Natural Born Heroes

Christopher McDougall tracks down the high priests of the lost fitness arts. His goal? Revive the skills that can reveal the hero inside everyone.


Skill, Strength, Compassion

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.

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

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."

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.

Want to undo the damage of your desk job in 10 minutes? Crawl like a kid and start spinning like a Sufi monk.

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

You can do this yoga-meets-wrestling series of movements anywhere, with results that put the weight machines to shame