Endure by Alex Hutchinson


"Reveals how we can all surpass our perceived physical limits." --Adam Grant - "This book is AMAZING!" --Malcolm GladwellLimits are an illusion: a revolutionary book that reveals the secrets of reaching the hidden extra potential within us allForeword by Malcolm GladwellThe 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 a...

Details Endure

Release DateFeb 6th, 2018
PublisherWilliam Morrow
GenreNonfiction, Science, Sports and Games, Sports, Fitness, Psychology, Health

Reviews Endure

  • 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 insights on how endurance can be increased. Instead, "Endure" is an exploration of the various factors that affect endurance and how much -- or how little -- we know about each. In a nutshell, Tim Noakes' theory of the brain as a "central governor" of...
  • 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 reading. I appreciated the journey of this book and the fascinating detail.
  • 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 mientras se entrena.
  • 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 spirit of,' is probably the pits" (or something to that effect, I'm not going to fish it up).Well, this is the exception. Endure is a fantastic book that's chock-full of interesting, far-reaching, and applicable research. He masterfully walks the lin...
  • 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 performance versus the actual limits of the human body. Most of these discussions went quite deep into the scientific literature regarding each subject which made the book feel very well researched. However, if you're looking for practical advice and idea...
  • 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 endurance sports (running, speed walking, cycling, mountain climbing, free diving) to try find something that can measure or debunk myths about the limits in human potential.There is a lot of research that gets delved into/mentioned in this book.Hutchi...
  • 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 question: How big of a factor is mental self-control? We know there are physical limits (lots of solid science reporting is in there explaining how we're pushing those limits), but can we train--or trick--our brains to doing more than we think?It's actual...
  • 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 influence on these physical limits. Not sure many of the older/first (early 1900s) research studies and examples were completely necessary but I guess they helped provide a more complete picture of how this area of research and endurance sports have evo...
  • Steve Pratt
    Excellent, if you are at all interested in exercise science without hyperbole.
  • Allison
    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 matter what, I need a story to hold all the "facts" together.Hutchinson does a great job weaving what would otherwise be almost chapter-length "research reviews" t...
  • Justin Daniel
    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 I made it a life goal to run a marathon. I still have yet to do that, but earlier this year I decided to start training instead of just saying I was going to eventu...
  • Lawrence Xie
    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 many of my close current track teammates. In addition just this past summer, I remember watching Nike’s Breaking 2 live as it was streamed online late at night. Now...
  • Christopher Lawson
    Secret Weapon: Believe You Have Another GearIn 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 is the âhuman machineâ view, where our fuel tank is simply empty. Another view is the âAll in your headâ notion, where you stop by choice, rather than physical limitat...
  • Stephen Redwood
    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 an investigation into human endurance in general, not just in sport. He defines endurance as “the struggle to continue against a mounting desire to stop” (coopt...
  • Trung Nguyen Dang
    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 as national class runner (who have beaten lots of elite Kenyans). However, before you pick up the the book and think you will get training tips, I need to warn you, ...
  • Mac
    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 bodies. And he does all this by personalizing many ideas with fascinating in-depth looks into specific ultra marathoners, triathletes, divers, swimmers, skiers, expl...
  • Joshua
    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 right over the edge and inadvertently kill themselves. The narrative skips between athletic competitions and lab tests. Once you've blamed it all on the brain, the q...
  • Gloria
    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. Well-researched, it explores the relationship of the brain to the body and how studies are determined to eke out extra minutes or even seconds to win a race or break a...
  • Tom
    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 eye taking him beyond his own realm of athletics, into the world of endurance, exploration, rich with its own stories and legends. The author's selection of documentary evi...
  • Amy
    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 flow seamlessly. Section and chapter breaks are of appropriate length for the book to easily be picked up and put down. Highly recommended for those interested in e...
  • Sebastian Gebski
    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 regime, choosing shoes, etc. It's not even a typical sports book - this book is about humans' endurance in general & it covers this topic damn well, by exploring each...
  • David C Ward
    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 opposite but because in many cases the sample sizes are so small or unscientific (5 BMXers, 20 race walkers) and idiosyncratic. It’s also never quite clear what t...
  • Jerrodm
    As everyone who I've talked to since I started reading this book knows, really enjoyed this book. To be fair, I'm definitely the core audience targeted: people who like science writing and endurance sports. The writer, Alex Hutchinson, is a former elite-level athlete and sports journalist with a Ph.D. in physics. So he brings a journalist's curiosity and sense of framing and a scientist's rigor to looking at how human bodies can actually be pushe...
  • Brandt Kurowski
    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 in it's scope: the settings range from the Antarctic to Mt Everest, and from research labs to 400m track. In these settings, Hutchinson reviews what we know about t...
  • Anders Brabaek
    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 research findings. Most of the examples are from long distances, e.g. marathons/Ironman to ultra-long distance races as well as insane trips to mountains or the Antarctic...
  • Paul Miller
    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 role of mind over matter - trick yourself, talk to yourself, see a happy face, gargle a bit of water, chew caffeine gum, embrace pain, don't overhydrate..... There s...
  • Chris
    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 more detail. This is not a how-to book but more of a summary of current research, particularly in marathon running. The frame of the book is coverage of the 2017 Nike ...
  • Krzysiek Palka
    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 endurance, and makes a walk through the current experiments and believes with a constant amount of skepticism and common sense. The witty style of his writing makes it easy to go ...
  • Grant Den Herder
    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 limitations, and finally ends on a more psychological aspect of endurance. Most of the research referenced is around endurance activities, but I think the lessons here ...