Which should you do first when you work out — cardio or weights? How long does it take to get in shape? How long does it take to get out of shape? How important is your form when you run? Does exercise really contribute to fat loss? Does music help or hurt your athletic performance?
These are the kinds of questions folks have about exercise, and have trouble finding good answers to. The advice out there on blogs and magazines is often confusing and contradictory. My guest today set out to cut through the noise by finding the best research-backed answers to these questions and more in his book Which Comes First, Cardio or Weights? Fitness Myths, Training Truths, and Other Surprising Discoveries from the Science of Exercise. His name is Alex Hutchinson, and he started out as a Cambridge-trained physicist and a long-distance runner on the Canadian national team, and is now a journalist and author. Today on the show, Alex walks us through what the scientific literature says about some of the most common fitness and health questions out there. This is a fun and interesting conversation packed with lots of useful insights. Will your own theories and practices be confirmed or challenged? Listen in to find out!
- Cardio or weights? Which should you do first in your workouts?
- Why convenience and enjoyment is so important to your fitness routine
- What does it really mean to get “in shape”?
- How long does it take to see improvements in your weight, fitness, aesthetics, etc.?
- How long does it take to get out of shape?
- Why your fitness habits are more important than your fitness specifics
- What does the research say on the relationship between exercise and weight loss?
- Why weight training and HIIT does more for weight loss than steady cardio
- Is there a “correct” way to run?
- What is runner’s high? Does it really exist?
- How exercise improves your mood and cognition
- What exactly is your “core”?
- Are the dangers of sitting all they’re cracked up to be?
- Does music help your workouts? What about podcasts?
Resources/People/Articles Mentioned in Podcast
- My first interview with Alex about the science of endurance
- Cardio or Weights First?
- Cardio for the Man Who Hates Cardio
- Which Fitness Program Is Right for You?
- How to Stay Fit on Vacation (While Still Enjoying Yourself)
- How to Hack the Habit Loop
- A Proven System for Building and Breaking Habits
- Everything You Need to Know About Diet and Fat Loss
- How to Lose Weight, and Keep It Off Forever
- Why Every Man Should Be Strong
- The Myths and Truths of Distance Running
- 4 Bulletproof Ways to Prevent Runnings Injuries
- How an Olympic Marathoner Trains, Eats, Recovers, and Stays Mentally Strong
- AoM content on bodyweight exercises
- Undoing the Damage of Chronic Sitting
- 52 Workout Songs
Connect With Alex
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