The Gist

Exercise Fad B.S.

The Gist throws a couple kettle bells around to determine the ultimate perfect exercises for 2016.

Can you compare the benefits of CrossFit with yoga?

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On The Gist, a gift for your New Year’s resolutions. Maria Konnikova of the New Yorker tells us what research has been done into various popular exercise methods. She’s the author of The Confidence Game, now available for preorder. For the Spiel, the biggest news story in the world right now.

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