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.
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.