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Endure: Mind, Body, and the Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Performance
Contributor(s): Hutchinson, Alex, Gladwell, Malcolm (Foreward By)
ISBN: 0062499866     ISBN-13: 9780062499868
Publisher: William Morrow & Co
    OUR PRICE: $26.09  
Product Type: Hardcover
Published: February 2018
Annotation: An elite distance runner explores the science of human endurance and performance and discusses the cutting-edge studies that show it is the brain—and not heart size, lung capacity or muscle strength—that dictates how far a person can go. 20,000 first printing.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Sports; Physiological aspects.
HEALTH & FITNESS / Exercise.; bisacsh
SPORTS & RECREATION / Running & Jogging.; bisacsh
BISAC Categories:
- Sports & Recreation | Training
- Sports & Recreation | Running & Jogging
- Science | Life Sciences
Dewey: 612/.044
LCCN: 2017035195
Academic/Grade Level: General Adult
Book type: Non-Fiction
Physical Information: 9.25" H x 6.25" W x 1.50" (1.00 lbs) 306 pages
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by PW Annex Reviews (Publishers Weekly Annex Reviews)

In this intricate and probing exploration, Hutchinson, an Outside magazine columnist and avid runner, chases down various theories concerning how the brain and body work together to either limit or stretch the boundaries of human endurance. In delving into this puzzle, Hutchinson finds many contradictions: for instance, at times pain slows athletes to a halt, and at "other times it drives them to even greater heights." Though a good portion of the text is devoted to running (including a recap of one of Hutchinson's own races), readers are also treated to the trials and tribulations of motorcyclists, mountain climbers, free divers (who risk their lives by diving without oxygen tanks), elite race walkers, and other athletes, as well as to commentary by the scientists and sports physiologists who study them. Hutchinson examines how the brain and body interact, observing, "Your brain is looking out for your well-being in ways that are outside your conscious control and that kick in long before you reach a point of actual physiological crisis." Readers seeking simple answers or straightforward workout directives won't find them in Hutchinson's intriguing study, but they will be prompted to think deeply about how human limits can be transcended. Agent: Rick Broadhead, Rick Broadhead & Associates. (Feb.)

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