Understanding prohormones and how they act is a good way to leverage the many benefits they have to offer.
So what do they do?
Well, they can increase the rate at which your body synthesises protein, which is of course how they add muscle mass, but there's more to pro-hormones that that.
They can also increase the amount of carbohydrate your body can store.
Pro-hormones can also boost creatine synthesis and at the same time reduce your cortisol levels.
They can boost nutrient partitioning and elevate your insulin sensitivity.
Pro-hormones can also improve your tolerance to high work volumes and can even help you focus.
So while the synthesis of protein is the most recognised method of increasing muscle mass each of these other factors can play a small, yet effective part on its own.
Prohormones Improve Recovery
Another benefit of prohormones is their effect on recovery time. With improved recovery, we can train longer and harder and by accomplishing this we can, in turn, translate that enhanced neural drive into increased aggression. This, in turn, makes us faster and stronger regardless of muscle growth.
Side Effects of Prohormones
Pro-hormones are not a wonder cure and like everything else, there are two sides to the story. On the upside, there's increased muscle gain, focus and the ability to train harder, whereas on the downside, if you don’t pay attention to your cycle support such as the Mutagenic Labz Tudca Plus and Regen-T (Total PCT), there are side effects such as increased androgen levels and higher than normal levels of oestrogen etc. If you don't use high-quality liver and organ support, some pro-hormones can also damage the liver and other important organs. Like everything else in life, pro-hormones need to be treated with respect.
How to Optimise Training on a Prohormone Cycle
The ideal way to maximise the benefits, while lowering the risk of the side effects is in the application.
You might assume that an increase in strength, power and muscle mass together with improved recovery time would be the ideal scenario for some serious training, but conversely, the opposite is actually true.
The best way to make the most from pro-hormones is a training regimen that optimises gains both on and off cycle.
The danger comes when the increased strength encourages you to continually add weight and push harder. It might sound ideal and the pay off initially certainly might seem worth it, at least psychologically. Eventually, however, you'll have to stop the prohormone cycle and at this stage, you'll be in the unfortunate position of having built up a strong neural drive and increased muscle before suddenly finding yourself with less testosterone and drive. As a result, it will be nigh on impossible to keep up your increased weight and muscle loss will follow hand in hand. Ultimately you may end up with less weight on your bar and significantly less testosterone and neural drive, in short, you'll be in danger of ruining your own good work.
A better way to use pro-hormones would be to run your cycle during a phase of training with light to moderate weight, whilst increasing overall training volume every week. Followed by training heavier after the cycle. For example:
- Week 1 - 3 sets of 15 off cycle, increase to 5 to 6 sets of 15 while on cycle
- Week 2 - 4 sets of 12 off cycles off cycle, increase to 6-7 sets of 12 on cycle
- Week 3 - 5 sets of 10 off cycle, increase to 8-10 sets of 10 on cycle
- Week 4 - 6 sets of 8 off cycle, increase to 10-12 sets on cycle
This allows you to take full advantage of the benefits of prohormones without jeopardising any muscle, strength and endurance you've gained.
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