Thursday, March 27, 2014

Spartan Race 300 Workout Tour - Randall's Island NY, NY

What a kickass experience this weekend was, surrounded by hundreds upon hundreds of fellow Spartans at Randall's Island (NY, NY). This past Saturday on March 22, 2014, alongside Don Devaney, I got to be part of what many would consider, a life-changing event, the Spartan Race 300 Workout Tour. The Spartan Race 300 workout tour is lead by Don Devaney, which will be reaching cities all over the country...
Look for your city here ( 

The workout tour is a free event that consists of a Spartan based workout routine with the simple goal of testing your limits and getting individuals motivated to get off the couch and find out that they are capable of much more than they give themselves credit for. Hundreds showed up to test their limits and found out that they can conquer anything when they put their minds to it. They were left having experienced not only a great workout, but gaining a lifetime of motivating advice from Don Devaney that will help guide them in conquering the next challenge in their lives.

As for me, not only did I get to be a part of this event as the Spartan Street Team Leader, but I was also granted by Don the opportunity to lead the crowd in a Spartan Group X workout. As a Certified Spartan Group X Coach, I was honored for this opportunity because it gave the chance to share with hundreds of Spartans a taste of Aragon’s Spartan Group X Training. 

For more info on when or where NJ Spartan Group X classes are going to be held check us out at (

See you at the Finish Line! AROO!

Photography by Michael Chan
Video clips by Ramon Antonio Frias


Friday, March 21, 2014

Super Powered Oatmeal

I came across this awesome Refrigerated Oatmeal breakfast/snack idea that I couldn't resist to share with you all.  Mainly because, as a Spartan athlete I tend to burn a crazy load of calories and this snack for me is just remarkable.  It replenishes my body with important nutrients and fills my hunger void with good calories. 

I have already made various flavors and I love them all.  The most recent one I made is the Apple Cinnamon flavor.  To give you an idea of the nutritional value of this snack here is a breakdown of the cinnamon flavor one.  Mix the following ingredients in a 16 to 18 oz. glass jar and refrigerate for 24-48 hours.  The oatmeal and chia seeds will absorb all of the liquid and expand.  Make several jars (could be different flavors) for on the go breakfast or snack time.

Refrigerated Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal
Essential Ingredients
½ cup of dry oatmeal
lower risk of: high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, heart disease
½ cup of 1% or Fat Free milk
good sources of nutrients: protein, calcium, vitamin D
60 - 65
4oz of Plain Greek Yogurt
contains good-for-you bacteria & loaded with vitamins
2 tbsp. of Chia Seeds
boosts energy, stabilizes blood sugar, aids digestion, and lowers cholesterol
Ingredients that can change

3 tbsp. of unsweetened applesauce
Dietary fiber keeps your digestive system functioning regularly
½ tsp. of powder cinnamon
Can control blood sugar, powerful anti-bacterial against stomach bug
1 tsp. of brown sugar
more natural state sugar that is not enriched with industrial additives
½ tsp. of vanilla extract
sexual stimulant, alleviates anxiety, high levels of antioxidants


There are tons of creative ways to make this breakfast/snack oatmeal by modifying the “Ingredients that can change.” You can do so by adding your favorite fresh cut fruits, sweeteners, chocolate ect.  When I say sweeteners or chocolate try to stay away from the really processed stuff; use ingredients such as honey, agave, molasses, brown sugar or dark chocolate, vanilla extract, almond extract or maple syrup, just to name a few.  You can really have fun with these by playing with the fruits and sweeteners.   See more flavors here.

As you can see this recipe includes Chia Seeds which is an essential ingredient to this recipe.  Here are some additional benefits of Chia seeds which I have extracted from the original article which you can find here:

  • have more Omega 3 fatty acids than flax seed (important for heart health)
  • are the richest non-marine whole food source of Omega-3 (better than salmon)
  • absorb 10 times their weight in water and transform into a gel-like substance--great for athletes for maintaining hydration and helps with weight loss by making you feel full longer
  • are as high in protein as quinoa
  • are loaded with calcium, potassium, Vitamin B, and anti-oxidants
  • help balance blood sugar via the gelling action of the seed and it’s unique combination of soluble and insoluble fiber that slow down your body’s conversion of starches into sugars 
  • have a neutral taste so they will take on the other flavors in a recipe
  • can be eaten whole (unlike flax seed); they don't have to be ground before adding them to food in order to digest them and benefit from their nutrients
  • have a two year shelf life, stored at room temperature (flax seeds quickly become rancid and lose their nutritional value)

I hope you enjoy this delightful recipe as much as I do!  Stay active and nourish your body well!

Jonathan Aragon & Karintia De Jesus

Sunday, March 9, 2014

SPARTAN UP with Joe De Sena

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Dear Spartan,
Spartan Up!: A Take-No-Prisoners Guide to Overcoming Obstacles and Achieving Peak Performance in Life

That's right folks, Joe De Sena, the person that fueled the creation of Spartan Race is now releasing his spartan wisdom and knowledge to the rest of the world. This is absolutely a book to check out. With it's real life take on it, this book is sure to touch many lives.

Place at least one order today! By doing so, not only will you be getting a great deal but you will also be aiding me to achieve my quota to get some Reebok gear to compete with this year! 

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You will be among the first to get this incredibly LIFE motivating book!
On top of that, by HELPING yourself, you help a fellow Spartan as well.

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