Episode
68

Endurance & the Upper Limits of Human Potential

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Dr. Alex Hutchinson
by Flow Research Collective
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68
February 15, 2022
"The master switch for endurance is your subjective perception of effort. " ~ Dr. Alex Hutchinson
Dr. Alex Hutchinson

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ABOUT THE GUEST: 

Dr. Alex Hutchinson is an author and journalist in Toronto. His primary focus these days is the science of endurance and fitness, which he covers for Outside (where he is a contributing editor and writes the Sweat Science column), The Globe and Mail (where he writes the Jockology column), and Canadian Running magazine. He has also covered technology for Popular Mechanics (where he earned a National Magazine Award for his energy reporting) and adventure travel for the New York Times, and was a Runner’s World columnist from 2012 to 2017.

His latest book, published in February 2018, is an exploration of the science (and mysteries) of endurance. It’s called ENDURE: Mind, Body, and the Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Performance. Before that, he wrote a practical guide to the science of fitness, called Which Comes First, Cardio or Weights? Fitness Myths, Training Truths, and Other Surprising Discoveries from the Science of Exercise, which was published in 2011. He also wrote Big Ideas: 100 Modern Inventions That Have Transformed Our World, in 2009.

He actually started out as a physicist, with a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge then a few years as a postdoctoral researcher with the U.S. National Security Agency, working on quantum computing and nano-mechanics. During that time, he competed as a middle- and long-distance runner for the Canadian national team, mostly as a miler but also dabbling in cross-country and even a bit of mountain running. He still runs most days, enjoys the rigors of hard training, and occasionally races. But he hates to think how he’d do on an undergraduate physics exam.

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STEVEN KOTLER is a New York Times bestselling author, award-winning journalist, and Founder and Executive Director of the Flow Research Collective. He is one of the world’s leading experts on human performance.

His books include The Art of Impossible, Stealing Fire, and The Rise of Superman. His work has been translated into over 40 languages and appeared in over 100 publications, including the New York Times Magazine, Wall Street Journal, TIME, Wired, Atlantic Monthly, The Harvard Business Review and Forbes.


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