The Best Weight-Lifting Moves for Increasing Hormone Production

As a bodybuilder, you need to make sure that you are getting plenty of growth hormone in your body. This is crucial because growth hormone is the hormone that tells the body it needs to burn fat while at the same time building muscle. More growth hormone means more anabolism means more hypertrophy – it’s as simple as that.

The good news though is that your body knows what it needs. As soon as you start doing more exercise, you’ll find that your body automatically starts increasing testosterone production which in turn will lead to better performance in the gym and even more growth hormone. It’s what’s known as a ‘virtuous cycle’.

What you may not realise though, is that not every type of exercise is made equal when it comes to boosting growth hormone levels. So with that in mind, let’s take a look at which exercises you can do to really maximise your production of HGH.

What Makes a Good Exercise for HGH?

Give a man a fish and he’ll eat for lunch, give him a fishing rod and he’ll eat forever. I’m paraphrasing but you get the point – the best way to help you get more growth hormone production out of your workouts is to explain just what it is about weightlifting that triggers HGH release.


workout for HGHAnd the answer to that question is hitting more of the muscles. In other words, the more muscle fibres you recruit, the more muscle fibre you will tear, and the more your body will respond by producing more growth hormone.


That means that to start with the best exercises for increasing GH will be what are known as ‘compound movements’. These are any exercises that require lots of your muscles to work together in unison. More muscle groups = more mictoears = more GH.

At the same time you also need to choose exercises that have a longer ‘time under tension’. This means that they should be slow movements that keep you constantly straining against the weight. A press up really only involves a very small ‘explosive’ move at the bottom of the movement – the rest of the time you’ll be letting gravity do the work or you’re be resting on straight arms.

Finally, you also want to make sure that you are using the biggest muscles in the body. And where are they located? The legs. This is why the squat has long been heralded as the king of HGH production and the most powerful movement you can use if you really want to send lots of the hormone into your legs to encourage rapid growth.

So now you know what makes a good exercise for hormone response, here are a few of the best exercises you can start incorporating into your workouts right away…

Some of the Best Exercises:

  • Squats
  • Deadlift
  • Bench Press (especially when performed with a slow cadence and a ‘rest pause’)
  • Clean and jerk
  • Kettlebell swings
  • Lunges
  • Lizard Crawls
  • Pull ups
  • Clean and press

Make sure these are in your routine and you’ll find they do much more than just challenge the muscles involved in the individual movements!