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:Nonfiction
ISBN:0062499971
Format Type:ebook
Number of Pages:320 pages pages

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  • Joshua
    May 31, 2018
    A fascinating look at the physiological limits of human endurance. The underlying premise is that the brain keeps the body from pushing so hard that it simply fails. Otherwise, you'd see far more people die during marathons, or whatever, because motivated people would push themselves r...
  • Gloria
    Apr 23, 2018
    Two-sided review. On the plus side, this will delight marathon runners in particular, but also any athlete engaged in endurance sports such as mountain climbing, deep sea diving, and cycling. This is full of stories, race information, and lots and lots of sleep-inducing statistics. Wel...
  • 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...
  • Amy
    May 03, 2018
    This book serves as an excellent introduction to the topic of endurance. It is well written and organized, providing a summary of vast amounts of research that have been done in a very accessible manner. Anecdotes and scientific findings are interwoven in a way that allows the text to ...
  • Nathaniel
    Jun 29, 2018
    This was a really interesting book, even though instead of coming out with a clear, provocative new claim the final result to almost all the central questions was: it depends. It was still interesting because so much of the research to get to "it depends" was really captivating. Beside...
  • Viv JM
    Jun 30, 2018
    Really interesting look at endurance and what the limits are for human performance. Hutchinson discusses the roles of heat, oxygen, muscles etc but also how much of endurance is related to the brain. Fascinating stuff, with lots of interesting anecdotes and stories, as well as scientif...
  • 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...
  • Ron S
    Jul 03, 2018
    An entertaining look at the latest research into human performance, from Arctic explorers to Nike's recent siege on the 2 hour marathon record. Introduction by Malcolm Gladwell. ...
  • 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...
  • Atila Iamarino
    Jun 19, 2018
    Um passeio bem legal e muito bem escrito sobre os limites do corpo humano. Usando a corrida como desculpa (ou contexto), Hutchinson passa uma combinação de medicina, método esportivo e a história do esporte e de esportistas para discutir o tema. Fica um balanço legal do que é lim...
  • Stephen Redwood
    May 11, 2018
    I love this kind of book. They bring science to bear on a topic that I?m interested in, acknowledge the complexity of the human condition and avoid the temptation to distill and over simplify the lessons that can be learned. Although the writer, Alex Hutchinson, is a runner, this is ...
  • Phil Sykora
    May 10, 2018
    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 spirit of,' is probably the pits" (or something to that effect, I'm not going to fish ...
  • 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... ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • Jacques Bezuidenhout
    May 29, 2018
    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 endurance sports (running, speed walking, cycling, mountain climbing, free diving) t...
  • 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 ...
  • Peter
    Jun 10, 2018
    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 performance versus the actual limits of the human body. Most of these discussions went quit...
  • Juan
    Apr 12, 2018
    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 mientras se entrena. ...
  • Tara Scott
    Jul 14, 2018
    Not sure how a book can be boring and exciting at the same time but this one was. I felt that certain parts drug on, but overall, the majority of the issues concerning endurance were well covered. I liked the stuff about the LCHP diet and the guy that got so dehydrated in the desert th...
  • 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 ...
  • Tom
    May 11, 2018
    Thoroughly absorbing exploration of how much human performance lies in the mind, as opposed to physical, trainable attributes. And how it can be tricked with placebos, false timings, egged on by competition and so on. I appreciated the author's inquisitive mind and journalist's ...
  • Steve Pratt
    May 29, 2018
    Excellent, if you are at all interested in exercise science without hyperbole. ...
  • David C Ward
    May 30, 2018
    I?ll give this four stars for execution but I have to say it was a bit too heavy on the geekery of multiple scientific studies on exercise, endurance etc - you get lost in the details. A lot of the physiological conclusions seem suspect not just because someone is always arguing the ...
  • 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. ...
  • RC1140
    Jul 13, 2018
    Quite technical, enjoyed the depth ,might put off more newer runners or casual readers ...