The Iron Pill

A common metaphor for discovering a life-changing fact is taking the red pill:

The image comes from the Matrix. In the film, the human race is enslaved by computers that use their brain power as batteries as well for creating a simulated reality in which the humans can live and the machines can come up with new ideas for survival. Human beings who discover this truth are “red-pilled.” Everybody else in the film trilogy is either a blue-pill or a machine.

This page is dedicated to an uncommon piece of knowledge for which there is tremendous evidence: resistance training the most efficient way to keep your body strong, young, durable, and healthy. So, take the iron pill. Why?

  1. Resistance training makes you stronger (this is obvious) and as Mark Rippetoe has observed, “Stronger people are harder to kill and more useful in general.”
  2. Resistance training improves your image by making you seem more mesomorphic/healthy/self-controlled/organized: sex appeal, competence, and general favorability.
  3. Resistance training improves cardiovascular function.
  4. Resistance training is anti-aging, as many symptoms of aging are the result of decreased muscle mass.
  5. Obesity is more a function of body composition than purely of weight. In other words, being skinny-fat still leaves you at risk for diabetes, heart disease, and so-on. Strength training improves insulin resistance and reconfigures your body-composition.
  6. Resistance training is counter cultural
    For those who have an anti-authoritarian bent, strength training goes against our lazy, soft, and self-indulgent culture. Now, strength training would be good even if this weren’t so, but being counter-cultural is appealing to many. If that encourages you to get your butt into the gym, then go.

    1. For instance as many as two billion people are obese.
    2. Millennial men have weak grip strength, which is associated with more depression and distributive economics.
    3. The majority of American’s are over weight and over 1/3 are obese.
    4. The average obese woman gets less than an hour of exercise a year and the average obese man less than 4 hours.
  7. Resistance training is good for your mind
    1. It improves cognition/brain function for the elderly and everybody else.
    2. Resistance training contributes to the psychosocial development of youth.
    3. Resistance training improves anxiety measures among populations with chronic illness.
    4. Exercise, in general, improves depression and anxiety symptoms.
    5. In several populations, resistance training improves self-efficacy.