The Try Guys are ALL suffering from Low-T
Learn how to optimize your testosterone here.
Who are the Try Guys? A Buzzfeed comedy troupe that makes videos on the YouTube. This is the least “gay” picture I could find of them. Nothing wrong with being gay or anything, I just don’t want you to think I’m pointlessly making fun of them:
They made a video on trying to discover who is the most attractive of the group based on science. Part of this was discovering who had the highest T-levels, the implication that the man with the highest T-Levels is the most masculine. These are their levels:
These are what their levels should be if they are a healthy adult male:
Their levels are less than half of what they should be for a man. If you have trouble reading charts, their levels should be over 600 for a healthy 20 something male.
Ned’s levels are so low he is clinically low-t and should be put on testosterone replacement therapy (TRT). Anything under 200 your suffering from hypogonadism.
What shocked me most was how these guys appeared to be happy and healthy guys. I’m obviously not going to speculate about their personal lives, but with pathetic testosterone levels it’s really difficult to feel your best – and I can say that from first hand experience.
Look, I’ve always be a relaxed, easy going guy. I’ve never been a “high energy” dude, but I noticed a change in how I felt when I became fat. Not too fat, but fat for me.
I was needing to sleep for 9 hours a day, I stopped having morning erections and I could not focus. My mind would be foggy, making creative work difficult to start and complete.
So much so I bought Modafinil from an Indian pharmacy to help me focus as a personal experiment (sidenote, my Modafinil video is my most popular video to date).
My Low T Experience
It never occured to me that my testosterone levels were low, but after reading about the symptoms and combined with the fact that I’m in my 30’s, I decided to get some blood work done.
“Fat” me at 180 lbs had T levels of 560 – the same as a 55 year old man.
No wonder I felt like crap! Instead of doing something drastic like going on TRT, I really decided to stop being fat:
How To Increase Testosterone Naturally
Now I am NOT saying that you can boost your T-levels naturally because I have no idea if you can. I think you can, that’s simply been my personal experience.
There are clearly things you can do to optimize your T-levels and there are things you can do that are detrimental to your levels. I was able to get my levels back up to 690.
You should do what you can to optimize your health first before looking into any TRT. But never rule it out!
What I do
1 – Stop being fat, get to a place where you’re 15% body fat. What helped me the most was cutting out milk and dairy (apart from the occasional yogurt). Cutting out sugar as best I can and intermittent fasting 5-6 days a week.
2 – Learn how to lift weights. Yea, LEARN. Watch YouTube videos on how best to setup a workout routine.
I do a full body workout 3 days a week. Lifting weights is also more important than cardio. My cardio is running a whooping 2 miles a week. Weight training is the kindle for burning fat.
3 – Learn what to eat. Learn what insulin resistance is. You have to start feeding your body those essential nutrients and minerals so your body can actually use the food you consume efficiently.
4 – Experiment with supplements. I personally take magnesium, zinc, krill oil and grape seed extract. I don’t take all of these every day. Maybe every other day. I say experiment because you may find a supplement that really makes you feel better.
Magnesium for me was a game changer as I became strong and had higher energy levels.
Try Guys Annoy Me
What annoyed me the most about the Try Guys videos was how they glossed over these clinically low T levels.
Guys, it’s not normal and not OK to have such low levels.
This is all I can really write on the subject, but to make this useful, here is some helpful content from around the web you need to read if you’re a man, particularly if you’re approaching 30:
// Iron and Tweed:
My Low T Journey: One of the most compelling pieces on the web of a man doing everything right (weight training for years, proper diet) and still quietly suffering from low T. It’s a three part series. Read, enjoy and learn from Nate.
// Danger and Play:
TRT by Mike Cernovich – Cernovich has published some insightful content on TRT, hormones, how to take testosterone, things you can do to boost your T levels etc. Mike Cernovich has numerous blog posts and podcasts on the subject and has since created a dedicated TRT page on DangerandPlay.com.
Update: He has re-branded his online presence, so here is an archive.
// Bold and Determined:
Why Your Testosterone Levels are Lower Than You Think – This is from a few years back written by Nick Kelly aka Victor Pride. This is the post that pushed me over the edge (no pun intended) to get some blood work done because Nick takes an unpopular stance and says YOU HAVE LOW T, EVEN IF YOU THINK YOU DON’T YOU PROBABLY DO. I agree with him.
Unlike the stupid Try Guys video that equates testosterone with being a manly man, it’s really about feeling your best so you can be that go-getter. I would start by reading and at least familiarizing yourself with testosterone and how important it is, even if you feel great.
For those of you who are not feeling your best, who are feeling sluggish, anxious, have a foggy mind and a tough time getting in shape. Consider getting blood work done and really find out what your T levels are.
Once I did that, I knew my T-levels were a problem. Not THE problem, but a symptom of my being out of shape in my 30’s. I mention being in my 30’s because your T levels start to decline as it is in your 30’s.
Thanks for reading, till next time.
Jay Campbell has written the best, most comprehensive book on testosterone optimization. (seriously, this thing is hundreds of pages, it’s not lazy pamphlet).
He’s been interviewed across multiple media outlets and is an expert in the space. Unlike others out there who hawk high priced products and supplements.
I really like how Jay as a 40 year old man gives it to you straight. His book can also be bought off Amazon for a low price for the Kindle version.
But since he has done the reading for the audio version, you should get that version. Check out an interview of him below.