The correct use of HGH for bodybuilding is a highly relevant topic, so I will address these issues in this article. We will discuss what HGH effects are for bodybuilding, how to choose your dosage and protocol, how long to take growth hormone, and what type of training and diet to choose.
You will find both theoretical and practical information in this article.
How growth hormone influences the body?
Despite the fact that HGH creators initially synthesized it to treat GH-deficient children, it is highly popular in sports, especially in bodybuilding, for the following reasons:
- Growth of muscle mass, caused by the acceleration of protein synthesis.
- Loss of fat simultaneously with gaining muscles.
- Improvement in cartilage quality.
- Mild side effects
How HGH improves bodybuilding performance?
After the injection of growth hormone, it enters the bloodstream and then spreads around the body, concentrating in the liver, where it converts into IGF-1 (insulin-like growth factor). This substance is responsible for muscle growth, which is the main effect of HGH for bodybuilding. IGF-1 binds to its receptors in skeletal muscle tissue, thus accelerating protein synthesis.
The fat burning function of HGH is performed by growth hormone itself. The hormone binds to somatropin receptors, which leads to elevation of the level of free fatty acids (FFA). So, the body starts using fat, instead of carbohydrates, as an energy source.
Fat loss neither interacts with muscle growth nor interferes it. It is a unique feature of HGH, which allows you to gain lean muscles and lose fat altogether.
Another unique feature of growth hormone is hyperplasia, the increase in the number of muscle cells due to their proliferation. This effect is significant because HGH-induced muscle gains are permanent, and divided cells allow you to exceed your genetic limit for muscle mass.
HGH role in bodybuilding
It’s possible to say that HGH has divided bodybuilding into “before” and “after.” The tremendous rise in mass, which has started in the 1980s with Dorian Yates and then was kept by Ronnie Coleman, is caused mostly by HGH. Growth hormone helped them become leaner and not to lose muscle mass during cutting. Also, HGH enabled hyperplasia, which moved the limits of maximum muscle hypertrophy.
In the 1980s, bodybuilders’ physique significantly changed as they became 15-20 kg bigger than the decade earlier. Their body fat percentage decreased from the average 7% to 5% during competitions. Athletes’ bodies became more vascular and ripped.
However, HGH abuse caused the phenomenon of the bloated belly, or so-called HGH gut. I have written an article about HGH gut and Palumboism. However, amateurs who take HGH shouldn’t worry because this effect has the complex nature (steroids, HGH and insulin abuse combined with excessive food intake). If you take 5-15 IU of growth hormone, you won’t face this problem.
How to use HGH for bodybuilding?
In the practical part, we will talk about the cycle duration, protocols, combinations with other drugs, proper diet and training on the cycle
HGH effects become noticeable after two weeks of usage, but significant improvement is visible in two months, which is the minimum length of one cycle. The optimal duration is three-four months. The longer you take HGH, the less dosage you need.
The effective dosage of HGH for bodybuilding is at least 4 IU. If you take it for the first time, it will be enough to consume 4-6 IU of HGH, to gain only clean mass. Then, during next cycles, you can take up to 15 IU/day because growth hormone shows a linear increase in efficacy with dosage.
Also, if you take 10 and more IU, you definitely need to include insulin to your cycle because it will help prevent problems with the pancreas. The risk of diabetes is the main side effect of HGH.
You can read more about HGH dosage here.
When to inject HGH?
GH has the strongest fat-burning effect when the level of sugar and insulin is low. So, the best time to inject HGH is morning, o an empty stomach. If you are on cutting, it is the best time to run because for the level of free fatty acids in the blood will be very high for the next three hours, and it will be much easier to lose fat.
Even if you are on bulking, you should take the first injection in the morning.
The second one should be taken 6-8 hours later, when the levels of IGF-1 and HGH decrease. However, you can inject HGH before going to bed instead. Both injections should be equal.
HGH bodybuilding protocols
The most common protocols are every day and every other day: ED and EOD. Both have their pros and cons. Let’s look at them.
ED is more efficient because your IGF and HGH will be at the similar level, so muscle growth and fat loss will be more effective than in EOD.
However, you can use EOD if you can’t afford ED protocol. It is fine, and you can use HGH for a longer period under this protocol.
Also, you can combine both protocols and rotate them to balance advantages and disadvantages.
Steroids, insulin and HGH bodybuilding combinations
Although HGH works well when used alone, you can significantly enhance the growth if you combine it with other drugs: steroids and insulin.
Insulin and HGH possess the synergy effect on protein synthesis, but insulin blocks the fat-burning function of HGH. You can inject insulin 30 minutes after growth hormone injection. Exogenous insulin is necessary if you take high dosages of HGH: more than 10 IU. Be careful when you take insulin because it can lead to a hypoglycemic coma, which can cause fatal consequences, so increase insulin dosage carefully and start from 2 IUs.
Steroids are another great idea for combination with growth hormone. Steroids have much stronger anabolic potency than HGH, but if you combine them, the effect will be nice because of the synergy effect. Also, growth hormone helps you gain clean mass without gaining fat when you are on steroids.
Let’s look at different combination options.
- Growth hormone 6-12 IU + Testosterone enanthate, cypionate or Sustanon 250-1000 mg/week for 8-10 weeks
- HGH 6-12 IU + Dbol (30-50 mg/day) or Tbol for 6-8 weeks
You need to combine HGH with steroids with fat burning potency: Winstrol and Anavar.
HGH 4-8 IU + 50 mg of Winstrol/ Anavar
What diet should I keep when using HGH for bodybuilding?
The rule is to eat as much as you can because it is hard to gain fat when using HGH, so all calories will go to muscles.
You need to increase your protein consumption up to 3 g/kg and eat lots of carbohydrates. You can eat fast food if you want, but don’t abuse it.
Eat every two-three hours to keep anabolism high. To eat more, you can consume protein and a weight gainer between taking traditional meals.
As growth hormone increases your blood sugar, which, in turn, suppresses appetite, you can take special supplements to improve your appetite.
How to choose HGH brand?
Since bodybuilding purposes require larger dosages of HGH, you need to choose a cheap, high-quality HGH brand.
The best choice is Jintropin, Hygetropin, and Ansomone because they possess the highest purity (95-99%) and are cheap comparing to HGH from the pharmacy industry.