Training & Performance


The ultimate guide to weightlifting for endurance athletes

Have trail and gym work turned you into a stiff? You need some flex time with Ashtanga yoga.

The first four weeks

Your foundation is built. It's time to tweak the beast.

Weeks five through eight

I’ve never done a triathlon. I don’t swim. I don’t run. And I bike mainly when our copy chief goads me into it. Yes, this is pathetic, especially since I edit Outside’s fitness coverage. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still active: I ski all winter, hike a 12,000-foot peak at…

In our obsession with minimizing exercise damage, we may have lost sight of the reason we exercise in the first place: to force our bodies to adapt and get stronger

Matt Dixon of Purplepatch Fitness demonstrates how to build swimming strength on days you don’t have time to visit the pool. For triathlon fitness videos and interactive training plans, check out The Outside Challenge.

Matt Dixon of Purple Patch Fitness demonstrates the proper technique for a lunge. For more triathlon fitness videos and interactive training plans check out The Outside Challenge.

Everything you need to run a personal best, including a 12-week training plan, a race-day nutrition plan, and advice from U.S. record holder Ryan Hall

Sporting events on the prison circuit

California’s San Quentin State Prison is home to a ball field where you can take your cuts against convicted felons. This I had to try.

Training with a monitor can be daunting to master, but it’s the best way to make the most of your workouts.

A recent New York Times Magazine story titled "How Yoga Can Wreck Your Body" caused a stir last week, claiming that certain aspects of yoga were too risky for the general population. So should you avoid the fitness routine if you're not a serious athlete?

Triathlons aren’t just trendy. Multisport training develops balanced fitness and prevents injuries. Here’s why you should dump your ordinary routine and make the switch, too.

You’ve got questions? Your new triathlon-training coach, Matt Dixon, has the answers. Throughout the course of the next few months, as you prepare for your triathlon through The Outside Challenge, Dixon will answer a wide range…

Get ready for a sprint-distance triathlon with one of three custom plans created by coach Matt Dixon.

How fit do you really need to be to scale the highest peak in the world? An expert weighs in.

The science around strength training has changed in the last decade. You’re older, stronger, and hopefully, smarter now. Don’t make the same mistakes you made in your high school weight room.

Triathlon is booming, with hundreds of events being added to the calendar each year and thousands of goggle-eyed newbies lining up to swim, bike, and run for the first time. But only one race still really matters. Greetings from the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii, ground zero of America's multisport madness

Welcome to the frozen, on fire, wet, barb-wired world of Tough Mudder—where adventure racing starts to look a lot more like hazing

The masochistic sport of obstacle racing has exploded in popularity. Nick Heil tries to understand why so many are signing up for the misery.

Build strength for ski season with this CrossFit-inspired workout

An easy, dramatic performance boost based on an old science is catching on. It's about time.

With temperatures below zero, more than 4,500 feet of climbing, and 9,400 competitors, Wisconsin’s American Birkebeiner is the largest and one of the toughest cross-country ski races in the United States. Crossing the finish line is nothing short of a lifetime achievement. Here's our plan to get you there, even if the closest you've come to snow is the frost in

Six exercises to help you strengthen your body's weakest links

How professional skier and Olympic gold medalist Ted Ligety recovered from a debilitating knee injury.

Injuries are a fact of life. Here's how to recover faster.

Want to make this year memorable? Start training now and destroy your office mates in a 10K.

Gluten is the protein found in wheat, rye, and barley, but it’s also found in foods like ice cream and ketchup. Gluten-free diets are typically followed by people suffering from a gluten sensitivity or celiac disease, a condition that causes a negative reaction to gluten and results in damage to…

When 34-year-old Hobie Call lost the Death Race this past August, he also lost his chance to win $100,000 for sweeping the Spartan Races. So why does he keep competing?

Big-city marathons, triathlons, and adventure races have never been more popular. Here's why it's time for you to line up for the starting gun, too.

It seems like most people I see in the gym use the same exercises. Which exercises work and which moves are overrated?

Created in 2007 by Christopher Harrison, AntiGravity Yoga takes place a few feet above the ground inside a silk hammock.

(Photo by Stewart Dawson/Wikimedia) On Monday, the New York Times ran an article on elite track athletes who have had kids mid career. Anecdotally, the Times story presented a mixed picture: Kara…

The Human Performance Center's Kele McDaniel demonstrates push-ups with a Swiss ball as part of a series of conditioning exercises for runners and cyclists.

Nick Heil shows you how to do the hip thrust.

The tennis champ talks about his career and honeymoon plans.

Students of Dynamic Kettlebell Fitness in Santa Fe talk about the benefits of a good kettlebell workout.

The Human Performance Center's Kele McDaniel demonstrates a reverse crunch as part of a series of conditioning exercises for runners and cyclists.

Total Body Outdoor Exercises

How to execute a one-legged squat to build power.

Marathoner and accountant Alan Horton talks about the Boston Marathon.

The Human Performance Center's Kele McDaniel demonstrates an oblique crunch as part of a series of conditioning exercises for runners and cyclists.

Upper Body Outdoor Exercises

A new drill for developing core strength.

Ultramarathoner and Navy SEAL David Goggins talks about his training.

MOVNAT‘s Erwan LeCorre demonstrates how to jump onto rocks naturally. Read Nick Heil’s full story here.

Nick Heil shows you how to do the dumbbell bent over row. For more info check out our 10-Minute Fitness package.

Total Body Outdoor Exercises

Keira Newton of Dynamic Kettlebell Fitness shows us an advanced exercise.

A lateral exercise to help you build speed and power.

The mountain biker and investment manager on balancing work and play.

Erwan Le Corre runs, climbs, and lifts logs barefoot. Will paleo fitness be the next big thing? …

Nick Heil shows you how to do the hindu push up. For more info, check out our 10-Minute Fitness package.

Keira Newton of Dynamic Kettlebell Fitness shows her strength by swinging 88 pounds.

The proper technique for one of the best upper body exercises.

The lifeguard and paddleboarder talks about his passions.

Nick Heil shows you how to do the reverse crunch. For more info, check out our 10-Minute Fitness package.

Lower Body Outdoor Exercises

Keira Newton demonstrates advanced kettlebell exercises.