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About This Episode Mike Barwis is a strength and conditioning guru. He’s trained Olympic athletes in over 40 sports, works with pro teams such as the Red Wings and Mets, and is the CEO of Barwis Performance Centers.  On this episode, we focus on the work Mark did with Brock Mealer.  Brock was involved in a car accident in 2009 and was paralyzed from the waist down.  After 2 years of physical therapy, Brock was unable to walk. Then he met Mike Barwis.  Tune in to hear the full story.     About the Podcast Spartan Combat is a new series...

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About the Episode Do you ever sit and wonder if the elite among us experience self-doubt? I know I do and on this episode, we talk with 2008 Olympian Andy Hrovat about a trying 14-month period of his life leading up to the 2008 Olympic trials. During that time Andy lost and regained his place on Team USA. The big takeaway for me is that we all experience self-doubt and by battling through those fears and insecurities, we become a different person in the process. About the Podcast Spartan Combat is a new series for the SpartanUp Podcast where we...

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Before we get started here, just a quick shout out to @mattrattbjj for perfecting this complex technique in the photo ....and now, on to your regularly scheduled article.The Covid19 situation affects everyone, but one group of people that are more affected by it are martial artists, and, more specifically, grapplers.  Grappling, whether it’s judo, wrestling or jiu-jitsu require other human beings for proper, complete training. No matter what you think about the virus, the effort to stop it and your role or risk in all of this, if you are a grappler your ability to train is down to nothing…  ...

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Learn how to build and define your personal philosophy with the Iron Cowboy, James Lawrence, who completed 50 ironman distance races in 50 states in 50 days.  As a kid, James wrestled throughout high school and into college before embarking on a life as a world-renowned ultra-distance athlete.  

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Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Cardio, Judo, MMA, Wrestling -

Very often, when people come to grappling sports like Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Judo and wrestling, they notice that the cardio that they developed while practicing their other disciplines/sports do not translate as well as expected.  Similarly, when a Judoka takes their gi top off to spar without the gi, a ground focused Jiujiteiro stands up with a wrestler or a Judoka or a wrestler sits in a jiujiteiro’s guard.The key difference between cardio for other sports and cardio for grappling is the stress of potential violence, and, similarly, the cardio required for different grappling disciplines focused on different kinds of...

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