Launching today: Cardio or Weights!


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- Alex Hutchinson (@sweatscience)


Today’s the day that my new book, Which Comes First, Cardio or Weights? Fitness Myths, Training Truths, and Other Surprising Discoveries from the Science of Exercise, finally hits stores. It’s my attempt to bring together what we know (not what we think!) about how the body responds to various types of exercise, training, nutrition and recovery protocols, divided in 12 chapters and 111 Q&As. You can read the full Table of Contents here, and there are links to the many places you can order from here.

The initial reactions have been encouraging. Amby Burfoot at Runner’s World gave it a really nice review (and did a brief author Q&A with me); Kirkus Reviews called it “factual, information and empowering.” There will — hopefully — be plenty more reviews and interviews over the next few weeks. [UPDATE: Here’s a review from Jimson Lee at SpeedEndurance, and a Q&A with Jonathan Goodman of the Personal Trainer Development Center.]

There are also a few upcoming events I’d like to highlight:

  • I’ll be at the Ottawa Marathon fitness expo from Thursday, May 26 to Saturday, May 28, answering questions and signing copies of the book in the Canadian Running magazine booth.
  • On Friday, June 3, at 7 p.m., I’ll be giving a free talk on the Science of Running at Boutique Endurance in Montreal.
  • On Monday, June 6, I’ll be giving a free talk on the Science of Marathon Training at the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon Launch Night at the Downtown Marriott in Toronto. This one’s also free, but you need to RSVP at this page. [UPDATE: this one’s now sold out.]

Thanks to everyone who has read and supported the blog over the years!

10 Replies to “Launching today: Cardio or Weights!”

  1. I preordered this on Kindle as soon as I got news on it, and in the few hours I’ve had it in my possession, I’ve already through a fifth of it. It reads like a really long set of well-thought out blog entries. Everything is short and to the point, and I really like as a means to get an overview of many aspects of training.


  2. I always enjoy your blog, so I’d be a poor excuse for a blog follower if I didn’t get your book as a way of appreciating and supporting your work. Thanks very much for all your insight and reportage.

  3. Alex! I couldn’t put your book down last night! You called it a reference book yesterday at the launch, but reference books aren’t supposed to be entertaining! Also, thank you for clearing away some of my better excuses for not exercising regularly. :p

  4. Bob, your blog-following loyalty is greatly appreciated! I enjoy looking into this research for my own sake, but I can only justify the time when I know that there are others interested in reading the results!

    Flora: great to see you and Andrew on Tuesday — and very glad to hear that it doesn’t read like an encyclopedia! ๐Ÿ™‚ In terms of random jokes/references, my favourite is late in the book, when I managed to squeeze in a reference to the old GI Joe cartoons from the 1980s. That’s the best thing about writing a book versus magazine articles — no way most magazines would have let me keep that in!

  5. Hi,

    Reading your book at the moment, I’ve recommended it to everyone I see at the gym and my local boxing club.

    Excellent read, excellent facts. Love it!

  6. Thanks, Phil! Glad you’re enjoying it, and I definitely appreciate the recommendations! ๐Ÿ™‚

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