Bodybuilding includes a number of activities that allow you to build your dream figure. The basis is strength training, which also requires changing the diet and supplementing the body with many components necessary to build muscle mass. Sports medicine, which focuses on all processes in the body under the influence of physical activity, also includes diagnostic tests of blood, urine and semen. It is thanks to the tests that you can monitor your kidneys during increased protein supply, observe hormonal changes or exclude post steroid infertility. What tests are worth doing?
When building muscle mass, the most important aspect is adequate supply of macro- and micronutrients. Many people think that "muscle builds in the kitchen", while training is used to activate and stimulate them. Since the modified diet provides the body with much larger than normal amounts of protein, it is important to control kidney function. Good quality dietary supplements can be used to supplement mineral deficiencies and electrolytes (responsible for the proper conduction of nerve impulses and heart work). Diet enriched with, among others for BCAA amino acids or vitamins contained in supplements covers the body's need for increased anabolic processes. When reducing body fat, natural thermogenics will also work, for example green tea, caffeine or capsaicin found in plant extracts.
Diagnostic tests should allow for the exclusion of diseases and a general assessment of homeostasis (body balance). In connection with the specificity of strength training, the most important tests are:
Allows you to specify the number of erythrocytes (RBC), or red blood cells that transport oxygen to tissues. RBC levels below normal may be indicative of anemia, which is not commonly believed to be the result of "underfood" but may be caused by folate, vitamin B12 or iron deficiencies.
Remember! Any result that deviates from the norm should be consulted with the appropriate specialist.
Physical effort causes that the body naturally begins to synthesize testosterone, which is responsible for anabolic processes, i.e. growth and building. However, lack of time for regeneration and so-called overtraining causes the body to enter catabolism and increase blood cortisol levels.
It is therefore worth remembering that both before and during strength training should be monitored. Also, when using supplementation and a restrictive diet, it should be remembered that an internal balance must be maintained between the supplied macronutrients and excreted metabolites. Performing blood, urine and sperm tests allows you to assess the efficiency and proper functioning of the endocrine and organs.