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Spartan Up!: A Take-No-Prisoners Guide to Overcoming Obstacles and Achieving Peak Performance in Life (Anglais) Broché – 22 mai 2014

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'Training for an ultra-marathon? Or just struggling to get the ironing done? Either way, extreme athlete, 14 times ironman competitor and author of Spartan Up! Joe de Sena is the (super-)man for you!' --Independent

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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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J'ai trouvé ce livre très commercial et très américain dans son approche, mais cela ne m'a pas empêchée de l'apprécier. Le parcours de Joe De Sena est intéressant, la création de la Spartan Race et sa philosophie également. C'est la manière de se vendre à tout prix que j'ai le moins aimé... Il fait une desciption assez effrayante de la société américaine, des problèmes d'obésité et de surpoids, de l'éducation de la jeune génération... je ne suis pas sûre qu'elle soit applicable à toute la société américaine, mais en tout cas le désir de De Sena de permettre à tous de se dépasser dans des courses à obstacles exigentes, éprouvantes et aussi amusantes est tout à fait louable. J'aime l'esprit de la Spartan Race. Je pense juste que l'approche américaine peut faire grincer des dents quelques européens, qui n'ont pas cette habitude de se mettre agressivement en avant. Juste une différence culturelle.
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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
Format: Relié Commentaire d‘un membre du Club des Testeurs ( De quoi s'agit-il? )
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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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Mainly a book to sell the authors spartan events 2 juin 2014
Par TheManCoach - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
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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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
Format: Relié Commentaire d‘un membre du Club des Testeurs ( De quoi s'agit-il? )
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
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
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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5.0 étoiles sur 5 People Need This Book BIG Time 13 mai 2014
Par Zach Even -. Esh - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
I love this book. I read it in 4 or 5 nights and could barely put it down. I'm a BIG fan of hard work and getting out there and getting "it" done without all the short cuts, the fads, the gimmicks and the hype - ALL of which is prevalent in today's society and in the end it is hurting society, especially this younger generation.

The stories were inspiring me and my own training went to the next level. Sure, many of the transformations are of people who have gone through Spartan races but I don't care. I LOVE inspirational stories of people overcoming obstacles and using exercise as a way to become stronger in ALL areas of their life.

This book should be read by teenagers AND adults - Start your morning reading a few pages and I know the rest of your day will be inspired to the 10th degree!
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