Some Guys Have Asked Me…
Should I try and get my doctor to prescribe HGH and/or Testosterone to help me add muscle?
The truth is Athletes have been looking for “an edge” from the earliest times. These days it has spilled over into the general population. It’s not just competitive athletes who are looking for an edge, it’s almost everyone, even people that barely workout! It’s INSANE.
Here’s what I tell Them
When young guys ask about taking supplemental hormones to build muscle.
First I ask them why they want more muscle. Of course, there are several legitimate reasons, but I just want to see if they actually have one.
Next, I ask them what they’ve been doing and what their results are. If they aren’t training hard and don’t know how much carbs, protein and fats they eat daily to make progress I simple walk away in disgust and tell them to stop wasting my time (freaking morons).
Now, for those that are serious
For those that have been doing the basic essential things for 8 years straight, I’ll dig a bit deeper. I ask what they are doing to stimulate the production, release, and balance of their own endogenously produced anabolic hormones (hGH, testosterone, estrogen, and insulin). Typically I get a blank stare at this point, because they have no idea how to take advantage of their diet and training. Then I explain that there are several things that they can do to increase their own HGH and Testosterone production and secretion of these important hormones and before they should consider taking exogenous hormones (i.e., pharmaceuticals) they should at least maximize their body’s production and release first.
Here are my quick and dirty take on it
First and foremost, make sure you’re getting enough quality protein (example- steak, whole eggs, bison, chicken, fish) and healthy fats (example- coconut oil, Brazilian nuts, avocado, egg yolks, organic butter, fats from beef) in your diet, they are the building blocks of hormones. Next, make sure that you’re doing some heavy movements (example- Deadlifts, squats, bench press, military press, farmer walks and lunges) at least a few times a week. It takes significant, nearly all-out effort to stimulate the release of key anabolic hormones like HGH and Testosterone. Get enough high-quality sleep and pay attention to proper sleep hygiene. Incorporate High-Intensity Interval Training a few times a week. Try doing some Intermittent high fat low carb diet. As I have said before Fats are the key to increasing your testosterone levels.
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Its science b!tch
The science and physiology behind all of those recommendations gets pretty intense so feel free to spend some time searching them for a better understanding of why they work to boost your natural HGH, Testosterone, and to balance many other hormones BUT in the meantime, start experimenting with them.
At the end of the day
At the end of the day its is your choice. My advice is get everything you can out of your body naturally. Study, research, apply, repeat everything you can with nutrition, recovery, training. The best part for me about bodybuilding is learning how to push my body to the limits and learning from my past experiences.