The Spartan Way

Eat Better. Train Better. Think Better. Be Better.
Narrated by: Christian Rummel
Length: 4 hrs and 12 mins
4.7 out of 5 stars (636 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling author Joe De Sena, founder and CEO of Spartan, the global health and wellness platform, leader in obstacle racing, and executive producer of NBC’s television show Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge, challenges you to live the Spartan way.  

Determined to yank 100 million people off their couch cushions to start living instead of being passive observers of life, Joe De Sena has one ultimate goal: to help improve everyone’s physical and emotional health by teaching them the tenets of Spartan living from ancient Greece: simple eating, smart training, mastering resilience, and an all-out commitment to achieving a goal.  

Like Spartan training, living the Spartan way requires endurance to reach your finish line, the goal that inspires and drives you to succeed no matter what obstacles are thrown in your path. De Sena believes you can gain that endurance in just 36 days by following the 10 Spartan core virtues, timeless principles to help you embrace adversity and overcome any challenge, and making them a permanent part of your own personal core.  

The Spartan core values include:  

  • Self-awareness - know yourself 
  • Commitment - be dedicated 
  • Passion - discover your purpose 
  • Discipline - practice diligence 
  • Prioritization - put your house in order 
  • Grit - push your limits 
  • Courage - face your fears and your failures 
  • Optimism - look for the positives  
  • Integrity - act honestly  
  • Wholeness - live as a Spartan  

De Sena turned this philosophy into a lifestyle - and so can you. With The Spartan Way, you’ll discover your true north, unleash the warrior within, and transform your life to 10 times your maximum potential.

©2018 Spartan Race, Inc. (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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Don’t know what to think...

Inspirational? motivational? Joe De Sena has created a commercial success with the Spartan life and more power to him, and if you enjoy the Spartan races - good for you! I thought I was into it and was gearing up to tackle a trifecta next year so I purchased this book to inspire me, but as the audio went on, it started sounding more and more like a infomercial bordering on a cultish recruitment session. This may be due to the fact I started listening to Joe’s podcast at the same time. Repetitive chanting of phrases can inspire and focus - but at a certain point after keying into it - I couldn’t get past the sales pitch quality and became disengaged and just had some guy gruffly speaking at me with what is basically a sales pitch for adapting the Spartan way of life (now with Spartan branded shoes). Wish I could have been inspired by this, and if you are I applaud you and congratulate your ability to key into this life and accept the Spartan challenge. I still an on tackling that trifecta... so this didn’t put me off of racing, just don’t think I’ll be sporting any branded gear or listening to the Spartan podcast or buying anymore Spartan books.

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Very thoughtful (and physical) book.

The book had me think about life in an expanded way. (As well , how i exercise in life and in gym) A great listen for the professional coach in any genre.

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Be a Spartan

Learned some valuable things to practice in my life to be a better me. Always remember things can always be worse

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Rehashing spartan podcast and first book

I really love Joe and the Spartan mission. My critique is this book is simply a rehash of the first book and podcast. Nothing bad just a repeat.

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listened to it 4 times!

I wanted to get my mind in a new place so I listened to the book 4 times. I needed a constant reminder to seek my true North and do hard things. It worked. I'm back on track and looking forward to the challenges before me.

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So so

Good stories and great messages. But Spartan races aren’t my cup of crazy so this felt like a long commercial at times.

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A Spartan World.

Nothing I've not heard before. But with a rather poetic flair. If it doesn't change your world... NOTHING WILL.

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motivati

I ran 5 miles after listening......and enjoyed it! I haven't run that long in years.

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Outstanding!!!!!!

I love the content of the book but I relationship with the voice and timing of the gentleman who reads the book. It feels like my father is speaking to me. My favorite is the phrase “just do it, already”. 🤣🤣🤣 I recommend this book to everyone!!!!

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Motivation to the Max

This is a well written book that is the kick in the ass most of us need! I'll be telling many about this book!

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  • Michael
  • 06-10-19

Nothing to do with Spartans.

Probably the weakest book of its type that I've listened to. the narration is fine but the whole book is just the author trying to sell his Spartan race business to the reader/listener. I strongly suggest you skip this book and listen to David Goggins instead. or just listen to both and you will know exactly what I mean!

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  • Freneticmonk
  • 09-10-19

If a Marine Corps instructor wrote a self help book.

It was a good book with a lot of good ideas and principles but I could not help but feel as though it was written by Billy Badass. I will take a few good nuggets from this and I do have to say that the final story is inspiring but most of the book was him stroking his ego.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-15-19

didn't sweep me off my feet the way I hoped

the narrator delivered the book well. it had some inspirational stories but failed to like that spark in me to actually get off my ass and train. I am aware however, that might be less of the books fault and more of my own. felt like more of an advert for the spartan races at some points.

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  • Daniel lee
  • 08-01-19

Unreal!

If you're in a dark place... Read this book! it is absolutely life changing!! peace x

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 06-01-19

information haven

looking for motivation? to grab your passion? instructions inside! loved it have recommended it alot.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-14-19

I will be a Spartan

I love this audiobook, I will be try everything out and one day be a true Spartan!!!

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  • Louise
  • 01-18-19

Some gems within the book but narrator did nothing for the book

No doubt there are some great bits of advice, but the narrator makes it into an instructional text book, the book could be so much more had it been delivered in a more personably way I think, I did take things from it but wasn’t the most enjoyable book.

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  • Mighty Morgan
  • 09-27-18

amazing book

this may very well have changed my life. it fires me up and makes me want to be better

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-01-19

The book is ok

Just couldnt get going with this book bit drawn out and repetitive too much sales driven

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  • Mostafa A.
  • 07-22-19

motivational

the last three chapters were the best... the book is a spark in the way to make u better, I recommend for those who want to find a way.

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  • Liz
  • 10-13-18

Some of this information was useful to me

I find this audiobook hard going Some of the information was useful but for me I feel it lacked compassion It came from the toughen up school which has its place but to me that is only one aspect of the way forward Still it was useful Would have liked it to give it 2 1/2 stars Also the presenter was off putting for me