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    • Long Cardio Sessions Boost Growth Hormone



      From Ergo Log

      The results of a human study that researchers at the US Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine will soon publish in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise fly in the face of the message found in nearly all popular articles on exercise, health and hormones. But because we know that our readers weren't born yesterday, we've written about it. According to the researchers, two hours of cardio training boosts your body's growth hormone secretion more than doing one or two hours of strength training.

      Ways of optimising your endogenous production of growth hormone are of particular interest to life extenders because growth hormone helps to restore muscle fibre, bone, cartilage and skin. But growth hormone is also of interest to people who want to lose fat. Growth hormone pulses stimulate muscle cells to burn fat.

      Intensive exercise stimulates the secretion of growth hormone, according to many studies. But most of these only measure growth hormone secretion during the first few hours after an exercise session. No studies had ever been done that measured the effect over a 24-hour period, and that compared the effect of different kinds of exercise. So these researchers decided to fill this gap.

      The researchers got eight male recreational athletes who were in their twenties to do on different occasions: a) nothing [Control], b) an hour of strength training using weights with which they could manage 5-10 reps [Moderate strength training], c) two hours of strength training [Long strength training], d) an hour of cycling at 70 percent of VO2max [Moderate aerobic training] or e) two hours of cycling [Long aerobic training].

      The strength training session consisted of squats, bench presses, leg presses and lat pull-downs; the cardio training consisted of 15-min sessions with a couple of minutes rest in between.

      The figure below shows that over a period of 20 hours both the Moderate strength training and the Moderate aerobic training boosted the amount of growth hormone in the blood compared with doing nothing. But the increase in these cases was not statistically significant. The increase in the amount of growth hormone in the blood after the Long aerobic training was significant.





      Lengthy cardio training stimulates growth hormone secretion more than strength training does
      The figures above show the amount of growth hormone in the blood of one of the participants. LA = Long aerobic training; MA = Moderate strength training.

      The researchers are aware that textbooks and the popular media usually say that it's strength training that boosts growth hormone secretion and that their study showed unexpected results.

      "We believe that the underlying cause may be due to the greater energy expenditure achieved during aerobic exercise and a greater demand for post-exercise fat mobilization", the researchers write. "The physiological significance of GH pulsatile secretion and its important metabolic role with regard to fuel provision are further reinforced by the recent findings of Surya et al. [J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2009 Aug;94(8):2828-34.] who reported that only pulsatile, not continuous, delivery of GH stimulates lipolysis in humans."

      Source:
      Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2014 Feb 26. [Epub ahead of print].

      Source: http://www.ergo-log.com/lengthy-card...ning-does.html
      Comments 11 Comments
      1. Herm's Avatar
        Herm -
        What's considered long? an hour?
      1. kisaj's Avatar
        kisaj -
        It states 2 hours. Must be part of the reason people look to cycling and running to gain mass and strength.*





        *figured this was going to be taken as a joke.
      1. Johnston's Avatar
        Johnston -
        Hell yeah, and considering Mo Farah placed a respectable fifth in Mr Olympia this year, there's some real merit to this approach!
      1. officefat's Avatar
        officefat -
        Layne Nortan gives some pretty solid insights to hormone response from stress. I remember him basically saying you cant have a study look at one hormone and rule the body's response. Thus dictating that 2 hours of cardio generate more GH, therefor its anabolic is poor science. He doesn't address this study but he talks about coritsol similarly. check it out, probably more helpful then this article.
        youtube /watch?v=rxwXIgnmAOI
        or search for
        BioLayne Video Log 25 Hormone Myths

      1. kisaj's Avatar
        kisaj -
        That is a great watch. When that came out I sent it to a ton of people.
      1. fueledpassion's Avatar
        fueledpassion -
        Its a coping mechanism. Long bouts of cardio put the body in a severe catabolic state. GH is an anti-catabolic hormone. Go figure.

        No one wins if they are trying to boost GH thru this approach. You break even, at best. It is likely though that u lose a lot of muscle mass in the process.

        Do long cardio routines if u want to lose weight or have a healthy heart. Other than that, dont fool urself.

        And the Olympia guys are running 10+ iu of GH ED or EOD, which guarantees that when they do fasted cardio they dont lose muscle mass at all.

        Combine GH or GHRP's with a bit of androgens and clenbuterol and yes, you'll burn massive amounts of fat without the muscle loss, even in extended cardio sessions.
      1. bcruder's Avatar
        bcruder -
        This study does not appear to offer any new opportunities.

        We have long known that starvation greatly increases HGH production but simultaneously increases cortisol. Both effects are driven by low insulin and glycogen depletion.

        Dieting does this to a lesser extent and (absent anabolic steroids) it commonly results in a loss of one pound of lean mass for each pound of fat. It is reasonable to assume that extended aerobic activity has the same hormonal effect with the same tissue loss.

        Increased HGH does not increase systemic IGF-1 under conditions of low insulin and hypoglycemia. Increasing systemic IGF-1 would require a huge bolus of amino-acids and glucose immediately after terminating the exercise before HGH declines.

        The systemic isoform of IGF-1 is not particularly effective at increasing muscle and is responsible for most of the negative side effects of HGH injection. Conversely, resistance training increases the muscle-specific IGF-1 isoform within the trained muscle.

        This study does not argue against the common wisdom that aerobic activity leads to muscle loss and interferes with muscle growth.
      1. fueledpassion's Avatar
        fueledpassion -
        Originally Posted by bcruder View Post
        This study does not appear to offer any new opportunities.

        We have long known that starvation greatly increases HGH production but simultaneously increases cortisol. Both effects are driven by low insulin and glycogen depletion.

        Dieting does this to a lesser extent and (absent anabolic steroids) it commonly results in a loss of one pound of lean mass for each pound of fat. It is reasonable to assume that extended aerobic activity has the same hormonal effect with the same tissue loss.

        Increased HGH does not increase systemic IGF-1 under conditions of low insulin and hypoglycemia. Increasing systemic IGF-1 would require a huge bolus of amino-acids and glucose immediately after terminating the exercise before HGH declines.

        The systemic isoform of IGF-1 is not particularly effective at increasing muscle and is responsible for most of the negative side effects of HGH injection. Conversely, resistance training increases the muscle-specific IGF-1 isoform within the trained muscle.

        This study does not argue against the common wisdom that aerobic activity leads to muscle loss and interferes with muscle growth.
        Dang good post, sir.

        Especially the call out to the systemic IGF not being particularly anabolic. People dont realize that local IGF is what counts.
      1. UCSMiami's Avatar
        UCSMiami -
        So is high IGF-1 desirable?
      1. fueledpassion's Avatar
        fueledpassion -
        Originally Posted by UCSMiami View Post
        So is high IGF-1 desirable?
        Local IGF, yes. Systemic, no.
      1. Tagger's Avatar
        Tagger -
        I would love to more information in regards to this subject!

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