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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.

The Hard Way w/ Joe De Sena Joe De Sena

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.8 • 823 Ratings

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.

    3 Simple Changes to Transform Your Health, Wellness, and Energy with Yuri Elkaim

    3 Simple Changes to Transform Your Health, Wellness, and Energy with Yuri Elkaim

    Most people struggle with low energy, willpower, and motivation. But what if you could feel energized and excited about life again?
     
    In this episode, former pro soccer player turned health entrepreneur Yuri Elkaim shares his unexpected journey from playing on the world stage to finding a new purpose through wellness.
     
    Yuri reveals the single change that transformed his life - and it can change yours in just one week. Discover why facing fears is so important for success and happiness.
     
    Plus, Spartan CEO Joe De Sena dives into the power of helping others and manufacturing adversity.
     
    Learn Yuri's top tips for feeling motivated, overcoming obstacles, and living your fullest life. It's time to stop sabotaging yourself and start feeling alive again! 
     
    Highlights:

    00:00 Intro
    01:03 Yuri’s background
    03:48 Desire as a burning flame that trumps everything
    05:21 Transferring your desire to another part of life
    08:40 Finding energy and motivation in helping others
    11:17 Energy is rare and hard to find
    14:35 Reaching rock bottom to experience transformation
    15:37 Yuri’s current business growth
    16:56 Conflicting nutrition and health information in the digital age
    19:00 Three most important things to change in our life
    22:04 How to find Yuri
    Instagram: @healthpreneur
    Youtube: Healthpreneur/videos
    Website: https://healthpreneurgroup.com/

    • 27 min
    F45's Revival: Inside Tom Dowd's Successful Turnaround of a Fitness Brand

    F45's Revival: Inside Tom Dowd's Successful Turnaround of a Fitness Brand

    In this episode, fitness mogul Tom Dowd reveals how he went from working long hours in his family's supermarket business to partnering with Mark Wahlberg and saving struggling franchise F45.
     
    Growing up instilled a strong work ethic in Dowd, but his biggest test came when he took over F45 in crisis. Through strategic partnerships, focusing on culture, and his relentless drive, Dowd engineered an incredible turnaround.
     
    Tune in to hear directly from Dowd as he opens up about lessons from his past and shares the tactics that transformed both his career and the fitness industry, pulling companies from the brink of failure to massive success.
     
    Highlights:
    00:00 Intro
    01:37 Tom’s childhood and growing up in the family business
    04:38 Networking, adding value, and connecting with influential people
    08:58 Finding investment opportunities and growing a business
    13:19 Challenges and growth in the health and wellness business
    18:56 Business success a believing in fate
    22:19 Recovering struggling business through hard work and commitment
    26:27 Building a team and giving them the right to contribute
    29:26 One thing that always helps through struggles
    32:33 Joe’s partnership with Tom and F45

    • 36 min
    Make Profit in Tropical Paradise: Investing in Zanzibar with Kalojan Georgiev

    Make Profit in Tropical Paradise: Investing in Zanzibar with Kalojan Georgiev

    In this episode, Joe De Sena, chats with his friend Kalojan Georgiev, currently residing in Zanzibar. Kalojan provides an engaging insight into the untapped potential of Zanzibar as a prime investment destination and a wonderful place to live.
     
    Kalojan highlights the significant return on investment in Zanzibar, which can reach up to 15-20%, far exceeding returns in more developed regions. He explains the unique appeal of Zanzibar for tourists and investors alike, emphasizing its growing tourism industry and the high demand for quality accommodations.
     
    Kalojan also shares his personal lifestyle in Zanzibar, balancing work, family, and a range of outdoor activities. This episode will make you consider Zanzibar for investment opportunities as well as a new living destination, promising a vibrant community and a high quality of life.
     
    Highlights:


    00:00 Intro
    00:57 The work ethic of Eastern Europeans
    05:32 Investing in tropical destinations
    08:14 Potential high returns with investing in Zanzibar
    14:41 Zanzibar real estate investing examples
    16:33 Innovative education system in a beachside community
    19:27 How to connect to Kalojan Gerogiev
    21:03 Balancing work and family life in Zanzibar

    • 22 min
    Fit at 98: Lala LaLanne’s Longevity Secrets

    Fit at 98: Lala LaLanne’s Longevity Secrets

    Meet the world's toughest inspiration - 98-year-old Lala LaLanne!
    In this episode, Joe De Sena sits down with the fitness legend to uncover her secrets to breaking records, crushing workouts, and staying motivated well into her 90s.
     
    Listen as Elaine shares incredible stories of her and her late husband Jack's accomplishments over the decades. She'll also give you an inside look at her current mission - rallying people worldwide to shatter her record of 2,251 jumping jacks.
     
    If you want to add years to your life and life to your years, you don't want to miss this rare chance to learn from the woman who proves aging is truly just a mindset. You can connect with Lala through her website jacklalanne.com and listen to more of her valuable advice on the Pass It Along Podcast which she co-hosts with Greg Justice.
    Highlights:
    00:00 Intro
    00:51 Who is Lala Lalanne?
    04:48 Lala’s books and upcoming movie
    07:54 Jack LaLanne jumping jack challenge
    11:39 ARCH – attitude, resistance, consistency, harmony
    15:06 Aging is like a sport, you have to train for it  
    17:55 If you want something to happen, don’t be a quitter!
    26:18 Learn to like yourself and improve
    28:19 Where can people find Lala?

    • 29 min
    It's Never Too Late to Test Your Limits with Gwendolyn Bounds

    It's Never Too Late to Test Your Limits with Gwendolyn Bounds

    Tired of feeling stuck in a rut? Discover how taking on new challenges can make you feel alive again at any age.
     
    In this empowering episode, Gwendolyn Bounds shares how she conquered self-doubt and found her inner athlete later in life. She discusses her transformation from a sedentary to a competitive obstacle course racer through grit and community support.
    Gwendolyn Bounds is an award-winning journalist and author whose career spans media brands including The Wall Street Journal, ABC News, Consumer Reports, CNBC, SmartNews, and more.
    Her latest book “NOT TOO LATE: The Power of Pushing Limits at Any Age” captures the mental and physical benefits of pursuing something hard that you love – a starkly different prescription for wellbeing in a world filled with hacks and shortcuts to find happiness and good health. 
    Anchoring Gwendolyn’s book is the story of her own midlife evolution from an unathletic desk-bound news executive glued to her screens into an age-group medalist and world championship competitor in the daunting sport of obstacle course racing. 
    In NOT TOO LATE, Gwendolyn offers a roadmap for action and realistic change that anyone can use to tap inner reserves, face fear, and push boundaries. You can find Gwendolyn on social media and sign up for her newsletter at gwendolynbounds.com.
    Highlights:

    00:00 Intro
    01:02 The power of pushing limits at any age
    02:46 It’s never too late for sports or Spartan race
    07:01 Lessons from the obstacle course racing
    10:40 Helping people to get moving after the pandemic
    17:12 The Death Race in Vermont
    18:15 How can people find Gwendolyn
    20:09 How to get started and Not Yet mentality
    24:16 The joy of pushing yourself beyond your limits
    28:39 Life is about small choices

    • 30 min
    ​​Too Much Comfort Kills | Joe de Sena and Zackary Paben

    ​​Too Much Comfort Kills | Joe de Sena and Zackary Paben

    Joe and Zackary delve into the powerful symbolism behind carrying a couch through Spartan Races, a tribute to those struggling with addiction and a call to leave comfort for the community. Zach shares his personal story of overcoming addiction and physical challenges, emphasizing the importance of helping others, especially adaptive athletes, to conquer obstacles.
     
    The conversation touches on modern issues like the dangers of fentanyl, the impact of simulated experiences on youth, and the need for real connections. With heartfelt anecdotes and practical wisdom, Joe and Zach inspire listeners to push beyond their limits and support one another in the journey of life.
     
    Highlights:

    00:42 Intro
    02:12 We seek comfort at all costs
    05:57 Crazy trip to Wales and making connections
    10:14 Empowering kids by challenging them
    17:22 The dangers of fentanyl addiction
    21:03 Carrying a couch to raise awareness
    25:23 Race in a wheelchair and the shift in mindset
    29:51 Creating real connections and relationships

    • 31 min

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823 Ratings

823 Ratings

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Joe Challenges Us

Episodes make you think of different ways to challenge yourself and prod others to strive !!! Loved Gwendolyn episode a bunch and she’s coming on my Telich Talks pod. ! Great work Joe!!

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Great Podcast!

I love this show and the guests they bring on. Joe really covers a wide variety of topics. Each episode is a deep dive into a different area of improving your life. Can’t recommend it enough!

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