Could you go a week without your phone, email, Facebook, or even text messaging? Sometimes the thing we try to avoid is the thing we need the most.
My guest today, Joe DiStefano, found that, despite his fears, a “digital detox” was exactly what he needed to break out of stress and stagnation.
For more than six years, Joe has been working with Spartan Race, Inc, and is now Director of Sport & Training Initiatives at Spartan Race. He has a bachelor of science degree in Exercise and Sports Science from Fitchburg State University, and has almost completed his master’s degree in Sports Psychology.
Joe is certified through the NASM as a Performance Enhancement Specialist and Corrective Exercise Specialist and is also a Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the NSCA. He has been trained at the C.H.E.K Institute as a Holistic Nutrition and Lifestyle Coach.
About three years ago, Joe created the first Runga retreat in Costa Rica with a woman he had just met. It was a spontaneous immersion in simple living, far from his hectic, stressful digital life, and it changed everything for him. Joe talks with us about his work for Spartan Race, his training and coaching, and how escaping from our digital prison can be one of the most important things we can do for ourselves.
- What is the Spartan Race?
- Joe tells how he get involved in adventure racing and eventually ended up helping to run the Spartan Race.
— 20 min
- What are the different Spartan Race levels?
- How many, and what kind, of obstacles does a Spartan Race have?
- What is your role in the Spartan Race business, Joe?
- How does one train for a Spartan Race?
- Joe explains how he handled the “digital overload” that occurred when Spartan Race exploded
- The spontaneous birth of the Runga Retreat
— 40 min
- Whole Life Challenge social media blackout backlash
- The daily habits that are addressed in the Runga retreat
- The incredible importance of breathing properly
- The benefits of kettlebells
- Incorporating kettlebells into your training
— 60 min
- Joe Di’s training for Spartan and life
— 80 min
- Where the name “Runga” came from.
P.S. If you only have five minutes, listen at listen at 40:00 when we discuss where resistance to positive change comes from, particularly when it comes to our electronic life.
BIG THANKS to Joe DiStefano! If you enjoyed this podcast, click here to thank him on Instagram.
Joe’s website – RungaLife.com
Eco Challenge Adventure Race
Balance Bar Series
USARA – US Adventure Racing Association
Dr. Jeff Godin
Peak Death Race
Spartan Ultra Beast
RKC (Russian Kettlebell Challenge)
Maximus Body book
Connect with Joe:
Coach JoeDi on Facebook
Joe DiStefano on LinkedIn
Spartan Race on Twitter
Joe on Instagram
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