Alex Hutchinson, Outside Magazine

Alex Hutchinson

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Toronto, ON, Canada

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Recent articles by Alex:

Analyzing Kipchoge’s Sub-2 Marathon Course in Vienna

A new study quantifies the time gained and lost from the geography of the INEOS 1:59 Challenge course, and suggests that you don’t need to sweat the curves → Read More

The New Culture of Hammering Races Right from the Start

Crunching the data suggests that distance runners at this year’s track world champs paced more aggressively than ever. → Read More

Why Hard Training Makes You More Impulsive

Delayed gratification gets harder when you’re overtrained, according to a new brain-scanning study → Read More

Heat Training Could Boost Your Cool-Weather Performance

New evidence bolsters the claim that adapting to hot weather gives an all-around fitness advantage—but not right away. → Read More

Parkrun’s community feel inspires devotion

Parkrun is a network of free, weekly timed five-kilometre runs held every Saturday morning at 9 a.m. in almost 2,000 parks in 20 countries around the world → Read More

Endurance Athletes Should Work on Their Mental Skills

Whether you’re striving for peak performance or coming back from injury, psychological techniques can help. → Read More

5 Training Insights from the Endurance Coaching Summit

Some key takeaways on hydration, power meters, recovery, and menstrual period tracking. → Read More

Our society’s culture of fear is holding back children’s fitness

Experts believe that less freedom and overprotective parenting is having a direct impact on a child’s physical well-being, now and later in life → Read More

What We Miss by Studying Mostly Men

Two new studies on beet juice and VO2max highlight the limitations of sports science research that excludes female athletes → Read More

How to Get the Most Out of Altitude Training

Figuring out how long, how often, and when to train in the mountains remains an art for endurance athletes → Read More

Not All Interval Workouts Are Created Equal

The physiological and psychological responses to different types of interval workout depend on the details → Read More

How to Get Faster When You’re Already Fit

A historical analysis of world-record pacing suggests that beating your own best time can be complicated → Read More

Why Your Friend’s Gym Routine Might Not Work for You

A study that assigns different workout plans to each leg shows just how much (or little) the details matter → Read More

Is It More Important to Run Faster or Run Longer?

Scientists debate the physiological benefits of ramping up your training intensity or your training volume → Read More

Scientists still puzzled by the causes of osteoarthritis, but new ideas emerge

Factors such as inflammation, fat, muscle tissue and even gut bacteria are now thought to play a part, leading to surprising new ideas on how it might be prevented and treated → Read More

Lifting to Failure Isn’t Always Better

You have to work hard to build strength, but that doesn’t necessarily mean collapsing to the floor after each set. → Read More

Let there be light: WELL guidelines show the importance of bright light for health and work

Figuring out whether you’re getting the recommended light from your monitor, lamps, overhead lights and windows is far from trivial → Read More

There’s New Data on Training with Supplemental Oxygen

The theory makes sense, but actually showing that “hyperoxic training” makes you faster remains a challenge → Read More

The Real Reason Marathoners Hit the Wall

A new study finds that your “critical speed” threshold drops in the last third of a marathon, which may explain why the distance produces so many blow-ups. → Read More

How to Find Your Ideal Running Cadence

A simple self-test zeroes in on the most efficient stride rate for your running style, and compares it to your usual choice. → Read More