by Forerunner Labs
FAT LOSS, water weight obliteration, muscle maintenance.
Recommended Use:As a dietary supplement, take 3 tabs per day - orally, hold for 30 seconds, then swallow. Use in divided doses throughout the day.
- Increased Strength
- Heightened Energy In The Gym!
Alrighty boys, here's the quick rundown of how we got to where we're at, and where we're going.
My entire life I've suffered from Hypopituitarism, Hypogonadism, Hypothyroidism, and Growth Hormone Deficiency. I've been on TRT and Thyroid replacement for about a year, and it has been life changing. My stats went from 160 at 23% BF -> 195 at 16% BF with a hell of a lot of work, seriously on the grind non-stop. That being said, there have been drawbacks, ever since starting the TRT I have suffered from some pretty bloat regardless of dietary changes and cardio manipulation. We're talking moon-face status. My first guess was out-of-control estrogen, so after much debate I've been able to convince my Endo to agree to change my TRT routine from 200mg once every two weeks to 100mg every week, and when that only had a minimal benefit, he even agreed to do a trial run of anastrozole at 1mg everyday. The anastrozole had a minimal benefit, so I had him test my DHT which came in at below normal. At this point he's taken a hands-off stance regardless of all the evidence I bring him on the necessity of a positive DHT:estrogen ratio (scared of getting sued for potential prostate issues etc.). To be honest I'm surprised I've been able to get this far with him, but it's time to try some alternate routes of therapy.
This is where 5-ALPHA TEST comes into play. Theoretically, if I supplement my hormone replacement therapy with a DHT precursor like that of 5-ALPHA TEST, my DHT - estrogen ratio will slide into a more beneficial scale, and estrogen-related side effects such as moon-face bloat.
Beyond all that, being out of town for an accumulative 5 weeks over the summer visiting sick family (when it rains it pours) was real hard on the waist-line and recent strength gains, leaving me at a 36" waist from 32" pre-travel.
This is not ok by any means, so I've decided to skip my planned winter bulk and just recomp until next Fall, this being the starting point.
Here's the plan of :
5-ALPHA TEST @3 tabs/day (1-2 months depending on how the dosing evolves over the run)
+ calorie deficit (1500-2000/day)
+ intermittent fasting (12-8 or 10-6 depending on day of week)
+ 3x/week strength training
+ 2-4x/week fasted HIIT cardio
= serious shred potential!
Starting point stats:
weight: 188.4 lbs @5'8"
DB bench press: 95's x 7
Wide lat-pulldown: 190 x 4
Leg press:720 x 10
Starting point pics:
Pre summer travel (July):
Today (Oct. 6):
End of the run:
LET'S DO IT.