The Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Performance with Alex Hutchinson, former elite runner and author of the bestselling book Endure


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How much of our human performance limits is physical and how much is “in our heads”? According to Alex Hutchinson, the human brain is the next frontier in breaking barriers in performance. We know more about the brain in the last 50 years than we did in the last 500 years combined. Is he right about the brain being the key to breaking new physical barriers? Listen to the full podcast for more.

Show Notes 9:45 We have learned more about the brain in the last 5 years than we did in the prior 500 19:00 You don’t stop because your muscles cannot go, but because your brain stops you 29:30 The difference between mental stop signs and mental warning signs 37:30 The effect of “the team” on performance barriers and pain tolerance 43:00 The most interesting thing Alex discovered while writing Endure

About Alex Hutchinson Alex Hutchinson is an author and journalist in Toronto. His latest book, published in February 2018, is an exploration of the science (and mysteries) of endurance. It’s called ENDURE: Mind, Body, and the Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Performance. Before that, he wrote a practical guide to the science of fitness, called Which Comes First, Cardio or Weights? Fitness Myths, Training Truths, and Other Surprising Discoveries from the Science of Exercise, which was published in 2011. Ale also wrote Big Ideas: 100 Modern Inventions That Have Transformed Our World, in 2009. His primary focus these days is the science of endurance and fitness, which he covers for Outside (where he is a contributing editor and write the Sweat Science column), The Globe and Mail (where he writes the Jockology column), and Canadian Running magazine. Alex has also covered technology for Popular Mechanics (where he earned a National Magazine Award) and adventure travel for the New York Times, and was a Runner’s World columnist from 2012 to 2017.

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