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Sep 12, 2023 | ISBN 9780593539408

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A fascinating and moving book. Secrets of Giants reveals not only why the pursuit of strength matters, but also that you are stronger than you know, and we are stronger when we face challenges together.—Kelly McGonigal, PhD, author of The Joy of Movement

Enthusiastically researched and authentically lived, this in-depth exploration into the world of strongman goes behind the scenes of the flashy feats like pulling trucks and hoisting stones to uncover what really drives us to test our physical limits. With unvarnished honesty, Alyssa Ages takes readers on a relatable journey that’s about gaining so much more than just muscle.—Haley Shapley, author of Strong Like Her

Along with salient insight into female anxieties about becoming “bulky”—rooted in cultural notions that “a woman who takes up space is threatening”—Ages weaves a lively, research-rich appraisal of the hidden psychological depth of a deceptively primitive human pursuit.Publishers Weekly

In Secrets of Giants, Alyssa Ages intertwines her personal journey into the world of strongman—lifting Atlas stones, flipping large tires, and pulling semi-trucks—with scientific and historical research to understand why humans are driven to test the limits of our strength. Through this fascinating and immersive excursion, she learns that strength isn’t just about being strong, but it’s tied to our sense of identity, community, resilience, and joy. It’s the ultimate love letter to and celebration of strength.—Christine Yu, author of Up to Speed

Building strength is about a lot more than the weight on the bar. If you want to understand the true meaning of strength, read this book and thank me laterDr. Marc Bubbs, Performance Nutritionist and author of Peak and Peak40

Mental techniques and thought rituals can help you push through life’s challenges—whether it’s lifting that next rep or moving forward after a tragedy. In Secrets of Giants, Ages shows how mental training is equally as important as physical strength and can help you overcome any obstacle in life.Eric Potterat, PhD, High Performance Psychologist and author of Learned Excellence

Secret of Giants weaves personal stories of success and failure together with the psychology of how we perform up to our potential. A great read for anyone interested in better understanding their own performance and how they can achieve more than they ever thought possible.—Sian Leah Beilock, President of Dartmouth, author of Choke and How the Body Knows Its Mind

Through affecting and personal stories of her life as an athlete and mother, along with interviews with some of the strongest people on the planet as well as experts in the field, Alyssa Ages examines what strength is and why it matters. A valuable addition to this burgeoning genre.—Daniel Kunitz, author of Lift

Secrets of Giants is an eye-opening, insightful, and delightful journey into the subculture of strongman competition and the personal odyssey a middle-age mother who you might expect to see lining up for spin class, but instead seeks thrills — and finds empowerment in — hoisting boulders and pulling trucks. An elegant writer and painstaking researcher, Alyssa Ages reveals a surprising new story of how a world with which few are familiar, or dismiss as spectacle, is a source of tremendous physical and emotional strength. Secrets of Giants makes me want to lift heavy things, and most importantly reminds you that you never know what you’re capable of until you try.Natalia Mehlman Petrzela, PhD, historian and author of Fit Nation

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