Meditation teacher and Executive Director for the David Lynch Foundation Bob Roth believes wholeheartedly in the power of meditation and it’s transformative effects. Whether you’re looking to become stronger in your personal life or your career, or you physically want to be the warrior you know you can be, Roth’s Transcendental Meditation (TM) is the key to getting there. Spartan Up’s Joe De Sena, founder and CEO of Spartan Race, spoke with Roth about clearing your mind, finding your inner Spartan and overcoming life’s obstacles.

For more, watch the podcast above.


Every day, Joe De Sena, founder and CEO of Spartan Race and a New York Times bestselling author, inspires millions of people all over the world to get off the couch and take on any obstacle, on an off the course. In Spartan Up! The Podcast, Joe travels the globe to explore what it means to Spartan Up! in all aspects of life.


In each episode, Joe interviews different experts—authors, academics, members of the military, athletes, adventurers, CEOs, and thought leaders—about achievement, leadership, grit, goals, and total mind-body well-being. Then, with a panel of colleagues, Joe breaks down the lessons to provide the ultimate blueprint for success.

Spartan Up! The Podcast can be found at, on iTunes, Stitcher, and YouTube.

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Recommended Reading:

Spartan Fit! 30 Days. Transform Your Mind. Transform Your Body. Commit to Grit. by Joe De Sena (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016).


Inspired by the legendary warriors of Sparta and their surprisingly egalitarian society, De Sena shows how anyone at any age can become Spartan fit without a gym membership or fancy diet. But De Sena doesn’t just want Americans to lose weight and feel better, he wants to inspire them to embrace a rich and robust way of life that prepares them for anything that lies and ahead and helps them build grit, tenacity and endurance and emerge victorious.

De Sena offers a 30-day plan based on his Seven Pillars philosophy:

Endurance: Train to sustain physical activity for extended periods of time.
Strength: Increase your body’s muscular capacity to move heavy objects.
Athleticism: Gain skill-based movements for greater balance, flexibility and coordination.
Recovery: Practicing active restoration and learn how to let go.
Nutrition: Learn how to feed yourself for maximum health, not just to shed pounds.
Mind: Improve your mental toughness, focus and agility.
Code: Learn the principles that unite the Spartan community.