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But I heard people saying that you don't even have to work out to get the muscles if you're on roids. Is there any truth in that? Steroids don't change the basic paradigm of muscle training. Juicing yourself to increase your hormones (effectively) will allow you to carry more muscle than your body would allow otherwise. You will recover faster as well, ...


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If by shredded you mean: A lot of muscles. <5% body fat. Yes, you can do it naturally, but it's rare. It also depends on whether you expand your definition to "illegal substances" like off-label ephedra use or clenbuterol. Most folks (natural or otherwise) who want to look shredded do so for competition times and go through cycles of "bulking" and "...


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In a word: Very I am not going to address the issues with self administering IV injections of 125ml in terms of safety (bubbles, infection, needle site issues) but instead look at the effects of both. You are artificially increasing your testosterone level without a medical professionals assessment. Testosterone Mental Health Effects Most studies have also ...


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There have been documented tests that show steroid use without weight training will still increase your muscle mass just as someone who workouts and doesn't use steroids. However, if you're thinking you can get huge and jacked by just taking steroids alone you're sadly mistaken. The P values shown are for the comparison between the change indicated and ...


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This is not really going to be a definitive answer, as you can find studies that support almost any position, so what I'm looking at for this is the trend of the studies that I've reviewed. Overall, I am finding that there are more studies that show soy protein does not have a detrimental effect on free testosterone, especially when connected to a ...


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You do not have "low testosterone" and even if you did, you would build muscle and overall fitness the same way that everyone else does - through training. 350 ng/dL is within a normal range for a 35 year old man, for reference 450 ng/dL is the 50th percentile (the exact middle, neither high nor low). Getting to a healthy bodyfat level will likely ...


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Testosterone is a steroid hormone. A steroid simply being present does not necessarily mean that a person is making good use of it. Men are obviously on average going to out perform women in feats of strength, and having more natural steroid production helps that, but you are making a mistake in excluding all other contributing factors. Instead of ...


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I'd like to clarify a very important point: both men and women have testosterone and estrogen, however the proportions and functions are different in each. An article on whether "BioSignature" holds water against science had some interesting facts regarding the role of testosterone and estrogen in men and women: In men, testosterone is the primary ...


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You can't. You've been answering your own question. There have to be various other ways to improve things like muscle synthesis; improve satellite cell functioning; increase nervous system and muscle recovery; and even increase size too. Increase compared to what? You state no baseline for comparison. Obviously besides just working out and "hoping." I'...


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There are some myths about Steroids like Taking Any Kind of Steroid Will Result In Death or Steroids are Easy to Get, but they are not true. The Good Side of Steroids? Steroids do increase size and strength. In fact, they do so very significantly. In addition to gains in strength and muscle mass they also seem to provide you with more energy and ...


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Some men train poorly, and therefore remain weak. Some women train extremely hard, and thereby achieve great strength. Reality need not break for a 120-pound person with less testosterone but more consistent, better quality, more focused training to out-deadlift a 180-pound person with much more testosterone but less consistent, worse quality, more general ...


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This has more or less nothing to do with testosterone. You can lift more weight when you feel like you're in "danger" because of adrenaline. Basically, when you do weight training, your body and CNS only let you exert a certain percentage of your total muscular contractions. This is because your body is trying to make sure you don't get injured by applying ...


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I don't have a link because the study was about 25 years ago but Harvard Med did a test study on three groups for 4 months: A. Steroids + 4 days working out per week (same regimen) B. Steroids + No workout C. Placebo + 4 days working out per week (same regimen) After: A. 6% gain in muscle mass B. 4% gain in muscle mass C. 2% gain in muscle mass I am ...


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The implied mental model you have of T in your body is in error and leading you to incorrect conclusions and suppositions. It is not a substance that gets used up, like gasoline in a car's engine. It is a hormone that circulates in your bloodstream and when it is taken up by a receptor, kicks off other processes in organs and your brain. You always have ...


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Because all other things are certainly not equal. The cow isn't a sphere, it is a cow. Testosterone is critical, absolutely. However, it is more of a limiting factor than a dominant directly causal one. The male and female hormone systems are different in more than just T levels, and these additional hormones such as HGH, IGF, and others play a significant ...


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Hormones get over simplified sometimes. The broscience would go something like this: "If you want to get bigger, inject testosterone. If you want to get skinnier, inject leptin." The reality is that your endocrine system is way more complicated than that, and leptin is a good example. This is an excerpt from Dr Richard Atkinson (endocrinologist): [...


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It makes me wonder, let's say if someone hypothetically took weight gainer, with anabolics, and did nothing else, no exercise. Would they be bottle necked and unable to grow muscles? No. People who take steroids without exercising do gain muscle. https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJM199607043350101 If the muscles are bottle necked from growing by ...


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You don't want to hear it, but it's a reality that anyone who's messed around with steroids and hormones can attest to: the only way you verify test levels is medically. There are saliva testosterone tests you can buy online (amazon, etc) without a physician's reference but honestly you can't "eyeball" your testosterone levels: it needs to come from a test. ...


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A steroid user does make muscle mass gains without working out. However, it wouldn't be as much as it would if they also went to the gym, too. It would be sort of like if a person was to workout but eat poorly, or lack sleep. They might make some gains, but not much. If someone on steroids wants to get insanely jacked, they've got to lift often for long ...


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From the limited research I've done on this I concluded that you'll still keep some of the muscle gained but not necessarily the same mass. The idea is the steroids increase the number of muscle fibres. It is one of the reasons why some are against athletes that have tested positive being allowed to compete even after serving their bans. It could be argued ...


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I partially agree with Eric. Zyzz wasn't at a level of <5% bf, he was around a 8%. You can achieve that level of definition without taking steroids. As Eric says, being in a 8-10% bf is totally possible with hard work. But first you have to consider two different things. One is your bf level and the other your muscle development. As said, you can ...


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No, building muscle does not lead to the body having not enough testosterone. The body produces testosterone itself and when it is stimulated properly (through exercise and diet) more will be produced and used according to the bodily needs.


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While increasing testosterone levels above natural levels with the use of steroids can help add appreciable mass, increasing T levels within the natural range does not seem to have the same effect. Endocrinology. 2006 Jan;147(1):141-54. Epub 2005 Oct 6. In short, being close to the top of the range will not make you a effortless star athlete. You must ...


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Yes, there is a natural genetic limit that everybody reaches. This is different depending on the person's age, gender, and genetic makeup. Steroids allow your body to go beyond your natural genetic limit and approach your physiological limit - the point where your body simple cannot function at a given size. For example, Andre the Giant (who didn't take ...


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In short, YES! The goals you mention of building muscle and burning fat are not mutually exclusive, biologically speaking if that is what you are asking. So in short yes your workout schedule can be effective but it may be a better strategy to prevent injury and maximize gains by having a rest period between weight days. Example: Mon: HIIT Tue: Weights ...


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So my friends and I theorized this while in undergrad and being industrious college students we did some research and could never find any evidence that sexual arousal significantly helped or hurt training. Here is an article on the topic that cites additional sources.


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"Less testosterone exposure in the womb " you're probably talking about klienfelter syndrome, aka 46xxy. These men carry two copies of the x chromosome and are more likely to have autoimmune diseases, learning difficulties and a wider hip/shoulder ratio, less body hair and struggle to gain muscle. The man pictured is not klienfelter, the condition is ...


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Nothing really. Having a healty testosterone level means only you dont have any disorder in your Hypotalamic-Pituitary-Gonadal Axis. When you perform a workout you have a transient increase in in the levels of some of your hormones: testosterone is one of them. It regulates the homeodynamic state of muscle by some signaling patterns involving certain ...


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After a strength training workout there is a short-term increase in testosterone (t). However after only 30 minutes t levels return to baseline. Vingren et al found that long-term strength training does not appear to change resting t levels. De Souza et al showed that high mileage runners (ca. 110 km/week), had significantly lower levels of t compared to ...


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There is a myth that exercise increases the secretion of testosterone. In fact, short duration intense exercise increase testosterone level in the blood while long duration endurance type of exercises decrease. Yet, there is no extra testicular secretion of testosterone. What happens is that the rate of clearance of this hormone from the plasma decrease. ...


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