Endure: Mind, Body, and the Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Performance

Endure: Mind, Body, and the Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Performance Review

"Reveals how we can all surpass our perceived physical limits." --Adam Grant - "This book is AMAZING!" --Malcolm Gladwell

Limits are an illusion: a revolutionary book that reveals the secrets of reaching the hidden extra potential within us all

Foreword by Malcolm Gladwell

The capacity to endure is the key trait that underlies great performance in virtually every field--from a 100-meter sprint to a 100-mile ultramarathon, from summiting Everest to acing final exams or completing any difficult project. But what if we all can go farther, push harder, and achieve more than we think we're capable of?

Blending cutting-edge science and gripping storytelling in the spirit of Malcolm Gladwell--who contributes the book's foreword--award-winning journalist Alex Hutchinson reveals that a wave of paradigm-altering research over the past decade suggests the seemingly physical barriers you encounter as set as much by your brain as by your body. This means the mind is the new frontier of endurance--and that the horizons of performance are much more elastic than we once thought.

But, of course, it's not "all in your head." For each of the physical limits that Hutchinson explores--pain, muscle, oxygen, heat, thirst, fuel--he carefully disentangles the delicate interplay of mind and body by telling the riveting stories of men and women who've pushed their own limits in extraordinary ways.

The longtime "Sweat Science" columnist for Outside and Runner's World, Hutchinson, a former national-team long-distance runner and Cambridge-trained physicist, was one of only two reporters granted access to Nike's top-secret training project to break the two-hour marathon barrier, an extreme quest he traces throughout the book. But the lessons he draws from shadowing elite athletes and from traveling to high-tech labs around the world are surprisingly universal. Endurance, Hutchinson writes, is "the struggle to continue against a mounting desire to stop"--and we're always capable of pushing a little farther.

Title:Endure: Mind, Body, and the Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Performance

    Some Testimonial About This Book:

  • John Spiller

    Much like Homer Simpson was disappointed to learn that "The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson was not a book on how to win the lottery, I was dismayed to discover that "Endure" offers very little concrete i...

  • Loomis

    I found Hutchinson's journalistic style of reporting on Endurance to be highly enjoyable. I was able to form my own ideas and I often there was an answer coming when I wanted to challenge what I was r...

  • Juan

    Libro muy interesante sobre el estado del arte en materia de resistencia física. El cuerpo humano tiene demasiadas variables interesantes. No es un libro de entrenamiento pero ayuda a entenderse mien...

  • Susannah

    Perfect book for anyone gearing up for the Olympics. I'll post my NY Post feature on it when it runs......

  • Phil Sykora

    I don't like that Alex Hutchinson's "Endure" is "written in the spirit of Malcolm Gladwell." It reminds me of what Stephen King said in On Writing: "Any book that has the description, 'written in the ...

  • Peter

    The full title of this book is actually very apt since it describes exactly what this book focuses on. There was a quite decent split between discussions and theories around how the mind affects perfo...

  • Jacques Bezuidenhout

    If you are looking for a step by step guide on how to improve endurance, this is not it.What it is a journalistic style report trying to apply scientific theories from the last century to different en...

  • Scott Wozniak

    This was a strong tour of the physiology and psychology of endurance sports. With a good mix of stories and studies, this book covers a wide range of science debates, mostly centering around the quest...

  • Kirsten

    [2018; Next Big Idea Club] Well researched. His own passion for the subject comes through which is nice. Covered the limits we have to endure - muscle, oxygen, heat, thirst, etc. - and the brain's inf...

  • Steve Pratt

    Excellent, if you are at all interested in exercise science without hyperbole....