Alex Hutchinson

Your Body on Brain Doping

A sharp bang, like a rifle shot, echoes off the walls of the converted warehouse. There's a brief silence, then everyone heads for their bikes, checking to see whose tire has blown.

Supplements: The Good and the Bad

There's scant evidence for the effectiveness of most supplements. But here are a few to consider—and a few to shy away from.

Avoid the Smog

If the EPA’s Air Quality Index measures more than 150—or 100 if you have asthma or other sensitivities—adjust your workout by doing the following.

Exhaust Yourself

Fact: Exercising in polluted air can increase your risk of asthma, stroke, and heart failure. But is it better than the alternative—avoiding a workout altogether?

Stress Tested

In our obsession with minimizing exercise damage, we may have lost sight of the reason we exercise in the first place: to force our bodies to adapt and get stronger

The Postworkout Plan

Speed up exercise recovery with regular sleep, postworkout nutrition, and soaking in an ice tub.

Ride

This 288-square-mile park, 163 miles north of Sydney, is one of the protected enclaves that make up the World Heritage–listed Gondwana Rainforest, a living fossil of ferns, conifers, and primitive...

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