283 In the Trenches with the Founder of Spartan, Joe De Sena

Joe De Sena Founder and CEO of Spartan, the world’s largest obstacle race and endurance brand – has demonstrated his entrepreneurial drive since his pre-teens. After building a multimillion-dollar pool and construction business in college, and creating a Wall Street trading firm, De Sena set his sights on ripping 100 million people off their couches by creating the Spartan lifestyle.

Following a successful career on Wall Street, Joe moved his family to Pittsfield, Vermont to operate an organic farm, a bed and breakfast, and a general store for hikers. It was here his passion grew for ultramarathons, adventure races, and endurance events, and thus the idea for Spartan was born.

With more than one million annual global participants at more than 200 events across more than 30 countries, Spartan offers heats for all fitness levels and ages, from beginner to elite and Kids as young as four-years-old. The brand has transformed more than five million lives since it was founded in 2010.

Joe De Sena is also the New York Times Best Selling Author of “Spartan Up” and “Spartan Fit,” and recently released his third book, “The Spartan Way.” As a popular keynote speaker, Joe has parlayed the teachings of his Spartan Principals into the SpartanX Leadership Forum, a series of events in which participants collaborate to solve challenges alongside business leaders while learning to overcome mental and physical obstacles.

In addition to race events, the Spartan lifestyle that Joe built encompasses all the tools one needs to transform their lives including partnerships with fitness brands such as Life Time, 24Hour Fitness and the DailyBurn; complementary training, nutrition plans and content; television series on NBC and Facebook; forthcoming documentaries about the brand, sport and health; and an extensive line of apparel and licensed fitness gear and equipment.

Throughout his lifetime, Joe has competed in any extreme sports adventure he could find, testing his mental and physical endurance against nature. Joe turned an interest in endurance racing into a passion. His racing resume is the stuff of legend – over 50 ultra-events overall and 14 Ironman events in one year alone.

Yancy Culp has been competing and coaching in the sport of obstacle course racing (OCR) since 2011.  In 2013 he met Spartan Founder/CEO Joe Desena while completing the 72-hour Death Race in the mountains of Pittsfield Vermont.   Since meeting Joe, Yancy has worked with Joe & Spartan in various roles such as Spartan Edge Master Coach, Leadership X coaching, and Spartan podcast host.   Since completing his first Spartan Race, Yancy has completed many Spartan Ultra Beasts, Beasts, Supers, Sprints, and he finished top 50 in the Spartan elite points standings for 2014 & 2015.


Your Podcast Snapshot:

  • A brief history of building the Spartan business and brand
  • How to continually evolve a business and create new offerings
  • How to lead your team when obstacles arise in your business

Episode Timeline:

  • 00:03  Your Fitness Business Podcast Snapshot
  • 00:41  Thank you to our podcast partner, One Fit Stop
  • 01:10  IMPORTANT Announcement!!  Apply to be the next host of The Fitness Business Podcast here
  • 02:20   Introducing Joe De Sena and Yancy Culp
  • 04:41  Thank you to our podcast partner, One Fit Stop
  • 05:02  What is Spartan?
  • 11:44   What is Dekafit?
  • 22:46  Was Dekafit always part of the long term vision
  • 24:42  About the Spartan Leadership Program
  • 32:40  This weeks Keepme Fitbizpiration
  • 37:13   Message from our podcast partner Tribe Team Training 
  • 37:48  Quick Fire Five with David Meerman Scott 
  • 46:37    Message from our podcast partner MXMetrics 
  • 47:09  REWIND Show: How to Set Your 2020 Up for Success 
  • 48:25  Thank you to our foundation partner Active Management

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Joe De Sena | Facebook | Instagram

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David Meerman Scott

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283 In the Trenches with the Founder of Spartan, Joe De Sena

Joe De Sena Founder and CEO of Spartan, the world’s largest obstacle race and endurance brand – has demonstrated his entrepreneurial drive since his pre-teens. After building a multimillion-dollar pool and construction business in college, and creating a Wall Street trading firm, De Sena set his sights on ripping 100 million people off their couches by creating the Spartan lifestyle.

Following a successful career on Wall Street, Joe moved his family to Pittsfield, Vermont to operate an organic farm, a bed and breakfast, and a general store for hikers. It was here his passion grew for ultramarathons, adventure races, and endurance events, and thus the idea for Spartan was born.

With more than one million annual global participants at more than 200 events across more than 30 countries, Spartan offers heats for all fitness levels and ages, from beginner to elite and Kids as young as four-years-old. The brand has transformed more than five million lives since it was founded in 2010.

Joe De Sena is also the New York Times Best Selling Author of “Spartan Up” and “Spartan Fit,” and recently released his third book, “The Spartan Way.” As a popular keynote speaker, Joe has parlayed the teachings of his Spartan Principals into the SpartanX Leadership Forum, a series of events in which participants collaborate to solve challenges alongside business leaders while learning to overcome mental and physical obstacles.

In addition to race events, the Spartan lifestyle that Joe built encompasses all the tools one needs to transform their lives including partnerships with fitness brands such as Life Time, 24Hour Fitness and the DailyBurn; complementary training, nutrition plans and content; television series on NBC and Facebook; forthcoming documentaries about the brand, sport and health; and an extensive line of apparel and licensed fitness gear and equipment.

Throughout his lifetime, Joe has competed in any extreme sports adventure he could find, testing his mental and physical endurance against nature. Joe turned an interest in endurance racing into a passion. His racing resume is the stuff of legend – over 50 ultra-events overall and 14 Ironman events in one year alone.

Yancy Culp has been competing and coaching in the sport of obstacle course racing (OCR) since 2011.  In 2013 he met Spartan Founder/CEO Joe Desena while completing the 72-hour Death Race in the mountains of Pittsfield Vermont.   Since meeting Joe, Yancy has worked with Joe & Spartan in various roles such as Spartan Edge Master Coach, Leadership X coaching, and Spartan podcast host.   Since completing his first Spartan Race, Yancy has completed many Spartan Ultra Beasts, Beasts, Supers, Sprints, and he finished top 50 in the Spartan elite points standings for 2014 & 2015.


Your Podcast Snapshot:

  • A brief history of building the Spartan business and brand
  • How to continually evolve a business and create new offerings
  • How to lead your team when obstacles arise in your business

Episode Timeline:

  • 00:03  Your Fitness Business Podcast Snapshot
  • 00:41  Thank you to our podcast partner, One Fit Stop
  • 01:10  IMPORTANT Announcement!!  Apply to be the next host of The Fitness Business Podcast here
  • 02:20   Introducing Joe De Sena and Yancy Culp
  • 04:41  Thank you to our podcast partner, One Fit Stop
  • 05:02  What is Spartan?
  • 11:44   What is Dekafit?
  • 22:46  Was Dekafit always part of the long term vision
  • 24:42  About the Spartan Leadership Program
  • 32:40  This weeks Keepme Fitbizpiration
  • 37:13   Message from our podcast partner Tribe Team Training 
  • 37:48  Quick Fire Five with David Meerman Scott 
  • 46:37    Message from our podcast partner MXMetrics 
  • 47:09  REWIND Show: How to Set Your 2020 Up for Success 
  • 48:25  Thank you to our foundation partner Active Management

Did you love today’s episode? Leave a Review here

Contact Today’s Guest

Joe De Sena | Facebook | Instagram

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David Meerman Scott

Book and App recommendation from David Meerman Scott

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272 Sgt Ken Weichert How to Set Your 2020 Up For Success

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282 Mastermind Panel for COVID-19 Planning

 

The Mastermind Panel Solving The Covid-19 Challenges You Are Facing.

Our panel of experts understand the pain you are currently in with compulsory closures, members suspending, grappling with virtual or on-line programming, members cancelling and the numerous staff issues. They’ll share their top idea for where you are currently.

They want to help you maximise this ‘quiet’ time with strategies, plans and actions for post COVID-19.

Our expert panel:

* Marketing Guru: David Steel from https://www.sneeze.it
* Sales Guru: Casey Conrad from https://caseyconrad.com
* Service Guru: Chris Stevenson from Stevenson Consulting
* Retention Guru: Dr Paul Bedford from Retention Guru
* Fitness PT & SGT Sales: Michael Gelfgot from Anytime Fitness.
* People & Leadership: Justin Tamsett from www.Activemgmt.com.au

Facilitated by Chantal Brodrick

 

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