However, don’t misconstrue this message to mean that acute bursts of these hormones (as seen during times of acute stress) are counterproductive to muscle growth since that is missing the bigger picture; again, stress hormones are a necessary part of human physiology . Unless you have abnormally high cortisol, glucagon and epinephrine concentrations in the blood for prolonged periods of time (. Cushing’s Syndrome, chronic stress, etc.) there probably isn’t much reason to fret over lowering or inhibiting these hormones as is just not practical or healthy.
As a leader, you may not be able to control what you’re feeling, but awareness of the energy coursing through you and others can be a tremendous asset. When you are experiencing catabolic energy, for instance, you might count to 10 before responding to a perceived attack. In doing so, you might avoid a blowup or action that you’d later regret. When you are being overly optimistic (due to anabolic energy/endorphins), you might seek to cool down your enthusiasm instead of your anger. By asking for input or information about potential risks, you might avoid taking too great a risk.
It’s funny, I’m 5′ 8″ 180 LBS and pretty lean. I’ll be 53 in January and in better health and ability to build muscle now than ever before. But I’m definitely a combination of both anabolic and catabolic. That’s because I eat a high protein and nutrient rich diet along with working out 6 days a week. But I find I could never handle big training volumes—and I don’t do any systematic cardio. Just light walking and being out on a bicycle. I definitely want to learn more about this topic Will. Thank you sir!