The Excuse Destroyer — OEW's Jonathan Lopez | Spartan Up Podcast

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Jonathan Lopez: Spartan Up #217

As an adaptive professional athlete,  veteran, and Adaptive Athletes Liaison for Operation Enduring Warrior, Jonathan Lopez has been “Lopezing” friends, comrades and racers sparking their passion and fortitude to conquer the obstacles of life and on the course - over walls, up the ropes and on extended OEW endurance challenges, all with one arm and a ceaseless smile on his face. OEW's Excuse Destroyer knows you can do more than you think you can! In this interview Lopez gets honest about the difficulties he faced, even considering suicide at one point, and how he found the passion to get others moving.

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  • You decide how you define yourself
  • It’s important to clearly define your mission  
  • No matter what, just keep walking
  • Make someone’s day better, be a “spark” in their life
  • Always put things in perspective
  • Learn what hard work actually means
  • Love the fear of a new direction
  • Use what bothers you as fuel
  • Your story is not who you were, but who you are and want to BECOME
  • Be better today then you were yesterday
  • Don’t be afraid of the “hurt”


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Time Stamps:

0:00 Intro: OEW and Jonathan Lopez

0:33 Athletic Greens special offer

1:00 Interview begins

1:40 Does injury define you?

3:00 Don’t take no for an answer

4:00 What is your mission?

6:00 Inspiring strangers

7:40 Athletic Greens break

11:50 Elite Spartan Para Race info

12:27 Interview continues

13:55 Turning what bothers you into fuel

14:14 Attempted suicide

15:00 Your story

16:00 Spartan’s contribution to the adapted athlete community

17:45 Obstacle course racing as confidence building courses

19:00 Sefra, Angle, Johnny & Joe discuss the interview

24:15 Athletic Greens close



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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