Press Kit

If you’re looking for more information as a member of the press or other media, you’re at the right place!

Want to know if my book is something worth reading or writing about?  Here is a quick synopsis:

This book is not intended to replace training that works. It is not a shortcut to fitness. Yet for many, the ideas it contains are heresy. It builds a case that consistent high intensity training can provide a level of fitness from which a mentally tough athlete can approach, succeed at, and enjoy ultra endurance sports.

It uses current research to support to explain the primary evidence for his claim–a half-decade long N=1 experiment by the author, during which he has competed in and finished (in the top third of the field or better) more than a dozen major ultra endurance races across several disciplines while training less than 3 hours a week.

What are other people saying?

“As his own guinea pig for pushing the limits of the human body Magness is a fun experiment to watch. The book is ripe with out-of-box ideas on fitness, nutrition, and the boundaries (or lack thereof) of the human spirit.”

-Stephen Regenold, Founder/Editor

“The book’s direction is great. It contains some compelling story telling and impressive results for short term training.”

-Ray Zahab, legendary ultramarathoner who ran the Sahara Desert (7500kms) in 111 days

“Interesting read, Andy did a great job pulling something interesting and thought provoking together. Congratulations!

High intensity work is the staple for elite athletes around the globe. The book hones in on the mental side of it which is where the men separate from the boys, as the workouts push people into their uncomfortable place.”

-Simon Donato, champion ultramarathoner and star of Esquire Network’s “Boundless”

“The world of endurance training is on the verge of a revolution, as we awaken to the idea that chronic exercise and sugar dependency is counterproductive to both health and performance. Some times less really is more, as Andy Magness conveys in his book.”

-Mark Sisson, author of the bestselling book Primal Blueprint, former 2:18 marathoner and 4th place Hawaii Ironman finisher

“If this book and training idea catches on (and you don’t), be ready to be crushed by athletes training less than 10% of the time you do.”

Jason Magness, captain of the elite adventure racing squad, Team Yogaslackers.

Interested in a cut and paste bio of the author?
Andy Magness is many things–husband, father, recreational philosopher, novice gardener, reluctant homeowner, occasional adventurer, part-time athlete, race director, youth philanthropist, burgeoning author, and eternal possibilitist (not to mention avid neologist).  Regardless of the which hat he is wearing at the moment, he is always a critical thinker and loves nothing more than questioning everything.

An avid climber and mountaineer during his younger days, Andy followed his twin brother, Jason into the world of extreme endurance sports more than a decade go.  His experiments in high intensity training for these events began as he tried to keep up with Jason while simultaneously starting a family and going back to graduate school in Physics.

Andy has had continuous success competing in a variety of ultra-endurance disciplines despite reducing his weekly training committment from 3 hours a week in 2007 to 30 minutes a week at present.  UltraMental is his first book.

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Want to get in contact with me?
Andy Magness
701-330 0709

Event Resume (last five years).

June 2014: Stubborn Mule, 30 hour adventure race

February 2014: Maya Mountain Adventure Challenge, 4 day adventure race

October 2013: END-TRAILS, 12 hour trail run (56 miles, 10 hrs 40 min)

July 2013: Cowboy Tough, 4 day adventure race

March 2013: END-SURE, 50 K winter trail ultramarathon

Janurary 2013: Arrowhead Ultra, 135 mile winter bike ultramarathon

September 2012: Swamp Donkey, 9 hour adventure race

June 2012: Untamed New England, 4 day adventure race

January 2012: Frozen Otter Ultra Trek, 100K ultra trail run

September 2011: Swamp Donkey

August 2011: Expedition Idaho, 7 day adventure race

May 2011: Sioux Huster trail run, 50+ K

February 2011: Arrowhead Ultra

December 2010: Abu Dhabi Adventure Challenge, 6 day stage race

October 2010: CPtracker Nationals, 30 hour adventure race

June 2010: Chippewa Triathlon, 50 mile canoe/bike/run

February 2010: Arrowhead Ultra

November 2009: Mantarion Trail Run, 41+ miles

August 2009: Young Life Triathlon, Olympic distance

Recent publications:

Breathe Magazine, V6 issue 1: “The Road Less Traveled”

Breathe Magazine (online): “AR May be Doomed, but it’s Damn Awesome”

Breathe Magazine (online): “Why adventure matters”


Looking to keep tabs?

UltraMental blog


Twitter (or follow @ultramentalbook)


Sample Interview Questions.

Who is this book written for?

Is this type of training for everyone?

What is the hardest event you’ve ever done?

What is your favorite type of endurance event?

Is UltraMental type training a short-cut?

You talk about your book as being heretical, can you explain?

How hard is this type of training?

What are the benefits of this type of training?

What is the most difficult thing about this type of training?

What is your next big event?

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