Spartan Up! - A Spartan Race for the Mind!

“Keep climbing and stop whining,” says Jarod Cogswell, co-host of the SpartanUp DEKA Series. “Keep climbing and stop whining,” says Jarod Cogswell, co-host of the Spartan Up DEKA Series. Coaches Jarod Cogswell and Yancy Culp share their best advice for making the most of your 2021 in this episode solo.  They recap their biggest learnings from 2020, share strategies on how to get the most out of 2021, and talk about 3 reasons to be grateful during these crazy times.  

 

In this episode you’ll learn

-That sometimes you hit a false summit, but you have no choice but to keep climbing

-Don’t filter yourself in 2021. If you have something to give, let yourself shine

-How to keep climbing and stop whining

-What the guys are most grateful for 

 

Connect with Jarod and Yancy

-Jarod’s Twitter and Instagram: @jarod_cogswell

-Yancy’s Twitter and Instagram: @YancyCulp

 

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CREDITS:

Producer: Ryan Warner

Host: Jarod Cogswell and Yancy Culp

Sr Producer: Marion Abrams

 

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Mo Gawdat, today’s guest on Spartan Up, tells Joe De Sena happiness, like fitness, is something you can build.  He’s the author of "Solve for Happy'' and former Chief Business Officer of Google [X], and today he’s on a mission to teach the art and practice of happiness.  

 

Mo experienced a uniquely devastating event, the death of his son, it inspired in him a drive to understand the formula of happiness. Happiness, he says, follows a predictable equation.

 

"You can actually follow an algorithm, similar to the idea of if I eat healthy and work out I'll be fitter. If I make happiness, my priority, and do the work, I'll be happier."

 

This episode of Spartan Up podcast is brought to you by Headspace You deserve to feel happier, and Headspace is meditation made simple. Visit HEADSPACE.com/SPARTAN for a FREE one month trial with access to Headspace’s full library of meditations for every situation.

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https://www.solveforhappy.com/

 

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CREDITS:

Producer – Marion Abrams, Madmotion, llc.

Host: Joe De Sena 

Sefra Alexandra, Johnny Waite & Colonel Nye will be back soon, we miss them!



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Exercise is like the magic pill. You’ll get better sleep. You’re testosterone will go up. You’re going to look and feel better. All because of exercise, says Olympic wrestler Jake Herbert.  Host of the SpartanUp Combat Series Ryan Warner talks with Jake about:

 

-How to track personal growth in 2021. Jake uses a journaling routine called the 4 B’s to guide his personal growth tracking. 

-Why exercise is the magic pill

-Financial literacy for the new year

-Takeaways from the Russian philosophy of wrestling and how Jake uses these lessons for his own personal growth

 

Follow Jake:

Twitter: @Jakeherbert84

Instagram: @Jakeherbert84

Website:JakeHerbert.Com

 

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“If you want to identify your running inefficiencies, run naked” says ultra-marathon runner Patrick Sweeney, who talks with SpartanUp Podcast Endurance Series host Johnny Waite about how to become a minimalist runner.  In this episode you’ll learn:

 

-How Patrick developed a love for running in the sandals

-Why minimalist running improves your running form

-How running with sandals heightens your sense of awareness

-Why running naked will identify your running inefficiencies

-That running in sandals and running barefoot are tools to improve your running form

-The importance of listening to your body to prevent injuries

-The genesis story for Pat’s run from Huntington Beach to Boston - a 3,355 mile trek that took 114 days. 

 

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CREDITS:

Producer: Ryan Warner

Hosts: Johnny Waite

Sr Producer: Marion Abrams

 

© 2020 Spartan



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We've been telling you for YEARS to do hard things.  Today Joe De Sena, our show host and the founder and CEO of Spartan, asks neuroscientist, psychologist, and University Distinguished Professor, Dr. Lisa Feldman Barrett if we're right.

 

The author of "7 1/2 Lessons About the Brain" and "How Emotions are Made," explains how the brain reacts to stress. How to keep your brain snappy into old age. And how it is that doing hard things affects your mind and your body.

 

This episode of Spartan Up podcast is brought to you by Headspace You deserve to feel happier, and Headspace is meditation made simple. Visit HEADSPACE.com/SPARTAN for a FREE one month trial with access to Headspace’s full library of meditations for every situation.

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Lisa’s latest book https://lisafeldmanbarrett.com/books/seven-and-a-half-lessons-about-the-brain/

 

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CREDITS:

Producer – Marion Abrams, Madmotion, llc.

Host: Joe De Sena 

Sefra Alexandra, Johnny Waite & Colonel Nye will be back soon, we miss them!



© 2020 Spartan

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This interview is dedicated to our gracious, enthusiastic, and gone too soon series host Roy Wallack. Rest in peace.

“The best social security is to keep on riding.”
 
Tinker Juarez (@dtinker) is 59 years old and still rides 350 miles a week.  His consistency and dedication to training is the main focus of today’s episode.  La Ruta Series on the SpartanUp Podcast host Roy M. Wallack talks with Tinker about training secrets for those of us past our athletic primes.
 
In this episode you’ll learn: 
• Tinker’s weekly training regiment
• Why Tinker prefers training on a road bike
• Why he always includes climbing on his ‘hard days’
• A deep-dive on a Tinker’s nearly 3-hour riding workouts
• Tinker’s diet strategy for big races
 
Background: David "Tinker" Juarez is a 2x Olympian, former professional BMX racer and is one of the most decorated mountain bike racers of all time. Juarez got his start in BMX racing when he was just 16. For the next 10 years, built an impressive career in BMX, but then mountain biking pulled him in a different direction. Today, Juarez is still racing for Cannondale, his bike sponsor since 1994, and racing at the elite pro level most weekends of the season. 
 
Connect with Roy:
 
• Hear more about La Ruta, the world's hardest mountain-bike race, on Roy's Bike for Life Stories podcast: https://roywallack.wixsite.com/bikeforlifestories
• Read Roy’s book: Bike for Life: How to Ride to 100 and Beyond
 
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CREDITS:
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Host: Roy Wallack
Sr Producer: Marion Abrams
 
© 2020 Spartan




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One of the most decorated CrossFit athletes of all time - Sam Briggs - talks with Spartan Up podcast DEKA series hosts Jarog Cogswell and Yancy Culp about:

 

-Sam’s origin story and what being a firefighter has taught her about team building

-Why Sam participated in the Spartan Games

-The benefits of functional fitness, regardless of age

-When Sam takes on a new challenge, how does the evaluate the opportunity?

-How has Sam’s ‘why’ changed over the past decade?

-Spartan Games Day 2 recap

-Sam’s inspiration at a young age and her favorite CrossFit Games memory

 

Connect with Sam:

-Twitter: @BicepLikeBriggs

-Instagram: @BicepLikeBriggs

 

Sam's Career Highlights:

-2013 CrossFit Games Champion

-DEKA STRONG world record holder

-7x CrossFit Games qualifier

 

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CREDITS:

Producer: Ryan Warner

Host: Jarod Cogswell and Yancy Culp

Sr Producer: Marion Abrams

 

© 2020 Spartan



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Pain is inevitable, right?  But how do you distinguish between the pain you should push through and the pain that's a red flag?  Dr. Sean Pastuch, founder of Active Life RX, gives Joe De Sena his 4 rules for pain assessment. He also talks about the importance of seeking out and overcoming some kinds of pain in our life. When assessing pain Pastuch says there are four important terms you need to understand - Insult, Irritation, Pain and Injury.  Whether you're taking on a Spartan race or planning your workout understanding pain is critical to your growth.

 

This episode of Spartan Up podcast is brought to you by Headspace You deserve to feel happier, and Headspace is meditation made simple. Visit HEADSPACE.com/SPARTAN for a FREE one month trial with access to Headspace’s full library of meditations for every situation.

 

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CREDITS:

Producer – Marion Abrams, Madmotion, llc.

Host: Joe De Sena 

Sefra Alexandra, Johnny Waite & Colonel Nye will be back soon, we miss them!



© 2020 Spartan

 

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When you leave a high-paying job on Wall Street to fight MMA professionally in Peru. That’s the decision Rollie Peterkin (@rolliepeterkin - Twitter)  made - our guest on today’s episode of Combat on the SpartanUp Podcast - that would forever change his life.  Host Ryan Warner talks with Rollie about:

 

-Rollie’s college wrestling career at the University of Pennsylvania

-The breaking point that encouragee Rollie to move to Peru, leaving his Wall Street job behind

-How to acclimate to a new environment 

-What routines, tactics and tips helped Rollie embrace a life without the 9-5 routine

 

To learn more about Rollie,...

-Check out his book “The Cage: Escaping the American Dream” 

-Listen to his podcast, The Divergent Path

-Read Rollie’s blogs



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Imagine running the Chicago marathon and then running to New York - spanning 22 days - to compete in the NYC Marathon. That’s the kind of runner that Patrick Sweeney is and in this episode, he talks with Spartan Up Endurance Series host Johnny Waite about: 

 

-How he developed a love for running in the early days and what drew Patrick to long-distance running

-How Patrick chooses a race. Here’s a sneak peak - he uses the strength of community and the location.

-How to have a blast and still perform at a high level

-Burro racing and why Patrick is dabbling in this field of endurance

-How to prevent burnout 

-How to develop a sense of community while being injured



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CREDITS:

Producer: Ryan Warner

Hosts: Johnny Waite

Sr Producer: Marion Abrams

 

© 2020 Spartan



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He went to the DOJ. He testified to congress.  He went to the IRS. Instead of a "thank you," they threw him in jail!  But that wasn't the end of the story.  Next, the US Government awarded Bradley C Birkenfeld with over 100 million dollars. In fact, he holds the Guinness World Record for the largest payout by a government to a single individual! Sounds too crazy to be true?  Joe De Sena interviewed Birkenfeld, author of "Lucifer's Banker,"  back in September of 2019.  We just dug up the interview for you.

 

What do you think?  Was he right to do what he did?  Is he right about the reason he went to jail?

 

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CREDITS:

Producer – Marion Abrams, Madmotion, llc.

Host: Joe De Sena 

Sefra Alexandra, Johnny Waite & Colonel Nye will be back soon, we miss them!



© 2020 Spartan

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Meghan Hicks says “Don’t put on a race or don’t sponsor racers unless you are ready to sponsor women who perform at the same level as their male counterparts.” Hicks tells Spartan Up Podcast Trail Series host Mauri Pagliacci about how gender equality, sustainability and COVID can pose unique challenges trail running.

 

#1 - Meghan’s race adventures during Covid.  Meghan completed the Nolans 14, a run over the 14 summits over 14,000 ft. in Colorado's Sawatch Range.

 

#2 - Equality in trail racing.  Meghan talks about the challenges of ensuring male and female racers receive equal pay for equal performances and what we can do to help the cause.

 

#3 - Sustainability for the natural lands which bears host to trail races.  Meghan shares advice on how trail runners can practice sustainability. 

 

Background on Meghan Hicks: Meghan has ran over 60 trail races and ultras, and is the managing editor for IRunFar.com. She’s also the author of Where the Road Ends: A Guide to Trail Running and has set records at the Nolan’s 14 and won stages rages across the globe, such as the Marathon des Sables. If you want to learn more about Meghan, check out her work at IRunFar.Com, as well as her social accounts:

  • Instagram: @meghanmhicks
  • Twitter: @@MeghanHicks

 

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CREDITS:

Producer: Ryan Warner

Hosts: Mauri Pagliacci

Sr Producer: Marion Abrams

 

© 2020 Spartan



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“I chased the pain,” says mountain biking legend Tinker Juarez (@dtinkerj), who has spent nearly 40 years atop the world of cycling.  Spartan Up La Ruta series host Roy M. Wallack (@roywallack) - author of Bike for Life: How to Ride to 100 -  talks with Tinker about his career, how Tinker has achieved longevity in the sport and advice on how to grow your own career.  

 

In this episode you’ll learn: 

  • Firsthand, the early days of BMX and how mountain biking grew into a mainstream, extreme sport
  • Tinker’s transition from BMX to mountain biking
  • Tinker’s mindset of “chase the pain” and why it’s enabled him to have a sense of fulfillment in life
  • Why the transition to 24-hour races and how Tinker manages fear during a race

 

Background: David "Tinker" Juarez is a 2x Olympian, former professional BMX racer and is one of the most decorated mountain bike racers of all time. Juarez got his start in BMX racing when he was just 16. For the next 10 years, built an impressive career in BMX, but then mountain biking pulled him in a different direction. Today, Juarez is still racing for Cannondale, his bike sponsor since 1994, and racing at the elite pro level most weekends of the season. 

Hear more about La Ruta, the world's hardest mountain-bike race,  on Roy's Bike for Life Stories podcast: https://roywallack.wixsite.com/bikeforlifestories

 

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CREDITS:

Producer: Ryan Warner

Host: Roy Wallack

Sr Producer: Marion Abrams

 

© 2020 Spartan



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What defines you? Is it your origins? What you've overcome? What you've achieved? Who you are becoming? By any measure, Curt Maggitt is a champion. We met Curt, a former NFL Colts player, at the 2020 inaugural Spartan Games presented by Harley Davidson, where he launched out of his comfort zone tackling challenges ranging from Spartan courses and mountain biking to Deka fit and wrestling- all with a smile and an unrelenting drive.

Childhood wasn't easy, Curt's mother died when he was two leaving his father raised three children "I've always told myself, nothing I do in life will ever be hard compared to what my dad has done throughout his life."

In today's Spartan Up podcast Joe DeSena and Curt Maggitt talk about growing up in rough neighborhoods, about Curt's journey to the NFL, about the inaugural Spartan Games and what Curt thought of his fellow athletes, and about the MBA Curt was earning that very week.

 

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CREDITS:

Producer – Marion Abrams, Madmotion, llc.

Host: Joe De Sena 

Sefra Alexandra, Johnny Waite & Colonel Nye will be back soon, we miss them!



© 2020 Spartan

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