Most athletes and weight lifters already have an understanding of the connection between testosterone and its muscle building properties. Steroids being used in professional sports only reinforce the relationship between testosterone and muscle building – creating the idea of the more testosterone you have the more muscle you can build. We are going to give you a break down made simple as to why testosterone levels in the body help build more muscle mass.
Androgens and Muscle Growth
Muscle growth only occurs as a results of trauma to the muscle tissue during a strenuous workout. The body than repairs the muscle tissue that was broken down but this time adds additional strength and size to ensure that your body is better suite to handle the stress of your workout next time. This repair process is known as protein synthesis and its degree is measured and regulated by hormones in your body, like testosterone. An example, can be seen in your train now compared to your training years ago and how some weights that were harder to lift before are easier for you to lift now.
Testosterone falls into a group of hormones called androgen’s which direct both the growth and development of the male sex traits throughout puberty. Female’s on the other other hand use a different set of hormones for this development like estrogen for example. Once a man reaches adulthood they become responsible for traits like muscle mass, sex drive and aggressiveness. Testosterone is important at how pronounced each of these traits are.
Testosterone binds itself to the receptors on the muscle cells and sends strong signals to the brain telling it that a muscle needs additional repair – in simpler words, it amplifies the protein synthesis process. Growth hormone is also another hormone in the human body that promotes protein synthesis. It is released into the body which like testosterone when muscle break down occurs but is more effective at night when you are resting.
Since the process of protein synthesis is responsible both for recovery and muscle growth, this is why you will see that people taking steroids will be able to recover much faster from workouts. Additionally, becomes they have so much more testosterone flowing through their system they are able to get more repair done since more of it is binding to the actual muscle cells.