Let's talk hormones!

Like it or not, your hormones have the ability to grab control of your training steering wheel. Your hormones can have an effect on everything from your mood to your joint laxity during your menstrual cycle. They can expedite your ability to gain lean muscle mass and also your long-term energy storage system (a.k.a. fat). You do not have to obtain in a Ph.D. in hormone management, but fully neglecting this topic will minimize your training effectiveness.

While there are many hormones that have an effect on performance, focus your compass towards the main hormones that work in the realm of growth, metabolism, and protein production.

Start your exploration by looking at testosterone, IGF-1, insulin, cortisol, growth hormone, epinephrine, and norepinephrine.

Physiology Effects:

  • Stimulate growth

  • Regulate growth, metabolism, and synthesis of proteins

  • Regulates glucose and glycogen

  • Increases synthesis of proteins

  • Assist in the conversion of protein to carbs

  • Maintains blood sugar

  • Promotes fat usage

When Properly Managed:

  • Increases lean body mass

  • Reduces the amount of stored fat

  • Helps the sugar pathway or fat storage

  • Aids in cellular growth

  • Assists in management of intense training stimulus

When you look at the effects of these hormones, you will see that when they are properly managed they are optimizers for performance measures. When they are not properly managed, you are leaving valuable performance catalysts on the table.

Now here's the fun part. There are a ton of infomercials on how you can optimize your hormones for performance. From pharmaceutical interventions to confusing contraptions, there seems to be a full market of fixes.

Do you want to know the secret to hormone management?

Sleep. Nutrition. Training Schedule.

Simplicity wins again.