Performance Enhancing Drugs (PEDs) are once again in the forefront of sports media thanks to Lance Armstrong. To take a step back, we must examine the term “performance-enhancing drugs” (PEDs) and why athletes from all sports continue to seek out these tactics to better their athletic potential.
In general, all efforts are aimed at one goal: to optimize your hormonal profile. Yes, you see pictures of greater muscles, less body fat, and faster times, but these images are all the result of something you can’t see: the regeneration benefits that allow for a more favorable hormonal environment (see Sparta Point).
PEDs’ true benefit is their capacity to improve your mood by creating a more favorable hormonal environment. As a result, you’ll be able to perform at a better level and more frequently. There are techniques to modify hormone profiles without infringing the laws, which is good news. Let’s begin with vibration.
A Quick Review of Vibration
Vibration is described as mechanical impulses directed along muscle fibers, as previously discussed (see Sparta Point). Whole body vibration (WBV) is a vibration training approach in which the complete body is exposed to vibration, usually through a platform or device to stand on, such as the Exervibe we use to the right.
Because we covered the strength and power benefits of WBV in the last piece, today we’ll stick on hormones, regeneration, and, of course, how to use pharmaceuticals naturally.
Hormones Benefit from Vibration
Carmelo Bosco, a world authority on vibration, has undertaken various research on these impacts on people’s hormone levels, focusing on the ‘Big 3’:
1. Growth Hormone (GH) – the most important steroid-usa (see Sparta Point) has a variety of “building” actions, including:
• Muscle mass increase.
• Lipolysis is increased, resulting in “fat loss.”
• Immune system stimulation is a term that refers to the stimulation of the immune system.
2. Cortisol – the “stress hormone” because of its primary function of “breaking down,” particularly through increasing blood sugar and weakening the immune system, cortisol is the antithesis of GH.
3. Testosterone — In addition to promoting greater muscular and bone mass, testosterone has a function in health and well-being.
Bosco’s research has all demonstrated increases in Growth Hormone and Testosterone, as well as decreases in Cortisol, when using his recommended WBV training routine of 10 reps of 60 sec, with 60 sec rest. These are not insignificant impacts; one Bosco study discovered a 460 percent boost in Growth Hormone and a 7% increase in Testosterone! Vibration is used on bigger muscles against smaller muscles to maximize these effects, exactly like exercise (see Sparta Point). As a result, squatting during whole-body vibration is recommended.
What role does vibration play in the Big 3?
By now, you should be aware that the majority of physical explanations revolve around Ground Reaction Force (GRF). The benefits of vibrational training are based on Newton’s 2nd law, which states that the force on an object is a function of its mass and acceleration, expressed as F=ma. Vibrations are basically just rapid accelerations and decelerations that vary in frequency and amplitude.
The hormonal advantages, on the other hand, follow a different course than exercise. Increased intensity, greater lactate, and neuronal activation are the main causes of increased Growth Hormone. The hormonal effects of WBV, however, are thought to be mediated through a distinct mechanism, according to the scientists. The vibration activates the spindles of muscles, causing the pituitary gland in the brain to secrete Growth Hormone. This procedure is quite similar to the muscle reflex testing procedure outlined below.
While WBV resembles training, it does so in a less stressful way, as evidenced by lower cortisol levels, which are generally high after workouts. There is no substitute for strength and skill training, but WBV can give a regeneration workout that is far superior to “flush runs” or other active recovery strategies that might impair hormone profiles (see Sparta Point).
So, double-check your regeneration efforts; no one has ever found to be vibration-positive.