His popular “Phys Ed” column began as a magazine feature in The Times in 2006 and later moved to the paper’s Well section, where it gained millions of subscribers and regularly topped the world’s most popular lists. Times. One of Gretchen’s best-known stories involved a workout in a hotel room created by two exercise scientists. She dubbed it “the 7-Minute Science Workout”, and it quickly became a global sensation, spurring a number of new applications and ushering in an era of scientific study of high-intensity training and short periods of exercise. ‘exercise.
Gretchen is the author of “The First 20 Minutes: Surprising Science Reveals How We Can Exercise Better, Train Smarter, Live Longer,” which became a New York Times bestseller and has been translated into nearly a dozen books. languages. In addition to Times Sunday Magazine, Gretchen’s work has appeared in O: The Oprah Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Popular Science, and many other publications. She is a frequent guest on radio shows and podcasts, including “Fresh Air with Terry Gross,” “The Brian Lehrer Show” in New York, and WHYY’s “Radio Times” in Philadelphia.
Prior to writing for The Times, Gretchen was an editor at Outside Magazine, where she oversaw the magazine’s health and fitness services sections. She was also an editor and writer for Chicago Magazine, where she covered crime, politics and travel as well as cancer research, genomics and longevity.
Gretchen is a three-time National Magazine Award finalist, and in 2001 shared the National Magazine Award for Service Journalism for a National Geographic dossier on how to survive in the wild. She was recognized by the Chicago Bar Association for co-writing a story that led to the release from prison of three Mexican immigrants wrongfully convicted of murder.
Gretchen graduated summa cum laude from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she majored in English and political science.
Gretchen lives in Santa Fe, NM, with her husband, a handsome artist, and her three dogs, Archie, Finn, and Flicka (a mini Australian Shepherd, a Golden Retriever, and an Aussie-Border Collie mix). Their son is finishing his doctorate in biomechanics in Helsinki. When she has time, she enjoys trail running, mountain biking, hiking, and running 5Ks and half marathons with her dogs, who are much faster than her.
Gretchen’s first day is today.