Outside Magazine, Jan 2015

Health & Fitness Special



Fact-checking trusted training maxims

Tips, gear, and goals to make the cold less torturous

Forget the forecast. This gear will keep you moving through the toughest season.

Take up yoga. Or at least give it a try.

More protein than beef. More omegas than salmon. Tons of calcium, antioxidants, and vitamin B. In their secret R&D lab, the scientists at Beyond Meat concocted a plant-protein-based performance burger that delivers the juicy flavor and texture of the real thing with none of the dietary and environmental downsides.

Once an eccentric trend, fat biking is here to stay.

Meet Chloe Kim, a snowboarding prodigy who threw her first backflip off a natural feature at age six. Next up: Aspen's X Games.

When a longtime triathlete took on a Kokoro camp—a beyond-extreme fitness challenge modeled on the Navy's Hell Week for SEAL candidates—his first question was purely about the pain: Can I survive this? The second was more metaphysical: Should I even want to?

A purpose-made shoe for your next (or first) FKT

Passes have never been cheaper. But will the deep discounts destroy your local hill?

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

More pain quest than workout, misogi is the secret, punishing ritual that has revolutionized Atlanta Hawks supershooter Kyle Korver's game. You have time for this—if it doesn't kill you first.

In his debut novel, John Vaillant delivers a terrifying border tale

There’s a new competition raging among elite runners: the beer mile, in which you do four laps around a standard track, chugging a 12-ounce brew at the start of each loop. If you can do it in under five minutes—without hurling or passing out—you’re not just fast. You’re a hero.

The grizzlies of Yellowstone are about to be removed from the endangered species list. The surprising thing: that's probably for the best.

A Boy and His Bonk
T.J. Murphy was a “multisport burnout” when he discovered Kokoro Camp, an extreme-fitness program run by Navy SEALs. Yet nothing prepared him for the pain.

The Perfect Beast
It’s the ultimate performance burger, with all the succulence, just as much protein, and none of the nasty arterial or climate effects of beef. But can the cheeseburger really be hacked? By Rowan Jacobsen

On Your Mark. Get Set. Slosh.
Back in the 1980s, a few drinking buddies got together to see who could chug and run the fastest. Now the beer mile—four laps, with a brew before each—is a bona fide event. By Todd Balf

The Never-Ending Ride of the World’s Greatest Surfer
Twenty-three years after his first world title, Kelly Slater is schooling kids half his age. Michael Roberts on the man who’s still pulling off insane aerials at 42.

The One-Day-a-Year Fitness Plan
Atlanta Hawks supershooter Kyle Korver has a secret weapon. It’s called misogi, and it’s a ritual of punishment and inspiration that has elevated his game. By Charles Bethea

Plus: The 10 Biggest Fitness Myths
Plenty of athletes swear by these workout prescriptions. But are they science or snake oil? Why you should skip the diets, forget about altitude training, and ditch the ice baths.

First Look: The bell rings at Utah’s Winter Sports School in Park City, America’s first sports-specific charter academy.
Media: John Vaillant’s borderlands horror story headlines a trio of great debuts.
Feud: Grizzlies are coming off the endangered list. Is that a good thing?
Rising Star: The next Shaun White is a 14-year-old girl.
Drink: American ciders reclaim their rightful place on tap.
Ski Commerce: Passes have never been cheaper. But will the deep discounts destroy your local hill?

Patagonia: Head south for stunning landscapes, ridiculous fishing, rugged trekking, roadside asados, and a 100 percent chance of adventure.
Base Camp: Private powder at British Columbia’s Island Lake Lodge. 
Go List: TripAdvisor’s expansion, the ski experts at Scout, and an Uber for everything.

Wanted: A mountaineering boot for speed freaks.
Fat Bikes: Snow season’s best supersized rides.
Winter Running: How to train through the coldest, darkest months.
Yoga: For men who still haven’t jumped on the bandwagon.


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