Date finished: 2015-07-07
The author writes a column for the Globe and Mail that looks at new results in fitness science: does stretching help before you exercise or doesn't it? is activity on a treadmill equivalent to walking or running out in the world? how should you recover from muscle soreness? Fitness, like nutrition, is a field vulnerable to repeating old wives' tales and self-diagnosed solutions, but Hutchinson applies some rigor and tries to weigh the often-conflicting studies. Often the answer ends up being "it depends" or "to some degree", which doesn't make exciting reading and is unsatisfying -- there are few unambiguous results in fitness science -- but I was pleased to at least find a book that's reporting verified results instead of superstitions.
Things to note:
I'll try to remember all of these, and will also pass the book on to my trainer.
%T Which Comes First, Cardio or Weights? %S Fitness Myths, Training Truths, and Other Surprising Discoveries from the Science of Exercise %A Hutchinson, Alex %W http://www.alexhutchinson.net %K medicine, fitness %G ISBN 978-0-06-200753-7 %I Harper %P 309pp %D 2011 %@ 2015-07-07