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Its not the Vit D in the sunlight that kills acne, is the UV rays (also why "blue" light - actual closer to the violet wavelength - kills acne).

Testosterone, Hormones and General Men's Health / Re: Empower Pharmacy
« on: February 28, 2018, 12:01:51 am »
For what its worth, I use Empower (always have) and seems to be OK (test, hcg, AI). Testosterone levels are appropriate and I don't have testicular atrophy. That said, I don't have a comparison to make with another vendor.

Hmmm, did not know that! Assuming DHEA and preg were lower because of TRT, what would one notice? Analogously, what sort of benefits might there be by supplementing with them?

Also, can you just test for DHEA via the DHEA-Sulfate test? While on TRT, mine is showing about 80% of range (upper end), but no test for preg that I am aware of.

What are the potential benefits fro DHEA and pregnealone?

FYI, there is no such thing as an "anabolic window" and you don't need to "time" the whey. Just add it in if you can't get enough protein via food.

Right, the allowable amount of training is a function of the recover ability. They are not independent. So if sleep sucks and you have a lot of stress, you probably should train less to avoid under recovery. If recoverability improves, so does the capacity for training before overtraining occurs.

The point is you must consider all the influencing factors and things going on in your life. If your life is very consistent, then so is your programming. If you have a lot of variability in lifestyle, you should adjust the training accordingly. When life gets busy, don't try to force things because you are trying to adhere to some training goal. Failure to recognize this will result in "over training" even though the training itself may have been consistent.

I think the better term is "under recovery". This rolls in sleep, exercise, stress, etc.

In other words, your recovery is a function of sleep, diet, etc. The stresses are working out, emotional stress, etc. If the stressors exceed the recoverability then you are under recovered. The distinction is that the training need not be "a ton" and you can still be under recovered if you have a lot of other stressors and poor recovery. People tend to focus on the overtraining aspect, but neglect that the overall system is greater than that.

Testosterone, Hormones and General Men's Health / Re: weight loss diet.
« on: January 24, 2018, 03:04:14 am »
Shoot for about 0.5lb/week, while maintaining strength. So that is just 2lb/month. This amount to just a small caloric deficit compared to your normal baseline. If you have a pretty good feeling about what your maintenance calories are by intuitive eating alone, then you just need to be a "bit hungry" for a short duration during the day. This should allow you to retain muscle and have a minimal impact to your lifestyle in general. For me, its rather easy to shed a few lbs this way. If you have a lot to shed, you would need to be more aggressive, but that doesn't seem to be the case.

Heck of a guy. What a shame...but its a good life when you can help so many people along the way.

Testosterone, Hormones and General Men's Health / Acne Bar Soap for Back
« on: January 17, 2018, 09:24:30 pm »
I was using Cetaphil antibacterial bar soap since it is gentle, but it looks like the antibacterial ingredient is now banned. Any ideas for a bar soap that is good for back acne but won't be too harsh and dry out the skin, etc?

Thanks for the info about Suppversity...though I don't think it is nearly as good as MASS (just my opinion). I don't have any problem supporting the guys since without resources the content would not be as good (or even exist). All things considered, I think anyone who is relatively serious about scientific based training would find it a good value.

I think this may have been missed from my previous post:

"The headline and study results are in conflict...and people are getting confused.

The study says that for volume EQUATED comparisons, that 2X/week was better. It does not mean that 2X/week is ideal for hypertrophy. The key distinction is that you probably need more total volume to achieve maximum hypertrophy results...which means more training days."

Also, we have to understand that things change as you go from a beginners, to an intermediate, to advanced...which require different programming strategies for optimal results.


And just to reiterate, if you are truly interested, then MASS is your friend. Honestly, you guys are well intentioned, but there isn't a sufficient knowledge base here (not the primary goal of this forum).

If you are truly interested, I would suggest MASS. These guys do a really great job reviewing all the science. That is what they do for a living. They are also strong and/or jacked and pretty good guys.


I think the headline and study results are in conflict.

The study says that for volume EQUATED comparisons, that 2X/week was better. It does not mean that 2X/week is ideal for hypertrophy. The key distinction is that you probably need more total volume to achieve maximum hypertrophy results...which means more training days.

I don't remember any issues when it was lower, but 156 is a pretty good number. 216 is the upper end and I was at 315...which seems pretty high? I mean that is a good thing I guess, but seems odd.

I will talk with Dr. Saya about improving sleep via preg/DHEA. Thanks for the heads up.

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