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As a bestselling author, speaker and one of the greatest interviewers of this generation, Cal Fussman has sat down with some of the world’s most influential individuals: Muhammad Ali, Mikhail Gorbachev, Serena Williams, Jeff Bezos, Jack Welch, John Wooden, Al Pacino and hundreds of others, digging deep into their hearts and delivering their wisdom to the rest of the world. Now, in Big Questions, Cal continues his journey. Uncovering the heart, head, and soul of his guests in thoughtful, deep ...
 
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 ...
 
How are you adapting after trauma, injury, loss, or a major change in your life? Host Dr. Theresa Larson's goal of the My New Normal podcast is to help give you the tools - research, education, and stories from resilient humans - to live optimally in your new normal.
 
Kwik Brain is a fun, fast-paced show designed to help busy people learn and achieve anything in a fraction of the time! Your coach, Jim Kwik (his real name), is the brain & memory trainer to elite mental performers, including many of the world’s leading CEO’s and celebrities. In this easy to digest bite-sized podcast, you will discover Kwik’s favorite shortcuts to read faster, remember more, and ‘supercharge’ your greatest wealth-building asset: your brain. Whether you’re a student, senior, ...
 
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A few years back, with Cal 30 pounds overweight, Joe baited Cal into his company’s obstacle races in order to transform Cal’s life. Cal completed the 5-mile Sprint, then the 10-mile Super, then the 17-mile Beast, and was filmed doing it. The story behind his journey and Joe’s quest to similarly transform 100 million people was crafted into a docume…
 
“We will go to the end of the Earth to make sure our team gets what they need,” says Bryan Medlin. SpartanUp Combat Series host Ryan Warner talks with Medlin - one of the most respected greco-roman wrestling coaches in the country and current University of Illinois assistant coach - about how coaches can remove the ego. In this episode you’ll learn…
 
From the border of Afghanistan to the border of China, the Running the Roof the crew traversed the Bartang Valley on foot! This journey took over 20+ months to plan, and is the epitome of delayed gratification. Spartan Up Endurance Series host Johnny Waite interviews Jody Bragger, Jodie Gauld and Gabriel Ghiglione, who together, ran across Tajiksta…
 
Joe De Sena and Nick Shaw review all the most popular diet types. What should you really be eating? How do you simplify your food choices? Nick is the Founder and CEO of Renaissance Periodization - a diet and fitness company founded on evidence-based practices, the author of "Fit for Success," and the host of the RP Strength podcast. This episode i…
 
Do you need a reboot for your finance in the new year? "Keep it simple!" is a friendly reminder from my long time friend and dynamic guest for today's show, Nicole Lapin. Nicole is a multiple New York Times bestselling author, and she is here to share her expertise on wealth and finances. She is currently the host of the CW's business reality compe…
 
“I have a sticky-note on my wall that says ‘Ryan Atkins made you look stupid,” says Hunter McIntyre, who lost to Atkins at the inaugural Spartan Games. SpartanUp DEKA Series hosts Jarod Cogswell and Yancy Culp talk with Hunter about his Spartan Games performance. In this episode you’ll learn: -That fitness is the one outlet in modern society that p…
 
How do you discover courage in difficult times? You’ve heard of or maybe even experienced post-traumatic stress, but what about post-traumatic growth? To share her moving story and brand new book, The Relentless Courage of a Scared Child, I am privileged to welcome a very special friend and returning guest, Tana Amen. Tana Amen, BSN RN, is Vice Pre…
 
It’s not about the idea, it’s about the people behind the idea who can make it happen. That’s the theme of today’s StartanUp Endurance Series episode, where host Johnny Waite interviews Jody Bragger, Jodie Gauld and Gabriel Ghiglione, who together, ran across Tajikstan as part of a friendly bet. The bet started in the dead of winter, where the crew…
 
They were desperate enough to call in an airstrike on themselves. Think about that. WIth that came ultimate clarity. Retired Navy SEAL Thom Shea says war teaches you what's real. He served 23 years with distinguished valor before writing his bestselling book, "Unbreakable: A Navy Seal's Way of Life." Today he talks about his latest book, "Three Sim…
 
Cal talks with the co-founder of Kickstarter about the idea of raising some funds for a journey to reshape health care in the United States. Cal realizes he needs to hire some young people who can help out on the Internet to spread the message of the mission. And Kickstarter has helped put billions of dollars into the hands of creative people with …
 
When a decade of training wrestling, blindfolded, saves your life. That’s what Spartan CEO Joe De Sena and SpartanUp Combat Series host Ryan Warner talk about in today’s episode. The guys also cover Joe’s passion for combat sports, why Spartan Nutrition and Joe’s background in chosen suffering. In this episode you’ll learn… How a dinner in NYC led …
 
What has 2020 taught us? There is no way we could have known or prepared for the year we’ve had. We are experiencing a unique moment in history, and with the new year ahead, I wanted to share some of the learning and re-learning this year has brought. In this episode, I discuss the significance of kindness, the impact of giving, the value of novelt…
 
“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, …
 
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 i…
 
Cal wanted to do something great in this last podcast of 2020, and he jumped at the chance to spread the word about a guy who is making health care better for a lot of people. Phil Baker at Good Shepherd Pharmacy in Memphis takes in donated drugs and passes them on to doctors who get them to patients who can’t afford them. We’re talking about chemo…
 
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 …
 
“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…
 
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 stres…
 
Cal has an epiphany after talking to three African-American men who made a pact to all become doctors when they were kids growing up on some mean streets in Newark, New Jersey. They succeeded. The story that Sampson Davis, George Jenkins and Rameck Hunt tell Cal is so moving, Cal decides to find one African-American kid in a tough spot who wants to…
 
How does food affect your mental health? Now more than ever, people have become more health-conscious about diet and exercise as it pertains to matters like cholesterol, high blood pressure, or weight loss, but not many are discussing the connection between food, the brain, and its impact on mental well being. Here to discuss this topic with us tod…
 
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 Sparta…
 
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 ta…
 
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 sa…
 
Many in the wine world know Laura as the managing director at Bodega Catena Zapata in Argentina, which produces some of the world’s great wines. But for the last 25 years, she has also been an emergency room physician in San Francisco. When she and Cal get together, they come up with an idea to remove an aspect of health care that drives everyone c…
 
Can you minimize stress with meditation? In today’s show, we welcome our extraordinary guest, international speaker, and best-selling author, Emily Fletcher. Emily is the founder of Ziva Meditation and the leading expert in meditation for performance. In this episode, Emily enlightens us of the exponential power of meditation. She explains that med…
 
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 Universi…
 
What foods and nutrients are best for the brain? In today's show, we continue our conversation with our phenomenal guest, Shawn Stevenson. Shawn is a nutritionist, best-selling author, and creator of the #1 Nutrition and Fitness podcast on iTunes, The Model Health Show. In this episode, Shawn shares more about our brains' makeup and which foods are…
 
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…
 
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! Sound…
 
How do you eat smarter for your brain? Our brains are considered one of the most complex yet delicate systems in the universe, not to mention it’s the one organ that controls everything we do. It makes sense then that we do all we can to protect it, right? Today, I’m delighted to welcome back an exceptional guest, Shawn Stevenson, to discuss this t…
 
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 d…
 
“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 …
 
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 m…
 
At the beginning of 2020, on average, one physician in the United States was committing suicide every day. That was before the coronavirus struck. Cal talks with three doctors about the tensions physicians and other health care workers face in these crazy times. Then he talks with an entrepreneur who designed a way for us all to reach out to health…
 
Is it possible to reduce anxiety with food? If this year has been giving you more anxiety and stress than usual, we want to share with you some simple tips you can use today! To talk about this topic, I'm thrilled to welcome back Liana Werner-Gray. She is a #1 Bestselling Author, International Speaker, Health Coach, and natural food chef with an am…
 
Did you listen to the "Spartan Up!" interview with Ivor Cummins? Joe Desena interviewed the biochemical engineer and complex problem-solving specialist about what popular messaging got wrong about COVID-19 and the lockdowns. We asked you for your feedback, and Spartan racer Kyle Enfield MD reached out to us. Kyle runs the Covid ICU at UVA, has a ma…
 
Private Equity is about building great teams to evaluate talent and in turn risk. Mike McMullan is a private equity investor, and formerly was a 4x All American for wrestling at Northwestern and a college wrestling coach for the University of Pennsylvania. Spartan Up Combat series host Ryan Warner talks to Mike about the key ingredients for buildin…
 
Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues but the parent of all others. ~Cicero What are you grateful for in this moment? Every Thanksgiving, people reflect on what they’re most thankful for. This tradition can actually rewire your brain, and giving thanks year-round has tremendous benefits for your mind and body. Gratitude is an appreciation o…
 
Fitness is the fountain of youth! Joe Decker - former Guinness World’s Fittest Man and Death Race legend - talks with Spartan Up Endurance series host Johnny Waite about how to accomplish your fitness goals when you're 50 or older. In this episode you’ll learn: How to approach training when you’re out of your prime How to pivot your training. If yo…
 
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