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It’s the simplest and cheapest performance booster available, so why don’t elite athletes take advantage of it?

Born in Surf City USA, and the descendant of an actual samurai, Japan’s surfing superstar is ready for the sport’s debut on the world stage.

As events as big as the Olympic Trials get rescheduled because of heat, we went to the science to find out how you should decide when it is too hot to run safely

New research fine-tunes the details of heat adaptation

The Australian WorldTour pro bikepacked the route from Brest to Paris

After two more star runners have been excluded by World Athletics’ policy, the governing body will have to reap what it has sown

When an elite cyclist attempts to ride a bike as far as possible in an hour, one thing is guaranteed: they will hurt like never before

Amid a national conversation about race, colonialism, and justice, Native mappers and runners are reclaiming Indigenous cartography, names, and land

The 44-year-old is ready to take on the world’s best marathoners at the Tokyo Olympics.

The collegiate champion and Canadian record holder reveals why he’s stronger than ever after a year without racing, how his training has changed, and some go-to workouts.

A new study shows measurable gains in strength from a purely imaginary training program

Elevate your strength routine with this effective, versatile tool

On June 20, adaptive athletes Vasu Sojitra and Pete McAfee pulled off what is believed to be a historic first in ski mountaineering

We may be closer to answering lingering questions around concussions. Plus, we provide a rundown of the most common head injuries—and what you need to know about them.

Amity Rockwell says, “Cycling is this thing I’m never going to figure out,” which helps remove the pressure of winning Unbound

With Rule 40 restrictions looming, this is the time for athletes to tout their sponsors

Jordan Cannon found the courage to share his true self in an unlikely place: on the face of Yosemite’s El Capitan, with his hero

Instead of focusing on joint angles and limb movements, a new study takes a holistic approach to the biomechanics of elite runners

Despite their differences, climbing’s most famous besties get along because they share the same convictions, support each other’s harebrained schemes, and, of course, engage in some good-natured smack talk

We asked movers and shakers in different corners of the outdoor world about what people can do to make certain spaces and sports more welcoming for all

Dealing with discomfort isn’t a magical gift. It’s a skill, and you can improve at it.

Tuliamuk had secured her spot in the Tokyo Olympics—then 2020 happened. Fortunately, she’s always run for more than just the medals.

New research sifts through the evidence to figure what types of intervals make you fastest

The multiple American record holder is a huge fan favorite—does that give us a biased view of her case?

Will Trials of Miles’ scrappy approach work after COVID? 

The mile isn’t just another race distance. It’s almost its own sport.

All types of athletes can benefit from quicker instincts

A DIY almond—or cashew, or sunflower—spread should be a staple in any kitchen

Mason Earle was scaling iconic rock faces when he was diagnosed with a chronic illness. Now he faces his greatest test of endurance.

In a new event for Outside+ members, meet and train with the stars of Team USA

The former Harvard rower is making the most of a six-month sabbatical from his new job at Zwift

Exercise causes pain, but it also dulls it. Researchers are still trying to understand how that works.

After 21 ultrarunners died in a trail race in May, the Chinese government responded dramatically, and many are worried about the future of the adventure sports boom that’s been taking place there

A special 30-day series celebrating nonprofits working for LGBTQ+ inclusivity

A new study tests how much cycling it takes to maximize cognitive function in endurance athletes

Since Mary Cain spoke out about the Nike Oregon Project in 2019, a growing wave of young runners have come forward with their own allegations of negligent coaching and toxic team cultures across the sport

How the climbing phenom works to equalize entry for young climbers

Choosing whether or not to have children can be difficult for many women. For Amelia Boone, an elite athletic career and her ongoing eating disorder recovery have made it even more complicated.

Incorporating steep inclines into your training can help improve strength, agility, endurance, and more

Long-distance running has exploded there, but responsible oversight of trail races has been extremely inconsistent—including, it seems, at the event last weekend in Gansu Province, where 21 runners died in a sudden storm

Outdoor athlete Alex Showerman spent years trying to escape a secret about herself, only to crash headlong into it

‘Nike’s Big Bet’ argues that the banned coach is too important to the company’s image

Why you should perfect the humble plank before programming sport-specific core exercises

A new study looks for adaptations in the placenta, and finds positive effects from exercise during pregnancy

The North Face’s new Explore Fund Council, led by Jimmy Chin and Lena Waithe, has big plans—and a big budget—to make the outdoors more inclusive

Researchers are searching for telltale clues in your strength, flexibility, or body position that signal an impending injury. It’s harder than you think.

“For me, the climbing community was not a barrier to coming out. That community is what made it possible.”

The two-time Olympian is motivated for this year’s Boston Marathon, even as she considers a prospective career as an ultrarunner

A tragedy forced Savannah Cummins to come to terms with the fact that doing what she loves means putting lives in danger

Setting high goals is great, but how you deal with falling short determines how long you’re willing to keep chasing them

‘Girls Gotta Eat Dirt’ isn’t your typical #inspirational stoke video

What separates the best endurance athletes from everyone else isn’t their amazing lab test data or power values—it’s how well they maintain those values after a few hours of exhausting exercise

Tourism and marquee events may face a boycott unless the cycling establishment can find an effective way to respond

Champion endurance athlete Rebecca Rusch figured her quest for enlightenment on the Iditarod Trail would hurt. She was right.

A hard carrying case is being issued to solve potential issues with DSP beacons switching modes accidentally

It’s easy—maybe a bit too easy—to believe that poor sleep leaves you more vulnerable to injury. But researchers aren’t so sure after all.

He’s not only one of the fastest cyclists in the country—he’s also one of the sport’s most outspoken champions for diversity. But his mission has morphed into the greatest moon shot of all: to bring bike racing to the American masses.

Justin Williams has a fast and furious vision for reviving road racing in America

Maintaining the ability to hit top gear after your twenties is useful even for endurance athletes, and takes specific training

Race performance still matters more than social media. For now. 

The legendary skier anoints a successor, Breezy Johnson, to the title she held for years

It’s like mountain biking—except on skates without brakes

Proposed laws in more than two dozen states seek to exclude transgender youth from interscholastic sports, depriving them of community and confidence-building skills

A new review assesses what it takes to maintain endurance and strength when circumstances interfere with your usual training

After 2020, holding the event at all will be a victory in itself

Changing hormone levels affect your tendons, ligaments, and muscles, and evidence is mounting that this can influence your chances of injury

Round out your training routine with exercises to help build explosive strength

You’re actively running and cycling, but your partner’s on the sidelines. Here are tips on coping with this challenging dynamic.

This view is mind-blowing, but one wrong move could send most riders careening down hundreds of feet

In a new documentary from director Caroline Treadway, athletes like Emily Harrington and Kai Lightner open up about their path to recovery

Three full-body movement progressions on the parallettes that you can do at home

At the 2019 World Championships, researchers gave marathoners and racewalkers swallowable thermometer pills and used thermal cameras to assess the effectiveness of hydration and cooling techniques in the heat of competition

Is it possible to stay in shape at home without spending a fortune? Wes Siler details his gym setup.

After Sequoia Schmidt’s family was torn apart by climbing, her own desire to reach higher was born

The nonprofit Skiku has brought nordic skiing to thousands of Native kids in Alaska, where access to the sport has historically been limited

Between a new wave of sponsored athletes and its forthcoming racing shoes, the legacy running brand wants a bigger piece of the action

A new study explores how inner monologue varies between sports, situations, and experience levels

When faced with the decision to take racing to the next level, Colin Strickland chose his own path

When an avalanche killed Caroline Gleich’s brother, it didn’t end her pro skiing dreams. But it did change her approach to the mountains.