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5 Worrying Signs You Have LOW TESTOSTERONE!!

If you’re a man interested in bodybuilding or fitness, you’ll know the importance of the steroid hormone Testosterone (T). It is essential for male health, fertility, building muscle and losing fat. Think you may have low Testosterone (T)? The only way to know for sure is to go to your doctors and get tested but here are five signs you may have low T:

  1. Lack of Muscle Growth and increased Fat Gain – This is an obvious one! If you’re training hard in the gym and eating right with plenty of protein but not gaining muscle, this could likely be down to you having low T. If you’re also struggling to lose fat, this again can be down to low T. If you have low T, this likely means you have high levels of the female hormone Oestrogen and high levels of the stress hormone Cortisol, both these hormones can cause the body to store fat and make weight loss difficult!
  2. Lack of Energy – If you’re constantly tired and lack energy, this can likely be down to low T. Testosterone gives men a sense of wellbeing, motivation and aggression. Although aggression can of course be a negative emotion and destructive, it can be channelled in many positive ways to achieve your goals. When it comes to weight lifting, a little bit of aggression towards those weights goes a long way and if you don’t feel aggression in the gym, you likely have low Testosterone.
  3. Depression – Men with Low T are very susceptible to depression. Like mentioned earlier, Testosterone gives us a sense of wellbeing and motivation. If you’re feeling down and lethargic, antidepressants might not be the solution and perhaps you should look into getting your hormones tested instead.
  4. Difficulty Sleeping – Testosterone keeps us men healthy and has many functions in the body. If you know anyone who has been put on Testosterone injections, they will probably tell you how they now sleep like a baby. Many guys who take a zinc and magnesium supplement before bed time find it improves their sleep. This is very likely down to the fact that zinc and magnesium are key to helping your body make Testosterone!
  5. Lack of Sex Drive – Testosterone is the male sex hormone. It gives men a sex drive, that’s one of its main purposes! Remember going through puberty and having a raging sex drive as a teenager? Well that’s because your Testosterone was very high! If you have a low sex drive and have trouble getting erections, this is one of the clearest signs you have low T.

Are you showing any signs of Low Testosterone? Well don’t worry, there are many solutions. You can of course go to your doctor and discuss your possible options, this is your best option if you think you have seriously low Testosterone. However, you can increase your Testosterone by making some lifestyle and diet changes. You may simply need to cut down on alcohol, stop smoking or get more sleep at night. You may be deficient in a particular nutrient such as zinc, magnesium or vitamin D, which you can easily supplement with. It’s hard to know exactly what’s going wrong and that’s why it’s best to take a shotgun approach and completely optimise your body for maximum testosterone production! That’s why I designed my Hormonal Manipulation Plan, to optimise your testosterone and other vital hormones through diet, training, lifestyle and supplementation for improved health, muscle gain and fat loss! You can purchase it HERE, but it comes FREE with every full price clothing order from !

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Are STEROIDS Really That Bad?


So, I’m touching on the topic of steroids again, I do this because they are an integral part of the fitness and bodybuilding world, despite what some guys like to make you believe it’s not just training, diet and genetics that makes these top bodybuilding physiques. Just listen to what some of the retired pros say about the subject if you don’t believe me!

So, I want to give you a truthful insight into the fitness world, so in this post I’m going to talk about whether steroids really are as bad as people think.

First, I am not advocating the use of steroids or any performance enhancing drugs (PEDs), nor do I recommend them to anyone at all. Now that’s out the way let’s talk about the side effects you hear about steroids. Anabolic steroids are based on the male sex hormone testosterone; they all have different functions in the body depending on which ones you use but generally they increase muscle mass and can aid in fat loss. Side effects can include aggression, liver damage, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, gynecomastia, hair loss, acne, testicular atrophy, impotence and low sperm count.

So, there are a long list of side effects, however there is a massive difference from steroid USE and ABUSE. If you abuse any drug you are likely to damage yourself or even kill yourself, you also have to remember like most drugs steroids are used in medicine, testosterone injections are given to men with low natural testosterone levels so they can live happier healthier lives! However, a lot of guys know very little about steroids and often use ridiculous doses with no thought of cycle support or post cycle therapy, these are where you hear the horror stories of people dying!

A lot of the side effects are dosage dependent, so low doses are less likely to produce nasty side effects. Side effects are also genetic related, some people are just more prone to certain side effects than others, one guy might get terrible acne while another gets none and one might have life threatening blood pressure issues but another completely unaffected! So, it varies from person to person and you just don’t know how you might react, so it’s dangerous without proper research, knowledge and medical guidance.

So, the point I’m trying to get across to you is that it all depends on how you use steroids, they can be done relatively safely as long as you know what you are doing! It’s important to not use them long term and don’t use high doses, more is not always better, but there are many bodybuilders who have used steroids for a long time with no apparent health consequences what so ever! So, don’t believe everything you hear from the media, the horror stories are often the cases of stupidity, however like I said earlier I DO NOT recommend steroids to anyone what so ever!

I hope that clears up the subject a bit, there is always more to be said so maybe I will do another blog in the future so we can discuss this further!

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Why You Should Take STEROIDS!!


Ah WAIT, WAIT, WAIT!!….. before you leave an angry comment on my blog calling me an idiot, hear me out, I am not advocating the use of steroids or any performance enhancing drugs (PEDs), nor do I recommend them to anyone at all. This post is aimed at individuals who have been misled by the fitness industry and I’m here to give you a reality check!

One of the most damaging things in the fitness industry are guys who use steroids and PEDs but claim they don’t and claim natural, more commonly known as the ‘fake nattys’!  They sport insane musculature with single digit body fat percentages but claim they are all natural. If you look at what real natural bodybuilders look like that are drug tested you can begin to see what the natural limit is, the human body has its limits, its biologically impossible to look like a top pro bodybuilder naturally, we simply don’t possess enough natural testosterone and growth hormone.

So next time you see a guy that looks pretty much like a pro bodybuilder but claims all natural, it’s fairly safe to say they are lying. The problem with this is it gives guys false hope and sets them up for failure. When guys think they can look like that naturally and bust their ass in the gym and the kitchen day in and day out but achieve nowhere near what they expect to achieve, that can be devastating! They will often end up quitting because these ‘fake nattys’ have mislead them to what is actually possible.

So the point of this blog post is this: if you want to look like a pro bodybuilder that steps on to the Olympia stage then I’m afraid to say you better get on the juice, that’s the unfortunate truth but I think it’s better for me to tell it to you straight rather than mislead you like many of the fitness guys on the internet.

However, you can achieve a great physique naturally and I do not in any way want anyone to go on steroids, you don’t know your natural limit until you push yourself, you never know you might be surprised at what you can achieve!

The human body has its limits, nature didn’t intend us to be 300 pound ripped mass monsters so don’t be misled, that’s the moral of this story!

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9 Testosterone Boosting Foods You Are NOT Eating!!


Testosterone is a steroid hormone that our bodies naturally produce, testosterone causes muscle growth, strength gain, fat loss and a general sense of well-being in men! So here are the 9 testosterone boosting foods you are NOT eating! You can watch this blog in video format HERE if you wish!

EGGS! I wrote an article on the power of eggs and you can view it HERE, but eggs are one of the most anabolic foods you can eat! They are high in a range of fats and cholesterol which is essential for testosterone production. On top of this they are high in vitamin D and magnesium which have both been shown to increase testosterone!

CHIA SEEDS! Chia seeds are the most anabolic seeds you have probably not heard about! They are rich in all the omegas and also very rich in zinc and magnesium. You have probably heard of ZMA, which is a zinc and magnesium supplement used to increase testosterone, but forget it because you can get all your zinc and magnesium from chia seeds!

BROCCOLI! Broccoli is a classic testosterone boosting food, it does this by suppressing the female hormone oestrogen therefor increasing our testosterone. Broccoli contains a compound called DIM which lowers oestrogen in men!

BRAZIL NUTS! All nuts are generally good for testosterone production as they are all rich in healthy fats but brazil nuts have high levels of selenium which is great for testosterone production!

PUMPKIN SEEDS! Like chia seeds pumpkin seeds are high in omega 3 fatty acids, zinc and magnesium, so are fantastic to boost your testosterone levels! A handful a day is all you need to benefit from these anabolic seeds!

ONIONS! Research done on rats showed that onion juice increased their serum testosterone levels by a whopping 300%! Although rats of course are not humans they do have a very similar reproductive system to us and many bodybuilders have been known to love onions to get them shredded, so add onions to as many of your meals as possible!

POMEGRANATE! Research done on humans shows that pomegranates increase testosterone levels, on top of that they are very nutritious and tasty!

COCONUT OIL! Saturated fat is the most important type of fat for testosterone production. Coconut oil is a saturated fat with many health benefits including its ability to raise metabolism so no wonder why its every bodybuilders favourite oil!

BLUEBERRIES! Blueberries are highly nutritious with high levels of vitamin C and B6. What makes blueberries so great for testosterone production is that they contain a chemical in their skins called Calcium-D-Glucarate which lowers oestrogen in the body therefor increases your testosterone!


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