Self-talk—repeating a phrase in your head—is a practical, proven strategy to push your limits
A new device called Halo Sport promises to improve performance by stimulating your mind. We zapped our brains in the name of science to see if it could really make us faster.
You’ve heard that Kobe Bryant meditates, and that most pro athletes perform their best while in a flow state. But what does that mean, and how do you get there? Three new books attempt to demystify the cloudy world of mindfulness training.
Dane Jackson is an international kayaking prodigy. Here’s an inside look into his flow—and what his sport can do for you
Working out smart can make you, well, smarter
It’s more nuanced than the headlines would lead you to think
A new theory behind the elusive runner's high
There are countless watches, bracelets, headbands, and foot pods on the market promising to record every little thing you do. But can any of it make you a better athlete? The author wades through the muck and the mire to data-mine his best self.
A new study on BMX bikers tests this theory
From extreme athlete Niccolo Porcella, the man who survived The Biggest Wipeout Ever
The secrets behind the 40-year old Catalan ultrarunner’s winning streak
Norman Ollestad's father taught him to surf during rambling, tough-love safaris down the coast of Mexico. Then the education came to a sudden and tragic end. Forty years later, Ollestad heads south with his own son—and finds that the old road maps can only take them so far.
Hall will tackle her first-ever marathon in Los Angeles on March 15. Here, she talks mileage, fueling, and how to train with your spouse. (She’s married to two-time Olympic marathoner Ryan Hall.)
Being in the zone. Zenning out. Whatever you call it, concentrating so deeply you don't even realize it is sublime.
Stephanie Gilmore was a world-champion surfer when a brutal attack by a stranger nearly ended her career. Now she's back on top, with a sixth world title, and reveals how she found happiness again—in the most unexpected places.
Six surprising reasons to sweat that go far beyond vanity.
Yoga just entered the digital age.
Ill-chosen goals put you at risk of injury and burnout. Here's how to avoid that fate in seven easy steps.
When a longtime triathlete took on a Kokoro camp—a beyond-extreme fitness challenge modeled on the Navy's Hell Week for SEAL candidates—his first question was purely about the pain: Can I survive this? The second was more metaphysical: Should I even want to?
It may be the oldest emotion. Before happiness, before sorrow, before exhilaration, and way, way before the urge to climb mountains and bomb down steeps, there was fear. Now scientists are finding new ways to help us conquer our deepest anxieties—and use them to perform even better.