Which Comes First, Cardio or Weights?: Workout myths, Training truths, and Other Surprising Discoveries from the Science of Exercise Paperback – May 24 2011
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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.”
— Kirkus Reviews
From the Back Cover
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.See all Product Description
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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.
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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A really good read. So many interesting facts and insights, all backed up with references to research. Definitely worth reading.Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
I found this book very informative. It was written very well, and was very easy to read. Lots of information for beginners to advanced!Published 15 months ago by Michael Holmes
Loved this book. Finally nice to have an evidence based review of physical fitness. It was easy to read, well researched and where-ever there was controversy, it seemed to be... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Jesse May
This book was a great read. There were many very interesting questions and the answers were well written and easy to understand. Read morePublished on April 13 2013 by Cameron