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

  • Atila Iamarino
    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 limite físico (e muscular) ou fisiológico e o que é limite psicológico – até onde o cérebro segura nosso desempenho tentando gerir nossos recursos. Os exemplos...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Viv JM
    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 scientific studies.
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • Ha Truong
    There are some factors can influence the endurance that I can improve :D+ Oxygen intake+ Core body temperature+ Mindfulness
  • Ron S
    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.
  • 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...
  • Susannah
    Perfect book for anyone gearing up for the Olympics. I'll post my NY Post feature on it when it runs...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Steve Pratt
    Excellent, if you are at all interested in exercise science without hyperbole.
  • 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...
  • Nathaniel
    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. Besides, so many popular science books try to shoehorn complex theories into simple narratives to move more copies, and you've got to reward the integrity of a researcher...
  • Sujata Neidig
    This is a tough book to rate for me. I love running and really enjoyed reading about the different factors that effect endurance and especially how endurance is tied more to the brain/mind than physical attributes. He tells a few stories with the main one revolving around the Nike 2 program. He explains a TON of research from decades ago to now. For me, there was almost too much time spent on the research and not enough on the key-takeaways. Plus...
  • 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...
  • Tara Scott
    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 that his lips basically vanished. Yikes.
  • Nic Ayson
    Probably one of the most informative endurance sport books I have ever read. An intriguing analysis of the precarious balance between the capabilities of the body vs. the limitations of the mind, backed with fascinating research data and a touch of humour added in all the right places. I think I'll be buying this one to keep on my bookshelf for future reference, a definite five star read.
  • RC1140
    Quite technical, enjoyed the depth ,might put off more newer runners or casual readers
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Jeremy
    Yet another book where I'm baffled why it's so positively reviewed. Like other moderate reviews, I don't think this was a bad book, but I also don't think it was worth my time. This is why:1. Malcolm Gladwell in the forward says this isn't a book about running. It is absolutely a book about running! With a few parts about explorers and mountain climbers. (If you love running, you'll probably love this book.) Furthermore, I think of "endurance" as...
  • 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...