Outside Magazine, October 2016

Fitness Special



It’s time to take a few tips from women

How endurance athlete Patrick Sweeney puts away nearly 3,000 calories a day on the ketone diet

Want to perform like a pro, even with the years piling up? Nick Heil got the deluxe treatment at Exos, a cutting-edge outfit that works with NFL players and soccer stars. He came out slimmer, stronger, and more focused—the perfect upgrade for anybody, at any age, who plays hard in the outdoors.

Two weeks of full-time, one-on-one instruction at Exos can set you back $4,800. Here’s how to get many of the same performance benefits without taking out a second mortgage.

New research shows that perceptions of fatigue and pain stop us from hitting our physical limits long before our bodies do. Can athletes train their brains to reach unheard-of levels of peak performance?

Don’t let the Theranos saga fool you: we’ve entered a new era of self-quantification, in which on-demand blood testing is sold as the easy way to fine-tune your training and nutrition. Can an algorithm really replace your coach?

Taking control of your health is easier than ever

A morning run or evening spin class may feel great, but if the rest of your day involves sitting on your ass, a brief burst does little for your overall well-being.

If you’re willing to work hard, conquer your fears, and maybe don some superhero spandex, anything is possible

The key to peak performance: take better care of yourself

Expert interviewer Tim Ferriss has some tips

Indoor rolling on a bike trainer used to be a heinous chore. Now there's an app that turns it into a video game—and puts you on a fast track to aerobic fitness.

Whether you’re an elite athlete or a restless desk jockey, there are better ways to achieve your goals. Just ask 4-Hour guru Tim Ferriss, who started quizzing the world’s greatest performers on their routines as a side project—and ended up with a whole new approach to training.

The diet has quietly become the rage among ultra-endurance athletes and elite soldiers, and it's a surprisingly yummy way to fuel up.

These neuron-stimulating Halo Sport headphones are said to boost athletic performance

Being fit is about constant movement, and children are in constant motion during playtime at the jungle gym. Why not join their lead?

Question Everything
After years of interviewing athletes and entre­preneurs, human guinea pig Tim Ferriss has a few tricks up his sleeve, including AcroYoga, Instagram hacks, and, um, a stress-relieving vibrator. By Tim Ferriss

Know Thyself
The era of person­alized blood testing is here. But does all that data lead to information overload? By Peter Andrey Smith
Plus: Take charge of your own health.
Upgrade: New tech that gathers your stats. 

Make Boredom the Enemy
Meet Zwift, a cycling video game that transforms the hell of indoor training into a competitive paradise. By Andrew Tilin
Plus: To stick with fitness, make it fun. 

Use Your Head
​New research confirms that the mind is an athlete’s most important muscle. By Nick Heil
Plus: Don’t overthink your workout.
Wanted: Halo Sport headphones.

Ignore Your Limits
We had six rookies plunge deep into caves, swim the open ocean, and strike ballet poses (seriously!) to prove to themselves—and you—that anything is possible.

Always Be Moving
Sitting all day is killing you, but the solu­tion isn’t a standing desk. Prepare yourself for an awkward new office routine. By Christopher Keyes
Upgrade: Exercise gear that travels.

Get Fat
Doctors have used the high-fat ketogenic diet to treat epilepsy for decades. Now athletes are tapping into its high-energy benefits. Are you ready to love sardines? By T. J. Murphy
Plus: Make fat work for you.

Surrender to the Higher Powers
You don’t need a million-dollar pro contract to reap the benefit of Exos, a Phoenix performance outfit that fine-tunes NFL players and soccer stars. By Nick Heil

Work Hardest At Rest
Knowing when and how to take it easy is the key to long-haul health. By Will Cockrell

Never Give Up