Training & Performance

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We tend to assume that a nice-looking stride is a fast one, but maybe looking good is its own reward

Scientists have figured out how to make simple exoskeletons that improve running efficiency. Should track and field authorities be worried?

Different workout styles can get you equally fit, but they affect your body differently—which suggests that you should mix it up

Looking to sign up for your first triathlon? We share everything you need to know to help you have a successful first race.

A new way of classifying athletes aims to quantify the thresholds that distinguish recreational athletes from their trained, highly trained, and elite brethren

Our Sweat Science columnist spent two months measuring his blood sugar around the clock. Here’s what he found.

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The first-ever Graphene foam hiking boot delivers unprecedented energy return and cushioning.

The latest “exercise in a bottle” study finds that plasma from exercising mice makes sedentary mice smarter. But don’t throw out your workout gear just yet.

Athletes like Mikaela Shiffrin have started adopting the training technique to increase endurance, muscle mass, and more

Over the past decade, research into compression sportswear has exploded. Here’s what the results reveal.

It’s time to break out the merino base layers and the heat-exchange breathing masks

A selection of (mostly) new titles for fans of science, endurance, fitness, and adventure

The genes that make some people vulnerable to a fatal heart stoppage may be the same ones that give them an athletic edge, researchers suggest

Sports medicine physicians are rethinking the relationship between damage to your body and how it feels

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Want to keep training this winter but finding it hard to motivate? Find a partner.

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The cold season can throw lots of different conditions your way, but with a little prep, you can keep training through any weather.

Mike McCastle has found a very unusual way to benefit others: by enduring agonizing physical challenges

As skimo prepares for its Olympic debut in 2026, sports scientists explore the sport’s demands

Your GPS watch and other gadgets are great at describing training, but prescribing it is a harder challenge

A mathematical model explains how endurance and speed come together to determine who will win a last-lap sprint

A new study quantifies the effects of running on technical terrain

A new study uses machine learning to quantify the effects of temperature, humidity, heat, and sun

Scientists take their equations for the energy demand of hills and rough terrain out into the real world

The link between serious cycling and poor bone health is well established, but researchers are still debating what to do about it

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Sound impossible? Runner Jordan Tropf has put in the work—here’s how he pulled it off.

Over the past few years, McCastle has completed 5,804 pull-ups in a single day, pulled a 5,000-pound truck across the Mojave Desert, and climbed a rope the equivalent height of Mount Everest. How on earth has this Navy SEAL dropout accomplished some of the craziest physical feats in recent memory?

The physiological differences between men and women affect how much fluid they store, how they sweat, and how quickly they heat up. Does that matter?

Yes, people sometimes die while running. No, that doesn’t mean running is “dangerous.”

Build strength and alignment to help eliminate overpronation and protect your feet and ankles

A new study investigates how different types of physical performance are affected by the time of day

The case of 24-year-old Daniel Granberg, who died of high-altitude pulmonary edema earlier this month, highlights the danger of altitudes well below the Himalayan “death zone”

A new study suggests that hydrogels enable you to down more carbs with less digestive distress, and race faster as a result.

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These tips will help you build up to your running goals and stick to your plan.

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Expert strategies and intuitive tech to help you set and achieve your goals

A new study measures the physical and cognitive load of four different treading techniques. The key? Generate lift.

Supersapiens’s new continuous glucose monitor promises to help athletes manage their energy levels. But can it really stave off a bonk?

A long-running gym debate about whether to train each limb separately comes to the cycling world

A new study of Western States ultrarunners illustrates the power of looking beyond simple risk factors to predict injury

Scientists have been debating whether muscles contract more slowly as you age, but new data suggests the real problem is a loss of strength

A physical therapist explains why your wrists hurt, and how to rehabilitate and protect them

After years of debate on the dangers of “too much exercise,” researchers sum up the state of current knowledge

Electric muscle stimulation claims to be a more efficient form of exercise. Here’s how it holds up.

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