Hello Quest fans! Today, up on the chopping block for our first Quest 2B Fit book review is Joe De Sena and John Durant's Spartan Fit! 30 Days. Transform your Mind. Transform your Body. Commit to Grit.
First and foremost, I would like to say that I absolutely loved this book. While he can get a little preachy at times, it’s very clear that this guy truly knows his shit. He peppers the book with real life material, Spartan lore, proper medical terminology, Spartan race obstacles and workouts and personal advice. For those of you that don't know much about how our body works, he does a pretty good job putting it into layman's terms. You may be able to get fit enough, eat healthy etc. without knowing about slow-twitch muscle fibers and ATP, but knowing how your body works can give you that extra edge to get stronger or get leaner. Or, knowing what you face in that Spartan Sprint you are doing in two months can only help!
This book is meant to be how-to guide on getting Spartan fit but it is more. It isn't cut and dry “Do this, do that, blah, blah, blah” Because, frankly, getting healthy and fit is not cut and dry. It is a unique journey, or a quest even (see what we did there), we each have to make and this idea Mr. De Sena tries to transmit. All of our end games may be to be beasts like the infamous Spartans but it takes a lot more than someone telling you to do X, Y and Z. I particularly like how De Sena usurps the idea that you need a gym membership to get buff. Instead he talks about how our awesome bodies know how to move, work properly and get fit without dumbbells and treadmills. It's more about getting back to nature, literally. Running outside with the kids, moving mulch in the garden, doing firewood, you name it! You don't have to be strapped to a building.. “The Seven Pillars” is very thorough in setting up the Spartan foundation for getting Spartan Fit but it is also a plethora of knowledge. Stuff you can come back to and read again and think, “Oh, yeah. I love that but I forgot.” As the book says, have fun…don't let exercise be a chore! This is the very same thing that we discussed in our article about staying motivated to workout.
The whole book is a build up that culminates in Chapter 6: 30-day Plan to Spartan Fit. It was intended to prepare you to tackle a Spartan race but can be used as a new workout program if you are sick of chest presses and kettlebells at the gym or want to test your limits getting down and dirty, literally. I think it looks fun, grueling and a definite challenge (which I will be doing and reviewing in the coming month!!). As a mom of 6, I can see that it may be a struggle to do the plan for the straight 30-days, like many other reviewers have said (but I'm going to try — stay tuned). In comes the prioritizing and time management De Sena discusses in the book. How bad do you want it? What are you going to shuffle to make it happen? What will you do in your Quest 2B Fit?
Kick Ass. Repeat.