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Spartan Up! - A Spartan Race for the Mind!

Learn the Spartan mindset. Founder & CEO of Spartan Race and NY Times best-selling author, travels the globe seeking and answers authors, academics, athletes, adventurers, entrepreneurs, CEOs and thought leaders. It will shift your thinking, make you laugh and and give you the tools you need. He’s on a mission to find the secrets to success in all aspects of life. Not only does Joe interview epic people, he has brought together an amazing panel to break down and analyze every aspect of these interviews. We give you the ultimate blueprint and action steps to assimilating these powerful conversations into your own life.

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192: Luis Escobar | A Running Life

Luis Escobar has made a life around distance running. He has run with the Tarahumara who run as a way of life and with homeless people using running to get “back on their feet.” If his name sounds familiar, he’s also the ultrarunning photographer featured in Born to Run, by Chris McDougall. In this episode we ask him what it is about ultra running that draws him, about his trip to Copper Canyon, Mexico, about the Tarahumara, and about the obstacles we all face in life. Lessons: 1. Obstacles are what you see when you take your eyes off the goal.
 2. When it feels like it’s over and you get up and keep moving, that’s when the magic happens.
 3. People who still live steeped in tradition and culture and who don’t espouse material values are not poor. They often live a rich life. 
 Links: Back on My Feet https://www.backonmyfeet.org/ All We Do Is Run http://www.allwedoisrun.com/ Luis Escobar on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/luis_escobar/ This episode is brought to you by FOUR SIGMATIC. Join the mushroom coffee revolution and save 15% using promo code SPARTAN http://foursigmatic.com/spartan SUBSCRIBE: Apple Podcasts: http://bit.ly/SpartanUpShow 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, and Col. Tim Nye. Synopsis – Matt Baatz © 2018 Spartan

23mins

24 Apr 2018

Rank #1

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114: Col. Fellinger | Key Principles of Mental Resilience

With a military career spanning 26 years, retired Col. Fellinger has become a model of resilience and fitness. He asks that you bring him the hardest problems you have because he lives to overcome them. As he explains, it’s a process and one that can be practiced but not necessarily mastered. After all, if you’re not at least a little off balance, how are you challenging yourself and growing stronger? Joe and he discuss the most vital element to fitness--building mental strength through motivation, risk taking, mental agility and mental resilience. Lessons:     1.    Remember the French Paratrooper’s Prayer (to paraphrase): Give me Lord what others don’t want, uncertainty, doubt, torment and battle, but also the courage, the  energy and spirit to face them.     2.    To stay motivated take the first step and you will soon create irreversible momentum, inertia that will take on a life of it’s own.     3.    Build mental resilience through facing challenges you didn’t anticipate and generalizing the resultant confidence throughout your life.

25mins

25 Oct 2016

Rank #2

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185: Marla Sweeney and Amelia Boone teach you to crush your excuses

At age 70 she tried her first Spartan Race. At seventy two years old, 16.7 miles, five thousand feet of climbing at nearly two miles above sea level, she crossed the Lake Tahoe Spartan Race Championship finish line. For Marla Sweeney, this was the twenty third time in almost as many months of crossing that line. She started this endeavor while still managing pain from a head on car accident. Is that inspiring enough for you? Marla doesn’t consider herself special and will crush all your excuses. We celebrate her and all other strong women on International Women’s Day on March 8th! Lessons: 1. Compartmentalize. Find a way to break down big goals in tiny ones and tick them off one by one. Repeat.
 2. There’s always a way to adapt but you won’t find it sitting down.
 3. Get your whole family involved. You’ll strengthen bonds and have a support system. 
 SUBSCRIBE: Apple Podcasts: http://bit.ly/SpartanUpShow YouTube: http://bit.ly/SpartanUpYT Google Play: http://bit.ly/SpartanUpPlay http://spartan.com/185 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, and Col. Tim Nye AND guest host this week Amelia Boone Synopsis – Matt Baatz © 2018 Spartan

34mins

6 Mar 2018

Rank #3

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075: Dandapani | This Monk’s Success Secret

What could Dandapani, a Hindu monk turned adviser to entrepreneurs, have to offer to a world seemingly far removed from the monastic life? Plenty it turns out. Through his practice he has come to personify the calm in the midst of the storm, and if there is one way of being that would be a boon in the tumultuous climate of the business world, this would have to be it. Calm reflection is the key to creating positive habits of the mind and Dandapani has mastered this in his many years of practice. He has built a solid foundation of wisdom which he will touch on in this week’s podcast.Lessons:    1.    Motivation requires a lot of energy, therefore it is important to let go of the things that drain your energy including negative media, tv, toxic friends and sometimes even family.    2.    One of the greatest gifts you can provide yourself is taking a few moments each day to clarify your direction in life; once you do that, you can overcome almost every obstacle.    3.    Use positive affirmations to shape and change your mind in order to attract good things into your life.

32mins

2 Feb 2016

Rank #4

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209: Joe and Jason Treu | What is REALLY holding you back?

Find out why Joe De Sena calls this executive coach, the Human Whisperer. Jason helps people to gain self-awareness, to discover blind spots and identify past traumas that are hindering that leap from being a 1 billion dollar company to a 5 billion dollar company. What simple adjustments can you make in your life and in your corporations to stop living in peaks and valleys? Here are some “recipes and anecdotes to avoid rock bottom,” and realize your true potential. LESSONS: Ask others to rate your relationships with them on a scale from 1-10 Note your external vs. internal scoreboard Listening is as important as being heard Try talking last in a meeting Share, open up and interact with people Trace back to time you didn’t feel “enough,” understand it. Ask yourself, when your doing anything, why you’re doing it? Get to “emotional core,” stop hiding, ask questions The only bad workout is the one you don’t do Take a leap of faith in your life This episode of “Spartan Up!” is sponsored by Athletic Greens. Get 20 travel packs free when you order at https://athleticgreens.com/spartan TIME STAMPS: 0:00 Hosts intro 1:25 Interview begins 3:00 how to go from millions to billions 3:45 what do you do at rock bottom 4:45 how to be vulnerable as a CEO 6:20 phases of being broken as part of life 8:30 sustaining new patterns 9:45 how do you shift a paradigm 10:30 breaking bad eating habit patterns 16:00 recipes and anecdotes to avoid rock bottom 18:00 why Joe does burpees 23:20 Sefra, Johnny, Col. Nye and Joe De Sena LINKS: More about Jason https://jasontreu.com/ His Book https://www.amazon.com/Social-Wealth-Extraordinary-Relationships-Transforming-ebook/dp/B00N9CA1QY) SUBSCRIBE: Apple Podcasts: http://bit.ly/SpartanUpShow 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, and Col. Tim Nye. Synopsis – Sefra Alexandra © 2018 Spartan

29mins

21 Aug 2018

Rank #5

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246: Kelly Leveque | Be Well By Kelly and the Fab 4

Kelly is a self made wellness guru, founder of Be Well by Kelly, who based her premise on a simple concept - design your plate with the fab four: protein, healthy fats, fiber and leafy greens. See how she took what started as a side hustle between her day job to becoming one of the most recognized nutritionists to the superstars. Learn what your cravings are really telling you and a bit of science behind what will make you “Be Well” & Spartan strong. Bonus is Courtney De Sena joins our “fab four” crew this week as the guest host! LESSONS Cleanse the extra clutter in your life - work to minimize your “stuff” Learn the science of health to be self motivated It takes knowledge to make wellness a lifestyle Design your plate to have protein, fiber, healthy fats & leafy greens If your passionate about something- start a side hustle! Push forward every single day Work out hard & meditating are modalities for relaxation This episode of Spartan Up! is brought to you by Tiger Balm Active. Trust Tiger Balm Active for proven pain relief. Get new Tiger Balm Active in Gel, Rub and convenient Spray. https://tigerbalm.us/ LINKS Be Well By Kelly https://bewellbykelly.com/ Kelly’s newest book “Body Love Every Day: Choose Your Life-Changing 21-Day Path to Food Freedom (The Body Love Series)” https://www.amazon.com/Body-Love-Every-Kelly-LeVeque/dp/0062870807 TIME STAMPS 0:00 Joe De Sena, Sefra Alexandra, Johnny Waite & Guest Host COURTNEY DE SENA ! Introduce this week’s episode 1:33 Tiger Balm Active intro 1:58 Interview with Kelly begins with her upbringing 3:30 Learning to be resilient 4:30 A large family & learning the hustle 6:30 The lightness of minimalism 8:00 Learning the science to self motivate 9:00 Tiger Balm Active Break www.tigerbalm.com/us 12:00 Be Well By Kelly- starting it as a side hustle 13:30 A unique way of getting a book deal 15:00 What cravings really are 16:30 designing your plate with the fab four 18:30 get rid of the sugar 22:20 The panel with guest host COURTNEY DE SENA discuss Kelly’s tips. 27:00 Tiger Balm Active close SUBSCRIBE: Apple Podcasts: http://bit.ly/SpartanUpShow 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, Sefra Alexandra, Johnny Waite & Guest Host COURTNEY DE SENA ! Synopsis – Sefra Alexandra Production Assistant - Andrea Hagarty © 2019 Spartan

27mins

7 May 2019

Rank #6

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184: Steve Lulek wilderness survival instructor and guide

Want to find your purpose? Go outside! That’s the sage advice from Steve Lulek, wilderness survival expert and adventure guide. Are we meant to live the bulk of our lives cloistered in cubicles, driving in steel boxes and staring at screens? How can we reverse these cultural norms in order to reconnect to the outdoors and ourselves in the process? This week Joe and Steve explore our true natures.  Lessons: 1. When you find who you are, it’s easy to let go of the things that don’t fit.
 2. Reframe adverse outdoor conditions into something to enhance the adventure.  There’s no excuse not to go outside.
 3. Feel overwhelmed? Sit silent in nature and observe to reground yourself.  Links: Green Mountain Rock Climbing http://www.vermontadventuretours.com/ This episode is brought to you by FOUR SIGMATIC.  Join the mushroom coffee revolution and save 15% using promo code SPARTAN www.foursigmatic.com/spartan SUBSCRIBE: Apple Podcasts: http://bit.ly/SpartanUpShow 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, and Col. Tim Nye. Synopsis – Matt Baatz © 2018 Spartan

25mins

27 Feb 2018

Rank #7

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191: Mark Rampolla | Coconuts, Fear and Entrepreneurship

What’s the connection between Mark Rampolla, Joe De Sena & Coconut water? It begins with dysentery, giardia and an ultra race in Fiji. Joe experienced all three and coconut water saved him.  Mark Rampolla, founder of Zico, was introduced to coconut water in the Peace Corps and Coconut water changed his life too when he decided it would be the vehicle for his next chapter in life.  Why coconut water? In this episode hear how he found his true north, stayed the course, and about the natural power of coconut water. Is it possible to create a life that includes great family, a successful business and a positive impact on the world? Let us know what you think after this episode.What’s the connection between Mark Rampolla, Joe De Sena & Coconut water? It begins with dysentery, giardia and an ultra race in Fiji. Joe experienced all three and coconut water saved him.  Mark Rampolla, founder of Zico, was introduced to coconut water in the Peace Corps and Coconut water changed his life too when he decided it would be the vehicle for his next chapter in life.  Why coconut water? In this episode hear how he found his true north, stayed the course, and about the natural power of coconut water. Is it possible to create a life that includes great family, a successful business and a positive impact on the world? Let us know what you think after this episode. Lessons: 1. If you’re doing something you love, making a positive impact on the world and meeting your definition of success, then you a win.
 2. Burn your ships: when you’re doing something big, don’t allow a way to back out. 3. To overcome fear write your limiting beliefs down then refute them one by one.
 Links: Mark Rampolla & PowerPlant Ventures http://powerplantvc.com/about/mark-rampolla/“High-Hanging Fruit” by Mark Rampolla https://www.amazon.com/High-Hanging-Fruit-Build-Something-Great/dp/0399562125Zico http://zico.com/get-to-know-us/ This episode is brought to you by AfterShokz open-ear headphones. Visithttp://spartan.aftershokz.com/ for $30 off a wireless pair.  SUBSCRIBE: Apple Podcasts: http://bit.ly/SpartanUpShow 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, and Col. Tim Nye. Synopsis – Matt Baatz © 2018 Spartan

29mins

17 Apr 2018

Rank #8

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234: Dr. Jeff Karp | Problem-Solving Skills from the Bio-Tech Industry

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/ This episode of Spartan Up is sponsored by Elevate Hemp. Elevate Hemp Extract Cream in both Heat and Cool Therapy options deliver muscle pain and relief as it targets your body's muscle and cannabinoid receptors. Elevate your Life! Get 15% off your purchase at checkout when you use code SPARTAN15 at https://elevatehemp.com/shop/ 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 SUBSCRIBE: Apple Podcasts: http://bit.ly/SpartanUpShow 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, 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

35mins

12 Feb 2019

Rank #9

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019: Mark Divine | How to Manage Your Mind

Mark Divine opened SEAL Fit, a Navy SEAL preparation center, in response to the stark proposition candidates faced: Ninety percent will fail if left to their own devices. Fortunately Divine has the key for bolstering their mental toughness and dramatically increasing their odds for success. He took the same journey himself after upheaving a stable but miserable career as a CPA. What he found along the way defies stereotypes. According to Divine, philosophies similar to those of gentle spirits such as the Dalai Lama and Eckhart Tolle are a more effective way to grit than those of the average drill sergeant.Watch the video episode at http://spartanuppodcast.com    Lessons:1. The human spirit soars when it's challenged.2. Life is made up of the small choices you make from moment to moment, rarely the big ones.3. The essence of mental toughness is to notice when you unconsciously make the wrong choices.4. The most important lesson for mental toughness is to know your "why."Panel Notes:Joe Desena: He looks exactly like the Navy Seal in the movie Captain Phillips that helps take out the pirates. I  am not so sure it wasn't him. Great guy, great friend that was a Seal and wrote to talk about it, but not in a way that upsets the military. He writes to help all of us develop an unbeatable mind.Col. Nye: SEAL Fit Sauna. Always know your why.  Must be disciplined.  Inspirational fitness guru and bona fide hero.  Holistic view of fitness, body, mind and spirit.  He is there to teach resilience and toughness.Sefra Alexandra: “SealFit develops warriors of all walks of life in elite-level fitness, awareness, durability and longevity. We thrive on cultivating the “Kokoro” (warrior) spirit in our clients, helping them be unbeatable in life.”We as a culture have much to learn from the Navy SEALS and Special Operations/ veterans community at large in terms of physicality, strategy and endurance. My twin brother runs a similar venture- Tactivate - to bridge the gap between the skill sets of special operations x entrepreneurship.SEALFIT Values:Loyalty – to our family and our teamService – to others before selfHonor and integrity – in public as well as in privateLeadership and followership – we must be good at both to be effective at anythingResponsibility – we take it for both our actions and those of our teammatesDiscipline – the only easy day was yesterdayInnovation – adapt, improvise and overcomeJohnny Waite: This one is all about how to teach grit. A former Navy Seal, who now operates SealFit; he knows what it takes to develop physical and mental toughness.

35mins

17 Feb 2015

Rank #10

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Ben Greenfield & Joe De Sena | Your Body is a BATTERY

Ben Greenfield is a longtime friend of the Spartan community and is one of the most well recognized and respected names in the health, fitness & nutrition sectors. On this episode of Spartan Up podcast Joe De Sena sits down with him at Spartan Media Fest by ATP Science in Tahoe. Ben “is a biohacker, human body and brain performance coach, ex-bodybuilder, Ironman triathlete, professional Spartan athlete, anti-aging consultant, speaker and author of the New York Times Bestseller “Beyond Training: Mastering Endurance, Health and Life.”” They discuss his methodology “unschooling” his children with his wife, the great learning opportunities in building Fort Chipmunk, the latest science and trends in biohacking, and his daily routine and the core practices he incorporates. If you want to learn the science behind the trends you hear about - he is your guy! (also you get to see he & Joe kiss!). LESSONS Be able to creatively adapt & create Find your passion & let free play emerge Model as a parent the tactics you want your kids to learn Learn how to soak, sprout & ferment your food properly to get optimal nutrition Expose your body to mild stressors to build strength Support the natural morning cortisol rise Understand your reactive verse productive work Your body is a battery: keep it charged! Grounding, earthing, light, heat, cold & hydration every day! This episode is brought to you by www.TRUEFORMRUNNER.com LINKS https://bengreenfieldfitness.com https://getkion.com TIME STAMPS 0:00 Joe & Sefra welcome Ben back to the podcast 1:20 this episode brought to you by TRUEFORMRUNNER.com 1:45 Interview begins with a kiss 2:45 Building company, writing books & coaching others 3:20 Ft. Chipmunk & kids being homeschooled: experiential learning 5:30 Ability to pivot with skill sets 6:15 Unschooling curriculum: identify & support passions 7:35 Parenting: be a model and mentor for your kids 9:15 Socialization for homeschooled children 10:40 Traveling for work as an ancient male archetype 12:30 Biohacking update: “grinders & wet-wear” 13:20 Peptides & amino acid sequences 14:45 TRUEFORMRUNNER.COM Break 16:25 Episode returns with lectins (plants defense mechanisms) 18:15 Learn proper food prep to gain full nutritional benefit 19:45 Benefits of foraging to make your gut stronger 20:45 Ben’s “perfect day” schedule: starting with breathing, gratitude & oil pulling 24:25 “Eating the frog” & when to do the hard workout in your day 26:00 Circadian rhythms in relation to eating, sleeping & family dinners 27:30 Supporting natural cortisol rise in the morning 28:15 Science of the sauna & cold plunge 29:35 Mammalian dive reflex, nerve tone & fight/ flight mechanisms 30:55 reactive verse productive work & a 20 minute nap 32:00 pure family time 33:15 Your body is a battery 34:30 Sefra & Joe discuss the download from Ben 40:30 TRUEFORMRUNNER.COM close SUBSCRIBE: Apple Podcasts: http://bit.ly/SpartanUpShow 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 & Sefra Alexandra Dr. Johnny Waite & Col. Nye are off on a biohacking expedition ! Synopsis – Sefra Alexandra | Seed Huntress Production Assistant - Andrea Hagarty © 2019 Spartan

40mins

19 Nov 2019

Rank #11

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225: KWAME CHRISTIAN |The Art of Negotiation

Kwame Christian, Director of the American Negotiation Institute, says any time two people are in a conversation and one of them wants something it’s a negotiation. The best things in life often lie on the other side of difficult conversations. We are negotiating all the time!  In this interview, he shares a series of tools to help you negotiate anything, then puts Joe through a negotiation sparring session to demonstrate. Kwame believes using “compassionate curiosity” and understand the value of relationships, the importance of deep listening and questioning are the true art of negotiating. Stay tuned to the end of the conversation for the tools he recommends to  “channel your inner unreasonable person” and win the day. As an added bonus, if you watch on YouTube you’ll get to see Col. Nye behind the wheel for this on the move interview. LESSONS: Learn to recognize when you are negotiating. Get CURIOUS to see what is going to get the deal done. The person asking the questions is controlling the conversation, not the person talking. LISTEN. Have compassion. Understand the value of building relationships. Use negotiating as a brainstorming session to solve problems. LINKS: American Negotiation Institute http://americannegotiationinstitute.com “Nobody Will Play With Me: How To Use Compassionate Curiosity to Find Confidence in Conflict”  https://amzn.to/2Eo6wNx This episode of Spartan Up is brought to you by FitAid. Race dirty, recover clean with FitAid. Visit FORTHEFITAID.com and sign up to win an amazing Grand Prize package from FitAid and Spartan, monthly Spartan prize packs, and more! FITAID – Recovery for YOUR active lifestyle. TIME STAMPS 1:40 FORTHEFITAID.COM 2:17 Interview begins - careful the Col. is behind the wheel ;) 6:00 Tips and tricks for negotiating   7:30 Negotiation practice - Sparring session 9:00 Compassionate curiosity 11:30 The role of ego in winning/ losing 11:48 FITAID Break 14:04 Interview continues :A negotiation step by step 17:32 Brainstorming to solve problems 19:00 Three key skills explained: Pace, direction & framing 24:25 Sefra, Dr.L, Joe & Johnny discuss interview SUBSCRIBE: Apple Podcasts: http://bit.ly/SpartanUpShow 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 & Dr. L Synopsis – Sefra Alexandra Production Assistant - Andrea Hagarty © 2018 Spartan

32mins

11 Dec 2018

Rank #12

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125: Jon Levy | How to Live a More Adventurous Life

Behavioral scientist & expert on adventure, Jon Levy knows what makes Spartans tick. He wrote a book about it, The 2AM Principle: Discover the Science of Adventure.  A big reason why people undertake challenges outside their comfort zone is to reach flow state, a zen like sense of timelessness, total absorption in an activity, and sense of mastery. The IKEA effect, loving an activity according to the amount of effort you invested in it, also explains how Spartans are made. But the real gift of adventure, Levy explains, is it’s transformative power. In this episode, Levy explains how to live a fun and exciting life and gain success in the process. Lessons:     1.    Say yes to experiences.     2.    Do something a little outside your comfort zone to help induce a state of flow.     3.    Take advantage of the winner effect by getting some easy victories and building momentum for larger challenges. CREDITS Producer – Marion Abrams, Madmotion, llc. Hosts: Joe De Sena with Johnny Waite, Sefra Alexandra, Col. Tim Nye, Dr. Delle & David Deluca Synopsis – Matt Baatz © 2017 Spartan

27mins

10 Jan 2017

Rank #13

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056: Tim Ferriss | Techniques for Better Life

As one might expect from the author of the “Four Hour Work Week,” Tim Ferriss has a solid, well established routine. He awakes, meditates, exercises, journals, blocks off four hours for creative work, then frees himself for meetings and phone calls. This well balanced approach has taken him far.  When the inevitable drudging task comes around he slogs himself through it by building momentum with “Scooby snacks,” short, fun activities preceding the boring ones.  From the start of this interview it quickly becomes apparent that Ferris is a wellspring of great advice for anyone who is aiming to build a successful business or life.Lessons:    1.    Narrow things down to one or two things to focus on daily.    2.    Volunteer for great organizations then go the extra mile to stand out.     3.    Find a small but fast growing company to work for and observe the deal makers at work. Note the kind of questions they ask to get ahead. Example: “I know its impossible, but if there was a way to make it work, what would it be?”    4.    When things start going well in business, to maintain focus, separate the great opportunities from the potentially overwhelming number of good ones. Ask yourself, what it the one step that will make all the others irrelevant.

28mins

29 Sep 2015

Rank #14

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A Spartan's guide to facing crisis & COVID-19 - Be safe, strong & productive

Advice from 20 EXPERTS in medicine, mindset, food, business and mindfulness. To the Spartan Community, globally we are facing an obstacle like never before and never has it been more important to remember and implement all the resiliency lessons we have learned over the five years of doing this podcast. In this special episode we check back in with experts across the fields of physical, mental and medical wellness to give you the best tools for your toolbox to accept and adapt to this challenge. The overarching message is to stay informed, but still stay productive! Do the projects you have been putting off, celebrate this time with family and loved ones, harness new skills like cooking at home or designing your own home workout routine.  These experts have excellent advice that will give you great strategies to implement a healthy and productive response to this pandemic. Don’t be scared be prepared! And don’t forget to breathe!  EXPERTS FEATURED ON THIS EPISODE:  Dr. Paul Kilgore,(Quantitative-Health) Jonny Waite, Anthony Trucks (Identity Shift), Mike Bledsoe (The Strong Coach), Sarah Lipton (Genuine), Dr. Lara Pence (Chief Mind Doc & Licensed Clinical Psychologist), Katie Jones (Food Heroes Podcast),Joe Polish (Genius Network), Ben Greenfield, Dr Danielle Roberts,MD, Dr. Jen Welter (First female NFL coach), Brian Johnson (Optimize), Sefra Alexandra, Anders Varner (Barbell Shrugged), Zach Even-Esh, Shana Lee (The Soul Frequency), Laura Gassner Otting (limitless), and Charlie Engle.  Obstacle immunity is a credo of this community and together we will adapt and overcome! Help each other, protect yourself and Wash Those Hands!  Thank you for listening, to Charlotte Miles for recording a message from Joe desena in Sparta Greece and to Carrie from Yaya podcasting for help with the edit. Thank you also to the experts whose tips we were not able to get into this episode and to all of you for listening and doing your part.  Let us know what you think, should we do more episodes like this? We’re easy to find on twitter @SpartanUpPod and instagram at @SpartanUpPodcast SUBSCRIBE: Apple Podcasts: http://bit.ly/SpartanUpShow 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. Field Recording - Charlotte Miles Additional Audio Editing - Carrie from YaYa Podcasting Host: Joe De Sena, Colonel Nye, Dr. Johnny Waite & Sefra Alexandra are doing immunity burpees & washing their hands :)    Synopsis – Sefra Alexandra | Seed Huntress  Production Assistant - Andrea Hagarty © 2020 Spartan

45mins

13 Mar 2020

Rank #15

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Define Your Ethos // SPARTAN COMBAT ep 001

Learn how to build and define your personal philosophy with the Iron Cowboy, James Lawrence. James completed 50 Ironman distance races in 50 states in 50 days.  As a kid, James wrestled throughout high school and into college before embarking on a life as a world-renowned ultra-distance athlete.   Find out more at https://spartancombat.com/ SUBSCRIBE: Apple Podcasts: http://bit.ly/SpartanUpShow YouTube: http://bit.ly/SpartanUpYT Google Play: http://bit.ly/SpartanUpPlay FOLLOW US: Spartan Combat: https://www.instagram.com/spartancombat/ Spartan Up on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/spartanuppodcast/ Spartan Up on Twitter https://twitter.com/SpartanUpPod © 2020 Spartan

37mins

18 Apr 2020

Rank #16

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213: Samurai is service - Claudio Alessi and the Martial Arts Mindset

What does it take to mentally conquer any challenge? This week Claudio Alessi, a man with a seemingly endless list of championships and achievements, tells Joe that all of it boils down to service.  Joe Desena talk with the Swiss Ski team’s team mental coach who has over 50 years of martial arts training and is a 7 time world champion - he even won the Arm Wrestling World Cup in 1996. The principles and tactics he’s learned he adapted to create mental and biomechanics martial arts training for people with disabilities to conquer their goals. If you want results you need to balance your mental and physical and most importantly have passion! And whatever your goal - just start NOW. LESSONS: Balance the mental and physical aspects of your life You must have passion to have results Align your mentality with your challenge It’s all about perseverance, KEEP GOING! Set a target and go for it, then surpass it If you believe in yourself, it’s all possible If you have an objective, start NOW Do something bigger than you Give without expecting anything back Become one with the elements of the earth to be strong: move with them Teeter has a special offer just for our listeners. Get the Teeter with bonus accessories and a FREE pair of Gravity Boots by going to https://teeter.com/spartan/ TIME STAMPS: 0:00 Intro: listen overcome the obstacles of your mind! 0:18 Johnny Waite, Col. Nye, Sefra the Seed Huntress and Joe Desena introduce this week’s guest 2:00 Martial arts as a balance between the mental and the physical 3:00 How to teach people with handicaps to use martial art skills in everyday function 5:20 How to conquer any challenge 6:00 How to put your mentality to the race 7:45 Advice from the mental coach of the Swiss Olympic Ski Team 8:12 Teeter Break 10:47 More of the interview with Claudio Alessi 11:00 What it takes to persevere 12:35 Believe and it is possible 13:50 Becoming part of nature and the elements 14:30 Synchronize with the earth to be strong 18:48 Johnny Waite, Col. Nye, Sefra the Seed Huntress and Joe Desena discuss the interview SUBSCRIBE: Apple Podcasts: http://bit.ly/SpartanUpShow 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, and Col. Tim Nye. Synopsis – Sefra Alexandra Production Assistant - Andrea Hagarty © 2018 Spartan

24mins

18 Sep 2018

Rank #17

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071: Chris Kresser | The Most Important Thing

No one should ever wish tragedy into their own or other’s lives, but it has the potential to lead to some incredibly beneficial life changes. Chris Kresser transformed a decade long struggle with a rare chronic disease into something that benefits society. He was able to restore himself to health and is now doing the same for others. His main piece of advice, “eat real food,” is deceptively simple until you look at the food trends in American culture and realize that the majority of the people the majority of the time are doing no such thing. It may be the single most important thing you can do for your well being. Kresser explains why.Lessons:    1.    To stay focused, create a pointed mission in life; do everything that delivers you towards that mission, eliminate those things that don’t.    2.    In order to accomplish your goals, you have to be a whole person: if you don’t optimize your physical and mental well being, then you’re not much help to others.    3.    Eat real food. Maximize nutrient dense whole foods and minimize those that come from a box, bag or can or use sugar, white flour or seed oils.

28mins

5 Jan 2016

Rank #18

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Naval Ravikant and Joe De Sena - It’s All About Your Desires says Angel List Founder Naval Ravikant

Naval tells Joe De Sena It all boils down to desire. Is it possible to tame your monkey mind ever distracted by desires and pleasures that only soothe you in the short term? Naval Ravikant, the founder of Angel List, says to reach a true sense of happiness, it is not only possible but necessary.  Ravikant explains how to find your true calling and why doing so gifs you the upper hand in any business or personal venture. You become unbeatable. Success may involve years of hard work, but paradoxically, not much struggle. Instead it’s about a quest for flow. How can we tap into that flow? Ravikant will show you how.   Lessons: 1. If you want to be the best, you need to pick one thing to be the best at. 2. The ones who succeed are the ones who are irrationally passionate about what they’re doing.
 3. Happiness is the sense that nothing is missing in this moment. 
 Link: AngelList https://angel.co/ Naval on Twitter https://twitter.com/naval Naval on Tim Ferriss https://tim.blog/2015/08/18/the-evolutionary-angel-naval-ravikant/ 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

20mins

8 Aug 2017

Rank #19

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241: Charlie Rocket | From 300lb CEO to Nike Athlete // INTERVIEW

Joe DeSena interviews Charlie Rocket at the Fenway Park Spartan Race.  “CEO Charlie” was successful in business, he managed the artist 2 Chainz to a Grammy! But he found himself overweight and seriously ill with a brain tumor, none of that so-called success mattered anymore. Charlie made a massive pivot from “CEO Charlie” to “Charlie Rocket!” In an honest, human and incredibly energetic and optimistic way Charlie Rocket is sharing his journey. Everyone told him it was impossible, but he’s now a Nike sponsored Athlete. Charlie Rocket is unstoppable, or as he says “I’m on a WINNING STREEAAAK!!” We recorded this interview in November, and Charlie’s been killing it since then! LESSONS Call yourself the person you want to become Believe it’s going to be easy, even through the hard parts Train like an 8-year old (full of fun!!) Even water, if it’s still too long, begins to stink! Walk your walk This episode of Spartan Up! is brought to you by Tiger Balm Active. Trust Tiger Balm Active for proven pain relief. Get new Tiger Balm Active in Gel, Rub and convenient Spray. https://tigerbalm.us/ LINKS Charlie Rocket https://www.charliejabaley.com/ TIME STAMPS 0:00 Joe, Sefra. Col. Nye & Guest host retired Sgt. Major Frank Grippe introduce the episode 1:15 Tiger Balm Active intro 1:45 Interview begins with Charlie Rocket 3:20 Why he became CEO Charlie 5:00 Why he became an athlete 6:45 How he got to work with Nike 9:00 Tiger Balm Active Break 10:15 31 Habits of Healthy Spartans: Who you are when no one else is looking 11:40 Back to Charlie Rocket and Joe Kettlebell (with Spartan Tea) 13:20 “The Life and Death of CEO Charlie” 14:50 What does it mean to train like an 8-year-old 17:10 Joe, Sefra. Col. Nye & Guest host retired Sgt. Major Frank Grippe discuss how to integrate Charlie Rockets lessons into your daily routine 22:35 Tiger Balm Active Close SUBSCRIBE: Apple Podcasts: http://bit.ly/SpartanUpShow 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, Colonel Nye & Sefra Alexandra, Guest host retired Sgt. Major Frank Grippe (Johnny Waite is producing Spartan Races in Asia ) Synopsis – Sefra Alexandra Production Assistant - Andrea Hagarty © 2019 Spartan

23mins

2 Apr 2019

Rank #20