Can a pill do what an extreme fitness workout can do?

By J.D.

If you go to gyms frequently, you’ve probably heard someone say something like, ‘I wish there was a pill I could take to get into shape!’

I know I’ve heard people joke about this before — lots of times. And I get it; working out not only takes time out of your busy schedule, it isn’t easy.

Well, it turns out that scientists may have just found out how to make an ‘exercise pill,’ believe it or not. Isn’t modern science something?

There is still some work to be done, but researchers at the University of Michigan say that the naturally occurring protein Sestrin appears to mimic the effects of exercise on both flies and mice in experimental trials.

“Researchers have previously observed that Sestrin accumulates in muscle following exercise,” explains Myungjin Kim, Ph.D., a research assistant professor in the Department of Molecular & Integrative Physiology, in a release.

“We propose that Sestrin can coordinate these biological activities by turning on or off different metabolic pathways,” adds Dr. Jun Hee Lee, Ph.D. This kind of combined effect is important for producing exercise’s effects.”

So…a workout pill appears to be in the pipeline. All our fitness problems are solved, right?


Look, someday science might be able to develop an oral ‘fitness solution,’ but taking a pill will never mimic the self-ass kicking of a Survival Fitness workout.

In other words, going through the actual motions of an extreme fitness workout, which improves dexterity, functionality, mental acuity, and confidence.

No pill can ever mimic the feeling of pushing through one more round of tire flips, one more hill sprint, one more 75-yard farmer’s carry with two 50-pound kettle bells, or one more go at the power sled.

Don’t get me wrong, a ‘fitness pill’ will probably sell like hotcakes at the local Waffle House. But it won’t ever make you the badass you want to be like a steady diet of Survival Legion will.


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