Hey guys I have a question about some lab results I’ve done last week…
goal increase lean muscle
I checked for the first time my test and it was 450…I have searched online and it looks that is in the low side…doctor told me is normal, that I can gain muscle mass and have no issues. Energy and sex drive are good, but I think Im in a plateu at the gym, so the question is…
is dr right? or it will be better going to a specialist so we can start a treatment?..I really want to gain some more muscle and move from the plateu i am now
I wanted to start a cycle, is this is going to help my levels if i do a proper pct…or is better to hold until levels get higher…
Well, first of all, 238 and 13-14% BF (if legit) is pretty good if you’ve never cycled before. Kudos.
There’s a lot beside your T level that could lead you to plateau in the gym (i.e. overtraining) and a lot that could be done to crack this plateau (swapping routine, improving diet, supplementing with creatine, NO2 supplement, etc.)
That being said, your T level (ng/dl) is a little on the low side, but a tough sell for most docs to put you on replacement therapy (TRT). To be honest, you might need to lower your T by low-carbing and overtraining to get a doc to put you on TRT, but I wouldn’t recommend that.
First, I suggest you check free T (the amount of testosterone in the bloodstream) and estrogen if you haven’t already. T is not the only indicator that determines whether you can build muscle. For example, some individuals have relatively high free T, despite lower overall T, and are able to build muscle pretty easily.
Also, it couldn’t hurt to look into natural ways to increase both T and free T. For example, nettle root binds to sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG), thereby increasing free testosterone. You can also increase testosterone by doing heavy squats (sets of 5-6), sleeping at least 8 hours, eating healthy fats like olive oil, brazil nuts, avacados, etc. Also eating lots of zync and veggies like brocolli and cauliflowers tend to decrease the aromatization of test into estrogen. You could try Tribulus or Tongkat Ali, which seem to boost T by increasing leutenizing hormone (LH). Finally, creatine is known to increase conversion of free testosterone to the Ã¢??activeÃ¢?? form of testosterone, dihydrotestosterone (DHT), and this helps supply energy to muscle cells in general, boosting your performance in the gym.