CHASE DOWN STRENGTH

Men's Health (UK) - - Contents -

The se­cret to pow­er­ing past your plateau in the gym is to pound some pave­ments

Fit­ness is full of cliques, much like the school play­ground. The bar­bell bros, the run­ning clubs, the yo­gis – they all pre­fer their own com­pany. Too of­ten, tribes be­lieve that only their method­ol­ogy will ben­e­fit them. But they’re wrong. Ac­cord­ing to the US Army Re­search In­sti­tute of En­vi­ron­men­tal Medicine, it pays to broaden your fit­ness hori­zons.

If you’re a heavy-lift­ing gym-goer whose progress has plateaued, the last place you’d ex­pect to find a PB is on the pave­ments. Tired gym lore states that car­dio is catabolic and run­ning any­thing over 5K will race you to­wards the physique of Sir Farah. The sci­ence dis­agrees.

Re­searchers found two hours of car­dio spikes your body’s lev­els of growth hor­mone more than spend­ing the same amount of time strength train­ing. Re­leased by the pi­tu­itary gland, this nat­u­ral per­for­mance en­hancer stim­u­lates testos­terone pro­duc­tion, max­imises pro­tein syn­the­sis and mus­cle growth, and may even speed up your body’s fat break­down.

There­fore, your aim for this year should be to try new things and be­come a more rounded ath­lete. Even if your fo­cus is on size, adding a long Sun­day run to your reg­i­men means you can re­turn to bi­ceps curls on Mon­day with a chem­i­cal ad­van­tage. Hit the slow lane.

LACE UP AND CHASE DOWN A MUSCLEBUILDING SHOT OF HGH

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