Joe De Sena is not your average fitness guru – you'd much rather find him carrying a log through the forest than walking on an elliptical. As the founder of the Spartan Race, which hosts more than 200 extreme obstacle courses each year, De Sena has made a name for itself in unconventional training sessions. "I love carrying heavy things into the mountains," De Sena said. "My training style always focuses on mobility and flexibility, at its core, so I always wear things, walk with everything I have." He crawls, jumps and runs in the rain or channels his past experience construction by carrying a layer of plywood up the mountain or a filing cabinet up the stairs. He's the guy who does not think there's a bad place for Burpees . He even looks forward to making her at McDonald's as he spreads the gospel of more activity, less French fries.
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The Spartan philosophy is simple: "push more, do more with less, be healthy, sweat, it's just that you feel uncomfortable," said he. People, he says, should jump, run, crawl and climb. And feel free to do homework at home, whether that means jumping over a bucket, squatting with a full laundry basket or hauling pitchers with water (which, he points out, is 8 pounds per gallon). "In my opinion there is nothing really unique ̵
We asked De Sena to demonstrate a Spartan-style workout that anyone can do at home. In the video above, he walks us through his morning routine, which focuses on bodyweight movements – such as burpees, wipers and box jumps – mixed with yoga poses for increased flexibility. We filmed him as he trained in the Health studios, but De Sena says he prefers the elements to the cameras. "I want to be outside in the dirt, under the barbed wire with people," he says.