Do you have a hormonal issue that you are aware of and that you got blood tests for?
just so you know…
None of these things unless you are incredibly deficit will probably have much of an effect on your natural T production. (maybe a small change) But hey it’s okay to do this stuff anyways most people are deficit in zinc and vit D if you don’t get a lot of sun on a regular basis. (ie. winter time)
The lowering your cortisol thing…
If you have fucked up sleep patterns, or have a super hard time waking up in the morning despite awesome sleep schedules and are overly stressed more often than not. Then maybe you have some cortisol issues, but otherwise unless you really suspect you have cortisol issues lowing cortisol shouldn’t be a concern of yours.
You need cortisol and when the adrenal glands are functioning properly Cortisol is not catabolic. It may even be essential to the building of muscle. Every low is followed by a high my friend.
High cortisol right after a workout is not going to kill your gains. High cortisol 24/7 is where the most damage is going to come from.
So relax, have fun, surround yourself with loved ones, watch funny movies, eat well, sleep well and let your body do it’s thang.[/quote]
you sure about cortisol reduction not being worth it? i was thinking of taking it so that i can train longer than 60 minutes without cortisol making it counter productive.
Yeah, I’m not a professional or anything but In My Opinion its just NOT necessary to blunt short temporary burst of cortisol due to having a GOOD workout. Train as long as you need whether that is 30 minutes or 120 minutes.
What you should spend your money on is optimizing your nutrition around your workouts to keep protein synthesis positive.
This can be done with protein/carbs pre-workout with a bigger emphasis on carbs. My understanding is that insulin spikes save your muscle during exercise + glycogen stores are full providing you with energy to use
Also BCAAs/Leucine which can be used before during or after training (I’m leaning more towards during or after rather than before)
Another big thing is you actually do need to eat some protein atleast every 4 to 5 hours to maximize protein synthesis, but also don’t take this to an extreme by eating protein every 1 or 2 hours…that kind of frequency shouldn’t have any ADDED benefit towards protein synthesis and may actually be a huge complete waste of protein when it comes to building muscle.