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Endure: Mind, Body and the Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Performance

Narrated by: Robert G. Slade
Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
Categories: Sport, Other
4.5 out of 5 stars (187 ratings)

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Summary

How high or far or fast can humans go? And what about individual potential: what defines a person's limits? From running a two-hour marathon to summiting Mount Everest, we're fascinated by the extremes of human endurance, constantly testing both our physical and psychological limits.

In Endure, Alex Hutchinson, PhD, reveals why our individual limits may be determined as much by our heads and hearts as by our muscles. He presents an overview of science's search for understanding human fatigue, from crude experiments with electricity and frogs' legs to sophisticated brain imaging technology. Going beyond the traditional mechanical view of human limits, he instead argues that a key element in endurance is how the brain responds to distress signals - whether heat or cold or muscles screaming with lactic acid - and reveals that we can train to improve brain response.

An elite distance runner himself, Hutchinson takes us to the forefront of the new sports psychology - brain electrode jolts, computer-based training, subliminal messaging - and presents startling new discoveries enhancing the performance of athletes today, showing us how anyone can utilize these tactics to bolster their own performance - and get the most out of their bodies.

©2018 Alex Hutchinson (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

"This book is amazing!" (Malcolm Gladwell)
"If you want to gain insight into the mind of great athletes, adventurers, and peak performers then prepare to be enthralled by Alex Hutchinson's Endure." (Bear Grylls)
"Anyone who has ever felt exhausted, whether from heat or cold or altitude or pain or simply a loss of will, is going to find their own experience in this book." (David Epstein, author of The Sports Gene)

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Great read (listen)

After recent doping allegations, this restored some of my faith in human performance. It is amazing what the human mind and body can achieve.

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academic book

A good book but not what I expected. very academically focused. hard to stay motivated.

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Good Book...Learn to Pronounce People's Names

Author is great, but narrator can learn to pronounce running legends names properly. Pre-reading prep?

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I really liked that one

A very good book. It doesn't pretend to be more than it presents. It's an overview of human physiological abilities. Or at least what we know so for of them. It presents many great stories and good science, as well as possible doors for improvement. I this the latter is the most important part of the book. If you are interested in the field and have the means, why not try some of the suggestion that were implied.

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  • 01-07-19

Exploring the brain and body contributors to physical endurance

An interesting review of what we know so far about the factors contributing to human physical performance, and what we still don’t know.
I found it interesting how much training, pushing and deceiving the brain contributes to results.

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Wow. Informative and interesting.

Sometimes got lost in the weeds of the detail, but the details proves such depth of understanding and research by the author. really well written, great stories intertwined and perfect in audible. I found myself quoting theories and facts in so many conversations I have!! so applicable and interesting if you have even the slightest interest in sport and/or one's body.

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Thought provoking

Fantastic book and extremely well written. Great read and couldn't put it down. The author showed a huge understand and fully researched the subject. recommended.

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Fantastic Read

Loved this book. A very informative look at endurance sports, and the research to help with performance.

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  • 14-04-19

Going to listen again - packed with info!!

Lots of info from all different angles. Excellent for those with a keen eye on pushing limits and the realities of what works, what may work and what doesn't.

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excellent listen

easy to listen to, very informative, useful from a performance perspective and just a good book!

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  • 16-04-19

The best overview of endurance

This was the best overview of endurance in general, very well written, fun and a clever combining of the science and real life stories. Historically and academically interesting. A must read and will be my bible on the issue. Will read again!