The Hard Way w/ Joe De Sena

You want to shift your paradigm and find optimal health? Get ready to dig in for some hard work: break up with yourself, vision cast and sit down to do some writing. The new Director of Programming at Shrugged Collective and host of the Barbell Shrugged Podcast,  wants you to “live a pain free, empowered life through mindful movement,” and take time to give attention to your intentions. Shrugged Collective spread great wings of wisdom over this year's Podfest in at Spartan World Championships in Tahoe - we can’t wait for next year!




  • Vision casting: focus your attention on where you want to be a long way from now
  • Have a conversation with yourself about the grand vision and goals of your life- yearly
  • Know why you’re working so hard to get where you’re going
  • Create space, set your direction, find mentors
  • Pay attention to where you are spending your time and who you are surrounded by
  • Craft intentional actions to get where you want to be
  • Break up with your “old self” and habits to make space for new positive things
  • “Be ready to make everyone around you an asset to the next step of your life”
  • Don’t yell at inanimate objects :)
  • Shared experiences matter
  • Unite with others through health, nutrition and movement
  • Take time to sit down and write freely
  • “Write 500 words, one page, on everything you want to do in the next ten years- focusing on emotions versus things to make it more real”
  • Be empowered to ask for help



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This episode of “Spartan Up!”  is sponsored by Athletic Greens.  Get 20 travel packs free when you order at



0:00 Intro

1:04 Athletic Greens offer

1:30 Interview with Anders Varner

1:45 How Barbell influenced the Spartan Up Podcast

3:35 Vision casting

4:10 Goal setting

5:10 The system of coaching

5:50 Where you spend your time

7:00 Using intentional actions to get where you want to be

8:00 Breaking up with your old self

8:45 Athletic Greens Break

12:58 Interview continues

13:30 How and why you should break up with yourself

14:50 Doing the same thing, expecting different results

15:15 Moving on to the next thing

18:00 Write it down

19:00 Why sharing experiences matter  

20:00 “A sky full of lighters”

21:00 Three simple actions  

22:25 Sefra, Angel, Johnny & Joe discuss the interview



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Producer – Marion Abrams, Madmotion, llc.

Hosts: Joe De Sena with Johnny Waite, Sefra Alexandra, Col. Time Nye  and guest host Angel Sanz.

Synopsis – Sefra Alexandra

Production Assistant - Andrea Hagarty


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