‘Incredible individual, incredible book, incredible story.’ CHRIS HEMSWORTH
‘A hero who is as humble as he is resilient… testament to a “never give up” spirit!’ BEAR GRYLLS
‘From reading this book, the message that comes shining through is this: you can achieve anything.’ ANT MIDDLETON
Bestselling author and award-winning adventurer Ross Edgley has been studying the art of resilience for years, applying all he has learned to become the first person in history to swim around Great Britain, breaking multiple world records. Now Ross focuses on mental strength, stoicism and the training needed to create an unbreakable body.
Ross Edgley famously ran a marathon pulling a 1.4-tonne car and climbed a rope the height of Everest (8,848m), after living with Yamabushi warrior monks in Japan and partaking in Shamanic pain rituals with fire ants in the Amazon jungle. On his epic 1,780-mile journey around Great Britain, which lasted 157 days, Ross swam through giant jellyfish, arctic storms, ‘haunted’ whirlpools and polluted shipping lanes, going so hard, and so fast, his tongue fell apart.
Ross’s previous book, The World’s Fittest Book, was a Sunday Times bestseller and explored the science of physical fitness. Now, in The Art of Resilience, Ross uses his swim experience and other amazing endurance feats, where he managed to overcome seemingly insurmountable pain, hardship and adversity, to study the performance of extreme athletes, military and fitness specialists and psychologists to uncover the secrets of mental fitness and explore the concept of resilience, persistence, valour and a disciplined mindset in overcoming adversity. This ground-breaking book represents a paradigm shift in what we thought the human body and mind were capable of and will give you a blueprint to become a tougher, more resilient and ultimately better human – whatever the challenge you face.
‘Incredible individual, incredible book, incredible story.’
‘A hero who is as humble as he is resilient… testament to a “never give up” spirit!’
‘From reading this book, the message that comes shining through is this: you can achieve anything.’
About the author
Ross Edgley is a bestselling author, award-winning adventurer and leading international expert on resilience. He is also the author of the Sunday Times bestseller The World's Fittest Book and is renowned for his gruelling athletic adventures, the most recent of which saw him become the first swimmer ever to circumnavigate mainland Britain.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
In June 2018, adventurer Ross Edgley—a man who once completed a triathlon while carrying a tree—waded into the sea at Margate. Five months later, he’d become the first person to swim around Great Britain, conquering whirlpools, suffering attacks from 25kg jellyfish and losing part of his tongue along the way. While it was clearly a feat of remarkable physical strength, this account reveals how it would have been impossible without equal amounts of mental fortitude. Edgley delivers an engaging and easy-to-follow exploration of how you can train your mind to help overcome the toughest of challenges, detailing his own adventures in endurance and delving into psychological theory. His witty and humble narration reveals a down-to-earth guy behind these seemingly superhuman feats—underlining his belief that we’re all capable of much more than we realise.
Enjoyable if repetitive
A remarkable feat and testament to mental toughness
A fantastic read, 5 stars and more!!!
This is a truly brilliant book, and I would recommend it to anyone interested in all aspects of fitness, training, sports science, self improvement, physical training, mental training, the list goes on. If you watched the Great British Swim you will enjoy this book even more as Ross shares his experience in vivid detail as well as his training philosophy, techniques and ideas which helped him achieve this remarkable human endeavour.
I really wanted to like this but I was bored and strangely a little annoyed by it.
He repeated himself continuously, and had a hint of smugness.
I tried to persevere with it, in case it was just a bad start- but I eventually had to give up.