Performance Enhancement

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There's no silver bullet, but these useful practices will help you keep training

Nine athletes share the phrases they tell themselves to reach peak performance

Real nourishment for high performance

To counteract caffeine tolerance, new research suggests you need to swear it off temporarily

Sometimes you need to dig deep to hit those trouble areas, like your sciatic nerve. Pro-Tec makes three sizes of the Orb, all constructed of dense closed-cell EVA foam, but the Extreme Mini is the smallest and most aggressive of the lot. Place it on the floor or against a…

Runners have been big fans of these sticks for years, using them to roll out tight quads and calves after long runs. The center is slightly flexible, to allow the foam wrap to contour around your muscles for a wider massage. The whole thing is light, just 18 inches long,…

If you want a real postworkout stretch without having to ask a gym partner for help, this is your strap. The 58-inch-long elastic band has multiple large loops that you can slip a foot or hand through to get a deeper flex on sore hammies and quads.

Floyd’s of Leadville combines the proven muscle-soothing properties of arnica with the calming power of CBD in this balm. Rub the mixture on your skin after a workout, and let it do its thing. Peppermint and ginger lend a pleasant smell.

Nearly everything people think is true about living their best life is wrong

When the going gets tough, reach for these high-energy tracks recommended by our editors

A new book shows you how to get into the mindset that leads to mastery and peak performance

As wacky recovery tech goes mainstream, science writer Christie Aschwanden explains what works and what doesn’t

The director of a meditation program developed by neuroscientists explains how teaching athletes mindfulness can change their brains

A month on mPEAK, a performance-driven mindfulness program

Being outdoorsy is not without its risks. If I could travel through time, here's some of the advice I'd give my (seemingly) immortal and (definitely) ignorant 20-year-old self.

Success in sports or at work is almost never about a single monumental shift

Ben Greenfield has some extreme ideas for living healthy. The thing is, most of them work.

A new study explores attitudes toward performance-enhancing drugs in the ultrarunning world

The breakfasts and trail snacks that get Outside staffers through long days

Elite athletes are turning up the thermostat in pursuit of an edge

Forget Tim Ferris. For peak productivity, just down a few cups of these extra-strength brews.

The less you worry about making mistakes, the better you’ll perform

Plus, a case for changing the way you think about calories

Whether you're trying to qualify for Boston or just see improvement, these principles will get you there

They were both phenoms who got burnt out on the sport. Their relationship helped reignite the spark.

From turtle blood to contact highs, our favorite PED "explanations," ranked

This May, the world's first cannabis-infused gym will open in San Francisco, where members will be encouraged to integrate the plant into their pre- and post-workout regimen

Utah Skier Aaron Rice set out to break a world record for skiing uphill. In December, 2.5 million vertical feet later, he broke it. Along the way, he learned a few things about setting an ambitious goal and staying motivated.

An inside look at America's history with doping and double standards related to performance enhancement

Everybody knows that many athletes cheat by using performance-enhancing drugs like steroids, testosterone, and EPO. But what is it like to take these banned substances? Do they really help you win? To find out, we sent an amateur cyclist into the back rooms of sports medicine, where he just said yes to the most controversial chemicals in sports.