Alex Hutchinson is National Magazine Award-winning journalist who writes about the science of endurance for Runner's World and Outside and frequently contributes to other publications such as the New York Times and the New Yorker.
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!Get the show notes at
Alex Hutchinson is a National Magazine Award-winning journalist whose work appears in Outside, The Globe and Mail, The New York Times, The New Yorker, and other publications. He recently wrote a book titled Endure: Mind, Body and the Curiously Elastic limits of Human Performance. Alex was a former middle and long distance runner for the Canadian National team. Alex’s current primary focus is the study of the science of endurance and fitness, which he covers for Outside magazine. In our interview Alex and I discuss the fascinating work being done in the area of human performance specifically in the arena of endurance sports. There are lots of good stories and studies presented in this episode that are practical for the weekend warrior and elite athlete alike. If this interview sparks your interest, which I am sure it will, be sure to pick up a copy of Alex’s book wherever you get your reading material. I promise you will not be disappointed! Endure: Mind, Body and the Curiously Elastic limits of Human Performance by Alex Hutchinson 
Our guest this week is Outside magazine columnist Alex Hutchinson, author of Endure: Mind, Body, and the Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Performance. We discuss how endurance is a skill that involves drive and belief just as much as muscle--and how we all have the potential to go farther, push harder, and achieve more.
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Toronto, ON, Canada
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2 hours, 28 minutes