Joe DiStefano is the Head of Sport for Spartan Race and creator of RUNGA. He has a B.S. in Exercise and Sports Science from Fitchburg State University, and he is pursuing a master's degree in Sports Psychology. Certified through the NASM as a Performance Enhancement Specialist and Corrective Exercise Specialist, he is also a Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the NSCA, is RKC certified and has been trained at the C.H.E.K Institute as a Holistic Nutrition and Lifestyle Coach.
Over the past decade, DiStefano has worked as a health and performance coach and a serial entrepreneur. Prior to joining Spartan Race, he oversaw the development of more than 100 women-only personal training studios across the U.S. His specialties include corrective exercise, nutrition, stress management, human psychology and business development.
He's been a previous podcast guest on the episode “Digital Detoxing, Travel-Proofing Your Immune System, Underground Body Weight Workouts & More With Joe DiStefano“, and also introduced me to two former extremely popular guests who I met at his “Runga” digital detox event in Costa Rica last year – Eric Remensperger from the episode “How To Cure Yourself Of Cancer: An Epic Interview With A Man Who Defied Conventional Medicine & Cured Himself Of Prostate Cancer” and Scott Dolly from “The Man I Call “Scraper”: Snowboard Shredding, Fascia Fluffing, Protective Chakra Energy Balls & Much More With Scott Dolly.”
During today's discussion with Joe, you'll discover:
-Why Joe is such a fan of kettlebell yoga and the RKC certification…[12:40]
-The concept that all you should ever really do is 10 reps for any given exercise in the weight room…[18:20]
-The “high volume-low intensity” approach Joe uses, and the five pieces of cardio equipment that will give you the most bang for your buck…[30:40 & 41:30]
-Why Ben has become such a fan of green tea, and whether he'll ever drink coffee again…[50:25]
-Joe and Ben's go-to source for stevia…[58:35]
-The #1 supplement that Joe and Ben now use for enhancing sleep and longevity…[62:50]
-A can't-miss adventure in Panama that Joe has designed…[71:25]
-And much more!
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