeutic substances including silica and blue-green algae. Saemundsen worked with existing strengths in his environment, the natural volcanic springs and rugged landscape, to create something new. Even as the spa grows the new architecture follows the natural landscape. Do that yourself by identifying and adapting to the strengths in yourself and your environment. Make them work for you. Iceland took what many might see as negative, the attention a volcano brought to them by stopping air travel worldwide and made it a positive. The used the attention to springboard for their tourism campaigns.

Is it something in the water? We’re willing to check for you ...

Lessons:

1. To build success use and emphasize existing strengths - in this case adapting to the local ecology and environment. 


2. Create a passion around what you’re doing and others on your team will follow suit.


3. To succeed you ned three keys: vision, endurance, and to remain open to outside opinion. 


Link: Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa http://www.bluelagoon.com/

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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 with Johnny Waite, Sefra Alexandra, and Col. Tim Nye.

Synopsis – Matt Baatz

© 2018 Spartan

Direct download: 178_SUP_EDIT_GRIMUR_Saemundsen_FULL_1_01.mp3
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What would you pay for a 10x improvement to everything in your life?  One small change to improve your health, your relationships, your career.  Ruari Fairbarns has found that ONE simple thing, and now he's sharing it with us!What would you pay for a 10x improvement to everything in your life?  One small change to improve your health, your relationships, your career.  Ruari Fairbarns has found that ONE simple thing, and now he's sharing it with us!Is it dropping sugar? Burpees? Quitting carbs? Daily cold showers? Fasting? According to Fairbairns, creator "The Ultimate Social Challenge," it's one simple thing: dropping alcohol. He used his own abstention as a case study and experienced dramatic improvements in every aspect of his life, including his career, family, friends as well as his mental and physical health. But, how, exactly, do you drop a habit that is so deeply conditioned? Fairbairns shares concrete tips and tricks to try the challenge for 30 days, 90 days, a year or a lifetime.   
Want proof? We interviewed his wife Jennifer too!
Lessons: 1. If the results of abstaining from alcohol were sold as a pill, it would be a billion dollar business.
 2. You’re not giving up anything if you are, in fact, replacing it with something better.
 3. Bad habits don’t need telling off; they need replacing.


LINKS:One Year No Beer www.oneyearnobeer.com One Year No Beer on Facebook facebook.com/oneyearnobeerOne year No Beer on Twitter https://twitter.com/oynbuk
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YouTube: http://bit.ly/SpartanUpYT
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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 with Johnny Waite, Sefra Alexandra, Col. Tim Nye. with special guest host Jennifer Fairbairns
Synopsis – Matt Baatz
© 2018 Spartan

Direct download: 177_SUP_EDIT_Ruari_Fairbairns_FULL_01.mp3
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Has fear been a problem in your life? Do you use terms like “overcome” or “suppress” in your relationship with fear? pioneering extreme skier Kristen Ulmer talks with guest host Amelia Boon about learning to love fear. They teach you a new way to relate to your own fear. Embrace it. If you want to live a full life of creativity, vitality, adventure, and success, it’s what you must do. Most people don’t and fear manifests itself in the forms of anxiety, anger, boredom, and mental exhaustion. What can we do to transcend this suffering and live rich lives? Ulmer achieved great successes but equally potent anguish repressing her fear until she found a better way. Learn her methods in this life-changing, podcast of the new year.Has fear been a problem in your life? Do you use terms like “overcome” or “suppress” in your relationship with fear? pioneering extreme skier Kristen Ulmer talks with guest host Amelia Boon about learning to love fear. They teach you a new way to relate to your own fear. Embrace it. If you want to live a full life of creativity, vitality, adventure and success, it’s what you must do. Most people don’t and fear manifests itself in the forms of anxiety, anger, boredom, and mental exhaustion. What can we do to transcend this suffering and live rich lives? Ulmer achieved great successes but equally potent anguish repressing her fear until she found a better way. Learn her methods in this life-changing, podcast of the new year.
Lessons: 1. Suffering equals discomfort times resistance.
 2. Feel your fearfully without trying to get rid of it.
 3. Your relationship with fear is the most important relationship of your life because it’s the relationship you have with yourself at your core. 


Links:

Kristen Ulmer www.kristenulmer.com

Kristen on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/ulmer.kristen/

Kristen on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/kristen.ulmer/

“The Art of Fear”  http://a.co/0lN5ds9 


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YouTube: http://bit.ly/SpartanUpYT
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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 with guest host this week Amelia Boone. Johnny Waite, Sefra Alexandra, Col. Tim Nye.
Synopsis – Matt Baatz
© 2017 Spartan

Direct download: 176_SUP_EDIT_KRISTEN_ULMER_FULL_01.mp3
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There are no valid excuses for staying on the couch, all 52 Spartan Up guests of 2017 agree. The panel is on site in Iceland for the Spartan Ultra & Agoge 007 on the cusp of  winter solstice, in the midst of a brutal storm, and in imminent peril from an active volcano. In other words, the perfect race scenario and an ideal backdrop for the theme of this week’s episode: no excuses.  Which 2017 podcast stories epitomize this the best and why? How can you eliminate excuses for 2018 and beyond? Listen; watch; find out, then get moving.

Lessons:

1. It’s better to fail on the stage than on the couch.


2. “Sneakers on, “ I.e., prime bigger actions through smaller ones that are easier to take each and every day.


3. If you’re serious about meeting your goals, you can’t say yes to everything.


4. Pain is inevitable, so instead of trying to avoid it, harness it in service of a better life. 


5. As Robert Fulghum said, “... I may give my life meaning by throwing myself recklessly into it daily, as if something astonishing is happening and I am part of it. It is and I am.”


Links:

Spartan Agoge - https://www.spartan.com/en/race/endurance-events/endurance-events-overview?article=29031

Sneakers On https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/139-mordechai-wiener-the-simple-steps-that-changed-his-life/id952870930?i=1000384505740&mt=2

Not To Do List https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/140-dean-graziosi-the-not-to-do-list/id952870930?i=1000384753987&mt=2

Better to Fail on the Stage than the Couch https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/134-robert-herbst-powerlifting-champion-irrevocable/id952870930?i=1000382599754&mt=2

Rose Wetzel https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/163-we-interviewed-athlete-rose-wetzel-while-giving-birth/id952870930?i=1000393013328&mt=2

Pain is Inevitable, don’t let that stop you https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/162-sean-stephenson-has-discovered-simple-ways-to-overcome/id952870930?i=1000392719709&mt=2

This episode of Spartan Up is brought to you by Health IQ. Health IQ is an insurance company that helps obstacle racers like you get lower rates on your life insurance.  Go to healthiq.com/spartanup to see if you qualify.

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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 with Johnny Waite, Sefra Alexandra, Col. Tim Nye, & Dr. Delle with gust Mike I

Synopsis – Matt Baatz

© 2017 Spartan

Direct download: 175_SUP_EDIT_YEAR_END_EXCUSES_Copy_01_01.mp3
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What is the secret to longevity? For many athletes, their sports tenure ends, through injury or burnout, earlier than they hope. Through decades Mark Sisson participated in hundreds of endurance challenges including ultras and Ironmans. What helped him avoid that fate? What compelled him to switch from these grueling tests to sports like stand up paddling and ultimate frisbee?

Known for his paleo nutrition blog Mark's Daily Apple, and books "Primal Blueprint" and "Primal Endurance" Sisson will explain his fitness reset and list the ingredients in what may be the world’s healthiest mayonnaise.

Lessons:

1. A healthy lifestyle can make life more fun.


2. The older you get, the more that attitude plays a key part in living a good life.


3. Invest in yourself by doing the things that will pay off down the line.


 

Links:

Mark's Daily Apple https://www.marksdailyapple.com

Primal Blueprint https://www.primalblueprint.com

Primal Kitchen www.primalkitchen.com

 

This episode of Spartan Up is brought to you by Health IQ. Health IQ is an insurance company that helps obstacle racers like you get lower rates on your life insurance.  Go to healthiq.com/spartanup to see if you qualify.

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YouTube: http://bit.ly/SpartanUpYT

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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 with Johnny Waite, Sefra Alexandra, Col. Tim Nye, & Dr. Delle

Synopsis – Matt Baatz

 

© 2017 Spartan

Direct download: 174_SUP___edit_Mark_Sisson_FULL_SPONSOR_01.mp3
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Underground strength coach Zach Even-Esh has a unique distinction, the only guest to be interviewed three times in Spartan Up! During the insane weekend that in Pittsfield, Vermont (birthplace of Spartan Race,) that contained the Spartan Wrestling Camp, Spartan Agoge and a series of Podcasts, Col. Nye made time to check in with with Spartan up regular Zach Even-Esh. Meanwhile the Summer Agoge class is fire walking at Spartan’s own Area 51.  They talk about how Zach trains youth, not just for wrestling, but for life. How the camp trains the mind is paramount, and the true foundation of strength. As always, Even-Esh is a wellspring of inspiration.

Lessons:

1. True strength must transcend gym walls.


2. Convenience and excellence are never found on the same road.


3. To be great at something, genuinely care.


Links:

Spartan Wrestling Camp - http://www.spartanwrestlingcamp.com/

About Zach http://ZachEven-Esh.com

Encyclopedia of Underground Strength http://a.co/0QR1FTs

Underground Strength Coach http://UndergroundStrengthCoach.com

Underground Strength Cert http://UndergroundStrengthCert.com

 

This episode of Spartan Up is brought to you by Health IQ. Health IQ is an insurance company that helps obstacle racers like you get lower rates on your life insurance.  Go to healthiq.com/spartanup to see if you qualify.

 

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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 with Johnny Waite, Sefra Alexandra, Col. Tim Nye, & Dr. Delle

Synopsis – Matt Baatz

© 2017 Spartan

Direct download: 173_SUP_EDIT_ZACH_EVEN_ESH_SPONSOR-LIBSYN.mp3
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Bruce Lee’s legacy was so powerful that it lives on through his daughter, Shannon, and the foundation named for him. He passed when she was just four, but his legend reverberates through books, writings, students, fans and of course films. We’ve all heard the famous quote “Be like water, my friend…” but do you know the story behind it? It arose at an epiphanic time in his life when he was not very water like. It took a trial for him to make the decision that his followers are all benefitting from to this day.

Lessons:

1. Be like water…


2. The medicine for your suffering is within you.


3. The mind is a fertile garden that will grow what you choose whether weeds or flowers.

LINKS:

Bruce Lee Website & Podcast https://www.brucelee.com/

Bruce Lee Instagram https://www.instagram.com/brucelee/

Bruce Lee Twitter https://twitter.com/brucelee

Bruce Lee Facebook https://www.facebook.com/BruceLee


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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 with Johnny Waite, Sefra Alexandra, Col. Tim Nye, & Dr. Delle

Synopsis – Matt Baatz © 2017 Spartan

 

Direct download: 172_Shannon_Lee_LIBSYN.mp3
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To climb Everest wasn’t quite enough for climber and documentarian Jimmy Chin. He had to ski it. Even the sherpas urged him not to do it. Despite the appearance of being a free spirit who may have lost control, this is far from who Chin really is. By his own description, he is someone who grew up being very disciplined. His life is about managing risk. What was his biggest risk? It was not encountered on Everest or El Capitan, or any other iconic mountain. In this episode he’ll describe it, and what it takes to reach our passions.

Lessons:

1. If you instill a model of excellence early on in your children, they may not do the thing you had hoped, but they will likely be successful at whatever they do.  


2. It’s a gift if you find something you love, because many people never do.


3. The ones who are really good are able to calculate risk at a very high level: able to take things to the edge without going over. 


Links:

https://jimmychin.com/

https://www.hanahlife.com/

Meru Film http://www.merufilm.com/

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/jimmychinphotography

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/jimmy_chin/

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YouTube: http://bit.ly/SpartanUpYT

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

 

CREDITS

Producer – Marion Abrams, Madmotion, llc.

Hosts: Joe De Sena with Johnny Waite, Sefra Alexandra, Col. Tim Nye, & Dr. Delle

Synopsis – Matt Baatz

© 2017 Spartan

Direct download: 171_SUP_EDIT_Jimmy_Chin_LIBSYN.mp3
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The story begins at age 5, he remembers the garbage man got to the best toy in the dumpster before he could get to it. He didn't understand until he was an adult how that moment formed him. Today Chris practices what he calls "venture philanthropy." He's left the world of finance and embraced his mission in life, his true "why." Stay tuned to the end to hear the take aways and lessons gleaned by our Spartan Up hosts Joe DeSena, "Doctor" Johnny, Sefra the Seedhuntress, and Col. Nye.

Lessons:

1. “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” —Mark Twain.


2. The three pillars of motivation: 1. Autonomy. 2.Search for competency. 3. Community.

Link:

Chris Cavallerano http://www.inspirethefire.com/

Chris on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/chris.cavallerano

Chris on Twitter https://twitter.com/chris_cav

Chris on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/chriscavallerano/

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YouTube: http://bit.ly/SpartanUpYT

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

 

CREDITS

Producer – Marion Abrams, Madmotion, llc.

Hosts: Joe De Sena with Johnny Waite, Sefra Alexandra, Col. Tim Nye, & Dr. Delle

Synopsis – Matt Baatz © 2017 Spartan

 

Direct download: 170_SUP_edit_Chris_Cavallerano_LIBSYN.mp3
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