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IN THE MARKET FOR AN INTERNET COACH? Then you’ll need to decide between a virtual coach (costs range from $0-$20 per month; no personal interaction included) and a bona fide online coach (costs range from $60 and up per month; live coach at the other end of the line). A…

The Program

The Results

Need a daily powder fix? Chase epic snow through the calendar with our guide to the best places to ski and snowboard each month.

For a faster, stronger you, take it slow (with a grain of salt)

An ex-soviet launches a low-tech revolution

True fitness follows the adage "Use it or lose it." Turns out the brain follows the same rule.

Got insurance?: a bite will hurt but the evacuation cost is deadly. Q: I plan to sail around the world over the next three years. Can you recommend a good international insurance policy that covers emergency medical evacuations? — Mark Downing, Portland, Oregon…

The first four weeks

Getting fit is one thing. Staying fit is another.

Stymied by the dark side of sport? Don't panic. Mastering fear, fatigue, and pain is easier than you think.

One Hiit Wonderful

Are your workouts an exercise in solitary refinement? Supercharge your performance with a little help from your friends.

EVER SINCE RED BULL charged into the United States beverage market in 1997, stimulant-laden sodas from a host of different companies have been generating big buzz. In the last five years, domestic sales generated by these power-gulps have grown from $10 million to nearly $300 million. That’s in part because…

Stay nimble with our foolproof, made-to-order regimen

Forget what you've heard about calories, pounds, carbs, or miles—the adventure athlete's real secret to optimal weight is all about energy management

She's pinching, you're flinching—just in time, professional advice for DIY massage

Luxe locales to soothe your pain

Your well-tailored fitness program may be missing something important—a regular massage. Here's our hands-on guide to the right rub.

Worried that the long shadows of autumn will darken your fitness mood? Lighten up with these 30-minute workouts, guaranteed to help you soar into winter shape.

Injury, pain, the psychology of recovery, and getting back on the trail

Train as hard as you want, but until you've tapped the secrets of top-notch form you'll be all go and no flow

Adventure races have come into their own. Time to join the self-punishing fun and tackle your first one.

Come, stymied climbers, stalling cyclists, and ragged runners--behold the year's top ten fitness trends. We promise they'll punch up your performance.

Sick of protein shakes and energy biscuits? Meet the exercise physiologist who has revolutionized sports nutrition with a radical new diet for athletes—real food.

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

Calling all fitness Luddites and low-tech aerobic warriors—it's time to change your ways. Let us unlock the mysteries of heart-rate training and help you maximize your workouts.

Don't be put off by the funny equipment—functional training builds real-world skills in the gym

Science is sprinting toward the super-enhanced athlete. Say hello to tomorrow's inhuman being.

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.

Triathlon, the arcane sport of masochists, is poised to hit it big, with a high-profile Olympic debut and two camera-ready hardbodies in a duel for glory. Will America fall for the seduction?

With longer days looming, it's high time to build stronger, faster legs

Your diet's dialed, your body's buff. Now plug in to the frontier of athletic performance—brain-wave biofeedback. It could revolutionize your game.

So is adventure racing pure competition, or just a grueling way to grab TV ratings?

She can hit frontside 50-50s all day long, snag half-pipe titles with her eyes closed and stretch her hang time to the edge of forever, but what while Cara-Beth Burnside do when it's time to grow up?

Does wilderness therapy help troubled kids? After a gang of teenagers staged a violent mutiny in the badlands of Utah, we joined the search for answers.

A Definitive Directory to the Top Careers in the Outdoors

Then pay attention, because there's more to posture than walking around with a book on your head

As often as we use them, we can't help but abuse them. Or can we?

How to use those health club machines to your post-holiday advantage

Heed those rusty hinges now, and they'll work more smoothly when it really counts

A modest bit of indoor dedication now will give you the freedom to let loose this winter

Coping with that oh-so-troubling lumbar region

Don't sweat that impending trip — it's easy to keep in shape away from home

All recreational sport is really quite simple: You run. You jump. You throw. What's more, it's pretty easy to get good at these things.

Toughen your midsection, and hardy arms and legs are sure to follow

Along the 43rd parallel in North America, raising pumpkins isn't just a sleepy backyard pursuit—it's an extreme sport. And nowhere are the stakes higher, or the intrigues thicker, than at the annual weigh-off of the World Pumpkin Confederation, the Olympics of garden-patch gigantism.

CABLE CROSSOVER The Muscles: Latissimus dorsi, pectorals The Exercise: Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and your back straight. Position yourself with your weak side perpendicular to the cable pulley, about an arm’s length away. Holding the cable grip with your arm extended from your side, pull the…

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