The Hard Way w/ Joe De Sena

“When things wrap around in our head all the time, and it’s not something we write down, it can play mind games with us. I mean, talk about bumping up your mental game, right? It’s why journaling can be so useful. Because when you take what’s in your head and you put it in your hand, you can really begin to evaluate, like, ‘Oh, is what I'm thinking in my head reasonable? Oh my gosh, this is the most unreasonable thing on the planet,’'' says Dr. Lara Pence, clinical psychologist, and chief mind doctor at Spartan.

Spartan Up Podcast, DEKA Series hosts’ Jarod Cogswell and Yancy Culp begin their next journey with their new 4 part mini-series, Winning the Head Game.  During this mini-series, the guys will address overall well-being and how to unlock the doors holding us back in our minds. In this episode you’ll learn about:

  • Having discipline and aligning it with your values


  • Finding your motivational, discipline, and resilience data points


  • Finding your purpose and making the first step NOW, not later


  • Accountability being your own best friend


  • We also talk about Dr. L’s favorite movie that inspires motivation and discipline, you might know it if you love sports films from the 80s

Dr. Lara Pence is a licensed clinical psychologist, has an MBA, with a special skillset in building a private practice. She is the owner and founder of lighfbox. She is a certified eating disorder specialist. She consults for Joe de Sena and Spartan Race as their chief mind doc. She supports the Unbeatable Mind coaching program as a coach, contributes to Morgan's Hallway as their resident psychologist, and supervises other therapists looking to elevate their own skills. And she’s a mother of two boys and a wife of one.

If you enjoyed our conversation, make sure to check out Dr. L’s podcast, “Curious Minds with Dr. L” which is on all platforms you normally listen to podcasts

You can also follow Lara on:

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Connect with Jarod and Yancy on social, and attend a DEKA event: 

-Jarod’s Social: @jarod_cogswell

-Yancys Social: @YancyCulp

-Race a DEKA Event: DEKA-FIT


This episode of Spartan Up! Is brought to you by Gone Rogue high protein chips. Visit GONEROGUESNACKS.COM - use code SPARTAN25 to get 25% off


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Producer: Lake Watters

Host: Jarod Cogswell and Yancy Culp

Sr Producer: Marion Abrams


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