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Sure They're Fit, But Do Runners Actually Have Skills?

In response to a recent article about running’s viability as a spectator sport, one reader claimed that it’s difficult to watch because there was no skill involved, only fitness. Elite runners may be in really good shape, the commenter argued, but that’s it. After all, anybody can put one foot in …

Marathons

Age Is Irrelevant When It Comes to Fitness

Last February, 59-year-old Ned Overend, aka “The Lung,” aka “Deadly Nedly,” won the first National Fatbike Championships, held in Ogden, Utah. Fat Bike Nats isn’t exactly the Tour de France, but it’s no charity ride, either. Overend had to compete against a field of much younger pros, including …

Tour de France

Stop Doing Standard Pushups!

Most outdoor athletes lack upper body pushing strength. That not only hinders performance, but can also lead to imbalances and injury. The simplest way to remedy the problem: pushups.<p>Sure, you could do the classic military-style move. But you'll get a more bomb-proof physique faster by performing …

Workouts

The 5 Best Yoga Moves for Athletes

If you associate yoga with crunchy human pretzels and Cirque de Soleil, it’s time you got schooled. “Yoga can obviously help with flexibility and range of motion,” says Sage Rountree, a Raleigh, N.C.-based endurance sports coach, and author of <i>Everyday Yoga</i>. But it can also “help build strength, and …

Yoga

5 Ways to Become a Better Athlete Immediately

When it comes to performance enhancement in endurance sports, we’ve all but exhausted traditional methods of physical training. That’s why an increasing number of experts believe that unlocking any remaining gains will come from innovation focused not on the body, but on the brain.<p>One of the …

The Brain

M|WOD Pro B | MobilityWOD | Optimize Performance & Improve Mobility

Access to the most comprehensive movement, mechanics, mobility and general health and fitness database online.<p>This is a two-week comprehensive …

How Running Works

According to runningusa.org, around 20 million people participate in “running events” in the U.S. every year. That number would likely more than double if one were to also include every casual jogger and others who abstain from timed competition. By virtue of its simplicity, and the way it lends …

Athletics

How Many Calories Can Runners Really Burn During a Bodyweight Workout?

Take your interval training to the gym to torch extra calories.<p>Contrary to the bodybuilder doing curls in the corner of your gym, you don’t need heavy weights to torch calories.<p>In fact, according to research from the Human Performance Laboratory at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, your own …

Exercise

How Long Should I Be Standing at My Desk Every Day?

You don't have to stand all day long to escape the dangers of too much sitting—a public health threat that's been dubbed "the new smoking." In fact, a new consensus statement suggests that being on your feet for about half of your work day (four hours, to be exact) may be the magic number.<p>The …

Workstations

Soccer Tricks, Feints, Turns – Drills

General ideas about soccer feints, tricks and turns<br>Why should I train feints?<p>Every soccer player loves the feints of the professional players on TV …

Soccer

6 Exercises for Maximum Mobility

Kayaker Brad Ludden, pro cyclist Levi Leipheimer, Olympic rower Erin Cafaro—they’re not coming to CrossFit San Francisco for traditional coaching. They’re seeking out Kelly Starrett, a doctor of physical therapy, to glean his tips on natural mobility. Starrett preaches that joint range of motion …

San Francisco

The Event That's Bringing Rowing Down to Earth

Welcome to the C.R.A.S.H.-B. World Indoor Rowing Championship. Here is your rowing machine, or “erg,” parked in Boston University’s Agganis Arena. You’re going to row 2,000 meters on it, and, after about seven minutes of intense exertion, you’re going to be exactly where you started — but with some …

Ivy League

10 Easy Ways To Practice Mindfulness

In this fast moving external world, we have lost our inner connection. Every day is a struggle. Everyone is fighting for some position. You don’t …

The Only Workout You'll Ever Need

How Max King Got So Fast—and How You Can, Too

Starting in 2007, King, a standout cross-country runner, spent a year and a half training exclusively for the steeplechase. The result? The worst national-championship race of his life. (He didn’t even advance out of his first-round heat.) A week later, to vent his frustration, King signed up for …

National Championship