What I am after is, figuring out which exercises most benefit HGH secretion with regards to gaining muscle better as well as burning fat through enhanced metabolism.
I am not sure if this has been heavily debated before, but here goes. I have heard quite a few people say that squats and deadlifts (besides the obvious benefits) additionally stimulate growth hormone secretion.
Now, my question is though, if this is really the case, then under which circumstances? Is this true for both deadlifts and squats? Is it only the case when doing low rep and heavy weight, say <5 reps, or is it just about them being compound movements?
Also, as also recently discussed by Mercola, the tabata method seems to be quite popularized for its 'afterburn effect' due to increased HGH secretion during the 48 hours after the workout. Although Mercola proposes 30 sec intense, 90 sec rest and Tabata proposes 20 sec intense, 10 sec rest I will go ahead and assume it's similar, as it mainly comes down to training above lactate threshold level.
I have only 'heard' about this stuff so far and was wondering if anybody knows the distinctions or tradeoffs among the methods. I love my heavy squats and deadlifts, but was recently asking myself again WHY (except for getting gigantic legs)? Because of the HGH and benefits for ramping up metabolism...or would Tabata-style workouts be more focused towards fat-burning, or both similarlly effective?
Thanks guys. This is my first post.
P.S. I have never had any problems keeping my body fat% down or putting on muscle mass, but I just want to ask the WHY question again for my own clarification.