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WHICH COMES FIRST, CARDIO OR WEIGHTS? by Alex Hutchinson

WHICH COMES FIRST, CARDIO OR WEIGHTS?

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

By Alex Hutchinson

Pub Date: May 24th, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-06-200753-7
Publisher: Harper/HarperCollins

A comprehensive “evidence based” guide on exercise, health and performance for aspiring athletes and pros alike.

Hutchinson, a journalist and physicist, offers a refreshing perspective on fitness and well-being. Instead of adding to the list of manifestos on the perfect fitness regimen, the author sets aside conventional wisdom for scientific exploration and invites readers to form their own opinions. From the outset, Hutchinson clearly states his intentions: “This is an important point: there’s no single ‘best’ exercise program or technique that applies to everyone. You’ll have to take into account your background, current level of fitness and goals in designing an appropriate workout regimen—not to mention more subtle considerations like the types of activity you enjoy. After all, the most effective program is the one you can stick with!” With that in mind, the author leads readers on a path that methodically disentangles myth from fact regarding exercise, performance and healthy living. But Hutchinson isn’t only concerned with what works and what doesn’t; he's interested in the why as well. The author’s scientific training serves him well in referencing hundreds of peer-reviewed journal articles and more than 100 interviews with researchers worldwide. However, he carefully balances the scientific data with a blend of tips and helpful diagrams. For example, readers may enjoy learning the mind-body connection and how listening to music or watching TV can affect a workout. Each chapter closes with a “cheat sheet,” a clearly defined list of the key points.

Factual, informative and empowering.