Which Comes First, Cardio or Weights? Fitness Book Review

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Fitness books are a dime a dozen, especially with the rise of Amazon self-publishing, which makes it even easier for people to publish books on diet and exercise.

Because of this, it is necessary to use reviews to separate the wheat from the chaff.

In this review, we will be looking at Which Comes First, Cardio or Weights?: Fitness Myths, Training Truths, and Other Surprising Discoveries from the Science of Exercise by Alex Hutchison.

Is this book worth your time? Let’s find out.

Key Features

  • Written by Dr. Alex Hutchison, a physicist, and well-known science journalist
  • Covers a wide array of topics and debates within the fitness community
  • Extensive coverage is given towards debunking common exercise myths
  • Available as both a physical hard copy and as an eBook

Is Which Comes First, Cardio or Weights? worth buying?

Those looking for a how-to-guide are going to be disappointed with this book.

It is not a traditional diet or exercise book; it doesn’t give you a step-by-step guide on the best ways to lose weight. Instead, it gives you the current, up to date consensus on various topics related to diet and exercise.

For example, one of the topics it covers is whether an unfit person should start with cardio or weightlifting.

It also tackles conventional wisdom.

A lot of people think that watching television or music helps you exercise, the book looks at the science behind that and whether the assertion is true.

The book is extremely readable.

It contains a lot of scientific facts and discussion, but the book never becomes boring.

Hutchison’s background as a journalist really shines and he has a knack for giving you lots of information without boring you to tears.

In total, there are about 300 pages of actual content, which makes it a fairly short read depending on your reading speed.

The book is useful for both beginners and people with lots of knowledge about diet and exercise.

Even if people like personal trainers will find out things that they never knew before.

The only complaint that can be leveled against the book is that some of the discussions are very brief, especially when you consider the topic.

Hutchison never devotes more than 4 to 5 pages to a single topic, but some of the topics he discusses could really use a bit more space.

For example, the sections discussing weight management and hydration both could have benefited from more pages being devoted to them.

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