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Starting Testosterone And Need Advice

Discussion in 'Health and Fitness' started by Serpentlike, Apr 22, 2021.

  1. Serpentlike

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    I have had issues with low T and am starting treatments. My numbers are half of average and I have always had trouble putting on muscle. Now that my numbers are going to be high, what should I do to make the most of this advantage? I have always done fine at getting erections and had a good sex drive, but a lot of other things made me suspect my numbers were low. Mood, late puberty, no body hair, difficulty focusing, and more. I want to really get the most out of this. Thanks for any ideas. Especially if you are a fitness expert.
     
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    Hey, I'm on prescribed TRT too. Feel free to drop me a DM if you like and I can talk to you about my experience. I'm not a "ftiness expert" and certainly not a doctor but I don't mind sharing my experience.
     
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    See a physician, not a fitness expert. Messing with your hormonal system is not the right lane for someone who show's you how to lift weights.
     
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    I have a physician and he prescribed the testosterone. What I am asking about is what to do while I am on it for maximum muscle gains.
     
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    Work out like a serious athlete, and you will see gains.
     
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    I'm glad you're getting treatment for low T. I've had this problem for years as has my one stepson. I suspect you will feel a lot better. I've tried applying creams etc but the best treatment I've tried so far is biweekly injections I give myself in my thigh. It isn't perfect because it peaks in the days right after the shot, and I sometimes feel it running out of steam toward the end of the two weeks. If you are having the same treatment type, you may have to pace your workouts accordingly. If you are getting one of the newer, more constant application of T, then of course, this won't be a problem.
     
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    Difficult to say, really.
    Dosage and scheduling protocol will have a lot to do with it.
    Anything less than once a week administration isn't going to do good things for you.
    But, assuming their plan is optimal at keeping your hormone levels even....
    Taking test at trt dosages won't turn you into anything other than average.
    The same workout/diet/recovery factors apply.
    You get out of it, what you put into it.
    Most people with average range test don't workout enough/consistently..
    They don't eat properly/consistently..
    For "maximum" muscle growth, you need maximum effort in the gym and kitchen.
    You will, essentially, be the same as most "natty" fitness buffs.
    Also, you're starting at a disadvantage because of your late start.
    Not trying to burst your bubble.
    You'll most likely feel better all around.
    And that's fantastic.
    But, if you think taking therapeutic doses of test will turn you into Mr Olympia/crossfit champion, that's not terribly realistic.
    Big results require big effort.
    To optimize things for you, hit the gym hard.... As often as your body can handle responsibly.
    Watch your food... Day in and day out. Figure out your macros and stick to it. You don't eat for pleasure. You eat for function.
    Liquor, tobacco, drugs, sweets... They need to go.
    That's about it.
    No tricks... Just hard work and discipline.
    All the drugs in the world can't make up for them.
     
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    This.
     
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    I have always been a hard gainer. The ONLY way I have gained substantial amounts of muscle is through doing negative lifts. One gym I went ot was very friendly and guys would offer help with this. In general, you need a committed workout partner to do negatives consistently.
     
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    To try to be more clear, this is an example of what I am talking about.
     
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    Just be sure to keep track of your overall health. I was on testosterone for a few years and ended up with polycythemia vera from it. It didn't go away after I stopped the testosterone.
     
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    You should be seeing a D.O. family doctor in addition to an endocrinologist if you’re making lifestyle changes.

    Depending on a wide range of factors, like age, weight, and cardiovascular health, the intensity of any workout might need to be tailored to you. A D.O. can address issues more holistically than a specialist and can help your endocrinologist monitor your condition.

    And remember that fitness is a relative thing. The body naturally adapts to conditions it’s put under... over a long period of time. That’s all fitness is: your body’s ability to meet the requirements of your day to day life.

    Do not fall into the wellness trap. People have all sorts of wacky “tricks” that amount to superstition. Being well is not the same as being healthy, and the best way to maintain a healthy lifestyle is to find your passions and pursue them, be good to others and your community... and to drink water.

    If your passion is more muscle, then work out. Number one, though, with any hormonal treatment: your cardiovascular health. If you’ve had a hard time developing muscle, imagine what that muscle in your chest has been doing.

    Again, that’s something a D.O. can really help with or they can refer you to someone who can.

    Start light. Stay healthy.
     
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