At a risk of everyone saying “duh”:
There?s been quite a few posts lately with regards to low testosterone levels. I would like to offer my humble opinion as rationale for some of these cases: overtraining.
Yes, I know. In light of the wisdom expoused by some who believe overtraining as rationale is a cop-out, I truly believe that we as iron warriors probably tend to work ourselves into overtraining frequently.
Now, this could be due to undereating or sleeping for even a day; it could be unusually high stresses in life such as work, family, what have you; or it could simply be idiots like me who just can?t seem to ?back off? from really hard training every once in awhile even though we?re supposed to know better.
Time and time again, I find myself in periods of fantastic gains, always (and I do mean always) these are followed by a period of slow gains, lack of energy, lack of sex drive, etc. etc. All these are tell tale signs of overtraining??and of low testerosterone levels.
Why the heck am I writing this? Because I thought I had low T too, until I started experimenting around.
I like to experiment with the supplementation I take. I love HOT-ROX. Don?t think I can live without it. But I’ve always been kindof ho-hum with things like Alpha-Male. I would take a very minimal dose (like 1 or 2 caps a day) and not notice anything.
Well recently I decided to just go hog wild and use the max dosage of Alpha Male. Do you know what I?ve discovered? I?m not getting these periods of ?overtraining? or ?low testosterone? anymore. And yes, I?m still being a training idiot and not backing off when in my mind I know I probably should. I truly think that Alpha Male is keeping my T up enough to get me through those ?periods?. Amazing.
Now, in my case, Alpha Male is turning out to be a masking agent for my real problem: containing my need and enthusiam to train ALL THE TIME. I NEED to take a week off every now and then; preferably one week out of every 4 to 6 weeks of training. I bet if I did this, the same effect would occur; i.e. the periods of overtraining will be gone.
There?s been some interesting posts and some articles I?ve read that indicate that athletes a lot of times have lower testerosterone levels than your standard couch potato. There?s a lot of theories that try to explain this, but I believe the answer for many of these athletes is that they were in a state of overtraining when they got measured.
I?m probably completely wrong, but the evidence, at least to me, says otherwise.