Growth hormone, particularly testosterone, depletes in men after the age of 40. A man can get to work increasing growth hormones through training strategies. The approach used is sometimes very intense, but it can achieve the desired results — an increase in growth hormone levels in the body.
Men over the age of 40 are in a tough spot. On the one hand, their joints require that they take their training in a different direction. At the same time they must train harder in order to increase growth hormones in the body that has been depleted as a result of age.
It is a well-documented fact that testosterone in men decreases as men get older. Many men just accept this and move on. However, by increasing the intensity of their training, many men are seeing incredible results after the age of 40.
Intense resistance training will increase growth hormone levels naturally. One result of heavy resistance training is an increase in serum testosterone levels. Because testosterone is the primary hormone interacting with skeletal muscle tissue, it has both direct and indirect effects on muscle tissue. It has been shown that using a resistance of 85%-95% of your one-rep maximum will increase testosterone levels the most.
Drs. Marks and Kravitz have published a study on Hormones and Resistance Exercise. They conclude that intense resistance exercise will result in higher levels of growth hormone naturally. Their study shows that even women have the same results from intense resistance exercise–their growth hormone levels go up.
In addition to resistance exercise, intense cardio sessions can also increase the release of growth hormones. This is one of the reasons HIIT is such an effective method of cardio. Not only do sprints increase the length of time the body burns fat, but they also result in an increase in the release of growth hormones. Shorter intervals release more growth hormone while longer intervals burn more calories.
It appears that the key to successfully increasing growth hormone production naturally is to participate in intense exercise programs. The results have been proven and now it is time to put the principles into action. The next time you are at the gym, be it for cardio or weight training, increase the intensity of your training. Over the long term you will see the results from the increased release of growth hormones.