Resilience Lesson From The Spartan Death Race w/Rob Barger | Ep. 001
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🥾 Spartan Death Race finisher Rob Barger offers an inspirational resilience lesson that will help you prevail in the face of adversity.

Former race leader at Spartan Endurance, Rob reveals how to build resilience and accomplish anything.

Rob Barger also completed the GoRuck RTL trifecta and co-lead an event for Warrior Endurance in Canada.

📸 See Warrior Endurance's Alpha-001 race recap here:


Rob Barger tells how he diverged from traditional running to endurance racing. Picked as a last-minute teammate to compete in the Ragnar long-distance relay race in Las Vegas (2009), Rob got quickly bored by the repetitive nature of running.

Peak Races‘ Death Race survivor, Rob registered to his first OCR event en 2012: a Spartan Super (10k+) race in California… which went terribly bad. The humility lesson learned through this awakening challenge motivated Rob Barger to seek similar life-changing experiences for the betterment of his personal development.

Hence, on the following New Year’s Eve (2012), Barger was sweating it in Las Vegas, while the vast majority of “normal” human beings were partying in casinos. Pushing his limits, fighting to find his purpose, Rob performed his very first endurance race with GoRuck. Rob remembers rucking down Vegas on the morning of January 1st (2013), all muddy and dirty, walking across hungover people on the Strip.

Only 18 months into his OCR journey and a couple of GoRuck races in the books, Rob Barger – co-inventor of the Hurricane Heat 12-Hour event (HH12HR) at Spartan Endurance – participated in one of the most extreme endurance challenges on the planet: the dreaded Death Race (Peak Races/Spartan). The 60-hour-plus empowering suckfest that is the DR was experienced by Rob as both participant and co-leader.

The Death Race is the paramount opportunity to overcome one’s self-limiting perspectives, achieve what one thought impossible and learn powerful, meaningful self-help lessons which one may apply in creating a better life for oneself.

💡 3 insightful tips to survive the Death Race and/or kick ass in Life.

1️⃣  | Sensei says: Don’t take it seriously.

While preparing to co-lead Warrior Endurance‘s inaugural race in Montréal, Qc, Canada (Alpha-001), Rob humbly reminds us that we should not take Life too seriously, as nobody gets out of it alive.

In regards to arduous challenges such as the Death Race, Barger indicates that the primary goal of the DR is to break participants emotionally, physically and mentally: by taking every challenge with a good attitude, a death racer increases his/her chances at surviving the event, better and wiser.

2️⃣  | Sensei says: Train a little bit of everything.

Certified CrossFit coach, Rob suggests any Death Race pretender to vary his/her training methods and to tweak workout routines in order to make them more difficult. Per example, doing a Burpee Mile is tough, but doing a Sandbag-Toss Burpee Mile is more difficult.

Developing all-around athletic and mental skills is also key in preparation for the Death Race… or to efficiently overcome the random obstacles we meet in Life.

3️⃣  | Sensei says: Be able to perform under extreme fatigue

Veteran endurance racer, Rob cautions that the Death Race is renowned for imposing mental challenges under duress, at the worst possible times. Barger advises to not overthink required tasks and to accept instructions as they come. In essence, one has to quickly master how to “game the [Death Race] system”. In one’s everyday routine, that might translate into being able to control one’s emotions while adequately tackling hardship, disappointment and failure, regardless of the accumulated fatigue from one’s 9-to-5 job.

What did you learn through this super cool convo ? Let me know in the comments.

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Osu ! - Sensei Pascal 🥋🙏

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🎙️ WHO AM I ?

I’m Sensei Pascal, former radio personality on XM Satellite Radio, passionate martial artist, relentless entrepreneur, enthusiastic adventurer, inspired essayist (Oxford Brookes University), motivated fitness coach, aspiring comedian and insatiable student of the human experience.

Master of Kenpo Karate, WKC World Championships silver medallist and survivor of multiple extreme endurance races, I dedicate myself to the betterment of others. My humble vocation is to support and guide people on their path to self realization.

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