Christopher McDougall

Christopher McDougall

Outside contributor McDougall, author of the bestseller Born to Run, has written extensively about the limits of human potential.

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Why the Crosscut Saw Is the Ultimate Fitness Tool

We'd been using crosscut saws for more than a millennium when the glitzy chainsaw became available to homeowners in the 1970s. It's time to give the old standard another chance.

Christopher McDougall
Dec 15, 2016

How to Forage for Your Next Energy Bar

Stop that lawnmower! Your urban backyard is packed with hidden performance-enhancing plants that can be tossed together to make an ancestral wonder meal.

Christopher McDougall
Feb 25, 2015

The Gym Is Dead. Meet Its Assassin.

Strength is useless if you don't hone your agility—the skill of translating power into meaningful movement. And it all starts with mastering the "Kong vault."

Christopher McDougall
Dec 16, 2014

This Man Was 80 Years Ahead of CrossFit

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.

Christopher McDougall
Dec 16, 2014

FKT Up? Kilian Jornet's Insane New Sport

With warp-speed ascents that include the Matterhorn (1:56) and Denali (9:43), ultrarunner turned alpinist Kilian Jornet Burgada is the king of the endurance world's latest obsession: fastest known times. And now he plans to run up Everest.

Christopher McDougall
Nov 6, 2014

On Tuesday March 27, ultrarunner Micah True set off on a 12-mile run in the Gila National Forest and didn't return. Days later, writer Christopher McDougall took off on a not-so-unfamiliar quest, joining a crew of ultrarunners to search for the ever-wandering man nicknamed Caballo Blanco.

Christopher McDougall
Apr 12, 2012

Ultramarathoner Jenn Shelton

She drinks hard, fights dirty, and runs 100 trail miles faster than any woman alive. Meet Jenn Shelton, ultramarathoning's new antihero.

Christopher McDougall
Jul 3, 2009

Orkney Islands Riot

Twice a year, the good men of Scotland's Orkney Islands work out their issues the old-fashioned way. They riot.

Christopher McDougall
Mar 1, 2001

Vowing to change the world of endurance running, where Kenyan athletes have been treated like indentured servants, a revolutionary band has established a base in a perfect green valley. And where is this magical place, this Vuleefore? In suburban America. Where George Washington slept. Where an enemy already guards its turf.

Christopher McDougall
Sep 1, 2000