Testosterone: Natural Anabolic Hormones

The first step in muscle growth is an increase in protein synthesis, and a decrease in protein breakdown. Our hormones are directly involved with both protein synthesis, and breakdown. The hormonal system supports normal function of the body, and helps it respond to external stimuli such as heavy resistance training. Hormones are chemical messengers that are made, stored, and then released into the blood by different endocrine glands, such as pituitary, thyroid, and adrenal glands to name a few.

Hormones are secreted both during, and after resistance training. Muscle remodeling takes place due to these hormonal secretions, and our aim is for these hormonal changes to be of the anabolic variety. In the situation where we had a heavy training session, catabolic actions in the muscles may occur as a result of the inability of anabolic hormones to bind to the receptors.