Are You in
Somatopause (Age Related Growth Hormone Deficiency?)
As you reach your 30s and beyond, you enter what's called
"somatopause," when your levels of HGH begin to drop off quite
dramatically. This is part of what drives your aging process. It has been my experience that nearly everyone over 30 has
dramatically abnormal levels of this important hormone because they
begin leading increasingly more sedentary life styles. Children and most animals in the wild do not run marathons or lift
weights, they move at high speeds for very short periods of time and
then rest. This is natural and what optimizes the production of growth
The higher your levels of growth hormone, the healthier and stronger
you're going to be. And the longer you can keep your body producing
higher levels of HGH, the longer you will experience robust health and
strength. Dr. Harvey Cushing discovered HGH in the form of somatotropin almost a
hundred years ago. Many individuals choose to inject it, though it is a
banned substance in many professional sports.
As I said earlier, I don't recommend doing this as I believe the health
risks and cost are in no way justifiable. Ideally, you really want your body to produce it naturally, as
injecting HGH does have side effects. And the way you produce it is by
exercising your super-fast muscle fibers.
Benefits of Peak Fitness Exercises
Minimally, once you regularly participate in these 20 minute excises about twice
a week, most everyone notices the following benefits:
- Lowers your body fat
- Dramatically improves muscle tone
- Firms your skin and reduces wrinkles
- Boosts your energy and sexual desire
- Improves athletic speed and performance
- Allows you to achieve your fitness goals much faster
How to Properly Perform Peak Fitness Exercises to Increase Your
Growth Hormone Levels
First of all, please remember that you can perform this with any type
of exercise. While having access to a gym or exercise equipment will
provide you with a larger variety of options, you don't require either.
You can easily perform this by walking or running on flat ground. You will certainly want to work your way up to this point, but
ultimately you want to exercise vigorously enough so you reach your
anaerobic threshold as this is where the "magic" happens that will
trigger your growth hormone release.
Whatever activity you choose, by the end of your 30 second period you
will want to reach these markers:
- It will be relatively hard to breathe and talk because you are
in oxygen debt
- You will start to sweat profusely. Typically this is occurs in
the second or third repetition unless you have a thyroid issue and don't
sweat much normally.
- Your body temperature will rise
- Lactic acid increases and you will feel a muscle "burn"
If you are using cardio equipment like an elliptical or bike, you
don't need to reach any "magical" speed. It's highly individual, based
on your current level of fitness. But you know you're doing it right
when you're exerting yourself to the point of typically gasping for
breath, after a short burst of activity.
An added boon is that you'll save a tremendous amount of time
because peak fitness will cut your hour-long cardio workout down to a
total of 20 minutes or so, including your recovery time, warm-up and
The actual sprinting totals only 4 minutes!
Here's what a typical peak fitness routine might look like using a
- Warm up for three minutes
- Exercise as hard and fast as you can for 30 seconds. You should
feel like you couldn't possibly go on another few seconds
- Recover for 90 seconds
- Repeat the high intensity exercise and recovery 7 more times
Be mindful of your current fitness level and don't overdo it when you
first start out. If you are not in great shape and just starting this you may want to
start with just two or three repetitions, and work your way up to eight,
which is where the magic really starts to happen. You may need to start
with just walking and when you do your 30 second bursts your legs would
be moving as fast as possible without running - and your arms would be
pumping hard and fast.
If you can do a peak fitness workout twice a week, and follow the
dietary recommendations I'll go over next, you will increase your
production of growth hormone.
Dietary Recommendations to Maximize Growth Hormone Release
To maximize your growth hormone release you need to:
- Get a good night's sleep
- Avoid a high fat meal prior to exercising
- Drink plenty of water
- Eat healthy carbs (think vegetables) and high quality protein
- Optimize your vitamin D levels
- Avoid sugar, especially fructose
The last part is absolutely crucial.
If you consume sugar or fructose, especially within two hours
post-exercise, you will increase somatostatin which will in turn
obliterate the production of growth hormone! This is yet another example of why gulping down sports drinks that
are chockfull of high fructose corn syrup can do your body more harm
than good, and will just shut down your body's production of HGH and
negate many of the benefits from your exercise.