“…found the normal range…”
The only range that applies is the one included on your blood work. The numbers are not interchangeable with other testosterone tests. That’s why people on this board are asked to included the designated reference ranges of their specific test.
I salute your progress. Congrats. At 35, you have drawn a line in the sand.
I do view your numbers with some skepticism. If you were truly a lean (<8% bodyfat), muscular man at 6 foot, 250 pounds without steroids, you would be a candidate for a national bodybuilding competition. Mr. Olympia contenders push a dry, ripped 275, they are often under six foot tall, and they’ve been training and they’ve been on for several years.
So if you continue in your worthy pursuit, don’t freak if you actually get closer to a lean 220. It’s been my observation that obese men often overestimate how much muscle they’ve got.
If your numbers are indeed correct, then celebrate your freakish genetics and make the most of them.
You could check out the physicians list at lef.org. The doctors who belong to this foundation may be more willing than your average practitioner to help a patient who is borderline normal.
My overall guess is that you should just continue doing what you have been doing. I think an eighty pound fat loss is phenomenal.
Plowman- Thanks for the input. I guess ‘lean’ is a relative term and I can’t say what body fat percent I was at, at that time. I’m recalling my fitness level from ten years ago when I was 25, worked in a cast iron foundry toting 300-400# wheel barrows of metal around for 8 hours a day on top of lifting weights and riding mountain bike at least 100 miles per week.
When I played football in high school, I was 225# at the same height and wore size 32 waist jeans. I’ve never had a six pack abs…as a matter of fact I hate ab work…but I did have a flat stomach…and at 25, I was wearing those same size jeans while weighing right at 250#…thats what I consider an optimal lean weight for me.
I have no desire to get into body builder shape, and I don’t have the genetics to do so. I have no taper. Imagine a big rectangle and set a small circle on top and you have my shape.
My training partner is a high school football coach and has told me repeatedly, I have a deadlifters build…whatever that means.
Anyway, I come from big strong farm stock, and have lifted weights since I was 10 years old off and on. As a softmore in high school, I was already squatting over 425, and benching 295. I don’t squat heavy anymore, but my bench is back to 350, and climbing.
I’m looking to enhance my T-levels to make my weight loss easier, and for the other health benefits. I’m currently supplementing with vitamins, protein, and Biotest HOT-ROX Extreme.
PS: I keep forgetting to mention that I had a vasectomy at age 24…I’m not sure if that could contribute to low T or not…The doctors assured me at the time that it would not affect testosterone production.