Hey guys. Thought I would post a training log on here and keep track of everything. Maybe it will benefit someone else. A little background. 39 y/o. 5’-10" 210lbs. BF no clue. Been lifting since I was 13 or 14. Gotten more serious and consistent the older I’ve gotten. Natural the whole time. Been reading this site since it was T-mag back in 2000. Done a lot of programs off of here. A lot of Chad Waterbury several years ago. Been dong 5/3/1 for a while and really like it. Seems to keep my strength up without a ton of volume. My elbows appreciate that. Also run on my off days. (OMG you can’t build muscle doing that!)
On to the Alpha Male. Last October I was going through some anxiety and panic attacks. Doc put me on 10mg Lexapro. It helped a lot. Helped my sleeping too. Killed my Libido for a few weeks but that leveled out. Never got back to normal though. Had a couple of other side effects in that department but everything still worked. I also noticed that I had no drive to do even things I liked. I hardly hunted last year. Normally kill 4-6 deer a year and didn’t get one last year. It was easier to sit at home and watch netflix. I did get serious about my training and diet again at the first of the year. Laser like focus. I have noticed strength levels haven’t really been what I expect. Had testosterone checked in October and it was 382. Had no low t symptoms.
Fast forward to last week. Went back and had labs run again. T was 289! I have been keeping muscle and losing fat easily so it hasn’t affected that. I do have issues that sound like low T ever since I started taking Lexapro. I don’t know if it caused my T levels to drop that much, but I have my suspicions. My doc sent an email and said he wanted to start me on injections. Once a week for the first month. Twice a month after that and eventually down to once a month??? I don’t even want to go through that BS. Plus I know the doc won’t keep a check on Estradiol or prescribe anything so you have to do that yourself. All my other blood work looked good. I’ve quit the Lexapro.
I have my first order of Alpha Male coming in at any moment today. I plan to do 1 pill in the morning and 1 in the afternoon for the first week and bump it up after that. I believe I am going to follow the 5/2 cycling. Unless someone thinks the 4/1 3/1 works better. I may also add in Res V in a few weeks. I plan to stick with it for 6 months and get labs done again.
I am currently carb cycling. 2800 cal and about 160-170 grams carbs on training days. 240-260 grams protein. 2500 cal and 50-60 grams carbs on non training days and about 210 -220 grams of protein. Supplements include Alpha Male, Surge Recovery, ZMA, fish oil, vitamin d, chromium, cinnamon, garlic and half a men’s multi. Also use some casein and whey for shakes. I am trying to incorporate more T boosting foods in my diet. My diet is solid. No IIFYM BS. I have a weekly cheat/refeed meal. It helps me stay focused and I can tell when my Glycogen is low.
I am mainly doing this to keep up with effects of AM. I may try to record workouts on here too. I guess I mostly wanted to get all of this down in writing.