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

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

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

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Title:Endure: Mind, Body, and the Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Performance
Author:Alex Hutchinson
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Genres:Science
ISBN:0062499971
Format Type:ebook
Number of Pages:320 pages pages

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  • Dana Larose
    Apr 15, 2018
    This isn't a running book and it isn't a manual on how to run (or bike, etc) faster, but it's a summary of the research into the question of how far and fast we can push our bodies, and why our seeming limits can sometimes be transcended. Hutchinson writes engagingly on what would b...
  • Mehrsa
    Apr 01, 2018
    It's all in the brain--muscle fatigue, heat stroke, oxygen depletion--we have more in the tank than we assume and training and pushing past the mental barriers can help push you past the physical barriers. Hutchinson does a great job explaining the science in simple ways. He's also app...
  • Allison
    Feb 22, 2018
    Disclaimer: I don't typically enjoy nonfiction books. I always-ALWAYS-need a narrative. It can be a bunch of little narratives that turn out sort of like short stories (e.g., What the Dog Saw by Malcolm Gladwell), or an overarching narrative (...nothing comes to mind, actually). But no...
  • Chris
    Apr 11, 2018
    Alex Hutchinson, a runner and science journalist for publications such as Runner?s World, collects some interesting findings about the science of human endurance. Polar expeditions are as much endurance activities as a 200 mile ultra marathon, though the sports side is covered in mor...
  • Anders Brabaek
    Mar 22, 2018
    This book is about how your mental limits affects your physical limits, and how great physical performances demands a mindset which can push through pain and suffering. It is about how you can ?exercise your mind? to endure more. The author presents a combination stories and rese...
  • Eric
    Feb 26, 2018
    This is a great book that tries to answer the question of why we stop when competing in endurance events and how we might be able to push a little more. How much of a role does the brain play in slowing us down as opposed to actual muscle fatigue, dehydration, heat, etc.? I really ...
  • Kirsten
    Apr 09, 2018
    [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 influence on these physical limits. Not sure many of the older/first (early 1900s) resear...
  • Scott Wozniak
    Mar 20, 2018
    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 question: How big of a factor is mental self-control? We know there are physical limits (lo...
  • Sameer
    Mar 07, 2018
    These lines towards the end of this book sum it up pretty well: "This book isn't a training manual ... If you want to run faster ... Run a lot of miles/Some faster than your race pace/Rest once in a while ... In any honest accounting, training is the cake and belief is the icing". Mo...
  • Tracy
    Mar 22, 2018
    I wasn?t sure about this choice of the Next Big Idea Club ? it?s not really my cup of tea ? but in the end I found it pretty interesting. The fact that my brother has pursued endurance sports (Ironman triathlons) for over 20 years probably had something to do with it. The physi...
  • Hakan Jackson
    Mar 24, 2018
    This is my first book on sports science. Even though the title focuses on one aspect of sports science, the nature of that one aspect seems to touch on all aspects. Everything seems to affect endurance. It also does all of this by going over the history of the science. It is really hon...
  • Susannah
    Feb 05, 2018
    Perfect book for anyone gearing up for the Olympics. I'll post my NY Post feature on it when it runs... ...
  • Brandt Kurowski
    Feb 26, 2018
    A lot has been written about the effects of the mind over the body's performance, much of it contradictory. Hutchinson masterfully takes us on a tour of the best science available to disentangle the various pieces of this puzzle, then puts them back together for us. The book impresses ...
  • Mac
    Mar 10, 2018
    Positives. Numerous. In Endure, Hutchinson explores our capacity to endure, our ability to push beyond seeming limits in many endeavors--sports of all kinds, mountain summiting, exploration... He investigates the increasingly important role of our brains, not just the machines of our b...
  • Sebastian Gebski
    Feb 20, 2018
    Neat surprise, I didn't expect that I'll enjoy that one as much, but I did. It's not a typical "running" book (as one could have thought, knowing that it was written by the runner) - by typical I mean one that covers all the technical aspects of running, diet, picking proper training ...
  • Denise Chojnacki
    Apr 03, 2018
    The premise of this book was to do research into what makes an endurance athlete be able to tap into the deepest part of themselves to become elite athletes. Some of the studies that were done were very interesting (everything from electronic brain stimulation to certain shoes) and had...
  • Christopher Lawson
    Feb 06, 2018
    Secret Weapon: Believe You Have Another Gear In ENDURE, sports journalist Alex Hutchinson explores the latest theories and experiments designed to breakthrough endurance limits. The big question is, Why do we stop? And, Is there any way to go past the stop? One view of limitation...
  • Tõnis Erissaar
    Apr 03, 2018
    Great book about body and mind cooperation. Very interesting tricks how to train better - either for a marathon or some other longlasting mental and physical experience. One of my favourite line from the book "endurance is the struggle against mounting desire to stop". Being easy run...
  • Trung Nguyen Dang
    Apr 04, 2018
    This is an amazing, and extremely well-written book for a geeky person who wants to explore the nature of human limits. I could hardly put it down and always look to come back to it when I have time. The author, Alex Hutchinson, is a award-winning journalist, former physicist as well a...
  • Justin Daniel
    Apr 11, 2018
    I am interested in long distance running; I am not necessarily all that motivated to do it, however. In college, I cut way back on calories and started running daily. By the end of the semester, I had lost more than 25 lbs and was in some of the best shape of my life. It was then that ...
  • Juan
    Apr 12, 2018
    Libro muy interesante sobre el estado del arte en materia de resistencia fsica. El cuerpo humano tiene demasiadas variables interesantes. No es un libro de entrenamiento pero ayuda a entenderse mientras se entrena. ...
  • Lawrence Xie
    Mar 07, 2018
    Out of all the books I?ve added on Goodreads, Endure is the most difficult for me to review with an unbiased eye. The reason is that the topic discussed lies within the backdrop of a community I am very immersed in ? that of competitive running. Indeed the author is friends with ma...
  • John Spiller
    Feb 11, 2018
    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 insights on how endurance can be increased. Instead, "Endure" is an exploration of the ...
  • Krzysiek Palka
    Mar 14, 2018
    A great summary of current knowledge about the human limits. ?Do you notice he?s not dead?? he?d say, pointing at Lee. ?What does that tell you? It means he could have run faster.? In this book, Alex describes what and why was considered as the limits of human enduran...
  • Paul Miller
    Apr 11, 2018
    I endured this book so you won't have to. The premise seems compelling: what science has learned about athletes pushing the bounds of what can be accomplished - lessons for you and me in 'real life'. However, the book laboriously recounts evidence after evidence that demonstrates the r...
  • Alex Hancock
    Apr 10, 2018
    I thoroughly enjoyed the book. The author takes a look at the complicated interplay between the body and the mind during feats of endurance. He spends a lot of time exploring what's happening in the brain and the body at the moment when you feel like you've reached your limit and you n...
  • Loomis
    Mar 21, 2018
    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 reading. I appreciated the journey of this book and the fascinating detail. ...
  • Grant Den Herder
    Mar 27, 2018
    Fantastic book. My first thought as I finished is that I need to start over to totally pick up everything. A very informative read. The first third of the book was about the different theories currently associated with fatigue, then the second part focuses in on specific needs and limi...
  • Atticus Harris
    Apr 08, 2018
    Hutchinson takes us on a whirlwind tour of the current ideas that are pushing the limits of physical endurance both in the lab and on the field. A well-written account that blends historical feats of stamina, such as Shackleton's Antarctic expeditions, with contemporary efforts to crac...
  • Maeby215
    Apr 12, 2018
    This was an interesting read. While the book is chocked full of scientific studies on the various aspects of human endurance, I couldn't find a narrative for the book. I wanted to like this. I wanted to take something away from this other than research study statistics. It seemed like ...