Human Growth Hormone and Pro Athletes, Perfect Together

March 3, 2010 by Sal Marinello  
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Here is a list of reasons as to why HGH – right now – is the ideal drug for athletes.  With the latest edition of the steroids in sport scandal that involves professional athletes from Major League Baseball, as well as other sports, people need to understand why these supplements are desirable to pro athletes.

And you won’t get this kind of info if you depend on the mainstream media and sports news outlets…

Body builders have enjoyed the benefits of human growth hormone, used in conjunction with a variety of other anabolic agents, for over 20 years but only in recent years have legit athletes started to catch on to this “better” kind of performance enhancing drugs.

1)       Human growth hormone provides a potent anabolic effect; it builds muscle.  Without turning this into a biochem lesson – especially since that’s way over my head – suffice to say that HGH increases the body’s ability to synthesize protein, and that this allows for muscle tissue to be built.  Human growth hormone use produces the holy grail of all anabolic benefits, hyperplasia.  Hyperplasia is the permanent increase in the amount of muscle cells.  Over the years there have been many steroids that were alleged to result in creating new muscle cells, but HGH is the substance that actually delivers this incredible benefit. HGH also increases the size of existing muscle cells.

So with HGH you have a situation where the size of existing muscle cells are increased AND a permanent creation of new muscle cells.  So a person could go on a cycle of human growth hormone therapy, which would create new muscle cells that remain after HGH therapy stops.  The longer the person remains on this regimen the more new muscle cells will be produced.  This person would then have more muscle than he did before the therapy and reap all of the performance benefits that come with increased muscle even after the end of therapy.

Additionally, human growth hormone has a positive strengthening affect on connective tissues such as ligaments, tendons and cartilage and at an accelerated rate. Old injuries will heal and these tissues will be strengthened which can potentially minimize future injuries as well.  There is no doubt that human growth hormone therapy is being used in conjunction with the surgery and rehab of professional athletes, which has had the effect of getting athletes back on the field quicker than ever. These connective tissue benefits make HGH much more attractive than the use of old school steroids, as steroids only positively affect muscle tissue, while having a negative effect on connective tissue.

2)      HGH provides metabolic benefits such as helping the body burn more fat than usual, and serves as a protein-sparing agent as well.   HGH administration triggers the release of fatty acids from fat stores and the body winds up burning more fat than carbohydrates to meet energy requirements.  This is why athletes on human growth hormone can have extremely low levels of body fat while maintaining extremely high levels of muscle mass.

Without drugs, there is a kind of equilibrium between body fat and muscle mass.  If body fat is too low a person’s muscle mass will decrease as well.  HGH also has an anti-catabolic effect (protein sparing), which means that muscle protein isn’t broken down during periods of intense exercise or in the case of calorie restriction.  This anti-catabolic effect means that athletes can recovery quicker from competition and training.

3)      HGH is legal and can be acquired and administered by a physician, and as a result, the intelligent athlete can use medical privacy regulations to avoid the spotlight. The dose at which HGH is effective is small, which minimizes risk and – in most cases – allows the physician to avoid breaking any laws or breaching any ethical standards.

Additionally, due to the stresses of professional sports there is a very good chance that most – if not all athletes – would test for low hormonal levels during their season.  This means HGH can be administered in order to normalize an athlete’s levels.  This kind of therapeutic dose can provide enormous benefits to an athlete during their season. This is an important distinction to make.  If an athlete does test for low HGH levels – which most would or could – this is a case of using HGH as it is intended and not abusing it.

There are doctors all across the country that are openly practicing this kind of medicine.  One could argue that these doctors are incorrect in their uses of HGH, but this argument doesn’t seem to hold any more weight than the counter argument that there are no appropriate “off-label” uses of HGH. These are the major reasons as to why HGH is so popular among athletes.

There are other reasons as well, but this is enough for now.  And it is worth noting that testosterone when used in similarly appropriate doses, in conjunction with HGH is an extremely potent supplement cocktail from which all athletes would benefit greatly.

Remember, this isn’t an effort to rationalize or justify the use of HGH and testosterone.  I am simply recognizing and pointing out reasons why athletes – or anybody who works out for that matter – would find these substances so desirable.   What I will say is that when you understand what these drugs can do for athletes, and understand the nature of risks involved with playing professional sports – especially football – the case can be made that some supplementation may be appropriate and even necessary.

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Comments

20 Responses to “Human Growth Hormone and Pro Athletes, Perfect Together”
  1. Anonymous says:

    I have been an active member of the bodybuilding community in the past. I am curious as to your opinion of insulin-growth-facter (Long Chain R3 IGF-1) and its potential to induce hyperplasia.

  2. sal m says:

    from the research and the anecdotal stories of its usage, it appears that igf-1 results in hyperplasia. the DES(1-3) version is alleged to be much more potent as it can fit into more receptor sites. again, this is based on the underground, as obviously there aren’t/cannot be any human studies done with igf-1.

  3. exhatteda says:

    I’m new here, just wanted to say hello and introduce myself.

  4. Guest User says:

    I am very interested in HGH. I have been a athlete and I have been very much into fitness. i have notice over the years that my testosterone levels have gone down, man brest have started to grow and my erection is not what it use to be.

    What are the steps that I should take to make this a reality?

  5. Di Heap says:

    Hi Sal, Just a reminder that Vibration Training stimulates human growth hormone release. Body Builders benefit from adding it into their program – we’ve seen proven results here in NZ.

  6. hhhwcent says:

    HGH is beneficial when it is prescribed by physician unless the overdose can cause the more side effects when taken for hype cause.

  7. Guest User says:

    I think hgh do helps but many people say that it has side effects.
    However I think if taken properly it can yoield good results.

  8. anonymous says:

    using drugs to improve performance is a the worst thing ive ever herd of. People who use HGH just arnt skilled enough to get big without doping up on drugs. the natural human body is a wonderful thing and if people want to screw it up by taking drugs for short term benefits they are messed up. If you take these drugs there are huge chances of diabetes, cancer, liver failure etc these people need to get a life. Drugs are ruining todays society be happy with what you have.

  9. athlete2012 says:

    well to all those ppl that thing athletes shouldnt dope i totally agree but what about ppl like myself that is clean but is competing against doping athletes and has no chance of wining becasuse of that not every countrys testing are the same so its not fair and there is something else everyone is doping then it might be fair playing field ???

  10. RealAthlete says:

    Hah! Fair playing field? Are you serious? Are you telling me that every athlete that competes is eating the exact same thing and training the exact same way as every other athlete in their sport? You need a reality check. Do you consume protein drinks such as whey protein? What about creatine or even caffeine? In sports there is no such thing as a fair playing field. You train, eat, and sleep in a manner to better yourself in your sport. You use supplements and or vitamins that not every athlete in your sport uses.
    Face it, nobody wants to see average joes on a field. Fans want to see the ball being hit into the stadium, running backs breaking tackles and getting touchdowns, runners leaving the competition in the dust, etc.
    The only true fact is that steroids and other hormones make a good athlete great and they make a great athlete become the elite. It is not a shortcut. You still have to work for it.

  11. Sal Marinello says:

    Okay there RealAthlete, in what professional or high-level college sport are Average Joe’s on the field? Is it your position that athletes who competed in the era before drugs and supplements and modern training were Regular Joes? Is your point that without supplements athletes are Regular Joes? Real athletes do not need drugs and supplements to excel at what they do.

  12. Yups that is best opinion

    Remember, this isn’t an effort to rationalize or justify the use of HGH and testosterone. I am simply recognizing and pointing out reasons why athletes – or anybody who works out for that matter – would find these substances so desirable.

  13. I don’t believe in using any kind drugs for body building or performance,at the end of the day when you win a competition drug free you will feel good knowing that you beat the guys pumped up on “legal drugs”. going natural is just better mentally and health wise anyway.go check out the gorillas in the wild if you don’t believe me…they are stronger than you and they mostly eat plants!

  14. What about creatine or even caffeine? In sports there is no such thing as a fair playing field. You train, eat, and sleep in a manner to better yourself in your sport. You use supplements and or vitamins that not every athlete in your sport uses.
    Face it, nobody wants to see average joes on a field.

  15. Sal Marinello says:

    Convoluted logic and incomplete reasoning at its best.

  16. pluralism says:

    its good information..

  17. shestudent says:

    as a med student, this is a good article to base my school research project for the pros & cons of HGH & steroid uses in the athletic industry. the feed backs & point of views are very interesting reads.

  18. bulldog says:

    Can you use HGH with out the use of steriods

  19. I’ve heard bad things about steroid use damaging peoples bodies over long periods of time and intense usage – is there another way to achieve the build many desire without these drugs?

  20. Andy says:

    I don’t believe in using any kind drugs for body building or performance,at the end of the day when you win a competition drug free you will feel good knowing that you beat the guys pumped up on “legal drugs”. going natural is just better mentally and health wise anyway.go check out the gorillas in the wild if you don’t believe me…they are stronger than you and they mostly eat plants!

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