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Utah Skier Aaron Rice set out to break a world record for skiing uphill. In December, 2.5 million vertical feet later, he broke it. Along the way, he learned a few things about setting an ambitious goal and staying motivated.

We spent a year picking the brains of the best performers alive about the secrets to their success. Here's what we learned.

With so many fitness offerings to choose from, it’s hard to separate what works from what doesn’t

A new study brings up two more glaring reasons to avoid hitting the wall in training

Rule One: Don't confine your training to the gym. Movement needs to be a lifestyle. Rule Two: Don't just move. You need a goal. And you need to train.

Challenge your friends to a grueling drill-based challenge, then whoop their butts.

Sure, running five minutes a day will help you live longer, but it's not going to get you in shape—or even scrape the surface of your potential.

Ingenious tips from essential wellness books

Nathan’s Zeal race vest packs a lot of hydration into one small, efficient must-have.

Sometimes when I'm in the middle of a really hard workout, it tastes like I'm sucking on metal. What's up with that?

Your legs are your foundation. With this quick-paced routine, you'll build the explosiveness and durability to conquer any mountain.

Some people might be built for speed and others for distance, but everyone benefits from running faster. This is how you do it.

There’s a reason more and more amateur athletes are turning to professional trainers to retool their workouts: it’s the best way to improve performance.

In The Art of Competition, Ironman-turned-author Mark Allen gives insight into the thoughts that helped him race his fastest while living to the fullest.

Two brothers and a sister—whose parents are endurance athletes—attempted to swim the English Channel together this month. Does the family factor add any advantage?

1,800 CrossFit gyms already offer programs for kids. Should they?

There's more to life than chasing definition in certain muscle groups. Maintaining a healthy weight, for instance.

The "eight-percent rule" ignores the power exercise has to counter time spent on your butt.

Top shoe brands are racing to enter the super-cushioned fray. We review 2014’s corpulent shoe crop.

To win this year’s Tour Divide, Jefe Branham rode 170 miles a day, slept an average of four hours a night, and endured both unrelenting snow and 100-degree heat for 16 days straight. What you can learn from his time in the pain cave.

Taking your kids to an ultramarathon can be a distraction from the aches and pains of running long distances

Bet you didn’t think this would come up in your fitness regimen, but your esophagus needs love during training, too. Intense exercise can contribute to heartburn and gastroesophageal reflux disorder (GERD), and there’s a good chance that ramping up your routine may be causing your symptoms, says…

How do we put this nicely? If you’re anything like the participants in a recent Canadian study, you’re probably wrong about your workout intensity. (And yes, you probably are like them, considering that the group contained both men and women of different ages, ethnicities, and BMI classes.)…

Studies and experts suggest that nasal strips like Breathe Right don’t improve athletic performance in adults in any measure—no improved VO2 max, ventilation, maximal work rate, lactate threshold, or lowered ratings of perceived exertion. And it appears the same goes for horses. “Equine nasal…

Virtual reality is just for gamers. But augmented reality—a new wearable technology—could revolutionize how we train for sports, making athletes faster, better, and more precise.

If you’re the type of person who regularly burns the midnight oil, the thought of waking up for a 6 a.m. workout may be pretty unappealing to you. And you’re not alone: A study presented at the Associated Professional Sleep Societies’ annual meeting last week reported that…

Behold the biggest—and possibly the best—long-travel 29er we’ve ever tried.

This may not be the answer you’re looking for, but it’s the truth: The most effective way to get back into shape (and stay that way) isn’t by just doing one magic move over and over. The good news? You may not have to work out more than or…

In a desperate measure to burn surfeit calories, men and women have rushed to stuff their jiggly bits into resistance pants. But can clothing really make a workout any better?

Depending on the school of thought you’re following, meditation can be practiced in a number of ways—sitting cross-legged in a dark room, while on a long run, or even on a crowded bus with the help of a smartphone app and a pair of headphones. In general, though,…

Some good foods contains natural SPF—and you should be eating more of them

A growing number of trail runners are finding a new way to test themselves—without race fees, bibs, or finish line chutes—in search of virgin trail and new course records.

When the perfect drink coincides with the perfect location, you get better than buzzed.

Inside the mind and training habits of the fastest woman in Kona history

Essential wisdom from the American running coach and legend

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