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About the Course

Renowned exercise physiologists Martin Gibala and Stuart Phillips of McMaster University teach the surprising new science of cardio fitness and strength-building—and then provide you with hacks to get fit and strong (and healthy!) in less time than you ever thought possible. What’s the right mix of exercise between cardio and strength? How do you know if you’re working out hard enough? What’s better, heavy or light weights? These questions and more are addressed through a course designed to provide even the most inexperienced of exercisers the tools you need to design time-efficient workouts that can be done virtually anywhere, from your own home to a city park or even at your workplace. Marty and Stu are good friends and colleagues who just happen to be two of the world’s most passionate scholars in the science of fitness. They aim to entertain you while they’re describing the relationship between exercise and health. Marty is a pioneer in the field of interval training, the technique of varying your workout intensity to get fit faster than anyone ever thought possible. Stu’s studies proved that lifting lighter weights can be a highly effective strength-building technique—plus he’s a leading expert in dietary protein and muscle. In Hacking Exercise for Health, you’ll follow Marty and Stu as they teach you the basics about the way your body boosts its fitness and strength. Next, they’ll apply that theory, providing you with a series of do-anywhere workouts and, most importantly, teaching you what you need to know to design your own sessions. Filled with inspirational practical tips, fun quizzes, interactive community participation and assignments designed to help you remember your lessons, Hacking Exercise for Health will give you the tools and techniques to incorporate exercise into your life, no matter how busy you are....

Top reviews


Nov 29, 2020

Great Course, I really enjoyed this journey of four weeks, but still, I would like to have a suggestion regarding the food structure that I need to follow to achieve a maximum of my desired output.


Nov 26, 2019

I found the information very useful and enlightening. Even if I have been exercising continually for a very long time, you can always learn new things to improve or be more productive.

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201 - 215 of 215 Reviews for Hacking Exercise For Health. The surprising new science of fitness.

By MrLowkeynz

Jan 5, 2020

Personable hosts who boil down scientific findings into easy to understand and actionable steps.


Jul 3, 2020

its a nice course , we learn about how we can be fit without going to gym and lift heavy

By Georg A

Oct 26, 2019

Good course with a lot of theoretical background but also a lot of practical tricks.

By John J I

Nov 28, 2020

Overall good.

Some typos and functional abnormalities.

By Vani S

Jun 21, 2020

This course is all about getting the basics right.

By Gemma R C

Oct 3, 2020

Really interesting.

By Vo H S

Aug 2, 2020

Thank you!

By Abdallah A A

Sep 16, 2020


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By Nika

May 11, 2021

It's a very elementary course, unfortunately. I wish I knew it before taking it since as a personal trainer and a group exercise instructor I am well aware of all the 'tricks' presented in the course.

I truly recommend to clarify it in the introduction to the course, e.g., for beginners.

Well-presented though. Thanks.

By John P

Jan 13, 2020

Videos were great but it would be better if the course provided more links to outside readings (eg books and research papers)

By Meg M

Feb 2, 2022

The intro on each video is unnecessary and annoying.

By Mariano C

Sep 13, 2021

videoes too short. adds little to common knoledge

By S G

Jan 27, 2021

Very very superficial

By Jorge P

Jan 11, 2021

Bad experience. Once you have completed the course, you are forced to buy the certificate in order to take the final test. Disappointing.