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. Maybe it's time to give the old standard another chance?

Christopher McDougall
Dec 15, 2016

How to Forage for Your Next Energy Bar

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

No, Heroes Aren't Born. They're Built.

One of the most surprising heroes of World War II was a pint-sized shepherd nicknamed The Clown—and his fitness wisdom can change your life.

Christopher McDougall
Dec 16, 2014

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…?

Christopher McDougall
Dec 16, 2014

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.

Christopher McDougall
Dec 16, 2014

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.

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...

Christopher McDougall
Nov 6, 2014

On the Trail of the White Horse

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,...

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

The Secret of Vuleefore

Jim Shea had a dream: bring up-and-coming Kenyan runners to the States

Christopher McDougall
Sep 1, 2000