Strength

Can Thinking About Strength Training Make Me Stronger?

Research suggests that if you are in a situation in which you literally can't move a muscle—because you’re injured, not because you’re lazy—simply imagining yourself in motion can help you retain some of the strength and function you'd otherwise lose.

Which is a Better Workout: Skiing or Snowboarding?

According to the non-profit trade association Snowsports Industries America, alpine skiing burns approximately 500 calories an hour while snowboarding lags slightly behind at 450, not counting time spent on the lift. But there's more to it.

The Concrete Jungle Is the World's Best Gym

I was waiting at the checkout counter of a drugstore in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, when a human cannonball sailed past the window. I glanced around. Did anyone else just…?

Lessons from the Paleo Guru History Forgot

More than 76 years ago, a visionary Australian coach had an epiphany that forged a generation of super-athletes: true fitness is all about translating fear into raw power.

Real Athletes Throw Knives

What can you learn by chucking tempered steel blades into a target? Performing to potential is all about trusting your instincts.

The World's Most Intense Fitness Program

When a longtime triathlete took on a Kokoro camp—a beyond-extreme fitness challenge modeled on the Navy's hell week for SEAL candidates—his first question was purely about the pain: Can I survive...

How the New York Times Got Fitness Wrong

New York Times Magazine contributor Heather Havrilesky attempts to paint the CrossFit-fueled turn toward functional fitness as the latest fitness fad—a troubling turn toward the extreme that is no...

Should I Try Parkour?

Parkour-specific gyms are popping up around the country, and the training discipline that involves getting from Point A to Point B as efficiently as possible–often by jumping, swinging, flipping, or rolling–is worth incorporating into your workout regime.

To Get Fit, You Need to Get Strong

Mark Rippetoe believes the $27 billion fitness industry is confusing you. Worst of all, they're doing it on purpose to nab your cash.

What's Wrong with 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.

Sandbag Your Workout for Maximum Strength

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...

Rock Climbing's New Prodigy

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...

Friends Don't Let Friends Work Out 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...