Since arriving in Pittsfield on in late July, Danny Rodriguez is undergoing a full body transformation! On August 7, Danny weighed in at 374 pounds, a 36 pound loss from his initial arrival. The 10 days prior, he lived in a stone hut only accessible by foot, without power or running water. He was living on apples and water for his initial food detox.

He’s now down in the village doing daily workouts and work and living on a raw diet managed by Spartan founder Joe De Sena and spartan staffers and professional athletes. As of this week, Danny is weighing in at 345 pounds and taking on challenges he never thought possible. On August 24, Rodriguez completed a 10+ mile hike and has been tackling his workouts, nutrition, and healthy way of living with a vengeance.

We first met Danny at the Midwest Spartan and he has already come a long way. Then, he weighed in just over 400 pounds. That makes his total weight loss 65 pounds. He has a long way to go, but we know he will continue to make progress and push through to find new heights in his training and full mind-body transformation.

What is your excuse?  It’s time to get off the couch and outside in the mud!  Find a race near you HERE. 

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[Photos courtesy of Marion Abrams, and Mad Motion]

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The images of Danny Rodriguez, a man weight in at over 400lbs at the Midwest Spartan Super are startling. Rodriguez, along with some friends and a couple of staff members, hiked and fought for a staggering nine hours to cross the finish line. But that’s just the beginning of his story. Because Danny has committed to so much more. He’s moved to Pittsfield, Vermont to let Spartan founder Joe D help him change his life for the better by changing how he eats, how he trains, and how he lives. Rodriguez is ready.

Surrendering his car keys, his vehicle and all his cash, he says his goal is to lose 200 pounds. For accommodations in Pittsfield, he is sleeping on top of a Mountain without plumbing or electricity and carried his own luggage to the top as one of his first tasks. For the Chicago native, he’s never been this far from home but he knows that its time for something better.

Danny is now undergoing the very same regime Chris Davis went through with Spartan Race founder Joe Desena in Vermont in a bid to emulate the same weight loss and lifestyle change.

“This is why we started Spartan Race,” explains Joe De Sena.  ”We’re here to rip people off their couches and change their lives.  Forever. It’s that simple.  When Danny leaves here, he’ll leave a different human being.”

Danny talks about what he wants to experience in this emotional journey to save his life.

Stay tuned to more Danny Rodriguez updates. In the meantime, find your own Spartan finish line. Register HERE.