ARTICLE: BS as Rx'd: The Magic Fitness Pill



Find your Push Press 5 Rep Max.


  • Then,

Find your Push Press 10 Rep Max.


3 rounds, 1 min per station, of:
Single Arm DB Push Press
Single Arm DB Push Press
Goblet Box Step Up
Ring Row
Rest 1 min

Perform this like "Fight Gone Bad," by rotating immediately to the next station every 1 min, the clock does not stop or reset between stations.


The easy way sells.

No matter what it leads to or if it even exists, the easy way to anything sells. People desperately want to believe there is an easy way, and in the world of exercise and fitness, the easy way is pushed in our faces relentlessly. In fact, a Google search for “the ‘easy way’ to fitness” produces over 670 million hits, including gadgets, gimmicks and all sorts of programs and products. But as I have stated for decades: If someone tells you fitness is easy, he or she just wants your money.

Academic research for the past half-century or so has generally focused on determining how little physical activity humans can do to remain relatively disease-free. Key to this paradigm is the concept that humans are lazy and resistant to exercise of sufficient intensity and duration to drive fitness. If people are indeed as slothful as many believe, it makes sense for researchers to try to determine the minimum amount of movement associated with reductions in disease. If it is easy, people will do it—or so it has been thought. But it’s just not so.

In theory, people can discard exercise in favor of an even easier route to fitness: the magical, mythical exercise pill. Just take a pill and the benefits of time in the gym simply appear. No training needed. Foolish as it might seem to this audience, this is a bona fide area of academic research.

It’s also a theme in the media, where research findings are consistently misrepresented in order to attract readers.

Pharmacology and the Hope of Sloth

One of the first magic drugs related to exercise, fitness and health was developed in the 1930s (we aren’t considering the development and release of Dianabol here). Dinitrophenol was specifically intended to produce a futile cycle of adenosine triphosphate (ATP) production/expenditure. In theory, a person could burn calories without exercising: Instead of being stored as fat, the energy evolves off as heat.

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