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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: McClelland & Stewart (May 24 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0771039816
  • ISBN-13: 978-0771039812
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.1 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 454 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews
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“Authoritative and easy to use…. This book answers all the big questions.”
— Amby Burfoot, Editor at Large, Runner’s World magazine
 
“Factual, informative and empowering.”
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There's plenty of conventional wisdom on health and fitness—but how much of it is scientifically sound? The truth is: less than you'd think.

In Which Comes First, Cardio or Weights?, physicist and award-winning journalist Alex Hutchinson tackles dozens of commonly held beliefs and looks at just what research science has—and has not—proven to be true:

Should I exercise when I'm sick? • Do I get the same workout from the elliptical machine that I get from running? • What role does my brain play in fatigue? • Will running ruin my knees? • To lose weight, is it better to eat less or exercise more? • How should I adapt my workout routine as I get older? • Does it matter what I'm thinking about when I train? • Will drinking coffee help or hinder my performance? • Should I have sex the night before a competition?

This myth-busting book covers the full spectrum of exercise science and offers the latest in research from around the globe, as well as helpful diagrams and plenty of practical tips on using proven science to improve fitness, reach weight loss goals, and achieve better competition results.

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This is a great book, full of neat science all based on established and peer-reviewed study. It cuts through the BS of fitness and health research, and let's the facts speak for themselves. Many myths are debunked. Solid, and worth the purchase...
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Bought this at a marathon expo after speaking to the author. Was not expecting much. Book far exceeded my expectations and answered many questions I had. Well researched and formatted in a manner where you can quickly access info. One of the best purchases I have ever made on a whim. I run, workout and tri. I have read books and magazines on fitness for over 20 years and the info is often not clear. This clears up the questions.
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This is a fast and fun read. Always good to know what has not been proven, but is often accepted as truth, or when new evidence shows the opposite of what we used to believe.The only issue I have - but that is not the fault of the author - is that studies often do not have enough subjects to make the findings statistically significant.
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If you're uncertain what training program to follow, how much weight to lift, what the latest science has to say, Hutchinson brings it to you in an easy to read style....This book has fantastic information. You might want to lend it to a friend but with the proviso you want it back because it is a keeper.
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The book is very readable -- broken down into themed chapters with sub-sections (effectively articles) addressing a related topic and all followed by a useful summary at the end of each chapter.
The author does an outstanding job of substituting facts for impressions. The book refers to a number of studies relating to exercise -- like stretching, nutrition, aging. In some cases, showing what really works and what might be described as myth (or at least, what is not supported by research).
While you can read it straight through, my suggestion is to pick the chapters and the articles that are of greatest interest to you, then get around to the others when you have time.
I've been a runner and a reader about running for 35 years and I feel that I learned a lot.
I highly recommend the book.
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This is a super book giving you the facts as they are, based on researched. After reading this book, (and The Cure for Everything), I have stopped doing static stretching at the end of my gym; instead I head for the showers ! Be ready to be shocked.
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Really worth the read.

Many studies summarized and referenced. Basically after reading this one can make his own opinion on many this that are "said" and rumored in the fitness industry.

Thanks for a grest book.
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