Endure : Mind, Body, and the Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Performance
by Alex Hutchinson
Editor: HarperCollins Publishers Inc
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Le National Magazine Lauréat du prix Le National Magazine Runner’s World chroniqueur, fréquentes New Yorkercom contributor, and Cambridge trained physicist: a fascinating and definitive exploration of the science of endurance and peak performance at Cambridge trained physicist: a fascinating and definitive exploration of the science of endurance and peak performance at Starting from two hours of marathon for the summit of Everest, we are fascinated by the extremes of human enduranceHow high or far or fast can humans goAnd what about me–which defines my personal boundariesAccording to a century of textbook physiology, the answers lie in the size of your heart, the capacity of your lungs, and the strength of your muscles.But a wave of dramatic results over the last decade has profoundly changed our understanding of human limitations.Enduring, World Runner and NewYorkercom contributor Alex Hutchinson, brings this radical breakthrough in the science of endurance to a large audience, for the first time, leading to a surprising conclusion: It is the brain that dictates its limits and means that they can always be pushed a little further.Hutchinson traces our attempts over the last hundred years to understand man’s fatigue, from the crude experiments of the early twentieth century (physiologists cut the thighs of frogs and electrocution) to the use of brain imaging techniques.Hutchinson presents a completely new understanding of endurance, untethered from the traditional mechanistic vision of man’s traditional limits (like a car with a brick on its gas pedal, we go until the tank runs out of gas)Instead, he argued convincingly, a key element is how the brain reacts to distress signals, such as heat or cold, or muscles shouting with lactic acid, and we can train them to improve this brain response.Travelling to the vanguard of the new psychology of landscape sports — from the brain of the electrode-shifting computer-assisted training of subliminal messages — Hutchinson makes accessible to a host of surprising new discoveriesA distracted elite
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