Natural Born Heroes: The Lost Secrets of Strength and Endurance (Paperback)Christopher McDougall (author)
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Both a remarkable slice of little-known military history and a programme for mental and bodily fitness, Natural Born Heroes is the inspiring story of how a ragbag collection of ageing academics acquired the superhuman strength to fight off the Nazi invasion of Crete. Relating their wartime fitness regime to modern day life, McDougall produces a unique fusion of real-life adventure and motivational health manual.
When Chris McDougall stumbled across the story of Churchill's 'dirty tricksters', a motley crew of English poets and academics who helped resist the Nazi invasion of Crete, he knew he was on the track of something special.
To beat the odds, the tricksters-starving, aging, outnumbered-tapped into an ancient style of fitness: the lost art of heroism. They listened to their instincts, replaced calories with stored bodily fat and used their fascia, the network of tissue which criss-crosses the body, to catapult themselves to superhuman strength and endurance.
Soon McDougall was in the middle of a modern fitness revolution taking place everywhere from Parisian parkour routes to state-of-the-art laboratories, and based on the know-how of Shanghai street-fighters and Wild West gunslingers. Just as Born to Run got runners off the treadmill and into nature, Natural Born Heroes will inspire casual athletes to dump the gym membership for cross-training, mud runs and free-running.
Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 290 g
Dimensions: 198 x 130 x 21 mm
'A fascinating edifice of ideas ... But the pleasures of the book are as much to do with the fascinating panoply of characters, war heroes all, British, Commonwealth and Cretan, whose exploits contributed so much to Hitler's downfall.' - Independent