If you want to divide people’s opinions and create a number of very uncomfortable silences.
Just sit a group of bodybuilders down with members of the general public and start discussing steroids.
Seriously, you won’t see a group of people so divided.
Those that are on steroids will likely clam up.
While those that are natural will not stop talking about the dangers of anabolic steroids and performance-enhancing drugs.
If you want to build a lean, muscular, powerful physique.
Anabolic steroids can certainly help you to do precisely that.
They will allow you to build freakish amounts of muscle in a relatively short time.
Your strength levels will increase exponentially, and you will recover faster than ever before.
The major downside and this is a big one, is the fact that steroids are so dangerous.
One compound used for bodybuilding purposes that are not technically an androgenic anabolic steroid.
It is the human growth hormone, AKA HGH.
HGH for men, for example, is now more commonly used than ever before.
And it is helping men of all sizes and abilities.
To build muscle and perform better than ever in the gym.
That’s why today, we’re going to be looking at HGH.
So, grab your protein shake, put your feet up for a few minutes.
And let’s look at HGH as we tell you everything you need to know about this hormone.
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Before we can start looking at HGH use, we first need to get the legal stuff out of the way.
You see, while HGH is technically not a steroid.
It can still be dangerous if it is abused or taken in large quantities.
Furthermore, HGH is also often stacked with anabolic steroids.
We know the dangers and risks involved with anabolic compounds.
Which is why we would never knowingly recommend their usage.
Now, with that said, we also would never judge an individual for using performance-enhancing drugs.
People need to know the risks as well as the benefits.
And they need to know how to use them safely.
That’s why today’s guide is all about HGH.
HGH, or Human Growth Hormone, is a hormone that is about as natural as you can get.
It’s so natural that our own bodies produce it every single day.
It is synthesized and secreted via the pituitary gland, which is located in the base of the brain.
Now, as you can probably guess from the name, HGH, or, Growth Hormone.
As it is sometimes known, is a hormone which plays a key role in growth (who would have thought it?).
This growth includes muscle growth and repair.
In fact, HGH provides a wide range of benefits for the human body.
Especially when it comes to bodybuilding and sport and fitness in general.
Key effects of HGH include:
As you can see from the above.
That’s quite the list of benefits, making HGH the perfect compound for people looking to build muscle and perform athletically at an elite level.
This hormone works by stimulating a very special compound in the liver.
This compound is known as IGF1, though you may hear it referred to as the Insulin-Like Growth Factor.
This compound has a profound effect on tissues in the body and it helps to stimulate growth and repair, and yes.
That includes the growth and repair of the muscles.
Now we’re going to be looking at a typical HGH cycle for men.
Now, before we go any further.
It’s important to remember that HGH on its own.
Will not have much of an effect on your muscles.
Okay, it will certainly help to increase lean muscle tissue, and strength and recovery rates will increase slightly, but nothing major will occur.
Therefore, many bodybuilders such as Bradley Martyn will stack it with other anabolic steroids in order to get the most results.
A typical cycle lasting around 6 months will look something like:
HGH at 6IU per day
Now it’s time to take a look at some of the key benefits associated with HGH.
Remember, as detrimental as some side-effects can be.
There are still a number of key benefits associated with using this hormone for performance and physique enhancing purposes.
While listing each benefit would take us all day.
What we can do is look at some of the more prominent advantages associated with HGH supplementation.
These include the following:
One of the most prominent advantages associated with HGH usage is the fact that it plays a key role in the growth and repair of muscle proteins.
It is able to do this via a process known as protein synthesis.
Protein synthesis is a natural process that takes place in the body whereby the body synthesizes new muscle proteins to replace worn and damaged muscle tissues.
More often than not, the main reason why these tissues become damaged in the first place is through an exercise in the gym.
When we lift weights, we destroy existing muscle fibers.
We build muscle when we rest and recover, via protein synthesis.
HGH has been found to enhance protein synthesis in the body, and therefore it can assist with muscle growth and repair.
By itself, increases in muscle mass will be marginal at best.
When stacked with other anabolic steroids.
However, HGH helps to significantly increase a person’s lean muscle mass.
Another key way in which HGH helps people looking to enhance their physiques and boost athletic performance is that it plays a vital role in a person’s rates of recovery.
After training and intense spells of physical exertion, muscle tissue becomes worn and damaged.
This is because we have literally been destroying it and breaking it down.
In order for the muscles to grow, they need to recover.
And that’s where HGH once again proves so beneficial.
HGH has been found to help promote muscular regeneration.
And cellular regeneration, helping to keep the muscles in perfect working order.
Many people that have suffered injuries, or who are rehabilitating after surgery.
It will also use HGH as it helps speed up the recovery process of the joints and muscle tissues as well.
People that supplement with HGH are much more likely to recover at an elevated rate.
What’s more, people utilizing HGH when they are recovering.
Often see increases in muscle strength and power.
So they literally come back bigger and stronger than they were before they suffered the injury.
The benefits of GH usage don’t stop there, however, as it has also been very heavily linked to fat loss.
This is because HGH helps stimulate the process of lipolysis.
Which is literally the break down of fat cells in the body.
The more fat cells we can burn off, the more weight we will lose and the leaner we will look.
This is why a lot of bodybuilders will start stacking HGH with steroids such as Deca Durabolin, Anavar or Winstrol, to help speed up the rates of fat loss.
These are two steroids that are perfect for cutting, making them ideal for bodybuilders getting ready to step on stage.
Or who are dieting down for a photo shoot perhaps...
The human immune system is the body’s natural defense against illness and disease.
Without our immune systems.
We’d be susceptible to all kinds of diseases, bacteria, pathogens, viruses, and germs, and we’d die in a matter of minutes.
Thankfully we do have the immune system.
Which means that we can protect ourselves against many of these harmful invaders.
Have you ever noticed, however, how some people seem to get ill all of the time?
While others barely pick up a single common cold during the flu season?
This is because some people naturally have stronger immune systems than others.
What does this have to do with HGH?
Well, the simple answer is the fact that HGH has been proven to strengthen the immune system.
So the stronger the immune system becomes, the healthier the individual becomes.
Not only is this great for health and longevity purposes.
But it’s also ideal for athletic purposes because nobody wants to exercise when they’re not well.
We’ve looked at the smooth, and now it’s time for us to address the rough.
Yes, as beneficial as it can be, one major downside is that it does provide some significant side effects, many of which can be very serious.
A few key side effects of HGH usage include the following:
LDL cholesterol is a dangerous form of cholesterol that is responsible for the fatty deposits and build-ups that people find in their arteries.
The more LDL you have in your system, the more dangerous it becomes.
Elevated LDL cholesterol is, therefore, no joke.
HGH usage has been heavily linked with increased LDL cholesterol levels.
So a person will, therefore, be much more likely to suffer from blocked arteries, strokes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, and much more besides.
By far, one of the worst side-effects associated with the use of human growth hormone is what is known as the HGH gut, or sometimes the growth gut.
When you see many pro bodybuilders competing on stage.
These guys are under 6 feet in height, yet they weigh well over 260 pounds of solid muscle.
As lean and ripped as they look, when they relax.
Or hit certain poses, like a rear double biceps, their stomachs protrude out and look bloated and swollen as if they are pregnant.
If you imagine a 270-pound pro bodybuilder, ripped to shreds.
But with a bloated pregnant stomach, that’s pretty much what a growth gut is, for example, Mike Rashid.
But why does it happen?
Well, as we said, HGH is linked to growth, and because it is linked to growth, it causes the major organs to swell up and grow in size.
All organs in the abdomen and core of a person’s body swell up.
And push on the lining of the stomach and abdomen, making the man look as if he is pregnant, or simply suffering with the worst beer belly imaginable.
Growth guts draw the ire of a lot of pure bodybuilding fans who crave the Golden Age of bodybuilding, which was during the 70s and 80s.
When aesthetics was emphasized.
Rather than mass and pure size.
As HGH stimulates the production of IGF1, this compound is synthesized in the liver.
And so the harder the liver has to work to produce this hormone when you combine it with everything else it has to do, it simply cannot cope.
Many people using HGH damage their livers, so to combat this, Milk Thistle is recommended.
Though we’ve already given you a couple of HGH for men cycles.
We’ll now remind you of the typical dosages required for HGH, and HGH only.
Per day, you will need between 4 and 6IUs, due to the fact that it has such a short half-life.
HGH is not a steroid, but it is often stacked with anabolic steroids.
As HGH is not a steroid, it does not require post cycle therapy.
By the way, you can know more about HGH vs steroids.
However, if it is stacked with anabolic steroids, then it WILL require PCT.
Which should come in the form of Clomid and/or Nolvadex.
We can’t give you a duration because we’ve no idea which steroids if any.
You would be stacking it with.
Reda is an ACE Certified Nutritionist, Brazilian jiu-jitsu purple belt and bodybuilder with 11 years of experience. He's been published on many influential websites such as lifehack.org, Wealthy Gorilla, Good Men Project and more.