The Future of Bodybuilding
Current bodybuilders rely on anabolic androgenic steroids, insulin and growth hormone to achieve the size and muscularity they obtain. All hormones have an impact on your natural hormone synthesis, with possible negative consequences such as infertility, heart diseases and general disruption of your endocrine system.
Imagine we could take a drug that allows us to get alot leaner, alot more muscular without even working out, and without interrupting our hormone system? What sounds like a dream come true to many gymrats, is something that is currently researched and will likely be in widespread usage in the next 10-15 years. The magic substance we’re talking about is Myostatin.
Myostatin (Myo = Muscle, Statin = Inhibitor) is a protein that prevents your muscles from growing too large. Big muscles are not efficient for most animals, as they use up huge amounts of calories to move and sustain for long periods of time.
The depicted cow above doesn’t weight train or lead a different lifestyle than most other regular grass-eating farm-chilling milkgivers, Belgian Blue simply has a mutation in her myostatin gene which is almost completely turned off. This in turn results in huge amounts of dense, hard muscle fibers and very low fat levels. Researchers are replicating experiments with mice, giving them myostatin inhibitors, and they already work incredibly well. This could on a medical level prove to be the first way to cure genetic diseases like muscular dystrophys, which severely impact affected people’s life. And this could make bodybuilders incredibly large and lean, and potentially make the use of anabolic steroids redundant.
We sometimes talk about bodybuilders that are „genetically gifted“. We all have that one friend, or are that friend, that seems to be leaner and bigger than all other buddies while working out twice a week and eating junkfood twice a day. Yes, here Myostatin among a few other less important proteins such as ACE is again very likely to be the suspected mediator. Genetically gifted bodybuilders often have incredibly low levels of the protein. Both Ronnie Coleman and Dorian Yates have undergone genetic tests and were both diagnosed with astonishingly low levels of Myostatin.
You might ask how you can profit from the knowledge about Myostatin? It’s not out yet, you can’t just change your genetics with a remote control, so why would you benefit?
There’s actually a few cheap over-the-counter supplements that downregulate the Myostatin circulating in your body. The easiest way is so weighttrain with heavy weights – so nothing you don’t already do.
A few other influencing supplements are HMB, Leucine and huge quantities of dark chocolate, eventhough the influences on myostatin were rather low.
The biggest impact and reduction in a randomized study was a supplement we all should use: Creatine Monohydrate. Yes, not only does it hydratize your cells, allow for more ATP usage during weighttraining, but it also significantly reduced Myostatin to the same extent as lifting did. Lifting halved the circulating Myostatin, and Creatine Monohydrate halved the value again. The dosages used in the study were a loading phase of one week with 20g creatine per day, followed by 3g for 8 weeks.
Creatine is readily availabe, cheap in bulk and should definitely be used by every bodybuilder aiming to gain more muscularity!