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2014/10/24 11:22:14 (permalink)

reality check

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        I am going to hit 60 next year and had some thoughts about maybe competing for the first time in an over 60's category as a natural. this will give me a goal and a purpose to my training. Here is the dilema. had my test levels checked recently and came back at 13nmol which as you guys know ain't that good. cant self administer TRT cos then i wont be able to compete.
with all that in mind am I realy going to make any significant size gains over the coming year ( assuming diet and training regime is good) or should i focus my diet and training more towards conditioning and refinement. not sure that, given my age and low test, bulking up to gain strength and then size will work other than putting on weight that I have then got to lose.
I guess the question is, should i avoid the bulking, keep diet clean and rep range in the 8- 12 range.
any help would be much appreciated.
ta
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    Re: reality check 2014/10/24 13:02:19 (permalink)
    A test level of 13 at age 60 is actually pretty decent
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    Re: reality check 2014/10/24 13:11:55 (permalink)
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    A test level of 13 at age 60 is actually pretty decent


    More than decent, you'll find a lot of guys with that much testosterone at half that age.
     
    Just because the range goes up to like 30 everyone always assumes that's where they should be. The truth is 30 is like 5% of the population, the genetically gifted guys and even those only when they're at their prime.
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    Re: reality check 2014/10/25 20:42:45 (permalink)
    Agreed, levels will fluctuate too. Eg, I had a test 18 months ago and had a level of 13. 3 months ago I was at 24. Stress and all other lifestyle factors can take their toll.
    When I'm 60 I will blast and cruising or just cruising year round! 
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    Re: reality check 2014/10/30 11:26:31 (permalink)
    Thanks for the replies guys. not realy a question about wether my test levels or low or not though.
    Just wondering how to structure my training to maximum effect taking age and everything into consideration.
    In reality am i likely to make any  significant  size gains ? If so do i focus on that, or should I focus on what I have and pay attention to conditioning and refinement. The training and diet regime for gaining mass is way different to the regime for conditioning and refinement. The rep range is different and so is the carb/ protein / fat ratios.
    just wondering which would be the best approach, don't want to get 8 months down the road to find I got it wrong.
    ta
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    Re: reality check 2014/10/30 13:15:47 (permalink)
    Well it depends on your goals. Personally I'm not into the whole bulk and gain a stone of fat for a couple of pounds of muscle appraoch before 'cutting'. I tend to stay lean year round and make small lean gains over time.
     
    Just eat a clean sensible diet in slight caloric surplus, train hard in any given rep scheme you choose, train with progression and then monitor and make small adjustments over time to refine your apporach.
     
    Make sure you're not over training or doing silly amounts of volume and are perfomring exercises with correct form, this should ensure your health and longevity for the future.
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