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A Short List of Books for Doing New ThingsA Short List of Books for Doing New Things

Farnam Street  |  Andrew Ng

Ng thinks innovation and creativity can be learned — that they are pattern-recognition and combinatorial creativity exercises which can be performed by an intelligent and devoted practitioner with the right approach. He also encourages the creation of new things; new businesses, new technologies. And on that topic, Ng has a few book recommendations. Given his list of accomplishments, the quality of his mind, and his admitted devotion to reading the printed word, it seems worth our time to check out the list.

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Training Tips from the World's Greatest Athlete

Training Tips from the World's Greatest Athlete

Outside

What change in your approach to training has had the biggest impact on your success?

Just taking an overall professional approach. My coach Harry Marra has instilled that into our training process. Everything we do has a reason and a purpose, everything is well thought out. We always remain flexible in our approach, but we don’t ever do anything haphazardly. We always have a reason for what we do in training.

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“Work at things that are central to your life”: The argument for never retiring

“Work at things that are central to your life”: The argument for never retiring

Quartz  |  Anne Quito

In the US, a traditional career is designed as a marathon, with the finish line at age 65. After a 40-year grind, we’re expected to stop working and revel in a life of idle, stress-free days funded by hard-earned pension plans.

But not everyone wants to stop: For the few who’ve found a way to blur that proverbial work-life dichotomy, retirement is more dead end than welcome repose.

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‘How Much Suffering Can You Take?’

‘How Much Suffering Can You Take?’

The New York Times  |  Randal C. Archibold

After 500 miles on a bike, 10 in the water and more than 100 on foot, it will make perfect sense to grab a branch and a broomstick in a desperate bid to propel yourself — like a giant mutant insect — the last 31 miles. It will not be enough. You will collapse on the road.

Seasick, miles into the swim, you will vomit. Twice.

Neck cramps will attack so fiercely on the bike that your head will slump. You will go cross-eyed and nearly crash.

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Ten Thousand started with one goal: to create the highest quality training gear without compromise. The journey over our first 12 months has taught us a tremendous number of lessons and surpassed even our most ambitious expectations. We’ve been overwhelmed by the positive response from our customers, partners, growing communities, and ever-expanding team. We’ve also, at times, been literally overwhelmed with keeping up with the pace of orders. Because you all have been so supportive and patient during our first year, we felt we owe an explanation about why we’ve had stockouts and what we’re doing to fix it.

At our launch last October, three months worth of products sold out in the first two weeks. We were stoked but also caught off guard. So we doubled the size our next production run which sold out even faster. And while being too in demand is one of the best problems going, we know from chatting with many of you that the gaps in inventory have been as frustrating for you as they have been for us. For that, we sincerely apologize. We couldn’t be more grateful for your support and want to reassure you that we’ve made some big changes to make it right.

So, what gives? Building anything from the ground up takes a lot time and the design, prototyping, testing, and production of high-quality training gear is a marathon process. We spent over a year testing hundreds of fabrics and meeting with the best mill partners in the world before deciding on our custom fabrics. We’re proud of these unique textiles, and are confident that they are the best performing in the industry, but there’s no rushing the lead time on custom designed fabrics and we simply couldn’t restock fast enough to meet rising demand.

In year two, we’re ready: we’re incorporating even better fabrics from more agile partners in France, Italy, and Japan; we’re keeping more fabrics and trims on hand so we can reduce lead times; we’re doubling our production capacity by bringing on an additional manufacturing partner in the USA; and we’re going big, with a current production run that’s larger than all previous ones combined. Plus, we’re psyched to welcome our new Head of Design from Rapha, a brand we’ve long admired for their flawless design and constant attention to detail.

With the next evolution of our gear, we’re taking an entirely new approach to developing training essentials so you can create the kit that exactly suits how you train and how you prefer your gear to fit and perform. The newest stuff will be hitting the site in the next month and we can’t wait to show you what we’ve been working on. We hope that you'll bear with us in the meantime, sign up for product waitlists to be notified the moment products are available again, and continue to support Ten Thousand. We cannot thank you enough for everything so far.


— Keith Nowak, Co-founder & CEO

The 75-Year-Old Arm Wrestler

The 75-Year-Old Arm Wrestler

New York Times  |  Adam Glanzman

Norm’s been at it for 25 years and is still dominating the world of arm-wresting. He’s an awesome, and unexpected, example of perseverance and putting in countless hours of work for nothing but love of the sport.

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Alistair Brownlee helping brother Jonny finish his triathlon sacrificing his chance of winning.

Alistair Brownlee Helping Brother Jonny Finish His Triathlon Sacrificing His Chance of Winning

YouTube

Not really much more to say about this one. An absolute must see. 

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8 HEALTHY HABITS THAT ARE CHEAPER THAN YOUR MORNING LATTE

8 Healthy Habits That Are Cheaper Than Your Morning Latte

The Chalkboard

I really like this article since it hits on all the health tips I share with friends, related to food and otherwise. Some may seem pretty obvious but it's amazing the effect they can have on your everyday if you get into the habit of practicing them regularly. 

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Finding Ultra

Finding Ultra

Finding Ultra  |  Rich Roll

 Rich's approach to fitness, diet and lifestyle has really resonated with me. It's helped convert me to being "plant-powered" and has stoked my drive for endurance sports. I initially read Finding Ultra some years ago but still dial up on Audible every summer when I start logging 100+ mile rides. His podcast (The Rich Roll Podcast) is also fantastic. For the unacquainted, his recent interview with Charlie Engle is a good entry point.

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Inside The Unique Mind of the World's Best Solo Climber

The Strange Brain of the World’s Greatest Solo Climber

Nautilus  |  J.B. Mackinnon

Honnold is history’s greatest ever climber in the free solo style, meaning he ascends without a rope or protective equipment of any kind. Above about 50 feet, any fall would likely be lethal, which means that, on epic days of soloing, he might spend 12 or more hours in the Death Zone. On the hardest parts of some climbing routes, his fingers will have no more contact with the rock than most people have with the touchscreens of their phones, while his toes press down on edges as thin as sticks of gum. Just watching a video of Honnold climbing will trigger some degree of vertigo, heart palpitations, or nausea in most people, and that’s if they can watch them at all. Even Honnold has said that his palms sweat when he watches himself on film.

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This happiness hack from a wildly popular Stanford class can help you create a life you love

This Happiness Hack From A Wildly Popular Stanford Class Can Help You Create A Life You Love

Quartz  |  Bill Burnett and Dave Evans

To get started, we recommend thinking about the last time that you were on cloud 9—an experience that gave you a glimpse of adrenaline-induced ecstasy, if only for a moment. It could be the feeling you had when you got a great new job offer, fell in love, finished a marathon or traveled to a beautiful country. This kind of memory is called a peak experience. Examining it can help you to look at events in the future, designing a more fulfilling life in the process.

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First Impressions: Apple Watch Series 2

First Impressions: Apple Watch Series 2

Outside  |  Michael Frank

For fitness, Apple built a basic but mercifully easy-to-use native app, called Workout, to track gym workouts, runs, bike rides, and more. It tracks all that activity with a built-in gyroscopic, accelerometer, and LED heart rate monitor. These sensors remain the same in the Watch Series 2. The Watch collates and presents workout data, plus your standing and all-day movement stats, in its accompanying app, Activity.
To calibrate speed, Series 1 relies on your iPhone’s GPS. Series 2, on the other hand, uses its built-in GPS. (More on that functionality in a bit.) I should note that all Apple Watches can also learn your stride length so you don’t need a phone to get a close estimation of distance. This is nice because even a GPS watch won’t know how far you’ve gone if you’re, say, running on a treadmill. I’ve found this feature to be quite accurate: the first Watch I tested, in 2015, on a three-mile track run, was off by only 20 feet.

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Phys Ed: Does Music Make You Exercise Harder?

Phys Ed: Does Music Make You Exercise Harder?

The New York Times  |  Gretchen Reynolds

The interplay of exercise and music is fascinating and not fully understood, perhaps in part because, as a science, it edges into multiple disciplines, from physiology to biomechanics to neurology. No one doubts that people respond to music during exercise. Just look at the legions of iPod-toting exercisers on running paths and in gyms. The outcry when USA Track and Field banned headphones in 2007 at sanctioned races like marathons was loud and pained (and the edict was widely ignored until it was revised last year). The neurologist and author Oliver Sacks has talked about personally experiencing the elemental power of music after he injured his leg mountain climbing and had to push himself slowly down the slope with his elbows. He told an interviewer: “Then I found the Volga Boatmen song going through my mind. I would make a big heave and a ho on each beat in the song. In this way, it seemed to me that I was being ‘music-ed’ down the mountain.”

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This week’s Digest is all about technology and its impact not only on our training, but the broader world. In hardware, shrinking computers can now fit just about any sensor you can imagine into a bike, allowing riders to adjust to real-time conditions and eke out every advantage over the competition, no matter how small. Turning to apps, we examine how to harness social media and social fitness apps to keep us motivated and hold us accountable in our training. As a bonus, we’ll also see how data from social fitness apps like Strava are even helping cities make smarter infrastructure investments. Finally, taking step back to look at the bigger picture, we’ll consider how, despite amazing progress over the past fifty years, we’re still only in the first phase of Artificial Intelligence.

Bike Rumor

Argon18 Develops Jet Fighter Tech To Keep Drag In Check

Bike Rumor

Since the advent of carbon fiber technology road bikes have started to look more and more like fighter jets. Now, with the use of sophisticated integrated computer systems, they’re finally starting to perform like them.

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Breaking Muscle

Social Media and the Climate of Fitness

Breaking Muscle

It’s easy to make fun of #fitspo and roll your eyes at gym selfies. But training is as much psychological as it is physical, and a solid support network—even a virtual one—can be the difference between success and failure. By drawing lessons from the science of behavior change, we can shape our social media use to support, instead of hinder, our training goals.

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The New Yorker

Th Hype—And Hope—Of Artificial Intelligence

The New Yorker

What we thought of as artificial intelligence 50 years ago is now, for most part, already a reality. What we think of as artificial intelligence now may well be, in 50 years, basic computing. Amidst these dizzying changes, Om Malik sets out to cut through the hype and uncover the hope.

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Curbed

How A Fitness App For Cyclists Is Reshaping City Planning

Curbed
Bicycle commuting is on the rise across the nation. As more cyclists take to the road to get to work, cities are trying to find ways to keep everyone safe and are turning to an app called Strava to do so. Using complex heat maps to discover riding and routing tendencies, municipal governments are discovering ideal locations for new bike lanes.

This week's Digest focuses on turning points. Whether it’s a distance running prodigy who turned to strength training, or a landmark study showing how a few critical points can influence the rest of our lives, each of these articles explore how we discover, analyze and ultimately act on critical turning points in training and in life.

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That’s Not Fat: How Ryan Hall Gained 40 Pounds of Muscle

Runner's World
Ryan Hall’s showing at the 2011 Boston Marathon, finishing with a time of 2:04:58, made him the fastest American-Born marathoner of all time. Tuning your body to cover so much ground in so little time can undoubtedly take its toll. After suffering constant injuries and fatigue, the marathon prodigy announced his retirement from competitive running this past January. Since then he’s made some huge changes to the way he trains and in doing so says he’s never felt better. 

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WHAT MAKES A GOOD LIFE: REVELATORY LEARNINGS FROM HARVARD'S 75-YEAR STUDY OF HUMAN HAPPINESS

What Makes a Good Life: Revelatory Learnings from Harvard’s 75-Year Study of Human Happiness

Brain Pickings
An age-old question, perhaps THE age-old question: How can we be happier? Turns out, some bright folks at Harvard University have us covered. For the past 75 years they’ve been studying a group of 724 men from Boston, tracking and checking-in on a bi-yearly basis. Everything thing from relationship status, to income to medical records have been tracked and analyzed. The outcome? Not exactly what you’d expect.

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DON'T LET THE FITNESS INDUSTRY TELL YOU WHAT TO DO

Don't Let the Fitness Industry Tell You What to Do

Breaking Muscle
As athletes we’ve all seen pitches for quicker recoveries, bigger reps, faster laps and leaner gains. We’ve become inundated by an entire industry telling us what to do, what to take and what to eat. As it turns out, there’s no ‘silver bullet’ when it comes to fitness. Focusing on the basics and mastering them may not be the most fashionable training regimen out there but it may not be the worst either. Either way, take our word and give this article a read, or don’t.

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The Running Novelist, Learning How to Go the Distance

Learning How to Go the Distance

The New Yorker
Haruki Murakami has become a household name due to the success of his novels such as Norwegian Wood, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle and 1Q84. He’s sold millions of copies of these books and more since he started up his writing career in 1979. This article, written by himself, dives into the exact moment he decided to make a critical change in his life and begin crafting his first novel. It’s no coincidence that this change also lead him directly to another passion in life, long distance running. 

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3,931. That’s what we accomplished. 3,931 push-ups completed in 2 hours. That’s 33 push-ups a minute, which translates to $3,931 going to the One Love Foundation to help educate, empower and activate young people in their communities in a movement to end relationship violence. 3,931 examples of pure effort harnessed for a great cause.

 We had 12 winners coming from our 4 divisions. The men’s division winner completed 76 push-ups while the women’s winner completed 44 push-ups. In our trainer divisions our men’s winner completed 84 push-ups while our women’s winner completed 49.

Check out the complete round-up below. 

Men's Division

  1. 76 Push-ups
  2. 74 Push-ups
  3. 72 Push-ups

Women's Division

  1. 44 Push-ups
  2. 43 Push-ups
  3. 32 Push-ups

Men's Equinox Trainer/Staff Division

  1. 84 Push-ups
  2. 74 Push-ups
  3. 72 Push-ups

Women's Equinox Trainer/Staff Division

  1. 49 Push-ups
  2. 47 Push-ups
  3. 40 Push-ups

We wanted to say Thank You to everyone that came out and made this event what it was. The energy that we all created last night was inspiring. For more images of the event check out our facebook gallery

Thank You!

- The Ten Thousand Team

Bring your A-game and come join us as we kick-off our new partnership with a bang. We're hosting a Push-Up Challenge at the Greenwich Equinox location on Tuesday, August 16th from 6-8pm. We'll be scoring the most correct form push-ups completed in a minute for a chance to win some awesome prizes and, more importantly the supreme bragging rights of being a push-up champion. No need to suit up, casual attire is fine. 

We've also teamed up with the One Love Foundation, and will be donating $1 for each push-up completed on the night. They're an awesome organization that works tirelessly to educate, empower and activate young people in their communities in a movement to end relationship violence.

Pro tip: Learn from one of the very best in the business, our buddy and coach at SSD, Adam Scott. His article, You’re Doing Your Push-Ups Wrong,  goes through some of the most common mistakes made when hammering out push-ups.

Hope to see you next Tuesday. Please feel free to bring friends.

This week we’re excited to announce a new partnership with Equinox. As you know, these guys are the premier fitness club in the country and share our values and vision on training. Our gear will now be available across the country in their top 9 clubs and we’re working closely with their top tier trainers in the design, development, and testing of our next products. 


If you’re a member of Equinox or live near one, stop in to try on some gear and stock up. You can check out the store finder on our site for the exact locations where our gear is being carried. If you’re in the New York area come celebrate the launch with us! As one naturally would, we’re kicking off our partnership with a  push-up contest which will take place at the Greenwich Equinox on August 16th at 6pm. Check out our post below on proper push-up form to get ready. We’ll be sharing more details soon.


Nothing is more important to us than learning from you and other athletes about how our products actually translate into athletic performance. The desire to continuously evolve and improve is an essential part of what we believe makes our gear special. Through our Field Test program, we’ve begun tapping into the needs, wants and problems of top-tier Equinox trainers and their clients to help us dial in our next round of new gear. We could not be more psyched about being able to collaborate with some of the best in the business. 


Thank you for all the support. We’re thrilled to have you as part of the team as we continue to improve our gear and work with partners like Equinox push us to new levels.

Words By: Meaghen Brown
Images By: Rob Shaul

Our friends over at SSD design comprehensive training programs for military, first responders and mountain athletes. They're at the forefront of creating some of the most unique and targeted training regimes out there, so rest assured, they know how to do a basic push-up.

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According to Mountain Athlete strength and conditioning coach Adam Scott, a perfect push-up can challenge even the fittest athletes when done correctly, but can also be rendered completely useless when done wrong. And a lot of people do them wrong.

These are three most common mistakes Scott and his colleagues see, and their comprehensive guide to correcting them.

Mistake #1: Not Maintaining Correct Body AlignmentMistake #1: Not Maintaining Correct Body Alignment

If you have a weak core, you’re going to have trouble maintaining proper body alignment during a push-up. This will either cause you to drop your hips to the floor, or you’ll overcompensate by pressing your weight back and diving your hips into the air is if you were pressing into a downward dog. Either way, you’ve broken your biomechanical chain which connects your upper and lower body. And trust us, the worms and headbobs you’ll be performing to execute the up-and-down motion of a pushup look more like bad dance moves than exercise.

Mistake #1: Not Maintaining Correct Body Alignment (The Fix)

The correction: A correct push-up requires that you maintain rigid alignment from your heels to your hips and all the way to your shoulders—you should be able to draw a straight line from your ankle to the top of your head. “To teach this, isometric core training like simple plank exercises, is the best place to start,” says Scott. Once you can maintain proper alignment in a static position, then you can add small movements like lifting your hand of the ground, before moving on to a full push-up.

Mistake #2: Shrugged Shoulders and Wide ElbowMistake #2: Shrugged Shoulders and Wide Elbows

Many novice athletes place their hands way outside their shoulders and try to initiate movement with wide pushing motion. “They are convinced that a wider hand position will give them more strength and stability,” says Scott, “but this position actually does the opposite – wide hands and bowed elbows force you to shrug your shoulders and contort your elbows.” It’s a weaker variation and can also cause shoulder pain over time.

Mistake #2: Shrugged Shoulders and Wide Elbows (The Fix)

The correction: When performing a standard push-up you want to align the webbing of your thumbs with your shoulders. As you lower your body, sweep your elbows to your sides. “We watch closely for any shrugging of shoulders and instruct our athletes to keep as much distance between their ears and their shoulders as possible,” explains Scott. “You may not be able to perform as many push-ups in this alignment, but overtime you’ll be able to transfer much more strength through this motion.”

Note: There is such a thing as a “wide push-up” variation, but this is best attempted after you have mastered a standard push-up.

Mistake #3: Not Moving Through the Full Range of MotionMistake #3: Not Moving Through the Full Range of Motion

“Cheaters gonna cheat,” says Scott, “and when it comes to push-ups there are two kinds of cheaters—bottom-half and top-half.” According to Scott, if you’re a “top-half cheater” you’re usually weaker and don’t have the strength to recover after reaching the bottom portion of a repetition.  Instead you stay high in the movement—typically between an arm angle of 180 degrees and 135 degrees. If you’re a “bottom-half cheater,” you’re likely strong enough to do a quality push-up, but you’re probably not as strong as you think. For this reason, you end up bouncing between 90 degrees and 135 degrees. “Unfortunately for you,” says Scott, “100 half push-ups equals 0 push-ups.”

Mistake #3: Not Moving Through the Full Range of Motion (The Fix)

The correction: Always train in the full range of motion. This builds muscle memory and strength throughout the entire movement. “For push-ups this means arms fully extended in the up-position and either chest to the ground or shoulders below your elbows at the bottom-position (depending on the standard),” says Scott. “If you can’t quite complete the full range of motion, try going to your knees or elevate your hands until you have found a light enough position. Another, more advanced option, is to try hand release push-ups. Rest your chest on the ground and release your hands at the bottom of each repetition.

In issue #5 of The Digest we look at the relationship between mind and body. We’ve selected 4 articles that explore the depths and possibilities of this relationship. We all know that a healthy body is only achievable with a healthy mind, but how can we optimize the way we think about physical training to maximize results? Check out the articles below for some solid answers.

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How Did Colin O’Brady Shatter an Absolutely Insane Endurance and Adventure Record?

How Did Colin O'Brady Shatter an Absolutely Insane Endurance and Adventure Record?

Outside Online

Colin O’Brady climbed each of the highest peaks on all 7 continents and trekked to the north and south poles all in 139 days. Brady’s got some tales tell, surprisingly, he explains how this undertaking was just as much a mental challenge as it was a physical one. Here’s how he did it.

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Master One Thing

The Scientific Argument For Mastering One Thing At A Time

James Clear

Want to master a new skill? Been looking to impose a long-standing change in your life? Trying to hit that personal goal? Some people naturally find this challenge easier than others. James Clear explores specific techniques that can aid us in becoming more proficient. Focus, focus, focus.

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http://breakingmuscle.com/sports-psychology/transform-your-mindset-to-transform-your-body

Transform Your Mindset To Transform Your Body

Breaking Muscle

We all get hurt, we all have physical weaknesses. We must accept this and tune our minds and bodies accordingly. A positive mindset is a crucial asset to keeping your body performing at a high level, learn how to harness it. You’ll be happy you did. 

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This Is Your Brain On Silence

Nautilus

Science says that a truly quiet place can offer both physical and mental health advantages. In a world that keeps getting louder and louder, countries like Finland are starting to look at silence as a natural resource. This article by Daniel A. Gross begs the question, what is the true value of silence?

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The Science of Sore – DOMS explained - Strength Theory

The Science of Sore – DOMS explained

Strength Theory

We’re fairly confident that you’ve experienced DOMS before. Hell, you may be experiencing DOMS right now. You know that feeling you get after a huge day in the gym, when it hurts just to get out of bed in the morning? That’s DOMS. It may help to learn a little more about why you hurt so that you’ll be less likely to suffer in the future.

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Ego is the Enemy: The Legend of Genghis Khan - Farnam Street Blog

Ego is the Enemy: The Legend of Genghis Khan

Farnam Street Blog

Newsflash: Ryan Holiday’s got a new book, and it’s brilliant. In this excerpt, Holiday looks at valuable life lessons that can be learned from the infamous Mongolian marauder, Ghengis Khan. Besides being one of the most successful and violent commanders in modern history, it turns out he was also one of the most humble leaders of all time.

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The Best GPS Running Watch - The Sweet Home

The Best GPS Running Watch

The Sweethome

In the market for a new watch? Do you run, train and burn calories like its your job? It may be time to add a GPS watch to your locker. The fitness gadget market is fairly saturated, and everyone’s got here own preferences but here’s one of the most comprehensive head-to-heads from that we could find.

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How Olympians Choose Which Sports Supplements Are Worth It - Wired

How Olympians Choose Which Sports Supplements Are Worth It

Wired

In the ‘sketchy’ world of performance supplements, actual results are hard to come by. Sometimes athletes are just pushing the next hot product with a marketing budget, but there are some sincere adopters for these physical boosters. However, most of the time the science doesn’t lie. So why do most of the world’s best athletes turn to them in their search for glory?

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The 5K, Not The Marathon, Is The Ideal Race

 The 5K, Not The Marathon is the Ideal Race

FiveThirtyEight

When you look at training for a timed run you may be able to save yourself time, money and injuries all while increasing your overall fitness level by trading marathons for the ever present 5k. The signs suggest that the good ole’ ‘fun run’ has finally come of age.

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The Future of Self - Mark Manson

The Future of Self

Mark Manson

Do you have 15 minutes? If you answered ‘Yes’ to this question then you should be reading this article by Mark Manson. ‘The Matrix’ meets ‘Gattaca’ in Manson’s look into the future of Us and how we’ll be interacting with technology in our lifetimes.  Seriously, go read it, like now.

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Are You a Design Minimalist or Maximalist? - GQ

Are You a Design Minimalist or Maximalist?

GQ

Yves Saint Laurent or Patrick Bateman? In a time where pretty much anything goes in terms of interior design, what do your style choices say about you?

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Increasing Fitness in the Other 162 Hours - Breaking Muscle

Increasing Fitness in the Other 162 Hours

Breaking Muscle

Let’s be completely honest, you probably don’t train as much as you’d like to. As a hard working athlete, with a family, job and social life it’s just something we all have to come to terms with. There’s a lot of value in finding ways to eek out marginal gains in everyday activity, here are some good places to start.

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Mind over matter. It's all in your head. Just suck it up. Whatever the form, we all intuitively know that training and sports are about pushing yourself mentally much more than physically. In How Bad Do You Want It?, Matt Fitzgerald looks at some of the best endurance athletes in the world—from Greg LeMond to Steve Prefontaine—to prove that what truly matters is what's going on in your head, not in your muscles.

Hard physical limits definitely do exist, but we never get there. We all quit way before that as we hit the maximum level of perceived effort we're willing to tolerate. In this pursuit of chasing down how bad you want something, you unlock your ultimate physical potential and what really makes you tick as a person. 

To approach your sport as an ongoing fire walk, aiming to move closer and closer to the unreachable wall that represents your ultimate physical limit, is to embark on a journey of transformation in which you become more and more the athlete—and the person—you want to be as you tackle the obstacles that hinder your progress.

—Matt Fitzgerald 

“The mind is the next frontier for significant performance gains . . . . Mental fitness, says Fitzgerald, means becoming your own sports psychologist and developing coping mechanisms to help you suffer better. Which, while not entirely satisfying, is a good start.”

―Outside magazine

How Bad Do You Want It?

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The Ancient Philosophy Taking Over the NFL

The Ancient Philosophy Taking Over the NFL

Sports Illustrated

Stoicism is the distinction between what you can control and what you can’t. That’s probably the hardest idea of pro sports.

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Why We Feel Better When We Run

Why We Feel Better When We Run

Science of Us

A good run can sometimes make you feel like a brand-new person. And, in a way, that feeling may be literally true.

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HOW TO BE HAPPIER, BASED ON SCIENCE

How To Be Happier, Based on Science

TIME

Neuroscientists study that gray blob in your head all day and have learned a lot about what truly will make you happy.

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Why Do We Work So Hard?

Why do we work so hard?

1843 Magazine

A powerful meditation of how and why work becomes our lives if we’re no careful.

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