Endure: Mind, Body and the Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Performance book review
James Witts takes a look at sports scientist Alex Hutchinson new book, which examines the science of extreme endurance and what defines the limits of an endurance athlete
Alex Hutchinson is one of the world’s finest sports-science writers, explaining complex theories in easy but absorbing prose. Those who’ve followed his rise won’t be disappointed with this look at the science of extreme endurance, which aims to answer the question of what defines the limits – is it physical or mental?
The book’s divided into three sections. The first looks at the history of endurance and competing theories used to explain it. The second tells of the people who’ve exceeded limits, where Hutchinson decides which theory best fits the facts. And it finishes with new approaches to pushing the boundaries of endurance like brain training. Overall, Hutchinson effortlessly marries studies and real-life exploits to popularise the subject of endurance.
Verdict: a compelling and well-written book. Triathletes will love it 91%
Buy from www.waterstones.com