Brian Alexander

Brian Alexander

Brian Alexander is a writer and author based in California. A frequent contributor to NBCNews and Outside magazine, his work has appeared in The New York Times, The New York Times magazine, Wired, Esquire, The Los Angeles Times magazine, and many others. His most recent book is The Chemistry Between Us: Love, Sex, and the Science of Attraction, written with neuroscientist Larry Young. Follow him on Twitter at @BrianRAlexander.

Published

Following the revelation that the American sprinter tested positive for a banned substance, reports have connected Tyson Gay with an "anti-aging" clinic in Georgia. Brian Alexander explains why doctors' offices, not locker rooms, are where the pros are scoring their dope.

Brian Alexander
Jul 17, 2013

Pundits claim the 2013 Tour will be the cleanest in decades. Maybe. Or maybe not. Based on conversations with doctors and coaches, these are likely to be the race’s most popular performance enhancers.

Brian Alexander
Jul 3, 2013

With evidence piling up that Armstrong cheated to win, should he confess and ask his fans, enemies, and cancer-fighting supporters to forgive him? As Brian Alexander explains, that would be the worst move he could make.

Brian Alexander
Sep 13, 2012

The embattled cyclist says USADA is out to get him—using powers that it really shouldn’t have. Brian Alexander says he’s right.

Brian Alexander
Jul 10, 2012

There's Something In The Water

A Texas-based company is marketing a brand of bottled H20, called Evolv, that supposedly can ward off disease and boost your aerobic capacity. It’s fascinating case study of a notable trend—nutritional products that are being sold with a mix of miracle health claims and complex financial structures that promise easy riches. Our advice? Investor beware.

Brian Alexander
Apr 14, 2011

Big Fish

There's a determined man chasing Lance Armstrong, and he has a harpoon: Jeff Novitzky, a brilliant and relentless federal agent who's out to prove that bike racing's greatest champion cheated and lied.

Brian Alexander
Sep 30, 2010

It's the Dog in You

An Oklahoma veterinary scientist named Mike Davis says there's no doubt about it: The world's greatest athletes, of any species, are the canines who pull sleds at the Iditarod. Now, in a project funded by the Pentagon's research arm, he's coming up with ways to make us more like them.

Brian Alexander
Feb 15, 2010

WADA, The International agency that oversees drug testing in sports, has done a solid job of cleaning up some rotten games. But a growing number of critics contend that it's become overzealous and arrogant, sometimes trampling the civil liberties of athletes in the process. As the case of Winter Olympian Zach Lund illustrates, they have a point.

Brian Alexander
Dec 29, 2009

On the eve of bike racing's greatest event, RICHARD POUND—chairman of the World Anti-Doping Agency and the top cop in the war against cheating in sports—weighs in about Lance Armstrong, Barry Bonds, drug testing, and why he suspects the peloton still isn't clean

Brian Alexander
Jun 1, 2006

Jack Out of the Box

America's multiplatinum surf troubadour rides his dreams like a North Shore break. His secret? If you love what you do, life and work can both be a rip.

Brian Alexander
Sep 1, 2005

Cheaters can't be stopped. Testing costs a fortune. It's shockingly easy to beat the system. The drug cops are perpetually playing catch-up. Says who? Drug-testing expert Don Catlin, that's who. He's the doping detective who helped break the BALCO scandal wide open—and the man who's about to launch a radical new campaign to finally solve the problem.

Brian Alexander
Jul 1, 2005

The brave new world is coming—fast. With sci-fi fantasy turning into performance-enhancing reality, we separate the hype from breakthroughs you can use.

Brian Alexander
Oct 1, 2003

A High-Desert Stunner Gets Fast-Tracked as the Next National Park

Brian Alexander
May 1, 2002