After hearing the title tossed around some credible friends’ backyard pool workouts for several straight weeks, I finally picked up a copy of Christopher McDougall’s follow up effort to Born to Run, entitled Natural Born Heroes. It, too, proved to be a national best seller and chooses to use excellent story telling to prop up the power of naturalistic training habits and the untold potential of human performance.
Where Born to Run stuck closely to its namesake with it’s compelling argument that not only should running hurt us less, that humanity evolved to do it and survived because of it. Natural Born Heroes claims, more generally, that the stuff of heroes wasn’t always as much the fiction of today as it’s built on foundational practices we’ve all but forgotten. He ventures back to the Greek island of Crete to retrace the steps of a handful of mostly average freedom fighters and their successful effort to perform an improbable clandestine mission to kidnap a German general and escape the island.
With skill sets that have garnered new found popularity, like parkour, ketogenic diets, CrossFit, and MovNat, McDougall claims the job was pulled of with readily available human capacities. You can’t read it and not want to train more naturally and clean up your fuel sources. Without explicitly mentioning the product, McDougall describes fat adapted performance that would love something like Coco Java Nut Butter.
Check out this adventure of a book. It builds slowly, but McDougall successfully wraps his arounds around a number of disciplines and brings them home in perfect sequence with one of the little known clandestine feats of World World II.