- Gebundene Ausgabe: 224 Seiten
- Verlag: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (13. Mai 2014)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0544286170
- ISBN-13: 978-0544286177
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 1,9 x 14,6 x 24,1 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 3 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 102.034 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Spartan Up!: A Take-No-Prisoners Guide to Overcoming Obstacles and Achieving Peak Performance in Life (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 13. Mai 2014
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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
Joe De Sena is the real deal. "Spartan Up!" is 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 author of "Ultra Marathon Man"
26.2 miles isn t enough anymore. Obstacle racing, which combines the endurance challenges of a marathon with the mind-bending rigors of overcoming obstacles along the way, is taking the world by storm. At the center of this phenomenon is Joe De Sena, the driving force behind the enormously popular Spartan Race. De Sena overcame his own astonishing obstacles, working his way from Queens to Wall Street to legendary extreme athlete, by adhering to a simple philosophy: commit to a goal, put in the work, and get it done. From that philosophy, as played out now for millions across trails, through mud, and up mountainsides, Spartan Race was born.
In "Spartan Up!" De Sena gives you a life strategy guide that takes you out of your comfort zone and into a combat zone. You will learn how to:
conquer your greatest obstacle your will
embrace your greatest friend discipline
make limitations vanish and establish a new normal
achieve the ultimate: obstacle immunity
Filled with unforgettable stories of Spartan racers as well as hard-won truths learned along the course, "Spartan Up!" will help anyone reach their full potential in life, business, relationships in anything one sets out to do.
[photo of Joe] JOE DE SENA is the founder of Spartan Race, named the #1 obstacle course race by Outside magazine. He is also a legend in adventure racing circles, having once completed the 135-mile Badwater ultramarathon, the 140.6 miles of the Lake Placid Ironman, and a 100-mile trail run in Vermont, all within one week. JEFF O'CONNELL is the editor-in-chief at Bodybuilding.com and author of five books. For more information, visit www.spartanrace.com.
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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.
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.
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.
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
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!