ok. first off, hello everyone. i'm james, and i rarely use capital letters so i'll just dive in.
i am 38, 6'2", 255, about 24-26% bodyfat(mostly traded in my 6pack for a pony keg somewhere many moons ago. actually, i was 12 when that started to happen....completely out of control to the point that i got stretch marks on my belly when i was 13 even though nothing in my life or eating or work load changed except i moved to colorado from north dakota, so i had to trade hockey for football)
have low test(166-266ng) depending on the month i'm tested. i am not weak, as far as i know. however, i am no serious powerhouse or bodybuilder.
that's easy enough. i bench 225x4-6 for 4 sets, squat about the same, but around 8-10reps per set, deadlift 275-325x4-6 for 4 sets, ezbar curls 95x6-8 for 4, backrow 135x12-15 for 4, shoulder press 155x10-12 for 4 and i can do two whole pullups on my very own! my best lift is legpress, which never ceases to amaze me. i can do 445 plus the rack, so i have no true idea what the final weight is, but it's just over 500lb.
i have been lifting religiously since 2006, with excessively limited gains or weight loss, after a 12 year hiatus after highschool. i went to tech school instead of college....whoops! can't complain, i make a good living in the healthcare field that being said, i am not an idiot or undereducated when it comes to biophysical activity. i just need some clarification on a few points that i am not wanting to ask my endocrinologist.
ok, so now with that out of the way here's what i'm up against. my test levels. so, i averaged out at test range at 216ng(166ng-266ng). pretty low huh? anyway, my wonderful endo prescribed androderm mainly because denverhealth doesn't support androgel. i have been on androderm for 7 months and noticed a small increase in libido and a little tiny bit more muscle definition and size. ok. two weeks ago, i came to the final conclusion that i was sick of the patches! they burn, leave welts, itch like mad during wear and even more after removal, plus they are kind of cumbersome. mine were the 2mg patches. so, last week, i asked my endo to find out if we support injection. to my trippy glee, we do! so i promptly started Deca-Testosterone Cypionate 200mg/bi-weekly-true prescription
i have noticed a few things. i like to fondle my wife much more often this last week my joints hurt much less. i am not as sore on an every-day basis and my mood is better than even with the androderm. i know injection is much better and more efficient than a patch.
this takes me to my next point:
with 200mg test injection....i have added Noestrogen from power labs yesterday with the intention of cycling it, but not the test, since it's doctor prescribed and only one shot every two weeks. i know there is novaldex and a couple other better aromatase inhibitors, but my thinking is an off-the-shelf PH should do just fine for my situation. i also take phentermine 30mg(i am about 25lbs overweight) and a multivitamin daily. on my workout days i take a heaping teaspoon of creatine and a scoop of 1.m.r.(pre-workout) then i have 1/2cup oatmeal with a scoop of musclemilk and 8 ounces of 2%milk and 12 ounces of water for a post-recovery shake. not a bad setup for a non-bodybuilding workout enthusiast, i don't think.
with that out of the way, on to my questions(please put on your thinking cap):
200mg test....split in half and take 100mg/week to narrow the peak and valley or leave it alone? i can do either option.
stay on noestrogen to help give a bump? (i would like to see a bit more muscle size, honestly)
change workout routine? i was doing a 5 day resistance geared workout where i did shoulders/lats, back/tri's, chest/bi's, legs, abs respectively. a couple months ago i started doing self-propelled crossfit style workouts, and have been since then.
there it is and there i am.
i should note that my goal is simple yet ominous: i want to drop the aforementioned 25lbs of fat and keep or put on around 5-10 lbs of muscle. remember, i'm 6'2" 255lbs. i am in no way a small man, nor a total weakling. i don't want to be huge, just built.
i was asked once some time ago, "do you want to look like a bodybuilder, or a marine?" well, a marine of course. i do not have the skeletal structure of a bodybuilder, i have the structure of a good old fashioned viking and the mentality to back it up!
so, anyone care to give a crack at this? i am all ears and more driven than 95% of the rest of this country when it comes to dedication.
good day and good health!
"it's not what you have, it's what you do with what you have!"