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TRT and Body Building — Testosterone Replacement Therapy Is no Magic Bullet

If you’re on a schedule of medically supervised testosterone replacement therapy (TRT), body building may suddenly become a hobby that you’re interested in.

This isn’t uncommon. Many men who never thought much about lifting weights, or who haven’t lifted in years or decades, get back into lifting in a big way once they’ve addressed the core issue of low testosterone.

TRT only helps body builders to get back to their normal level of muscle building — it's not a way to cheat. Learn more.

The reason is simple: They now know that the only thing that might be holding them back in the gym is themselves, the effort they can put forth. They no longer have to worry about low testosterone sabotaging their efforts.

However, when we talk about TRT and body building, we always have to make some qualifications:

  • Testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) is NOT the same as illegal steroid use
  • The amount of testosterone that you’ll be taking during TRT is far lower than the amount steroid abusers use to circumvent natural muscle growth limits
  • TRT is not appropriate for men (or women) who do not have a low testosterone issue and who only want to combine TRT and body building to increase their results in the gym
  • TRT is only appropriate when a patient is both exhibiting the symptoms of low testosterone and has low testosterone levels (as evidenced by blood tests)

To put it simply, you can’t use testosterone replacement therapy as a shortcut.

If You’re on TRT, Body Building Should Work as It Normally Would (And You Shouldn’t Have a Magic Boost)

For men who have been lifting weights their whole lives, low testosterone can be a particularly horrible experience because of how their work in the gym gets undermined.

Testosterone is critical to normal muscle growth. When you have low testosterone, you’ll have to work much harder in the gym to get the same results you once got with much less work…

If you get results at all.

If you have clinically diagnosed low testosterone and start a regimen of testosterone replacement therapy, body building is likely going to require less work as your body begins responding to your efforts as it should.

You’ll still need to work hard in the gym, but if you’ve been slowly increasing the amount of time and energy you have to put in at the gym over the years, you’ll notice a difference as your body finally gets the help it needs to grow at a normal rate in response to the stress you’re putting on it.

If that’s what you’re looking for, if you’ve got Low T and body building is your passion, if you just want to get back on track, then TRT may be right for you (as long as there is a medical diagnosis), but if your goal is to use TRT as a sort of “magic boost” that’s somewhere between creatine powder and anabolic steroid abuse, then TRT probably isn’t right for you.

TRT Is Only Meant to Restore Natural Testosterone Levels — Proceed With Body Building as Normal

Because TRT is only meant to replace your existing testosterone levels, there’s nothing special that you need to do in terms of TRT and body building to take advantage of the restoration of your body’s normal level of testosterone. You can likely continue with your existing schedule, though you may actually find that you don’t have to work as hard in the gym to see results.

Still, the results are unlikely to be world shattering unless you had significantly low levels of testosterone and had never really lifted weights in the first place, but this has less to do with the low testosterone and more to do with the nature of building muscle — your first year of lifting weights is where you will generally see the most muscle growth regardless of what your testosterone levels might be.

However, if you’re a body builder, have low testosterone, and have seen your results plummet over the months and years, if you get into a solid weight-lifting regimen and continue to take your prescribed testosterone (and other medications) under medical supervision, it’s likely that you can slowly break through the barriers that once kept you from achieving your goals.

Learn more about weight lifting and testosterone replacement therapy.



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(Augie) Juan Augustine Galindo Jr. MPAS, PA-C

(Augie) Juan Augustine Galindo Jr. MPAS, PA-C started his career in healthcare as a fireman/paramedic in West Texas where he served on the Midland Fire Department from 1998-2004.   He became interested in testosterone treatment after seeing how hormone replacement doctors helped those suffering from low testosterone.   After graduating from the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center Physician Assistant Program, he moved to DFW where he currently lives with his wife and three children.

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