How to Develop Tenacity & Unbreakable Willpower w/ Spartan’s Joe “Di” Distefano
Today, we are joined by the Director of Sport Initiatives at Spartan Race, Joe DiStefano, aka “Joe DI.” If you haven’t heard of Spartan, they’re a company that has started a movement all across the world, hosting events, training seminars, and all-out, extreme obstacle races that push people to their absolute limits. Spartan is a sport, community, a philosophy, a training and nutrition program – with daily advice, a podcast, a series of books, an activity for kids, workout gear, a media channel, an NBC Sports series, a digital magazine, and a timed obstacle race.
I don’t know about you guys, but sometimes, my biggest challenges are overcoming not physical limitations, but mental ones. Often times, when the going gets really tough, I give up on myself, bargain, compromise, or convince myself that I can do it.
That’s why, in this episode, we talk with one of Spartan’s best and brightest trainers on the topic of mental tenacity. As someone who has helped create some of the world’s toughest sporting events, and an acclaimed personal trainer, our guest today has a lot to say on the subject, and I’m sure you’ll take away not only a huge dose of inspiration, but also some actionable principles you can use to sharpen your focus and increase your mental tenacity in all of life’s challenges.
In this episode, we discuss:
- Joe Di's background and how he came to be where he is today
- How one of Joe Di's college professors became a mentor and inspiration for him
- What is Spartan, what do they do, and why do they exist?
- What's the difference between Spartan, P90X, CrossFit, and Insanity?
- The “40% Rule” used by the Navy SEALs
- What does it take mentally to complete an endurance race, and how can you develop that skill?
- How do you motivate yourself in the darkest moments of suffering and anguish?
- How Spartan Race is a beautiful metaphor for life and it's struggles
- Knowing how much is too much, and preventing injury or overtraining
- Is it OK to train too hard sometimes and fail?
- What are some of the most inspiring stories that Joe Di has seen at Spartan?
- What are some practical tools and suggestions for increasing your endurance?