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The Strenuous Life Podcast with Stephan Kesting

This is the Stephan Kesting's Grapplearts Radio Podcast where we discuss BJJ, Grappling, MMA, and all manner of martial arts training.

Stephan runs, where he has published many hundreds of martial arts videos, articles and tutorials.

His free guide to learning Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, A Roadmap for BJJ, has been downloaded more than 10,000 times and has become a foundational text for the art. Click here to download that book for free as well.

Stephan has a lengthy career in martial arts, spanning more than 3 decades.  He has dedicated many years to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and you can find his accessible and practical expertise on all BJJ matters at

A black belt in multiple martial art systems, he brings a range of approaches to self defense, and a critical eye for what works in the street.

Stephan has been featured in Black Belt Magazine, Ultimate Grappling, Tapout Magazine and Ultimate Athlete.

He is also a frequent guest on martial arts related podcasts, including The Fightworks Podcast, Atlantic MMA, Combatives Corner, The Warrior’s Den, The Spartan Underground and many more.

Mar 4, 2020

In today's episode I talk to Scott Loughney about an incredible 640 km ultrarunning challenge in the highest mountain range of the world. 

Scott together with Ryan Wagner and Upendra Sunuwar successfully linked Katmandu, the capital of Nepal, with Everest Base Camp, a round trip distance of 640km.

We really get down into the weeds with this one about the nuances of training for and then completing such a challenge. I hope you like it!

01:57 The Mount Everest Mailrun Challenge

07:54 Suffering and Type 1, 2 and 3 adventure

12:10 Hallucinations while pushing the limits of endurance 

19:43 In-depth foot care and blister management for ultrarunning,

30:37 Risk evaluation and mitigation during the Everest Mailrun Challenge

39:19 Training to handle risks for the project

46:39 Oxygen levels and deprivation while running in the Himalayas

49:35 10 principles for achieving big projects 

1:03:40 How to organise the rest of your life around training 

1:07:40 How to prevent your body from breaking down and getting injuries

1:10:56 More information and future projects

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