How Testosterone Boosters Work?

Testosterone is a hormone that is produced in the testicles and adrenal glands. This important hormone is used for a variety of functions in the body, including fertility, bone strength and muscle mass. Testosterone signals the body to produce new blood cells necessary for growth and enhances libido.

Testosterone levels in the body are controlled by the hypothalamus and the pituitary gland. When a person’s testosterone levels are too low, they may experience wrinkled skin, loss of body hair and a reduction in muscle mass. Additionally, low testosterone levels can cause increased body fat, osteoporosis, memory problems, concentration difficulties, low libido and sleep problems.

So you might be wondering how you can naturally increase your testosterone levels?

You can do this by using testosterone booster supplements.

How Testosterone Boosters Work ?

So how do testosterone boosters work to increase you body’s production of testosterone. Testosterone boosters are supplements that work with the body to naturally boost testosterone levels. Testosterone boosters work by either directly increasing testosterone level or by suppressing the hormones that convert testosterone into estrogen.

Testosterone boosters may contain one or more of the following ingredient. These ingredients are known to boost testosterone levels, improve strength and increase muscle mass.

* Fenugreek

Fenugreek is a plant grown in India. This plant has been studied by researchers at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Texas. The researchers found that Fenugreek can help significantly improve strength and increase lean body mass when combined with strength training exercises.

* D-Aspartic Acid is an amino acid found in the testicles. This amino acid helps convert cholesterol into testosterone. A study done in Italy found that participants who consumed approximately 3 grams of D-Aspartic acid showed a 42 percent increase in their testosterone levels within two weeks.

* ZMA is a combination of several nutrients (zinc, magnesium and vitamin B6) that help boost testosterone levels by providing the body with the nutrients it needs to manufacture testosterone naturally. Researchers believe this formula is effective because most athletes have zinc and magnesium deficiencies. One study gave football players a ZMA supplement for seven weeks. At the end of the seven weeks, the players testosterone levels had increased by 30 percent. Additionally, the players’ strength increased by approximately 11 percent.

* Tribulus Terrestris

Tribulus Terrestris stimulates the testes to produce more testosterone. This can help produce more muscle mass as well as increase libido in men. A study done in Lithuania gave Tribulus Terrestris to athletes for 20 days. After 10 days, the participants circulating testosterone had increased significantly.

Testosterone boosters help the body naturally produce more testosterone. When testosterone levels increase, the body is able to produce more muscle mass and increase strength.

My Story Of Living With Gynecomastia

Do You Suffer From Gynecomastia?

Some people my call them “man boobs!”

Not the cutest nickname to have, I know.

As a former gynecomastia sufferer, I know exactly how it feels to live with “those” embarrassing “things” hanging where your chest should be.

It’s something that constantly runs through your mind and something you worry about… at least for me it was like this.

I always was cautious of what shirt I was going to where and double-layer my shirts to hide my man boobies…

I avoided going swimming or to the lake for fear I had to take my shirt off in front of people and the looks I would get.

Having gynecomastia as a teenager wasn’t the funniest thing, if you can imagine.

It pretty much suck ass!

I didn’t everything you could possibly imagine…

I started working out hard to try and eliminate my gynecomastia and have a normal looking chest like every guy on my street.  Bench press, flyes, push-ups, dips, etc.

Nothing fucking worked!

Yeah, the rest of my body was in better shape but the man boobs remained.

Then I did some research on some herbs and supplements that could possibly work, but that was a total waste of time and money.

I tried compression wraps and bandaging my “bitch tits” to hopefully “mush them down.”  As you can guess… nothing happened!

I finally had the courage to just ask my family doctor, “doc, how do I get rid of “my man boobs? They’re embarrassing and I don’t want to have these thing my whole life.”

To make a it a short story… he referred my to a cosmetic surgeon that specialized in gynecomastia removal.

So, I made an appointment and went.

board certified plastic surgeon that does gynecomastia removalIt wasn’t as bad as my mind made it out to be.  He examined me and then said gyno surgery is an option for me.

I asked how much (not that bad) and then said when can we do this thing?

Surgery went good, no problems at all.

Recovery wasn’t that bad either, nothing some pain pills and rest wouldn’t handle.

I was back doing light workouts within 2 months.

My confidence and self-image was never higher, I was a new man.

So if you can relate to any part of my story and haven’t had gynecomastia surgery… stop being a pussy and make an appointment with a board certified plastic surgeon that does gynecomastia removal.



The 5 Worst Exercises of ALL Time!

If you have been working out for a little while you’ve likely done these exercises mentioned in the video below.

Any exercise can become the worst exercise if you perform it incorrectly. That said, certain exercises deserve the title of the “worst exercise ever” simply because of the low reward, high risk nature of it. In this video, I show 5 of the worst exercises for building muscle and what you can do instead.

Any exercise can become the worst exercise if you perform it incorrectly. That said, certain exercises deserve the title of the “worst exercise ever” simply because of the low reward, high risk nature of it. In this video, I show 5 of the worst exercises for building muscle and what you can do instead.

Each of the exercises listed in this video is included because of the high risk low reward that it offers. As a physical therapist and strength coach for professional athletes, I have to know where to draw the line between the two. If a quarterback or pitcher of mine wants to do max overhead snatches, I’m going to tell them it’s a bad idea. Why? Because there are other ways to train upper body explosiveness without jeopardizing their career on one fatigued or poorly performed rep.

The 5 worst exercises in this video are as follows:

1. Chest flies – I’ve covered before why this is here. People will swear that they love the stretch they get on their pecs by doing this exercise. If you claim you never heard that argument, then you haven’t spent enough time in the gym.

2. Behind the neck shoulder presses – The problem with this exercise is that it is bad for the shoulders. It places the glenohumeral joint in an awkward position for pressing, which can lead to impingement.
3. Upright Rows –  this is a bad exercise for the integrity and health of the rotator cuff muscles of the shoulder. What makes this shoulder exercise one of the worst is the position of the elbows and hands at the end of the movement. The exercise puts your shoulders into a provocative position for testing impingement.

4. Good Mornings – This is actually not a terrible exercise for your back as it loads the entire kinetic chain in a functional way. The problem is that most people don’t have the necessary thoracic extension to pull it off with proper form.

5. Leg Extensions – This is a no brainer for me. This open chain leg exercise lacks any true function when compared to the numerous closed chain options you can be doing instead. Throw in the shear stresses, ACL tension, lack of hamstring co-contraction, and the imbalance of rectus to VMO firing and you’ve got a recipe for disaster.