Team SISU podcast – Tony Matesi – The Endurance Ninja

The Endurance Ninja

There’s not a lot Tony Matesi hasn’t done.

With a background of Tae Kwon Do as a child, having done gymnastics, competitive collegiate cheerleading (ranked in the top five nationally) and flirtations with Muay Thai, Savate and a little Capoeira, too, it could be argued his athletic foundations are solid.

Having done his first obstacle race in 2009 and gone on from there, he’s finished the Death race, been an American Ninja Warrior and now finds himself as the Director of Spartan Race’s Endurance branch.

Add to this his inclusion as a SISU Pro Team member and one wonders where he finds the time to do anything else. Listen here to the chat we had with Tony about The Hurricane Heat, Agoge and everything in-between.


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January 2, 2016 at 10:27 am

Enjoyed listening! I participated in HH-077 and I really enjoyed it. Looking forward to 12 hour, ultra and agoge in the future years. Glad to hear Tony did Muay Thai! That’s my passion and it’s a big part of my Spartan training!

One thing that you guys didn’t touch on is how these endurance events mean something to each individual. For example some like a challenge, others want teamwork, or maybe it’s therapeutic. It can even be a self discovery session or even mental training for work and so on. I mean you guys did mention that these events impact your life in general. I think about life the entire time I run my races.. And now for me the Spartan events are therapy- they help me cope with my mothers battle with cancer. Something that is very hard to witness. The sac super and HH-077 were very therapeutic and helped me smile. They helped me stay focused during this challenging time in my families life.


January 2, 2016 at 12:23 pm
– In reply to: Julian

Thanks for listening Julian. We find that everyone pushes themselves for so many reasons. Hope your mom is doing ok.

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