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Spartan Up!: A Take-No-Prisoners Guide to Overcoming Obstacles and Achieving Peak Performance in Life [Anglais] [Broché]

Joe De Sena

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22 mai 2014
When Joe De Sena took part in the Utatek endurance race, held in Quebec in the middle of winter, he had to cover 350 desolate, frozen miles by iceboat, skis and mountain bike, hiking through knee-deep snow or climbing icy mountains without a rope. When he explained to people what he had done, they said he was stupid or suicidal. He saw it another way: he had accomplished more than he ever knew was possible. Taking on big challenges shows you possibilities you didn't know existed.
With that experience in mind, De Sena set up Spartan Races, a series of extreme obstacle events. Whether over three miles or marathon distances, competitors are faced with a series of challenges, from crawling through mud under barbed wire to carrying a heavy sandbag, to push them beyond their limits. De Sena shows how with a simple philosophy - commit to a goal, put in the work, and get it done - people can achieve remarkable things. Whether you are up for the challenge yourself, or just want to learn more about life at the extremes, this book is for you.

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"Joe DeSena is the real deal. His stories are believable, because his achievements and accomplishments are genuine. In Spartan Up! Joe delivers his message with the insight and candor that only an individual who has lived through such experiences can. A must read for anyone looking to take his performance to the next level, be it in athletics or in life." – Dean Karnazes, ultramarathoner and New York Times bestselling author of Ultra Marathon Man

"Have you ever wanted to be more, been stuck in a funk or simply wanted make life poignant? Look no further because Spartan Up! is your catalyst. Loaded with real life inspiration and lessons, Joe De Sena uses his supercharged success in life, business and sports to deliver the nuggets. This is an easy and juicy read; succinct, powerful and relevant." – Ian Adamson, world champion adventure racer and author of The Runner’s World Guide to Adventure Racing

"If there's anyone out there who has taken extreme to a new level, its Joe De Sena – in adventure racing, in business, and ultimately in the business of adventure!  Spartan Up! is must-read."  –Robyn Benincasa, world champion adventure racer and New York Times bestselling author of How Winning Works

"Joe De Sena is the real deal in endurance sports and Obstacle Racing. Spartan Up! will guide you to train your body and mind for the arduous Spartan Race - while also giving you very practical insights to perform at your peak in all areas of your life." – Mark Divine, founder, SEALFIT and author of The Way of the SEAL and Unbeatable Mind

"Two words describe Joe De Sena and Spartan Up!.... Game Changer! Read this book and you will dramatically transform the way you think, lead, work, and live. This is the ultimate resource for personal and professional transformation. Spartan Up gives you an actionable blueprint to go beyond just adapting and surviving to excelling and thriving. If success is your goal, whether you're a Navy SEAL, Wall Street Exec, homemaker, teacher or doctor, you need this book." -- John Brubaker, world renowned performance consultant and author of The Coach Approach: Success Strategies From The Locker Room To The Board Room

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'A must-read for anyone looking to take his performance to the next level, be it in athletics or in life,' Dean Karnazes, author of Ultra Marathon Man
Twenty-six point two miles isn't enough anymore. Obstacle course racing, which combines the endurance challenges of a marathon with the mind-bending rigours of overcoming obstacles along the way, is taking the world by storm. At the centre of this phenomenon is Joe De Sena, the driving force behind the hugely popular Spartan Race. He offers a simple philosophy: commit to a goal, put in the work and get it done.
Now in Spartan Up! De Sena gives you a life strategy that takes you out of your comfort zone and into a combat zone. Filled with the unforgettable stories of Spartan racers, as well as hard-won truths learned along the way, this book will help anyone to reach their full potential.
'If there's anyone out there who's taken extreme to a new level, it's Joe De Sena,' Robyn Benincasa, author of How Winning Works

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Remedy for What Ails Us Today 26 mars 2014
Par C. Richard - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This book wasn't quite what I expected, but I learned a lot from it. Life can be like that - and I think it is fair to say that this is one theme in the book. Funny how that happened.

Oddly enough, as I write this, my wife is watching the New York Housewives on TV, and two of them are running a Spartan Race. Quite a coincidence, given that these races are the backdrop for the book. One of the women did not enjoy the experience. Her husband tried to explain the point of what they did, but she didn't get it.

I had never heard of Spartan races before reading this book. Think a race through an obstacle course from hell, and you'll get the picture. Big, unexpected challenges.

The point of these races seems to be to push the runners hard and teach them something about life in the process - in a word, how to overcome. Or maybe, it's better to say that they teach people something about how life really is/should be, as opposed to the "fake" one that today's society has created/imposed upon us (or most of us). Doing the seeming impossible is possible if one applies the Spartan "way".

The book is critical of how children are coddled today, even to the point of being given prizes for showing up to a competition, whether they win of lose. I'm in my 50's, and this is certainly not how it was when I was a kid - what happened? Is there any wonder why kids grow up so "entitled" now? A rude awakening is the result. Bad all around.

There is also criticism of many aspects of modern life. Too much electronics, too much bad food, not enough exercise, etc. No argument here. I made some changes in my life regarding all this recently and am happy with the results.

As an aside, I have to say that the 3-D effect on the cover was very cool. Not sure how they did it.

Overall, I liked the book very much. It made many great points. The writing was very good and kept me interested. Better than many books I've read lately.

I didn't like that the book seemed a bit too much about the Spartan Races/the physical and not enough about what to do with the lessons learned. It might have been a bit more balanced if the book went into other difficult challenges that might teach the same lessons, and that spiritual challenges might get you there as well. Did I miss any of this in the book? Maybe it was there, but didn't seem to be very directly there if so. To me, the real point of pushing yourself so hard physically with a Spartan Race is to have a transforming "spiritual" experience or put yourself on the road to having one - in fairness, the book did seem to go there indirectly, but I didn't see it go there directly, which I think it should have.

In any case, I think this book provides a path for "shock therapy" for what ails us as a society today. Might not work for everyone without a lot of preparation - you do have to be pretty tough to take this path - but I think it would get results.

Would I try it? Hmm... I guess we'll have to wait and see. :)

Read the book and see if this path is for you.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Surprisingly good for a book that is essentially an extended advertisement for extreme race events run by the author 15 mai 2014
Par D. Brennan - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Spartan races are those events made famous with titles such as "This race might kill you" and "This race likely will kill you". Their blanket waivers, signed by all race participants, go to graphic lengths to point out the many creative ways in which you may be permanently injured - or die. From the mind that brought young (mostly) men to this sport comes a book that seems partly a justification for the existence of these races, partly an advertisement and finally a mantra for a more adventurous way to live our lives.

Despite the constant sense of urgency, the blatant self-aggrandizement and behavior attributed to the author, by his own hand, that borders in the masochistic, I found this book to be enjoyable. The races are described in gory detail and, despite the reason centers in my brain threatening to quit in protest, I found myself actually considering one of the easier races offered by Joe De Sena.

This book will be appreciated by the usual cast of characters - Cross Fit junkies, triathloners looking for something edgier, fraternity brothers, college athletes and the more fit among desk jockeys. It gives a fairly coherent and complete explanation of why some people choose this lifestyle, how it adds to their lives, and the price they sometimes pay for their devotion. Moreover Mr. De Sena draws connections between Spartan athletes behavior on and off the battlefield. Some may find these stretched but it's not unreasonable to conclude grit is something that applies to many of life's arenas.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Simple but to the point and with no FLUFF. 20 mai 2014
Par Mr. D. - Publié sur Amazon.com
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At age 60, I'm definitely old school with most my values. I was raised on a Ranch, served time in the NAVY, retired out of the DoD. Now I substitute teach pre-K through 12th grade in two school districts for a hobby. I love working with kids or even adults to help them do better in life. What I have found though is that the value system these days is broken and too many are totally lost out there. They have no moral compass or and thoughts of what they plan to do when they grow up. The entitlement generation is growing older but not growing up. That's what this book is all about and I loved it. It's NOT a feel good book or a pat on the back for doing a good job(when in fact you only did what anyone else can do). It's trying to tell people that it takes GRIT to do well in life and that material goods will never fill the empty void within our souls.

I did my first Spartan Sprint last January and while I did NOT break any records, I found that I still have it in me to reach deep and get it done. I plan on doing more events and may even move up to the longer ones as I get healthier and more fit. This book will help me whenever I start to lag and I need a kick in the butt. On most any page I can find something to keep the fire burning and know that so many others are out there that have done much more with much less than I have. So it's time to Spartan Up. See you soon on the hill or the mud...........all tuckered out.............but with a big smile on my face. AROO
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Mainly a book to sell the authors spartan events 2 juin 2014
Par TheManCoach - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I'm truly disappointed in this book. I had it on pre-order and was under the impression that Joe De Sena, who is admittedly an absolute bad ass, would share his wisdom and secrets to success. Instead, 80% of the book is describing the Spartan Races he runs and testimonials/stories from people who have done one of his races. The actual useful content is minimal and to suggest its 20% useful content is too generous.

Other than the book being an obvious marketing ploy to sell his events, the editing is shocking. There is no flow to the book nor substance.

If the title is something that interests you I would suggest just going on his Spartan events and saving the time and financial investment on this book. I'm sure that people who've ran his races would enjoy this book more but personally, I'm thoroughly disappointed.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 If you are into warrior workouts and challenging yourself every time you train, this book is for you. 10 avril 2014
Par Joseph J. Truncale - Publié sur Amazon.com
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As someone who has lived by the philosophy of the warrior all his life, I loved the theme and lessons taught in this book (Spartan Up by Joe DeSena with Jeff O'Connell). The author (Joe DeSena) is the founder of "Spartan Race" and writes about his experiences in endurance and brutal challenging contests. I can relate to the author because of my own life-long interest in living the way of the warrior (The code of Bushido). I have trained in just about every type of tough workout program over the years such as Special forces Military like the Army Rangers and Navy SEALs workout routines. Even at my advanced age (71) I still workout hard seven days a week first thing in the morning non-stop for one to two hours in the pool. In the past I have also entered several "Iron Man" contests and Karate tournaments and other challenging events. I would LOVE to enter the "Spartan Race" but unfortunately, my medical issues are too radical to attempt this event.

This excellent book is organized into ten chapters and include the following: From here to insanity the author relates how he became interested in endurance events. The second section deals with confronting your greatest obstacle which is your will. The third section is overcoming obstacles. The four section explains changing your frame of reference. The fifth section covers getting Spartan Fit. Diet issues are explored in section six. Moving past mountains is explained in section seven. Section eight deals with making your limits vanish. Forging new bonds is covered in section nine. The final section challenges you on become Spartan.

This book is not for everyone but if you have the warrior soul and a passion for challenging brutal workouts, you need to read this fantastic book and compete in his "Spartan Race." I truly wish I could be there with you enjoying the pain together. LIVE BUSHIDO?

Rating: 5 Stars. Joseph J. Truncale (Author: The Samurai Soul: An old warrior's poetic tribute).
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