Episode 23

Alex Hutchinson on the Art and Science of Elevating Your Endurance


Alex Hutchinson is a National Magazine Award-winning journalist. He writes mostly about science and endurance sports and is also currently a contributing editor at Outside, a columnist at the Globe and Mail, and a senior editor at Canadian Running. He was previously a Runner’s World columnist and contributing editor at Popular Mechanics.

His latest book, ENDURE: Mind, Body, and the Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Performance is an exploration of the science (and mysteries) of endurance.

Alex is also an avid runner.

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Show Notes

  • Alex’s start to running and favorite place to run.
  • Increasing endurance and what research shows is the way to do that.
  • The mental and physical components of resiliency.
  • Why challenging yourself mentally and emotionally is difficult for most people.
  • The role the brain plays in physically limiting the body as well as helping it push limits.
  • How the 4-minute mile barrier is a great example of the mind-body paradigm.
  • How you can help your brain help your body push physical limits.
  • Alex’s endure moment.
  • Emotional endurance and how it transfers to physical endurance.
  • Why it’s so important to push yourself out of your comfort zone on a regular basis.
  • How Alex came to know and become friends with Malcolm Gladwell.
  • Realization Alex had that put him on a path to journalism and writing.
  • Hardest aspect of writing
  • Mistake or failure Alex has learned the most from.

Links from the Episode

Episode Transcription


Endure by Alex Hutchinson

A conversation between Alex Hutchinson and Malcom Gladwell (YouTube)


Guest: Alex Hutchinson

Twitter: https://twitter.com/sweatscience 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sweatscience1/ 

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alex-hutchinson-048a79a/ 


Host: Robert Glazer

Twitter: https://twitter.com/robert_glazer/  

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/glazer


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