Book: Cardio or Weights

February 22nd, 2012

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What the critics are saying:

Simon Whitfield, two-time Olympic triathlon medallist:

Great stuff. A must-read for everyone from elite athletes to health conscious people.

Amby Burfoot, Runner’s World:

Cardio or Weights? is one of the most useful running books you could possibly own. Chapters such as “Strength and Power,” “Injuries and Recovery,” “Weight Management,” and “The Competitive Edge” tackle subjects central to every runner’s efforts to get fitter, healthier, and faster.

Kirkus Reviews:

A comprehensive ‘evidence based’ guide on exercise, health and performance for aspiring athletes and pros alike… 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… Factual, informative and empowering.

Publishers Weekly:

This wide-ranging book covers far more than its title promises… He doesn’t promote snake-oil paths to fitness, but rather promises and provides up-to-date, research-based health and fitness news… Will be enjoyed by cerebral athletes who want the why behind the workouts.

BC Living:

Highly recommended… Hutchinson uses science to explain how to get fit and stay healthy. And he does give you some great ideas on how to leverage your time so you get the biggest benefits in the shortest time possible. I can honestly say that if there’s only one fitness book you ever buy this should be the one.

Bicycling Magazine:

Top Cycling Advice Books for Summer: Can cycling slow aging? Is it ever too hot to ride? Hutchinson, a contributor at Popular Mechanics, tackles these queries and more in this compendium of the latest exercise science.


Cardio meets common sense in the new myth-busting book Which Comes First, Cardio or Weights?

John Lofranco, Montreal Endurance:

This is a great book. If you are an elite athlete who wants to understand more about why you do the training you do, this book is for you. If you are a beginning fitness enthusiast, and want to know what you should or shouldn’t do, this book is for you. If you are someone in between: a weekend warrior, a coach, a health care professional, then this book is for you.

Steve Parker, M.D.:

The book is easy to read.  The style is congenial and witty… The audience for this is folks who have made a commitment to make regular physical activity part of their lifestyle. Trust me, I’m a doctor: the guys at the gym and Internet sources are quite often wrong on these issues.


Here’s what the back cover says:

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 gains, reach weight loss goals, and achieve better competition results.

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