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Review: Spartan Fit by Joe De Sena and John Durant

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About the Book

From the best-selling author of Spartan Up! a complete 30-day workout and diet plan to help you reach peak performance

Joe De Sena designed the Spartan races to test overall conditioning: strength, flexibility, endurance, and speed. His signature take-no-prisoners approach to achieving physical and mental fitness has taken the endurance world by storm and inspired millions. Now in Spartan Fit!, De Sena breaks down that approach and gives readers the tools they need to conquer the course — and life, including: 
     • A 30-day workout and diet plan to prepare for the Spartan Sprint — or to just get you in            shape
     • Full-body workouts requiring no gym, no weights
     • How to build on one race to the next
     • Inspiring, motivating stories of Spartans
A complete Spartan training guide, Spartan Fit! will arm readers with the strength, knowledge, and grit to never question their potential again.


Based what I read, I was expecting something completely different. I was actually expecting a different perspective of a traditional plan claiming 31 days to commit that would transform my life and body without going to the gym. I thought, well that sounds interesting but to my disappointment, it wasn’t what I was hoping it would be.

I’m not saying I didn’t like the book. Based on what I read, I was solely expecting something along the lines of some sort of structured regime based on the expertise of the author for his version of transforming your mind and body achieving optimal health based on a plan that didn’t involve a gym. My impression was, a how to motivational book that was structured around the concept of what the cover said. So, if you are looking for a book that will be like that, this isn’t that.

The book at its core blends the author’s core Sparta philosophy, including comparison to figures from Greek history, much of what promotes his Spartan Races. The book was informative in regards the historical figures in correlations to Spartan races and figures who represents optimal physical and emotional strength. There were personal insights and experiences of people whose lives have been transformed implementing this lifestyle change. The book detailed core philosophies to the program, pictorials and instructions on how to do the exercises, information on the Spartan races and simple recipes that could be followed to enhance optimal endurance for this regimen. 

Overall I feel conflicted about the book because even though there were elements that introduces you to this program it felt like it was in correlation to promoting the Spartan Races and/or brand rather than fulfilling the impression of a generalized lifestyle concept that would be tangible and appeal to everyone. Personally, If the book just focused on the Pillars of the 30 day plan, the exercises, the 30 day breakdown, nutrition and the testimonials, I think it could appeal to a wider audience that really could take the concept and run with it. I really feel that this book would appeal more to people who have an interest in this lifestyle or have done the races to want to learn more or amend their current regimen. 

This is definitely a lifestyle change that would require an intense commitment that would take a lot of time and for those who are interested in this type of intense physical regime, this would be an interesting challenge to test your mental and physical stamina. So if you are a Spartan fan or want to learn how to reach a higher level of physical stamina and endurance mentally and physically, than this book would be idea for you.

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