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Don't Trust the World Anti-Doping Agency

The case of Andrus Veerpalu, an Olympic gold medal winning Estonian cross country skier who was accused in 2011 of doping with human growth hormone, raises serious questions about WADA's credibility.

Why American Endurance Athletes Have No Fun

ÖTILLÖ is an ultra event run annually in the Swedish archipelago. I wrote about it for Outside—about how crazy, drunk Swedes thought this thing up, in which teams of two swim between and run over 26...

Sandbag Your Workout

Strength training will make you better by helping you go faster, longer, or higher, and the best way to achieve it is just to move around. Fire your core with the simplest hardware store tools around...

Craig Alexander Just Won't Retire

Australian Craig Alexander retired from Ironman triathlons last year as the sport’s dominant figure. Now, less than 12 months later, he’s preparing for his comeback.

Kai Lightner: Rock Climbing's Rising Star

In the opening scene of the short film “14.c,” which played to a sold-out crowd at Mountainfilm in Telluride this year, Kai Lightner hangs from a sandstone roof on Trebuchet, a 5.14b route in West...

Plan the Perfect Workday Workout

If you're unable (or unwilling) to spend an hour in the morning exercising before work, your lunch hour isn't a bad time to make up for it. Here's how to prepare for and schedule your day, plus three workout scenarios.

Stop Exercising and Start Training

If you're having difficulty sticking with an exercise regimen, change your mind to change your results. Make movement your lifestyle—and train, don’t exercise.

Friends Don't Let Friends Workout Alone

Not everything has to be a competition—but success is so much sweeter when it is. Just for kicks, grab two equally athletic friends and see who ends up on top in this grueling, drill-based...

The Minimum Amount of Exercise You Need

A new fitness law, the "five-minute rule," preaches that running just five minutes a day will reduce your risk of croaking from all causes, including cardiovascular disease. But you, Outside readers,...

The Rules of Running Drunk

According to a recent paper in the Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine, running while drunk is no more taxing on the body than sitting while drunk.But really, even though it may not be the...

Trick Your Brain to Run Faster

Speed isn't just the result of physical preparation. Training the brain to actually allow the body to run fast is another big part, as well. Author Pete Magill shares his insights to "convince your...

Read Your Way to a Fitter, Healthier You

Sometimes, you have to work your brain to work your body better. Turn your library into a gym and put your thinker through its paces with classic reads from wellness experts.

Ultrarunning's Humble Champion

With a series of impressive 100-mile wins under his belt and perhaps the most fitting name ever bestowed upon a shoe-salesman-slash-ultrarunner, Mike Foote seems to be doing everything right.

Swimmers: Don't Worry About Flesh-Eating Bacteria

Cue the chilling background music: Flesh eating bacteria can lurk in your favorite swimming spots. But don't panic. For most people, even those in affected regions, the water is still safe—especially when you're using common sense.

Solving Exercise’s Most Metallic Mystery

Sometimes when we work out hard, we get a weird, metallic taste in our mouths. The problem is widespread, and the reason for it is surprisingly elusive.