Which Comes First, Cardio or Weights?

Which Comes First, Cardio or Weights?

Fitness Myths, Training Truths, and Other Surprising Discoveries from the Science of Exercise

By Alex Hutchinson

Harper Paperbacks, Paperback, 9780062007537, 317pp.

Publication Date: June 1, 2011


There's plenty of conventional wisdom on health and fitnessbut 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 hasand has notproven 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.

About the Author
Alex Hutchinson is a contributing editor at Popular Mechanics magazine, senior editor at Canadian Running magazine, and columnist for the Toronto Globe and Mail. He holds a master's in journalism from Columbia and a Ph.D. in physics from Cambridge, and he did his post-doctoral research with the U.S. National Security Agency.

Praise For Which Comes First, Cardio or Weights?

“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