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Test Your Knowledge: Fitness Fact or Fiction

How much weight should you use for bangin' biceps? (Photo by Alexa Miller)

How much weight should you use for bangin' biceps? (Photo by Alexa Miller)

In the new book Which Comes First, Cardio or Weights?, Alex Hutchinson, Ph.D. tackles dozens of health hot topics, from vitamins to VO2 max. You'll find research-based answers to the most common questions related to gear, strength, competition, managing your waistline and more. Talk about a comprehensive resource!

Test your wellness IQ with five true or false questions straight from Which Comes First...

  1. Fact or Fiction: You will perform at your best if you include plenty of dietary fat in your pre-workout meal.
  2. Fact or Fiction: It doesn't matter what I think about while training.
  3. Fact or Fiction: Exercising when illness symptoms are "above the neck" won't harm your body.
  4. Fact or Fiction: When women want to build muscle, they should focus on completing a large number of reps with a light weight.
  5. Fact or Fiction: Getting plenty of shuteye will help your speed and reaction time.

Click below for the answers.

WhichComesFirst pb c1. Fiction. To skip stomach aches while working out, pre-exercise eats should be fairly low in both fat and fiber. Try to allow three hours for digestion after meals before intense training.

2. Fiction. Interested in performing at your highest level? Focus on "deliberate practice." This means setting goals, monitoring how you progress towards these goals while training and focusing on technique.

3. Fact. When symptoms occur above the neck, such as a sore throat, sneeze or runny nose, exercise is probably acceptable—and light exercise may help you feel better and recover a bit quicker.

4.Fiction. To gain strength and build muscle, focus on challenging your muscles to failure, regardless of the amount of weight or number of reps.

5. Fact. Even accumulating just a few weeks of solid sleep will improve your physical performance, including speed and reaction time. Seven to eight hours of shuteye each night is ideal for most adults.

To find out more about the truth behind common health beliefs, check out Which Comes First, Cardio or Weights, which is available today in bookstores and online.

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