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Which Comes First, Cardio or Weights?: Fitness 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, Runner’s World)
“Factual, informative and empowering....a refreshing perspective on fitness and well-being.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“Once in a while in the crowded fitness & health genre a book comes out that stands out from rest...[I]f there’s only one fitness book you ever buy this should be the one.” (BC Living)
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.
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So, as i progress in my own training and have a question, and i keep reviewing different parts of the book when i remember a topic in it that suddenly has a relevance. And the chapters have specific information but really are a compass to help navigate a lot of information out there that is conflicting and confusing and often just out there to sucker you into buying a product. This book had a range of information, citations if you want to go further into something, was fun and interesting to read, and really well presented. Totally worthwhile. If you like the kindle sample, buy the book, i was not disappointed with the rest of the book.
All round very informative without over-reaching for answers that the science has very mixed results on so far.
I think though, to the general reader it helps to begin to critically analyse claims in general - a skill that is becoming vital in such an advertisement saturated society.
Plus, love the cheat sheets at the end of each chapter. The author has been kind enough to take the work out of summarising the information yourself.
So spend your first fitness dollar here - because this guy has looked at the evidence, and will save you a ton of work and misunderstanding.
This isn't the book for finding a beginner running routine, and it doesn't have a list of workouts and exercises. but it WILL tell you which approaches actually have some science behind them and which ones are just myth. Read it, keep it on your Kindle, and use it before you spend your fitness dollars on fat burning pills and exercise equipment. He'll help you figure out what works, what doesn't, and most important, why.