Showing posts from June, 2011

Low T

I've got a few questions that hopefully you'd be willing to answer related to ectomorph bulking:

- I've lost my sex drive for the past couple of months. Today I got my lab result telling me that my testosterone level is 6 nmol/dL, whereas the normal range is supposed to be 60 nmol/dL or higher (SI units).

- From what I know, low testosterone levels are associated with loss of lean muscle mass and increased fat storage, causing the skinny fat look eventually. I've almost lost hope not to mention my lack of sleep as well as decreased energy level. This also causes me to be unable to workout to reach muscle fatigue, which is critical to stimulating muscle growth. Do you have any tips to alleviate this whole situation?

For your info, I stay away from junk foods and always incorporate healthy whole foods in my diet. Some of them are even known to boost testosterone levels (bananas, garlic, onions, red meats, skim milk, oats, A-Z multivitamin, almonds, olive oil, whey protei…


Hey James,

I've been looking into supplements and am looking into the reviews for NO2. I've found that a large majority of persons using it don't see results in weight gain or weight loss, and only seem to feel the effects of a "pump". I guess my question for you is, with the increased expansion in the blood vessels (which would be the cause for the "pump") would it be safe to say that this product would be better used as a way to assist the body in consuming other supplements i.e. creatine, protein, etc? In other words would this product be better used as an enhancer for other fitness supplements as opposed to by itself?

My Answer: Interesting theory, but I would say no. Some people swear by it, and for some people it does absolutely nothing. I always get samples from magazines that I write for, and the NO2 supplements do absolutely nothing for me. No pump for me at all.

Now would the hemodilation help you absorb other supplements better? Maybe…

Consistency is Key

Q: My name is Clay. I currently live in Queensland, Australia. I have been going to the gym for some time in the past. However for the last 1-2 yrs have not been able to fully get involved with the routine. 

Living in a remote area of Australia as a pilot we have a backyard gym with all the necessary equipment to train. I have thus been getting back into the gym everyday resting after about 5 days, then back into it again.

I'm around 6' and weigh 73Kg's (have done so for the past 2 years without any shift, minimal weight gain). Age: 24.

I realise that I am an ectomorph. My metabolism is amazingly fast. I eat quite a lot of pasta, chicken, spaghetti and fruit but never seem to put on any weight. I'm quite thin however. After going to the gym, my definition comes about quite quickly. 

The issue I have is that I want to put on bigger muscle and some weight. With the right diet and the combination of the right protein and calories with the right workout I know this can be ac…

Heavy-Light Crosswiring

I would like a sample routine for the heavy/light training program that you have listed in Strength & Physique Vol. 1. Also a sample routine for a cross wiring workout.

Thanks for your time.

My Answer: The Heavy-Light Method is a solid strategy to follow in your quest for size and strength. It is simple but complete, versatile and effective. The Heavy/Light strategy goes like this: perform heavy sets to develop strength and muscular density and then perform light pumping sets for that same muscle group to increase blood flow and capillary development. Hence, you develop both sarcomere and scarcoplasmic hypertrophy of your muscles.

Here’s a sample Heavy-Light Program in detail:

Day One
Pull-ups (5 sets of 4-6 reps, 2 minutes of rest between sets)
Seated cable rows (3 sets of 10-12 reps, 1 minute rest between sets)

Incline barbell bench press (5 sets of 4-6 reps, 2 minutes of rest between sets)
Pec deck machine flyes (3 sets of 10-12 reps, 1 minute rest between sets)