Joe De Sena is a man of vision. In his new book, Spartan Fit (Houghton Miflin, 2016), the founder of the Spartan obstacle course race series lays out that vision, giving his readers not just an effective guide to improving strength and fitness, but also a view on how to live a more adventurous and healthful life.

De Sena takes his philosophy from the ancient Spartans, recommending a stripped down exercise and eating regiment that avoids fancy equipment and processed foods. His 30-day training program, based on principles that I agree with and advocate in my own books, is designed to build endurance, strength, and athleticism without requiring readers to join a gym or buy expensive equipment, and his eating suggestions and included recipes favor a varied plant-based diet that nourishes the body without sacrificing taste.

But De Sena provides more than just a program. Spartan Fit also include inspiring stories of people who overcame challenges to achieve a measure of greatness, from an adventure racer battling horrific race day conditions, to a woman who overcame two crippling car accidents to find her way back to a meaningful life. These stories, as well as a recounting of the way of life practiced by the ancient Spartans, leave the reader not only with the tools to get stronger and healthier, but with the inspiration to lead a more adventurous, meaningful life. It’s a book worth reading.


About horowitzrun

Jeff is a certified running, cycling, and triathlon coach, and is the author of "My First 100 Marathons" (Skyhorse Press 2008) and "Smart Marathon Training" (Velo Press 2011). An obviously addicted runner, Jeff has run at least one marathon in every state and on 6 continents, including marathons in South Africa, China, Bangkok, and Antarctica. Jeff is available for group, one-on-one, and virtual coaching. Options include: 1. Basic Training Plan. This includes a customized training schedule geared towards a goal race, with a detailed running schedule that would include all distances and target times for each workout, including speedwork, tempo, and endurance sessions. 2. Complete Fitness and Race Plan. This includes the plan listed above, plus the non-running workouts and drills that runners need for better overall fitness and performance. You would get strength & core workouts, as well as run-specific training drills and stretches. 3. Virtual Coaching. This includes all of the above, implemented on a week-by-week basis. We review each week's progress at week's end so that adjustments can be made. The program is tailored to suit you right up to race day. It involves more contact, on a weekly or even daily basis. 4. Full Coaching for athletes in the Washington DC area. All of the above, plus a weekly workout together including speedwork, drills, and strength training. 5. Individual track sessions. One-on-one track-based workouts. Contact Jeff for pricing.
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