Before I begin, I would like to clarify that I am not looking for steroids to increase testosterone/GH. I am more interested in natural sources of testosterone boosting which should have minimal detrimental impact on any possible development of the endocrinal system I have left.
I am 18. I am 6 foot tall, and weigh 150lb, with 12% bf - little muscle mass, true, but I have been going to the gym doing the Rippetoe routine for 3 months, planning to continue it for as long as I get gains, before incorporating other things to it.
I have put on maybe 4-6lb of clean mass in this period. My bodyfat has dropped slightly (visibly and measured difference) and I have noticed a bit more muscle on my body. I have been doing the routine with a few friends, and my gains are very little compared to theirs. I questioned myself, and I am putting a fair bit of blame down to possible endocrine issues.
Obviously, as a beginner, I suck. But here are the stats for 3 months (3sets of 5reps), in pounds (lb), with beginning and current:
Bench: 87.5 ---- 105 (20%)
Squat: 115 ---- 210 (80%)
Deadlift: 110 ---- 175 (60%)
Clean: 75 ---- 110 (45%)
Shoulder Press: 50 ---- 60 (20%)
So, improvements in the legs, but little to none in the upper body, could just be fibers getting used to the motion. Disappointing.
I guess this can be attributed down to diet maybe. I try to reach 3500 cals a day, with 225g+ of protein, and 125g+ of fat, but find it difficult to eat - I just don’t feel hungry. I don’t enjoy eating and don’t mind the slight hunger feeling. I do manage to get around 3k on most days, even though a lot of it isn’t clean. I have around 60g of whey, probably around 1.5l of milk (60g prot), some peanuts and some meat.
Along with that, bread, vegetables and starch based products. If I feel I am not on target, I eat chocolate and other not-clean foods, maybe get a pizza or a kebab at night. But I am trying to eat as much, and fairly cleanly, but being a student not living at home, it is very expensive and difficult to control everything.
I had my growth spurt between 12 and 14, and started to shave when I was 15 (including neck beard). I have grown maybe 1 inch height in the last 2+ years, and I am assuming my skeletal growth is over. My build is moderately tall and lanky, with slight skinny-fat tenancies (bad lifestyle I guess) - I have thin arms, small hands and feet, and my face is quite long and the jawline/bones aren’t very defined. I do have a fair bit of body hair - hairier than most guys who are 18/19, but apart from that, my body built is rather underdeveloped.
High libido as a teenager, bash the bishop atleast once a day and and have a decent sized willie. But still, most things point towards a possibly testosterone deficiency, or just not a naturally high testosterone production - be that genetic or environmental.
I also supplement my diet. I already do a high intensity workout which should help to boost hormones, try to eat fairly well and a lot, and sleep 7-9h a day. I don’t drink frequently, but do delve in some stimulants occasionally which shouldn’t really effect my testosterone/gh levels. I take multivitamin, fish oil, zinc+magnesium and am adding creatine to the mix soon.
So, with all this in mind, can you come up with a conclusion to what I should and shouldnt do? I do not plan to delve on the route of injecting testosterone or any other forms of TRT anytime soon.
However, I am quite intrigued by some known testosterone boosting supplements and amino acids - L-Carnitine, L-Arganine, Tribulus Terrestris, 6-oxo (or other estrogen inhibitors), ZMA (instead of just zinc and magnesium). Would they be suitable for me?
I want to basically have a more manly body - I have the facial and skeletal build of a 15 year old, and it has been like that for a while. Prohormones/steriods are out of the question, ofc. Any other suggestions?