𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝑳𝒐𝒘 𝑫𝒐𝒘𝒏 𝒐𝒏 𝑻𝒆𝒔𝒕𝒐𝒔𝒕𝒆𝒓𝒐𝒏𝒆 𝑻𝒉𝒆𝒓𝒂𝒑𝒚
This is the dark elephant in the room that people don’t want to publicly talk about.
I always know when some dude is beating around the bush asking me questions about it, feeling me out to make sure I am on ‘their side’ and that I won’t judge them.
I put them at ease immediately as soon as I pick up this vibe because it is a topic that so many men know can possibly help them but men aren’t supposed to come across as needy or wanting.
Anyone that knows me knows that I talk openly about my testosterone usage and my views on athletes using them (yes, pro athletes should use them and in case you are a bit too naïve, 95% of pro athletes are using some sort of PED).
It all started after I competed in my last natural bodybuilding show in 2008. I was proud of the accomplishments I had achieved, knowing that I was able to compete and stand side by side against the ‘dark side’; i.e.-guys that were using.
I’ll come back to the dark side in a bit because I think that perception is what holds so many guys up from inquiring and using testosterone.
Now, I know that I am somewhat blessed with a bigger frame and muscular size. So, my decision to start using testosterone was not based on wanting to have bigger muscles, it was simply a response to some blood work I had done.
In 2008, Dr. J, a doctor and friend I have been going to since I was in high school, wanted to check my testosterone levels after that year’s competition. They came back low, much too low for a guy in his mid-twenties. I don’t recall the exact number, but it was in the 300 range.
He didn’t have to ask me twice; I was ready to go. The only thing that could have held me up for a minute was the thought of possibly continuing to compete in natural bodybuilding shows, but the potential payoff of feeling better was too much to pass up.
With that, my foray into testosterone usage was under way.
It’s important for you to know that the norms that the medical establishment uses for most things are for the Homer Simpson’s of the world; your average couch potato if you will.
The norms for total testosterone range from 200-1150, depending on where you look and what lab does your blood work. Think about how wide that range is for a second. How can someone at 200 and someone at 1150 be considered within the same range?
I can tell you that the 200 range and the 1150 range feel totally different from personal experience of having been in both ranges. Armed with that knowledge, the goal for any of the guys that I have counseled on this matter is to get to the higher end of normal.
You want to be near that 1150 to 1200 range.
So now by this point, I am sure that you have a million and one questions. I’ll do my best to read your mind and answer the main ones, point by point.
First, the most effective form of testosterone usage is injectable. This will bypass your liver. Keeping less strain on the liver is always a great thing. I know, I know, you don’t know how to do an injection.
It’s not hard and a good doctor will show you how. Actually Dr. J has me show a lot of the guys I send down to him how to inject the T safely. I am not going to go into all of that hear, but feel free to reach out if you have questions on that aspect.
Next, you are probably wondering how much it costs. Well, if your insurance covers it, it will cost next to nothing. If it doesn’t cover it, it will be no more than $150 for a 10-week supply. Not bad, not bad at all my little friend.
Even if you get it off the streets, it still shouldn’t be more than $150 for 10 weeks’ worth. Fifteen bucks per week to feel a helluva lot better is a deal I take any day of the week.
Ok, so how much should you do? Most doctors will start you at too low of a dose, if at all. Most docs are prude with this stuff as they have bought into the media lies about the harmful effects of testosterone usage (I’ll blow these myths up in a little bit). They will want to start you on something like 200 mg every other week.
I have found that 250 mg per week is about right for most guys to get to upper limit normal. And if the doc wants you to go in every other week for you injection, find another doctor because that is going to become a big pain in the ass.
Before I go into the side effects, let me address the ‘dark side’ that I spoke of up above.
The dumb ass media has circulated this lie for years that testosterone usage is killing young athletes at a record number. This is simply false and not true; FAKE NEWS!!
They like to point out Lyle Alzado, the famous Oakland Raiders bad ass linebacker that died in the early 90’s. Lyle came out and claimed that his cancer was caused by anabolic steroid use. The problem was, it wasn’t caused by anabolic steroid use. Anabolic steroids don’t cause cancer.
The type of cancer he had in his brain was caused by immune suppression to simplify things. Anabolic steroids enhance your immune system, so the argument is shot dead right there. From bodybuilding circles, I knew that Alzado actually had HIV, which makes a lot more sense. But if you follow football, you know that he was the man’s man of all time. This was a problem considering that it was rumored that he was a closet homosexual.
I could care less about anyone’s sexual preferences, so don’t get it twisted.
Alzado found it easier to save his image by lying about what caused his cancer. Now you see how lies about this type of stuff start.
But getting back to the point at hand, there have been fewer than 5 deaths on record according to research cited in the movie Bigger, Faster, Stronger from anabolic steroids. Name me one other drug that even comes close to that level of safety.
Here are the mild side effects that you can expect if going on T.
è Your balls will eventually shrink on it. To keep it simple, this happens because your body no longer needs the volume down there to produce testosterone since you are putting extra into your body. I have never found this to be a big deal nor does Devon. With that, comes along azoospermia. This is simply the shutting down of your natural sperm production.
o In this regard, it is a male birth control although no one really talks about that. There is a specific post- cycle therapy regimen that I do though when Devon and I have decided to get pregnant and it works like a charm. So much so in fact that I would advise anyone having difficulty getting pregnant give it a shot before spending oodles of money on IVF and the like. (I am not going to cover the protocol here for time’s sake. But if you NEED to know, just shoot me an email.)
è You may find that your hair loss accelerates. There is a certain compound you can take to counteract the effects on your hair follicles, but the name escapes me. I never really cared much about my head of hair. But many of the guys I advise on this topic have had zero issue with hair thinning or hair loss. You may also notice an increase of body hair, especially on your upper back. No, I am not kidding. It’s not crazy but it does happen.
è The last side effect and the most important one that I want to mention is that it will increase your number of red blood cells. This will lead to a great increase in stamina and endurance both in the gym and in everyday life. The only drawback of this is that it will slightly thicken your blood. Not to worry though. There is a very simple way to counteract this: simply donate blood ever three to four months and your blood will thin out. This is something that I’ve only heard one other expert, Charles Poliquin, talk about. I’ve never heard it from a doctor or ‘online expert’. So, consider this your lucky day once again.
We still have a few things to get to, notably the positive side effects and the ‘dark side’, also known as the moral justice warriors out there (yup, it’s a play on the social justice warriors also known as snowflakes).
Positive numero uno à You are going to just flat out feel better and feel better about life. It is not a stimulant by any means but it does effect your brain in a positive way. You will notice that you will have more energy for life and everything seems just a little bit more positive. I don’t know what to call it other than that but it’s been reported to me by every single guy I’ve ever helped get started.
Positive numero dos à You are going to alter your body composition in a positive way. Your muscle will go up and your body fat will drop slightly. Testosterone is anabolic, meaning that it helps to build up the tissue in the body. It does this by increasing protein synthesis, which means your muscles recover and rebuild quicker. It will also alter calorie partitioning which is simply which cells your calories get shuttled to. No, this will not be super dramatic because your it’s also got a lot to do with your dose and duration, genetics and how hard you are training. I always get a chuckle when someone tells me they don’t want to get too big. Don’t worry, you won’t, it ain’t that easy to get ‘too big’.
Positive numero tres à Your endurance will go up. Doesn’t sound like a big deal, but when I first came off for the first time, the biggest disappointment I had was that my stamina in the gym dropped big time due to the lowering of my red blood cell count. If you can train more efficiently by moving from one exercise to the next quicker, you will have a better brain and body because of it.
Positive numero quarto à It will increase your sex drive. Now, sex drive doesn’t come down only to testosterone, but it is the primary male sex hormone. If you are already sexually driven, this will make you a ‘god dam sexual tyrannosaurus’ as Jesse Ventura said in the movie Predator (even though he was referring to his chewing tobacco). If you are suffering from insecurity, meaning you are on the other end of the spectrum, then this will help for sure. If this still doesn’t do the trick, then it more than likely is your inability to shut your mind off and get into a parasympathetic state (again, email me if you need help here).
There are more, many more, but these are the main ones. I’ll take that trade off every single day of the week.
Now, let’s finish up with the moral justice warriors. But in case I didn’t already make it clear, testosterone is an anabolic steroid. The very term of ‘anabolic steroid’ sends shutters down the former high school nerds spines. Don’t get caught up in the name. You have either taken or know someone that has taken catabolic steroids before in the form of cortisone or prednisone and they are far, far more toxic and harmful the human body (the term catabolic means to break down).
Anabolic steroids first came to light as far as we know during World War II when German soldiers were first given the compound to increase their performance and aggressiveness on the battlefield.
Depending on where you look or whom you talk to, it was also later prescribed to soldiers, not just German, that had suffered severe injuries and that had muscle wasting injuries to help them rebuild and recover.
It wasn’t until 1988 when they became a classified drug and were banned from sport for the most part. But once the cat was out of the bag, athletes weren’t going to stop using and why would they?
From then on it became a war of good vs. evil. For some reason, steroids were looked down upon, something that was immoral. Let me be very clear that they were banned because we were unsure of the exact side effects, which from reading above, we now know are very mild.
The media sports writers went on a witch hunt the next 2 decades and into the present. But here is what the dumb-dumbs don’t get: they were around in the ‘golden era’ of many of the sports leagues in America such as the NFL and the Major Leagues. They want to hold those records as sacred but they aren’t. Roger Maris’ 61-homer year was a blip, one that should have caused many red flags to be raised if you are a moral justice warrior.
What I mean by that is that he had something like 17,15, 61, 18, 15 (not sure on the exact amount the other years but that was the general pattern). No one makes that kind of improvement in one year and then reverts back to the norm, especially if they are a seasoned athlete.
Steroids got their ‘dark side’ status from sports writers and somehow that crossed over to the general population. There is no dark side when it comes to this stuff.
You don’t have a shot at having high-normal testosterone levels if you live on the face of the earth today. Well, okay you do, I have encountered to friends that had super high normal levels but they were in the extreme rarity (the lowest total T level I have ever seen in my life was a 9, damn near castrate, poor guy). Stress depletes our total number and you cannot avoid the toxic levels of stress that we human are faced with these days.
Remember this quote from the great Louie Simmons: Your morals aren’t my morals and my morals aren’t your morals. So, don’t judge me and I won’t judge you.
Brilliantly said. You can stay as a ‘sub-man’ or cross over to the dark side. The choice is yours and I won’t judge you either wayJ.