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Natural Born Heroes by Christopher McDougall
  

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Everything you've been told about exercise is wrong. This book takes us to research laboratories in Germany, an assault course in the Brazilian jungle and Parisian parkour routes, exploding exercise myths (such as that fat prevents fitness - it's actually a brilliant energy source) and proving these techniques can be used by anyone, anywhere.

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Natural Born Heroes by Christopher McDougall

Everything you've been told about exercise is wrong. Cancel the gym membership, dump the protein shake and immerse yourself in a Boy's Own story of a group of English poets and academics and local shepherds who resisted the Nazi occupation of Crete using ancient Greek fitness techniques. Including the one-eyed English archaeologist John Pendlebury, and Paddy Leigh Fermor, this motley crew exploited the innate versatility of the body's natural movements and resources to re-create themselves as physical weapons. They ran, crawled, jumped, climbed, swam and lifted their way to superhuman strength and endurance - most notably smuggling a kidnapped German general to Egypt under the nose of a Nazi manhunt. Chris McDougall takes us to pioneering research laboratories in Germany, an assault course in the Brazilian jungle and Parisian parkour routes, exploding common exercise myths. Just as Born to Run inspired casual runners to get off the treadmill, out of their shoes and into nature, Natural Born Heroes will inspire casual athletes to take up cross-training, mud runs, parkour and free-running to bound-and climb, swim, skip, wade, and jump-their way to heroic feats.

Reviews

Praise for Born to Run:

'Part how-to manual, part scientific treatise but throughout a ripping yarn, this book will inspire everyone who reads it to think on their feet.' Independent

'A fascinating and true adventure story, destined to become a classic' Ranulph Fiennes

'Not just a book for runners, but for anyone who has dreamed of venturing beyond their comfort zone' Tim Butcher

'A really phenomenal book' Jon Stewart

About the Author

Christopher McDougall is a former war correspondent for the Associated Press and is now a contributing editor for Men's Health. A three-time National Magazine Award finalist, he has written for Esquire, The New York Times Magazine, Outside, Men's Journal, and New York Times.

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Book Info

Publication date

11th February 2016

Author

Christopher McDougall

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Publisher

Profile Books Ltd

Format

Hardback
352 pages

Categories

Lifestyle & Health
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Exercise & workout books
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ISBN

9781846684579

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