Natural Born Heroes: The Lost Secrets of Strength and Endurance


“When I was struggling in the normal gym environment of weight machines and treadmills, this was the book that opened my eyes to another universe of movement. I was ‘jumping out my skin’ inspired and followed up on all the people and ideas mentioned in the book. Which ultimately led me to ‘The Natural Method’. And then … the rest is history. The Wilding Project was born! If this book doesn’t make you want to explore movement with your whole body then you must be dead!” Damien Norris

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


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