How to Run 24 Hours in a Blacked Out Shipping Container | Spartan Up #216

Presented by Spartan Training®

Imagine 24 hours locked in isolation in a completely dark shipping container competing to see who can run the furthest on a TrueForm treadmill.  Retired United States Marine, Major Brian Chontosh (aka “Tosh”) and three others (John Witzing, Josh Chessman, and Isaiah Vidal ) accepted this challenge to raise awareness around mental health with the Whiteboard Project’s LL24h ( ).

The recipient of one of the highest military honors,  the Navy Cross, Tosh has shown unmatched fortitude in combat and combating the stigmas around post-traumatic stress. Jump in the shipping container with us as we learn how to “suck a little less each day.”

In this episode Joe De Sena interviews Tosh before he enters the shipping container and then all four athletes the moment the box is unsealed.

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  • You are what you advertise
  • Do a lot with very little
  • Surround yourself with great people
  • Want “in” on the hardest things
  • Do things you don’t want to do
  • Identify your limits and expand your horizons
  • Prove things to yourself, know your limits & strive beyond them
  • Measure your effort, but against the right things
  • Always do the BEST that you can in EVERY moment
  • PTS vs PTSD: traumatic stress as a normal reaction vs a disorder
  • Don’t believe your own bullsh*t
  • Walk humbly, absorb, think, question..
  • it's not about having the right answers - it's about having the right questions
  • Take ownership - kill the excuses!
  • Rationalizations are just excuses in a fancy package
  • Break down big problems to small problems & utilize small solutions
  • Stay process oriented
  • Focus on the task at hand and that will lead you to the target
  • Suck less today then you did yesterday :)


LL24h (

Brian Chontosh articles:

His advice on how to think about and pursue goals with effectiveness.

Performance on Demand: What is is and why you need it.

How Parenting and Leadership have so much in common.

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Brian Chontosh 

The Whiteboard Project 

John Witzing 

Josh Chessman 

Isaiah Vidal 

The Reveille Project 

Wound Warriors Canada 

This episode of “Spartan Up!”  is sponsored by Athletic Greens.  Get 20 travel packs free when you order at

Time Stamps:

0:00 intro to episode

1:18 Athletic Greens

1:48 Interview begins

2:00 Marine background

3:00 The Navy Cross

3:40 shipping container challenge | Whiteboard Project

4:45 What is a strong mind

5:40 The need to do things you don’t want to

6:00 Dr. L’s advice

7:10 The burden of command

8:30 Truth of looking yourself in the mirror

9:15 Competitions in life

11:00 Mental Health Awareness

12:00 PTS as normal & natural - not a disorder

12:40 Athletic Greens break

16:27 Interview continues

16:45 barriers of knowing & bullsh*t

17:30 Not about answers- It’s about questions

20:00 Rationalizations are just excuses in a fancy package

24:00 Reductionism: breaking big problems down to have small solutions

26:00 How to suck a little less

28:00 Keep your eye on the task at hand

29:18 The panel gets ready to break them out of the shipping containers

29:35 Shipping containers opens   

29:50 Tosh’s reaction to 24 hrs in darkness

32:00 The four Whiteboard Challenge participants men’s reaction

41:00 Sefra, Angle, Johnny & Joe discuss the interview



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Producer – Marion Abrams, Madmotion, llc.

Hosts: Joe De Sena with Johnny Waite, Sefra Alexandra, and Col. Tim Nye.

Synopsis – Sefra Alexandra

Production Assistant - Andrea Hagarty

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