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Endure: Mind, Body, and the Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Performance Hardcover – February 6, 2018

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“This book is AMAZING!” (MALCOLM GLADWELL)

“Makes the case that we’re actually underestimating our potential, and reveals how we can all surpass our perceived physical limits.” (Adam Grant, LinkedIn.com)

“If you want to gain insight into the mind of great athletes, adventurers, and peak performers then prepare to be enthralled by Alex Hutchinson’s Endure.” (Bear Grylls, Mt. Everest summiteer and host of NBC’s Running Wild with Bear Grylls)

“Fascinating (and motivating). ... Hutchinson sheds light on how humans accomplish our most absurd athletic achievements.” (Esquire)

“A perfect book for the armchair athlete. ... If you ever wonder, How do they do that? Hutchinson has the answers. ... Discovers that what we think of as our limits are set by our minds, not by our bodies.” (Success (”AHA! Reading List”))

“Alex Hutchinson’s Endure is so much more than a sports book. It is a voyage to the outer reaches of human capacity.” (DAVID EPSTEIN, author of Range and The Sports Gene)

“Hutchinson looks at the art and science of endurance, with a focus on running but with take-aways that can be applied to any project, mental or physical.” (Globe and Mail (Toronto))

“[Hutchinson] has a true gift for writing compelling sports stories and combining them with deft analyses of cutting-edge research. ... A captivating and often moving book with something to offer readers interested in health, athleticism, neuroscience, and the human condition.” (Kirkus (*starred review*))

“Persuasive and motivating. ... Transports readers to a realm where psychology, environment, and physiology all intersect.” (Booklist (*starred review*))

“Want to achieve more? Often that means you have to do more -- and Alex will show you how.” (Inc.)

From the Back Cover

LIMITS ARE AN ILLUSION: A REVOLUTIONARY ACCOUNT OF THE SCIENCE AND PSYCHOLOGY OF ENDURANCE, REVEALING THE SECRETS OF REACHING THE EXTRA POTENTIAL WITHIN US ALL.

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 are 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 ultimate 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.


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  • Item Weight : 1.05 pounds
  • Hardcover : 320 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0062499866
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0062499868
  • Dimensions : 6 x 1.05 x 9 inches
  • Publisher : William Morrow; 1st edition (February 6, 2018)
  • Language: : English
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