Advance Praise

“[Spartan Fit!] is ideal for workout enthusiasts who want to push themselves to the limit.” – Publishers Weekly

“Joe DeSena is a true revolutionary…A must-read for anyone looking to surmount obstacles, in racing or in life.” – Dean Karnazes, ultrarunner and author of Ultramarathon Man

“If you put me on a desert island and told me to get as fit as humanly possible in thirty days, I’d ask for one item: Spartan Fit!” – Ben Greenfield,

“Joe De Sena is a paragon of grit, and here shows you how you’re capable of so much more than you think.” –Angela Duckworth, author of Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance

Spartan Fit is more than just a preparation manual for conquering Spartan Races; it's an insight into the philosophy of grit and willpower behind the idea of such races, which makes it all the more valuable.” – Dan Edwardes, CEO Parkour Generations


30 Days. Transform Your Body. Transform Your Mind. Commit to Grit.

By Joe De Sena

The man who inspired millions of athletes around the world to push themselves to the finish line in the Spartan Race is now making it his mission to motivate ordinary Americans to join the starting line. Joe De Sena, founder and CEO of the Spartan Race and author of The New York Times bestseller, Spartan Up!, has written a comprehensive no-nonsense, practical guide: SPARTAN FIT! 30 Days. Transform Your Body. Transform Your Mind. Commit to Grit. (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; August 2, 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.

By applying this foundation SPARTAN FIT! outlines a step-by-step plan for getting into shape for tackling a Spartan race. But don’t expect a one-size-fits-all prescription for leaner thighs and tighter abs. For Spartans, appearance means little. What they really want is a life without limits, a life that transcends the ordinary. And the only way to do that is to get Spartan Fit.

About Joe De Sena

JOE DE SENA is the founder of Spartan Race, named the #1 obstacle race by Outside magazine. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller Spartan Up! A legend in adventure racing circles, he once completed the Badwater ultramarathon (135 miles), the Lake Placid Ironman (140.6 miles), and a 100-mile trail run in Vermont, all within one week. For more information, please visit

30 Days. Transform Your Body. Transform Your Mind. Commit to Grit.
By Joe De Sena
HMH Books; August 2, 2016
$24; 256 pages
ISBN: 978-0-544-43960-3


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Here is a sampling of what you will learn:

MODULE 1: Finding Your True North

At the beginning of this program, you will learn to define your values and your beliefs. Values are the targets in life, beliefs are the arrows. This is going to be the GPS in your life that guides you.

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MODULE 2: Making a commitment

The level of commitment you make is directly correlated to whether or not you’re going to be successful. When you’re going through this program, you’re going to want to quit but if you are committed and honest you’ll get it done.

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MODULE 3: Fuel your enthusiasm

What is ambition and motivation? How do you get motivated? It starts with just getting started and continues with little wins and staying passionate.

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MODULE 4: Delay gratification

Delayed gratification is putting off things that you want now, so you can have success later. That’s what you have to do in life. You have to put in the work.

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MODULE 5: Maximize your time

It’s important to realize that there is nothing more precious than your time. After all, time is something you can’t get back. It’s important to be as productive as possible with the time you have.

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MODULE 6: Get gritty

Grit is the ability to stay motivated and passionate even when things aren’t going your way or you haven’t seen success. You need to stay gritty and get it done.

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MODULE 7: Attack adversity

Adversity is inevitable. If you start waking up and visualizing yourself as a machine, you will become unstoppable. Only then will you start to achieve goals and will life become easy.

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MODULE 8: Adjust your frame of reference

You can still achieve goals even when you face setbacks in life. Years ago we had a tremendous tolerance for discomfort and very low expectations. Now it’s reversed -- we have high expectations and a low tolerance for discomfort. You must change your frame of reference and only then will roadblocks become just minor setbacks.

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MODULE 9: Be honorable

Everyone wants to be remembered as an honorable person. How do you do that? It’s simple – you have to live a purposeful, meaningful, quality life. You must remain true to yourself, and true to your friends.

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MODULE 10: I Am Spartan

Once you reach this module you will have the tools to do what it takes to get through life successfully.

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To live the Spartan Way Of Life is to be a whole person: mind, body and spirit. When Spartans forget any one of these three, they fall out of balance. The body sustains us. The mind motivates us. The spirit elevates us. For Spartans, true commitment is total commitment.


COMMIT to running faster, to new heights, to pushing through.


EARTH, FIRE, WIND, WATER: The 4 core elements you conquer during a Reebok Spartan Race. These elements are the base for the FREE 365 Day Spartan Elements Training Plan.


Across the next 12 months, you will Commit, Evolve, practice Resilience, and finally earn the right to say I AM SPARTAN. After your first 3 months you will be SPRINT-ready. After 6 months, you will be SUPER-ready. After 9 months, you’ll be BEAST-Ready. and in 12 months, you’ll be able to tackle anything you put your mind to, from a Spartan Hurricane Heat to the Agoge.

Spartan Delta: Live Like a Spartan


What does an ultimate Spartan look like?

What does it take to forge a warrior?

To forge a warrior takes pressure – constant, relentless, massive pressure.

The ultimate Spartan is the optimal blend of mind, body and spirit. To complete the ultimate Spartan Delta it takes more than a body that can endure and mind that can dare – it takes a warrior spirit that never dies. It takes willingness not only to change, but to grit one’s teeth for years, to be renewed by pain, and to be transmogrified by unimaginable challenges.

Commit to Resilience. Commit to Evolution. Commit to the Spartan Delta and forge your warrior spirit in steel.


EARTH, FIRE, WIND, WATER: The 4 core elements you conquer during a Reebok Spartan Race. These elements are the base for the FREE 365 Day Spartan Elements Training Plan. Across the next 12 months, you will Commit, Evolve, practice Resilience, and finally earn the right to say I AM SPARTAN. After your first 3 months you will be SPRINT-ready. After 6 months, you will be SUPER-ready. After 9 months, you’ll be BEAST-Ready. and in 12 months, you’ll be able to tackle anything you put your mind to, from a Spartan Hurricane Heat to the Agoge.

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Spartan Up! Podcast


The epitome of grit, Joe Desena, founder & CEO of Spartan Race and NY Times best-selling author, travels the globe seeking answers from experts like Sir Richard Branson, Steve Pressfield, Barbell Shrugged, and many more. Joe’s interviews with authors, academics, athletes, adventurers, CEOs and thought leaders 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 Podcast is now live here:


  • Former member of Seal Team Six
  • Olympic wrestling coach
  • Ultra marathoner (who carries a fridge on his back)
  • CEO of Virgin Group
  • Visually impaired wrestler
  • Emeritus US Army General
  • Founder of Seal Fit

“People who push the limits get much more out of life than those who watch others do it.”

– Richard Branson, Virgin Group Founder & CEO


“You can actually convince other people to have more of a growth mindset. You can, for example, show them scientific evidence that people actually do change.”

Angela Duckworth, “GRIT Expert,” psychologist at University of Pennsylvania


“No one develops obstacle immunity. Someone always is fighting to overcome obstacles. Surrounded by people who are trying to form family who will help you fight through these obstacles.”

– Camille McCue, elite athlete


“The minute you start projecting the future, you're living in the future, you're not living in the now, in the moment.”

– Gracie Van Der Byl, distance swimmer 

Every day, Joe De Sena, founder and CEO of Spartan Race and 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. Now, he is ready for a new challenge.  

With camera in tow, Joe travels the globe to explore what it means to Spartan Up! in all aspects of life in the new Spartan Up! Podcast series. 

Read the full press release here

Are you unbreakable?

Workout Tour

Prepare for your next Spartan Race with a FREE Spartan Workout! Learn exercises from official Spartan SGX Coaches to help you over the toughest of obstacles while you train with like-minded Spartans. Earn your signature "I'm Training for a Spartan Race" T-shirt and wear it with pride while you continue to train up until race day. All you need to bring is some water, a towel, and friends!




You are an athlete. This is fact. We are not buttering you up. But are you the fastest, leanest, strongest, most physically and mentally agile you can be?

Spartan SGX is a functional exercise program and ideal training regimen for individuals of all kinds of every ability and age. We build Spartan Racers and better human beings.

In a Spartan SGX class you will:

Bend, crawl, carry, climb, hang, jump, lift, lunge, pull, push, run, sprint, squat and twist... exactly what your body has been designed for over millions of years.

This is what "exercise" is meant to be.

The body weight-focused workouts are varied, novel and typically conducted in a group. Spartan SGX builds complete athletes who can dominate a strength-based workout and run with grace and speed, ready to hurdle over, under or through physical and mental obstacles.

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Each workshop participant receives:

  • 1 “I AM SPARTAN” t-shirt
  • 3 “I AM TRAINING FOR A SPARTAN RACE” t-shirts for clients
  • Discount codes for Animal Flow, Perform Better and The Unbeatable Mind

Each certified Spartan coach receives:

  • 3 complimentary Spartan Race codes
  • 15% off Spartan Race discount codes to share with clients
  • Other favorable discounts from Spartan Race

If you want to get Spartan fit, just start. Sign up for a race. Sprint, Super or Beast, it is always best to have a goal in mind.

Then, prepare. Use the Spartan SGX Class and Coach Finder to locate an SGX class, box, gym or studio near you. If you have a favorite coach or trainer who is not SGX certified, ask them to get certified. Or better yet, tell them.

Spartan SGX is the fitness program with a plan behind it – a plan designed to improve your physical performance over time. It is not an exercise DVD or video set indefinitely to repeat. It is not random.

SGX is the daily disruption vital for optimal health and wellness, and true fitness.

Try a free class or free public workout offered by one of our coaches.

Spartan's new course SpartanFIT is an active, one-day experience for everyone: from Trifecta finishers and fitness professionals, to first-time Spartan Racers and anyone curious about why obstacle racing is one of the fastest growing sports in recent history. Learn all that you need to know to train for and finish a Spartan Race.

About Spartan Coaching

Spartan SGX was born from the fire of the Spartan Race. Given the unprecedented growth in our obstacle race series, the Spartan Coaching and Training unit is assembling and teaching the best trainers around the world to coach individuals everywhere to become Spartan fit. We offer an international certification program that educates and trains qualified individuals on the Spartan philosophy and values and Spartan SGX system.

The Spartan Coaching and Training team includes:

  • John Gauch, JD, MPhil, BA - Vice President, Spartan Coaching and Training
  • Jeff Godin, PhD, CSCS, SGX - Head of Fitness Education
  • Joe DiStefano, BS, CSCS, SGX, PES, CES - Director, Fitness and Training
  • Alison Levy, MA, BA – Analyst, Spartan Coaching and Training


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Mission – At Spartan Kids Race, our mission is to inspire children to develop a love for fitness at an early age. We provide age appropriate obstacle course race venues and race arenas will allow participants to build confidence while enjoying a robust outdoor three-dimensional setting. Our races are for children aged four (4) to thirteen (13).  We have two age groups within our races acknowledging that Kids are at very different stages in their growth across that span of nine years. Our "Jr. Spartan Kids” obstacle course races are intended for kids 4 - 8 years old and are about a half-mile in length.  Our “Varsity” Spartan Kids races are intended for older Spartans Kids aged eight (9) to thirteen (13).

Each child will receive a T-shirt and Finisher's Medal. 100% of the proceeds from Spartan Kids race benefit the Kids Fit Foundation. As a leader in the movement to help children learn life-long health and fitness habits, the Kids Fit Foundation strives to raise awareness and develop programs that educate, empower and inspire kids to become and stay fit.

So remember, Spartan Races are not only limited to adult fun! Bring your kids ages 4 - 13 and they can participate in their very own Spartan Kids Race. Just like you, they will enjoy the thrill of the obstacle course racing similar to the adult race but with appropriately sized obstacles and challenges.

Why Spartan Racing for Kids – Our Ethos?
Spartan Kids is about a return to the childlike sense of adventure that we’ve lost while getting sucked up into "normal life" of over-scheduled and over organized activities. Spartan Races wants to keep this sense of adventure alive in our kids BEFORE they lose it.

Today, a typical child devotes an average 7.5 hours each day to entertainment media: TV, video games, cell phones, and movies.

Physical activity is essential in helping children control weight, build lean muscle, reduce fat, and develop strong bones, muscles and joints let alone developing healthy life sustaining habits. The challenges in a Spartan Kids Race are ideally suited to building a fitter, stronger, and healthier youngster.

More importantly, the sense of fun and camaraderie inherent in our races will help instill within your kids a sense of excitement and respect for fitness producing - in time - a more invigorated child.

Spartan Races are about building a healthy and active community of people. Spartan Kids Race allow us to help build stronger families, a foundation for all vibrant communities.

Spartan Kids Race FAQs

Q: As a parent, do I have to pay a spectator entry fee?
A: No, if your child is racing, or if you are the guardian of a child racing, you do not have to pay the spectator entry fee.  Each family will receive 2 free spectator passes.

Q: If I have children attending that aren't racing, do they have to pay a spectator fee?
A: Children 13 and under are free, and as a family member of a child racing, they do not have to pay a spectator fee.

Q: Is the Spartan Kids Race a timed event?
A: No, the Spartan Kids Race is an untimed fun run.

Q: Will my child receive a medal?
A: Yes, upon completion, your child will receive their very own Spartan Kids Race medal.

Q: What are the heat times?
A: 1 mile: 10 AM, 12 Noon, 2 PM
    1/2 mile: 10:30 AM, 12:30 PM, 2:30 PM

Q: What are the suggested ages for each heat?
A: ‘Varsity Kids’ > 8-13 years old, Jr. Kids > 4- 7 years old.

Q: Can my children run together if they're different ages?
A: Yes, we recommend children running together in the 10:30 / 12:30 / 2:30 JR. Kids heat if they are different ages.

Q: If my child's age puts them in the jr. varsity heat, can they run in the varsity heat? 
A: Yes, the heat times are suggested due to age, but if your child is athletically able to run a mile, they can run in a varsity heat.

Q: Will my child get muddy?
A: If you are racing a non-stadium event, we recommend bringing a change of clothes as most venues do have mud obstacles.

Q: Will my child have to swim at any point during the Spartan Kids Race?
A: No, we do not include swimming obstacles at the Spartan Kids Race.




Spartan Race 

World’s Best Obstacle Race. Period.

Born in the scenic hills of Vermont, Spartan Race was created to bring the excitement of obstacle racing to spectators and athletes alike. That means you.

Spartan Race is a true adventure that anyone can do, and everyone should try. With course lengths of 3+miles (Sprint), 8+miles, (Super) and 12+miles (Beast) each course is filled with mud, water, and signature obstacles designed to help you discover your inner Spartan. Athletes of all fitness levels will enjoy participating in a Spartan Race and the feeling of accomplishment that comes at the finish line.

Spartan Race even has events for kids. We believe that fitness and adventure should involve the whole family. Come out and watch your kids run, jump, and climb like children were meant to do all in their own Spartan Kids race.

For those that want a more team based experience Spartan Race has the Hurricane Heat and for the truly adventurous the Hurricane Heat 12 Hour. The Hurricane Heat takes you out of the individual role and has you work with a group of complete strangers to complete tasks designed to bring you together as a team. Those that have done the Hurricane Heat have often done multiple across the country, making friends for life along the way.

Not sure you are ready to run a Spartan Race? It’s ok we have everything you need to get you ready: Spartan SGX training, workouts-of-the-day, nutrition tips to help you eat better, and free workouts held in cities all over the country. Spartan Race is not only the worlds best obstacle race (period), but can be a complete lifestyle overhaul.

So even if you’ve tried a trail race, mud run, obstacle race, or adventure race it’s time to try a Spartan Race. Unlike other obstacle races we offer something for everyone. So sign-up, gear-up and find out why we say…

You’ll know at the finish line.



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I have questions about my race, should I contact the venue?

How do I get bib numbers, race waivers, the athlete guide, packet pickup info for my race?

How do I dominate a Spartan Race and claim my free entry?

There is no race in my area, how do I demand it?

How do I register for a Spartan Race?

Why is it that Spartan Race is the greatest obstacle event on the planet?

What else makes Spartan Race extreme and unique?

What kind of obstacles are at a Spartan Race?

What's the difference between Spartan Sprint, Super, Beast, and Death Races?

What's the difference between Spartan Sprint, Super, Beast, and Death Races?

What do I get with my entry fee?

When is a Spartan Race coming to my area?

Is there Team racing?

Where can I find a course map?

What is a hurricane heat?

World Rankings, Ongoing Season Points and Cash Prizes?

Can I volunteer at a Spartan Race?

How can I find out more about the Street Team?

What is the Spartan Trifecta? How can I earn my Spartan Trifecta status?

Am I tough enough for the Ultra Beast?

How do I learn more about obstacle racing?


Can I register by mail or phone?

I want to race Sunday, but only Saturday is open to register

If you are experiencing issues/problems with the online registration process...

Explain the wave start time system please..

How do I register my kid for the Jr Spartan Adventure?

How much does it cost to race a Spartan Race?

Are the prices listed per person or per team?

Do you offer refunds?

I want to race on Saturday or in a heat that is closed

I'm injured and can't run, can I get a refund?

I found a discount code after I registered, can I use it?

Why do I have to pay the $14 insurance fee?

Is there an age limit or minimum age to participate?

How do I get a deal on registration?

What is a Season Pass?

Can kids enter your races?

I've lost my confirmation email, can I get another?

Can I transfer to another Spartan Race or transfer my bib to another?

Can I edit my participant info?

Do I get a discount for being a member of the military or a student?

Is there a deadline for race registration, and how do I see if there's room left?


Tell me about team competitions with prizes: Fittest Box, Biggest Team, etc.

What if my team doesn't show?

Are there Team discounts?

Can we add people to our team after initial registration?

Can team members start at different times?

Can I switch my registration from individual to a team that already exists?

How can I manage my team and invite others?

A couple other racers and I registered as individuals and now want to combine into a team, can we do this?

How do I Join or Create a Team?

If Saturday is sold out can teammates still sign up for Sunday and race with the team?

Do you have custom team t-shirts?


Where can I purchase Spartan Swag online?

Can I get a refund or exchange clothing purchased at a race?

Who should I contact about online merchandise inquiries?

Pre-Race Packet Pick-Up

Can I pick up my race packet on race day?

What do I receive prior to race day, what is Pre Race Packet Pick-Up & should I go?

Can someone else pick up my race packet at the pre-race packet pick-up?

Event Day

What time do I arrive on race day & what should I bring?

What should I wear?

What about the weather?

Where can I find medical help?

Is there a time limit for each event?

What if there is a water obstacle and I can't swim?

Can I bring my dog?

Are water and aid stations on the course?

Are spectators allowed, do they pay for admission and can they roam the course?

Can I skip an obstacle or what if I skip an obstacle, is there a penalty?

What should I do when I arrive on race day?

Post Race

Team Rebates

How do I dominate a Spartan Race and claim my free entry?

Where can I find results and photos from my race?

What is the Spartan Race iTaB?


Daniel Krueger, Spartan Race


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