For the past ten years Joe DiStefano been heavily addicted to researching and continuously learning about the human body, how it should move, and how it needs to be fueled. Joe’s specialties include human movement, alternative nutritional and lifestyle strategies for weight loss, stress management, and heart disease prevention, and business development. Joe is the Co-Founder of the Spartan Coaching program and is currently lecturing nationwide lecturing on human psychology and motivation, mental toughness, and fitness program design. Joe has a B.S. in Exercise and Sports Science from Fitchburg State University and has completed several graduate level courses in Psychology. Joe is certified through the NASM as a Performance Enhancement Specialist and Corrective Exercise Specialist and also is a Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the NSCA.  Over the past decade, Joe has worked as a personal trainer and performance coach, a serial entrepreneur, and prior to joining Spartan Race, oversaw 100+ personal training studio locations across the US. Joe is available for questions, consulting inquires, and general feedback at

4 Responses

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    Hi people. I’m getting crazy to take part in this awesome competition, Spartan Race. I am 68 years old, senior runner, I run every dan and work out three times a week, but I know Spart Race and very different. I want to be fine when I go to U.S. I live in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Hugs.Ezio

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    I have just started getting back into working out but I’m struggling with muscle recovery. I recently quit smoking and I can feel my lungs starting to recover however despite my efforts, my muscles stay sore longer than normal. Any tips, suggestions would be most helpful.

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      Hello Chris,

      I began running a little this past April 2013 at the age of 52. i have done a Sprint and Super since than. I was introduced to Enagic Alkaline Water ( Kangen Water). No kidding, I have no lactate acid pain after any work out or run. i drink it before during and after and recover very quickly. Actually it is the only water I ever drink now. Look it up, I hope you find some and give it a try because it actually works for me. All the Best!!

      A Canadian friend, AROO

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    I am totally excited and a little nervous about my first Spartan in Georgia in March.

    In May 2012 I weighed 286 , had to stop at the top of the stairs to catch my breath, my knees hurt like heck and my doctor was telling me I was a perfect candidate for a stroke. And I’m only 56!

    Then I got a dream– to take my son to the top of Kilimanjaro for his 17th birthday. I got to the gym, lost 92 pounds and we summited on July 11, 2013.

    Then everyone said,”OK Mike, what’s next???” Someone suggested a Spartan and I laughed. Then it got under my skin. I have 18 pounds of stubborn fat to lose between now and March 8, (anyone got any suggestions??) but I’ll be there! And I’ll finish well!

    Anythings possible- just have faith in yourself and a dream!

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