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Which Comes First, Cardio or Weights?: Workout myths, Training truths, and Other Surprising Discoveries from the Science of Exercise [Paperback]

Alex Hutchinson
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May 24 2011

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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“Authoritative and easy to use…. This book answers all the big questions.”
— Amby Burfoot, Editor at Large, Runner’s World magazine
 
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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Insightful Sept. 20 2011
Format:Paperback
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great book Nov. 3 2011
Format:Paperback
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Info in Easy Read March 25 2013
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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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