To give an analogy, if one were to start weightlifting and after a year had gained 30lbs of muscle, that person would probably think that it was worthwhile continuing. On the other hand, if he’d only gianed three pounds, he might not think that all the time in the gym and expense was worth it.[/quote]
I think I understand what you are asking. Unfortunately the answer will be very vague. You also have to remember your positing in an over 35 column. Having said that…
For Alpha Male to be worth it, you should see a sizable increase in your FREE testosterone.
By sizeable, I mean it would have to double. Understand, I work in a medical lab, get my blood work for free. Therefore I have the ability to draw my blood multiple times.
You can see huge shifts of Total testosterone. I have drawn my blood and had levels around 400 and then maybe over trained a bit, felt tired and redrew two weeks later only to find my level was half of what it was.
Diet, stress, food intake all affect them. So if your Free Testosterone is 100 (normal range 43.0-200.0) and you go to 110 or even 120, I would not think it is worth much as that would be in your body’s (and the labs) variation limit. Having said that if you went to 150, that would be extraordinary.
Your analogy uses body weight and gains in reference to pounds. New lifters gain very fast. Even us older lifters. My son is 17 and gained three inches around his chest in three months. Be he had never lifted before.
I am 52 and gains are VERY hard to come by as I have been lifting steady for 15 years. So if I found a supplement that made me gain three pounds of LEAN body weight in one year I would be happy. 30 pounds in one year, at my age, I doubt even steroids and Growth Hormone could do that. But I will never find out.
So, without knowing more about your specific age, level of fitness, blood work results, it is hard to keep talking in generalities and give you something useful.