Dr. Alex Hutchinson

The Science Of Suffering

We can not get enough of Dr. Alex Hutchinson’s book, Endure: Mind, Body, and the Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Performance (2018) this year. His book takes a detailed look into the science of endurance and covers heat, hydration, nutrition, and all the things that we love to think about! Alex takes us through many of the topics in his book and gives us some insight into how the brain may ultimately be the limiter on our ability to suffer, and how changing our perception of pain can expand the limits of our endurance. As an added bonus, we talk briefly with Erin Cafaro, a 2x Olympic Gold Medalist in rowing, about how she thinks about and manages pain while competing. Alex joined us via Skype from Toronto.

For more info on Alex and his book, check out his website!

Books, movies, and takeaways mentioned in the episode:

  • The Big Blue, directed by Luc Besson
  • Meru, documentary directed by Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi
  • Takeaway: If you are going to be chased by a lion, do it with a group of friends

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