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Keri Herman only started skiing seriously in her senior year of college. Now she's an Olympian. Here's how she turned her late start into a competitive advantage.

Music to your ears, training for your heart

Paying attention to the details lead the team to amazing victories in 2012 and 2013, but a string of problems brought it all crashing down last year. Can cycling's top team rise again?

All good things. “The Climb,” which airs Sunday, tracks the pro skier’s 22-month rehab and singled-minded determination to reclaim women’s skiing’s top spot.

Is it possible to train your body to decrease the amount of rest it needs?

Exactly what alcohol does to athletic performance

I just had surgery after a skiing accident, and my wrist is in a cast for several weeks. What can I do to avoid losing strength while I can't move it?

Traveling for race day? A well-stocked dopp kit is your secret weapon.

Breakthrough therapies are helping athletes recover from injuries previously thought untreatable. But many doctors remain unaware of the advancements.

Make those nebulous resolutions last by turning them into habits. The key? The right reward.

Fact-checking trusted training maxims

Sign up for a midnight fun run on New Year's Eve—and kick ass. Here's how.

Ill-chosen goals put you at risk of injury and burnout. Here's how to avoid that fate in seven easy steps.

Examining the perpetual youth and singular talent of surfing's king

Yes, they're great for reducing soreness, but they could also be masking more serious muscular imbalances.

The latest science puts the squeeze on compression garments

I'm training for an upcoming marathon, and my company's giving out influenza vaccines the week of my race. Will the shot impact my performance?

The day of the gel has come and gone. Elite athletes are ditching the sugar-laden junk for natural on-bike nutrition, and pro cyclist Ally Stacher is leading the charge with her new sweet potato bars.

5 must-have tools to rebound from marathon season

My house is filled with sweets this time of year. Can I use them instead of sport gels and gummies for long runs and bike rides?

We don't know if the biohacking craze is full of snake-oil salesmen or prophets. Probably a little of both.

Convince the computer you're clean and you get the Clean Protocol program's seal of approval. Any takers?

Face it, most of us aren't complete athletes. We lack the strength to make us fit, and we follow cultlike exercise programs. But there is a cure: Listen to renegade coach Mark Rippetoe, grab a barbell, and get back to basics.

The marathoner runs on routine—and strawberry cheesecake.

Throw away your ice packs and ibuprofen if you want to recover right.

Don't just sit there. Get the most from your training by recovering right.

As patients jettison insurance plans for concierge care, some are looking to optimize their fitness level along with their health.

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.

Running drunk isn't a great idea—for a number of obvious reasons. Surprisingly, performance isn't one of them.

Last year in Nazaré, Portugal, the Brazilian surfer nearly drowned while trying to ride the biggest wave ever surfed by a woman. Most of the alpha males who dominate the sport say Gabeira doesn't belong in their ranks, but nothing will stop her from going back in.

With a series of impressive 100-mile wins under his belt and perhaps the most fitting name ever bestowed upon a shoe-salesman-slash-ultrarunner, Mike Foote seems to be doing everything right.

Recovery schedules to guide your return to full training after a 5K, 10K, half marathon or marathon.

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.

I thought that starchy foods aren't good for you—why do I keep reading about the health benefits of this certain type?

Don't listen to the headlines—you need more than seven hours of sleep to play hard.

The last time I ran a marathon, I got sick a month before the race. Is there a connection—and if so, how can I prevent that from happening again?

After an Ironman or an ultramarathon, is it better to take days (or weeks) off of strenuous exercise, or to get right back out there?

You'll never get close to the ultrarunner's 90-plus podium finishes, but his rules will help you run your best race.

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.

Hardrock veteran Kirk Apt has logged 2,010 miles and 680,000 feet of vertical ascent through the San Juan Mountains since 2000. Here's how.

How should I schedule giving blood around my training schedule?

Sometimes you have to take your own advice—or suck it up and eat crow.

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…

Think of those tough spots as badges of honor! “Callus formation is a natural response to friction and pressure,” says podiatrist Megan Leahy of the Illinois Bone and Joint Institute. “Because runners obviously take more steps than non-runners, calluses may occur more readily.” Calluses can be harmless,…

With a little help from Make-A-Wish, Yosemite’s first honorary park ranger earns his keep and proves his strength

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…

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

One of the weirdest contraptions on two wheels might be the best thing you can do for your running

Vitamin B12 shots have been around for years, and they’re often marketed as a miracle cure for everything from fatigue to depression to those stubborn extra pounds you can’t shake. And while it’s true that a B12 deficiency can contribute to those things, there is…

In an age of whiz-bang techno-training, it’s way too easy to lose track of what made us fit in the first place: quality movement, good food, and high-intensity common sense.

No fancy equipment needed — just your finger, a notebook and one minute a day

A new report details the factors behind our surprising speedskating failure in this year's Olympics—and any athlete can learn from its findings.

What you can do beforehand, at sea level and once you hit the mountains

When it comes to rebuilding humans, we're kicking ass, and that's good news for injured athletes.

A favorite beverage of many athletes, trainers, and nutritionists, juice made from tart or “sour” cherries (the kind you use to make cherry pie) has been shown to reduce inflammation and ease muscles soreness after strenuous workouts. But that’s not the only reason you might want to…

It's never too late to start training, just keep at it

You fall, hit your head, and suffer a concussion. How long will it take to recover? It depends.

The only fix to tight hips is a good lunge and twist

If you’re looking for an excuse to hit the massage table more frequently (or to justify the expense if you’re already doing it), you’re in luck. A recent study from the University of Illinois at Chicago backs up what we’ve long suspected: Massage therapy…

Maximize your running progress with optimal recovery practices, from training strategies to nutrition

Drugs that affect hormones have the potential to cause all kinds of screwy side effects in the body—but fortunately, there’s not much evidence that medications like birth control or antidepressants will slow you down on the track or impede your progress in the gym. In fact, some research shows…

The most hated man in bike racing wants a second chance with the public. Here's why that's not a sign of the apocalypse.

Running and triathlon coach Brett Stewart gets this one from clients a lot: Between races that sell out months in advance and things that get in the way of training—like injuries, travel, and plain old busy schedules—it’s not uncommon for athletes to show up on race day…

Three years ago, it seemed like every fitness rag was hyping chocolate milk as the optimal recovery drink. It’s been in the fridge all along! We didn’t even know! The drink’s 4:1 ratio of carbs to protein, experts said, best promotes muscle repair and rebuilds energy stores after a…

Runners often think they have license to eat anything—and everything. And they're wrong.

More people die from opioid overdoses than car crashes, and Zohydro is one of the strongest yet to hit the market.

Ah, the ol’ “my resting heart rate is slower than yours, therefore I’m a superior athlete!” argument. Cyclist Miguel Indurain famously had a resting heart rate of 28 beats per minute, and he won the Tour de France five times in a row, so it’s easy to see how…

Training and nutrition has been an exciting (if unreliable) frontier for decades. But recent discoveries, combined with field-tested science, have debunked popular myths and established some ground rules for the outdoor athlete. Here's your performance 12-step program.

A new documentary suggests that adding a green smoothie to your diet is enough to transform your body. Do the claims stand up?

Not long, but you can maintain your fitness level with minimal workouts.

We’ve tackled this topic before, but new research suggests that it’s time to revisit the age-old question: If you’re going to do both, should you lift before running? Or run before lifting? Back in 2012, we reported that a short, moderate-intensity cardio workout before weight training…

Don't let a bad fall keep you down. Pro freeskier Crystal Wright shares hard-earned tips on preventing and recovering from tough breaks.

Time to chuck the ab-blaster and sell the ellipti-trainer. All you need for your ultimate home fitness center are these key essentials.

After a recent ultramarathon, I wanted to test a new approach to healing my mind and body.