Spartan Up – the book, will be released on May 13, 2014.
The Spartan Race has been voted the #1 obstacle race by Outside Magazine and, and Joe is the owner and driving force behind it. This is not a book about racing, but uses the race as a metaphor for life - life is the ultimate obstacle course.
You can hear an audio excerpt from the book: http://spartanupthebook.com/audio/joe-su-excerpt.mp3
According to the website:
“It’s a manual for the Spartan way of life, including:
§ Finding the will to succeed: The first half of a race you run with your legs; the second half you run with your mind. Turn your pain into an outboard motor to drive you forward.
§ Tossing your cookies: The Cookie Test can teach you how to overcome the need for immediate gratification and help you prosper in the long term.
§ Getting Spartan fit: Survival of the Fittest means training outside the gym for strength, endurance and flexibility for your entire body—and don’t forget those burpees!
§ Moving mountains: Whether metaphorical mountains or the ones on which Spartans race, what you think of as your limitations can actually be a mere starting point for transformation.”
I haven’t read the book yet but I’m looking forward to reading it when it comes out. I like the ideas behind the book and I think the author has some meaningful things to say. He says it is a life strategy book and I think many of my students could get some motivational tips from this too. Maybe this will help energize teachers too. Check out the links that I posted to find out more.