Roadless qualifies for inclusion here for two main reasons: 1. This expedition is solid type 2 fun. It's fully human-powered, no helicopters, no snowmobiles, no lifts, just sweat and effort. 2. It's a beautiful window to the wilderness which provides a mental boost if you are stuck indoors on a treadmill or similar.
A great audiobook/book by Olympic marathon medalist Deena Kastor. Kastor recounts how she developed the positive mindset that helped her achieve her goals.
Boston and NYC marathon winner and Olympic medalist Meb Keflezighi writes about each of the 26 marathons he ran in his pro career. One marathon per chapter with a key lesson learned, details of training, challenges, and a compelling account of the race itself. Great insights into pro running training, race strategy, mental strength. Reminds us that the pros face many of the same struggles that amateurs contend with.
Outstanding book recommended to anyone interested in improving their fitness for endurance sports.
Documentary following Kim Chambers' attempt to become the first woman to swim a 30 mile open ocean, shark-infested route. Kim took up swimming as part of her rehab after she nearly lost a leg due to injury. "If you think you can't do something, or you're afraid of doing something, that's exactly when you should do it." - Kim Chambers
The story of climber Alex Honnold's attempt to climb 3,000ft El Capitan in Yosemite National Park solo and without a rope. Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi (Meru) tell the story of this incredible athletic endeavor with stunning cinematography and fascinating context. Awe-inspiring. Recommended for aerobic base training or rehab work on the treadmill or indoor bike trainer, but it'll make you sweat even if you watch it on the sofa.
Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgesen take on the Dawn Wall on El Capitan in Yosemite. An astounding 10-year effort to climb an unclimbable route as well as an unexpectedly emotional story about dealing with all kinds of adversity. Not just for fans of climbing, the extraordinary feats of athletic and mental strength on display in this movie will inspire awe in any viewer and reset your idea of what is possible.
Feature-length documentary covering the run-up to the 2017 Crossfit Games and the competition itself. As with other Crossfit Games documentaries this is entertaining, fast-paced and full of intensity from the get-go. The amazing physical feats of strength, skill, agility and endurance combined with pump-up music and flashy editing are all super-energizing. Great for treadmill runs.
Feature-length documentary covering the 2016 Crossfit Games, a 5-day, 15 event multisport challenge to find the "Fittest Man and Fittest Woman on Earth". Intense from the start and featuring incredible feats of strength, agility, skill and aerobic capacity, this feature-length video is both entertaining and super-energizing.