How to Increase Testosterone in Men

Starting at about 30 years old, mens’ bodies experience a decline in testosterone by about 1% per year. By the time we’re in our 60s we’ve lost a substantial amount.

Low testosterone levels contribute to many problems we normally associate with aging into the 60s and beyond. Low libido, erectile dysfunction and osteoporosis are problems related to low “T”, just to name a few.

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Consider Increasing T

Low energy, memory loss, irritability, depression, and brittle bones are common in men with low testosterone levels.

As you are probably aware there are many supplements on the market today promising to restore mens’ T levels to improve sexual performance, strength, energy, fat reduction and more. Many of those supplements are met with mixed reviews. Some men may experience benefits and others clearly do not.

The good news is there are a variety of ways testosterone levels can be restored and problems overcome. After you read this article, whether the information benefits you or someone you care about, you’ll have a very good understanding of how to increase testosterone in men.

Benefits of Healthy Testosterone Levels

We can restore T levels in men, even men in their 60s and beyond, quality of life can improve substantiallyOlder man doing push ups

Healthy levels of testosterone have some great benefits. I can tell you from my own experience, when I first had my T levels restored from low to healthy levels I had a noticeably improved sense of well-being.

Good ‘T’ levels help to result in more muscle mass and less fat and can contribute to improved bone density, especially when coupled with regular resistance training.

Studies have shown that men who have had their testosterone levels restored were significantly less likely to have heart attack or stroke.  research.va.gov

Research has shown that improved T levels result in better verbal memory and faster processing speeds.

One of the benefits I experience is I have all the energy I need to workout hard, full of energy when I’m at the gym. If I stop taking the testosterone, I “run out of gas” about half-way through my workoutDecline-in-T-Levels

How Much Testosterone is Best?

First, it’s important to know what a “healthy” level of testosterone is. There are normal, healthy ranges. But, a precise level can be different from one man to another. I strongly recommend consulting a doctor.

Normal ranges change as men age. For men in their 60s normal ranges in healthy men are 196 ng/dL – 859 ng/dL. For men in their 70s the ranges are 156 ng/dL – 819 ng/dL.Avg-T-levels-by-age-in-men

(For those inquiring minds that want to know, “What the heck is ‘ng/dL’? It is abbreviation for “nanograms per deciliter”. Aren’t you glad you asked?)

Because there are many potential problems when levels are too high, it’s best to have your doctor advise you. When increasing T levels, getting to the top of the range could be right for one man and disastrous for another.

There are home tests to measure your T levels. The better and most accurate way is to have your doctor prescribe a simple blood test. You go to a lab. They take some blood. Then, after you engage in whatever methodology you decide upon, your doctor will have you do another blood test to measure the changes.

Actions to Increase Testosterone

There are 3 primary ways to increase testosterone levels:

  1. Actions
  2. Foods and Supplements
  3. Prescriptions

Let’s start with ‘actions’, things you can do to increase testosterone:

  • Resistance training such as weight training has been proven to increase T
    • hat can be even more effective if taking creatine and caffeine before training
  • High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)

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  • A healthy diet of whole foods with a proper balance of “Macros”: Protein, Carbohydrates and Fats
  • A healthy sex life
  • Adequate sleep

Supplements to Increase Testosterone

The aim of this section is not to review or suggest manufactured and marketed supplement formulations. Rather, I am going to show individual supplements that have been proven effective in increasing T in men.

  • 3000 IU of Vitamin D3, especially if your vitamin D3 is low
  • Tribulus Terrestris is a herb that has been proven to increase testosterone in men with low T.
  • Fenugreek is another herb. In addition to increasing testosterone, studies have shown significant increase in libido, sexual performance, energy and sense of well-being.
  • 100 mg daily Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) is a hormone in the body. It helps in the production of testosterone.

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    T Boosting Supplements
  • Zinc has been closely associated with stimulating production of testosterone for men who have low
  • Ashwagandha is a herb that has mainly been used as an adaptogen, which means it has been used to help the body handle stress and anxiety. 5 grams a day has proven to increase testosterone production as much as 22%.  (For further information about adaptogens please just click on the word:  ADAPTOGEN
  • 3 grams daily of D-Aspartic Acid is an amino acid that has been shown to increase testosterone for those with low T

Prescriptions to Increase Testosterone

There are a number of options for testosterone replacement therapy. It’s really up to the doctor and patient to decide which is preferable.

  • Gels come in packets or pumps of testosterone gel. You apply the gel once a day and the testosterone is absorbed directly through the skin. There is one brand of gel that gets applied inside the nose.
    • I’ve tried gel. It worked OK but not my favorite.T-gel
  • Injections are where testosterone is injected directly into the muscle.
    • This is my preferred method. I give myself an injection into my quadriceps once weekly. I like it better than the gel for two reasons (that may be particular to just me):
      • It is more convenient. It would take a while to rub the gel until it was all absorbed into the skin.
      • I get better results from the injectionsT-Injections
  • Pellets implanted in soft tissues. Your body slowly absorbs the testosterone into the bloodstream.
  • Skin Patch worn on the upper arm or upper body, applied once daily.
  • Mouth Patch is actually a tablet that sticks to your gum above your incisor. That’s the tooth that is either on the right side or left side of your front teeth. It gets applied twice a day. It slowly releases testosterone into the bloodstream through the tissues in the mouth.
  • Oral capsule is available but there is a concern it may do damage to the liver. The other therapies go directly into the bloodstream, bypassing the liver.

There are risks associated with testosterone therapy. Most of them are with preexisting conditions that worsen. I will give you a list so that if you decide to see your doctor for testosterone therapy you can review with him or her to identify any potential concerns.

My doctor monitors me with regular blood tests. I’m sure your doctor would too, especially in the first months of the therapy.T-Blood-Test

I have benefited from many of the benefits listed in the “Benefits” section above. And I haven’t experienced any of the risks in the list below:

  • Rash, itching, irritation
  • Increased risk of heart attack or stroke
  • Benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH) – enlarging prostate
  • Prostate cancer
  • Sleep apnea
  • Blood clots
  • Congestive heart failure

The list above is not intended to scare you, just to inform. I’ve been taking testosterone therapy for a few years and it has improved the quality of my life in several ways.

Conclusion

If you think, or, you know that you suffer from low testosterone, my aim has been to provide you with options so you can understand how to increase testosterone in men, and thereby, improve the quality of your life.

You can apply one or many of the treatments above

  • Actions/Activities
  • Supplements
  • Prescriptions

Please remember that before you take steps to increase your testosterone it would be wise to check with your doctor.

This 3 1/2 minute presentation provides a good summary:

I welcome your comments and questions in the section below.

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Glenn at the gym

Pro JYM Protein Powder – Review

JYM Supplements are designed based on science.

Jim Stopponi, Phd is the creator of Pro JYM Protein Powder.  He has a PhD in exercise physiology with a minor in biochemistry.

He served as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Department of Cellular and Molecular Physiology at Yale University School of Medicine, where he investigated the effects of exercise and diet on gene regulation in muscle tissue.

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Jim Stoppani, PhD

He’s been Senior Science Editor for some of the industry’s biggest magazines.  Stopponi has trained celebrities and millions of others through his various platforms.

As he says, His personal and company mission is to change lives through proper training, nutrition and supplementation, all based on the latest scientific research, while following the motto of “Do the Right Thing.”

Protein Supplements can Vary Greatly in Quality

There are “cheap” ways to produce protein supplements.  The highest quality proteins cost much more than some of the lowest quality ones.  If a protein is of low quality and low cost it can be sold to the consumer for less.

Most consumers have no idea.  They may believe claims by manufacturers that may not be true.  And if they taste good, many consumers will go with the lower price good tasting protein supplement.

For example, there is a process called “nitrogen spiking”.  (Sometimes it is referred to as “protein spiking” or “amino spiking”.)

Protein is made up of different amino acids that are strung together in a chain, and every amino acid contains nitrogen.  Nitrogen is measured to determine how much protein is in the supplement.Protein-Drink-and-Dumbbel

High quality protein is delivered as “complete protein”.  Complete proteins, as are found in meat, fish, poultry and dairy products.  The essential amino acids in complete proteins have the essential amino acids strung together in a chain.

It is much less expensive to put individual amino acids into a protein supplement.  They have the nitrogen but they don’t deliver the quality of protein.

Two ‘red flags’ in the protein supplement industry:

  1. The term “Proprietary Formula”, or, “Proprietary Blend” is an indication that something is being hidden.  The consumer thinks that the special blend is so their competitors won’t know the ingredients and doses.  More often, it’s hiding inferior quality or dose.
    1. If you would like more information on “Proprietary” Formulas click this link:  Proprietary Formulas
  2. If individual amino acids are listed as ingredients there is at least a possibility that some of the more expensive complete protein has been removed and replace with less expensive, individual amino acids that have the nitrogen, but not the protein.Protein-Powder

The label here was from a protein powder manufacturered with nitrogen spiking.  There was a law suit.  The label claimed there were 30 grams of protein.  It was revealed in the law suit that after the ‘spiking’ agents were removed, there was only 21.5 grams of protein.

Of course the whole reason for this and other unscrupulous practices is to give lower prices to the consumer and more profit for the manufacturers.

Many of these amino acids are produced in China through the chemical synthesis of keratin, which is derived from trash like hair, feathers, fingernails, and fur, and thus sells for less than a dollar a pound.

If you’d like to learn any more about protein supplements you can read my article:  Building Muscle After 60

In my research I found that average complete protein for supplements cost manufacturers about $5 to $6 a pound.  The very highest quality can cost as high as $18 per pound.

Of course with Pro JYM Protein Powder there is

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JYM PRO PROTEIN BLEND
  • No nitrogen spiking
  • No proprietary blends
  • No questionable sources of protein
  • No cheap and inferior whey protein concentrate or caseinates

There is transparency.  The commitment to the highest quality and based on all the latest scientifc reasearch.  Something else I like about JYM supplements is that Dr. Stoppani tests them on himself and with his clients to insure the highest performance possible.

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BODYBUILDING.COM has a Price Match Guarantee.  They will not be undersold.

Protein Blend vs Single Source

The issue here is to determine if it is better to take just one form of protein such as Whey, or, is it more advantageous to take a blend.  The reserarch now shows that better muscle gains will be derived from properly proportioned blends.

Whey, for example, is a very fast digesting protein.  Soon after a workout, drinking down some whey protein is the fastest way to get protein synthesis going.  Protein synthesis is the process where the protein goes to work to recover and build the muscle.

But, whey’s strength is also its weakness.  It’s like a sprinter who goes real fast for a short distance but then he’s done.  His energy is spent.

   

Since muscle protein synthesis leads to muscle growth, continuing muscle protein synthesis for longer can have a significant impact on your gains.

Which proteins, in which doses and which percentages all play an important role in maximizing the efficacy of the protein blend.

Which Proteins and in What Proportions are Best?

The 24 grams of protein in each scoop of Pro JYM contain the following:

Whey protein isolate: 7.5 g
Micellar casein: 7 g
Egg albumen: 2.5g
Milk protein isolate: 7 g (5.5 g casein, 1.5 g whey)

Since milk protein isolate is 20 percent whey protein and 80 percent micellar casein, the 24 grams of protein in Pro JYM are really broken down into three main categories:

Whey protein: 9 grams (40%)
Miceller casein: 12.5 grams (50%)
Egg white protein: 2.5 grams (10%)

What is the Science That Makes These 4 Proteins Right for the Blend?

To the right is an infographic created by Dr. Stoppani, illustrating the science behind the blend.Jim-Stoppani-Info-Graphic

WHEY

There are 2 kinds of protein in milk.  Casein and whey.  Casein makes up about 80% and whey the other 20%.  After whey is extracted from the milk it is put through a number of filtering processes to remove the carbohydrates and fat.

The more filtering the more pure the protein is.

Whey protein isolate is the purest form.  There are a couple of different methods to perform the filtration.

One is called “ion exchange”.  It uses chemicals to isolate the whey and make it pure.  The problem with this process is the “peptides” are lost.  They are ablsolutely essential for the whey to maximize muscle growth.

There are other “microfractions” lost too.  They can help strengthen the immune system and prevent infection.

The other process has two parts that are just filtering with no chemicals.  The first part is “microfiltration” followed by “ultrafiltration”.

Using those two filtering processes produced whey protein isolate with no loss of peptides or other “microfractions”.

Whey protein drives protein synthesis more than other kinds of protein because it digests so rapidly.  Additionally, whey has a high concentration of Branch Chain Amino Acids, (BCAAs).

Leucine, one of the BCAAs acts as a catalyst to start protein synthesis, hence, muscle growth.

As if that’s not enough, there is one more reason why whey drives protein synthesis.  It elevates insulin levels.  Insulin is a hormone that insulin drives the amino acids from the whey into the muscles.  And, it too is a catalyst for protein synthesis.

Research has shown that whey contributes to weight loss.  It does that by lowering levels of the hunger hormone, ghrelin.

CASEIN

Casein protein is the reall slow digesting protein to keep protein synthesis going for much longer.

There are different kinds of casein.  There is sodium caseinate and calcium caseinate.  Pro JYM uses micellar casein.  It is the kind of casein which is in its natural form.

The caseinates mix more easily in water.  That is why manufacturers put them throught the process with harsh chemicals.

In addition to making the caseinates mix more easily, it causes them to digest much more quickly.  You have the whey for that.  You want the micellar casein to digest extremely slowly to prolong the protein synthesis.

MILK PROTEIN ISOLATE

There is a common misconception that straight up milk protein is inferior.  Not so!  It is 80% casein and 20% whey.  With a filtration process to make it more pure as an isolate, it is a very effective protein.  It has all the natural peptides and other microfractions to do the great work they do in the muscles.

RATIO OF WHEY TO CASEIN

What the research has shown is that when you have that bit of very fast whey, mainly a larger amount of casein, and then a medium-digesting protein in the middle to bridge the gap, it promotes muscle protein synthesis and muscle growth better than just whey.

The research has shown that you want a good deal of whey, but you really want to focus more on the casein aspect.

EGG PROTEIN

There are many benefits to egg protein.  It has many, many amino acids and BCAAs.  It is sometimes referred to as “the perfect protein”.

Research has shown that those who consume 3 whole eggs (with the yolks) gain considerably more muscle and strength than those who just eat the whites.

Getting the egg white protein into Pro JYM helps to bridge the gap between the fast digesting whey and the very slow digesting casein.  And, it’s a super bioavailable protein.

Conclusion

Pro JYM Protein Powder takes advantage of the latest scientific research findings along with the tireless testing and design by renowned expert Jim Stoppani, PhD.  The labeling is completely transparent.

The only flavor I’ve tasted is S’Mores.  It tastes so good I haven’t wanted to try anything else:)

There are many videos which Dr. Stopponi has made to educate people about Pro JYM and other JYM supplements.  He even gives detailed instructions about how best to mix and drink Pro JYM to get the very best performance outcomes.

I welcome your questions or comments below.  Until next time,

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JYM PRO PROTEIN BLEND
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Glenn

Quick Fat Loss – A 2-Step Plan

No matter if you are 5 pounds more than you want to be, or, 50 pounds, you want that fat gone ASAP.  So many people are searching the internet for a quick fat loss solution.

I’m going to explain several supplements which work together to help accelerate weight loss. They can be purchased in formulas together. (You don’t have to buy all these things separately.)

Then I’m going to explain an exercise plan that takes 25 minutes a day, 6 days per week. It is designed to be safe and effective for aging people in their 40s and beyond.

The 2-step plan is simple and effective.

Fish Oil

Some fish oils are rich in Omega 3 fatty acids. The three most important Omega 3 fatty acids are EPA and DHA and ALA. And, it’s important to get them in the right dosages for you to get the great benefits Omega 3’s can deliverFish-Oil-Capsules

Fortunately ALA is abundant in many food sources. The two most critical Omega 3’s to get in the right doses from fish oil are EPA and DHA. Omega-3 fats may help reduce your risk of heart disease. They also support healthy brain and joint function, and, reduce inflammation.

Research has shown that for people who do regular resistance training Omega 3’s may help stimulate muscle growth and support fat loss.

They also contribute to feeling more full. One study found that the group that was taking fish oil supplements felt full for 2 hours longer than the group that was not.

This can help with weight loss as well. Research indicates Omega 3’s may also contribute to weight loss by boosting metabolism.

What’s critical is that the proper doses of DHA and EPA are taken daily. The research indicates that those doses should be 1500 mg daily for each.

When I learned this from reading research papers I went to my local sports nutrition store to find a fish oil supplement that delivered DHA and EPA in those doses.

I couldn’t tell from the Supplement Facts on the labels what and how much was in those products. The labels just referred to “Omega 3’s”, or, “Proprietary Formula”

My search ended when I went online to find that JYM Supplements offered a fish oil named

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Omega JYM Fish Oil

OMEGA  JYM. And, on the label, it says 750 mgs of DHA and EPA. Proper dosage is 2 capsules daily.

JYM Supplements can be purchased on BODYBUILDING.COM. They have a Price Match policy so they will never be undersold.  (1500 g DHA and 1500 g EPA)

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L-Carnitine

The body breaks down fat into fatty acids. L-Carnitine moves the fatty acids into the cells to be converted to energy. Thus, L-Carnitine plays an important role in the body’s functions for burning fat.

It also may reduce muscle soreness after working out, increase oxygen supply to the muscles, and improve recovery after workout sessions.

There have been some animal studies indicating that L-Carnitine can contribute to anti-aging in brain function. That might be helpful for some of us guys as we continue to get older.

L-Carnitine is found in the JYM POST-WORKOUT  formula.

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POST JYM Powder 30      Servings

(1.5-2.0 g, 4 times daily)

Beta-Alanine

Beta-Alanine is an amino acid. Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins. Beta-Alanine is used by athletes to improve performance and benefit health in general.

The body uses it to produce Carnosine and Carnosine is used to do some really cool stuff.

Carnosine reduces the acid that builds up in muscles during high intensity exercise. By doing that, it enables to muscles to outperform what they would have done without the buffering work of the Carnosine.

More calories are burned, contributing to more fat burned.

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Because Carnosine reduces muscle fatigue, extending the time until exhaustion, with proper nutrition and recovery, the muscles may grow more. More muscle size and strength causes metabolism to increase.

Greater metabolic performance, in turn, burns more fat, even when the body is at rest.

So, supplementing Beta-Alanine will help someone who is doing regular resistance exercise to gain more lean muscle and reduce fat.

Studies indicate that Carnosine has antioxidant qualities, may strengthen the immune system and has anti-aging properties.

Additionally, Carnosine may improve muscle health and function in seniors. Studies indicate it also improves the production of Nitric Oxide which helps battle the aging process and contributes to heart health.

Beta-Alanine is in both PRE JYM, pre workout formula and the POST JYM after work out formula.

(1.5-3 g before and after workout)

Green Tea Extract

Green tea extract is rich in something called catechins, and it contains a fair amount of caffeine. It appears that this combination of ingredients is responsible for its weight loss properties.

A study published in The Journal of Nutrition, found that consuming a beverage containing green tea catechins (625mg/d) may enhance exercise-induced loss of abdominal fat and improve triglyceride levels.

Triglycerides are a type of fat, stored in fat cells in the body. They’re stored when the body doesn’t need more energy. They are used when the body needs more energy. Lower levels of triglycerides equates to less body fat. We like that!

Green tea extract is in the SHREAD JYM formulation.

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JYM SHREAD Fat Burner

Green tea extract is believed to increase the activity of norepinephrine, a hormone that helps you burn fat. Many studies have shown that green tea extract can increase fat burning and cause fat loss especially in the belly area.

(500-1000 mg 2X daily, once in early morning and once in late morning)

Caffeine

Caffeine can contribute to fat loss in several ways and there has been an abundance of research to back it up.  It too, is part of the SHREAD JYM formula.

It speeds metabolism somewhat. This is a minor contribution from caffeine for weight loss.

A study found in the National Library of Medicine had subjects do 60 minutes of cycling. People who got caffeine beforehand enjoyed the exercise more and felt like it was less difficult than people who got a placebo.

Studies have shown that caffeine can boost metabolism by 3-11%, and increase fat burning by up to 29%.

(200 mg once in early morning, once in late morning and once before workout)

Betaine

Betaine has been shown, when ingested as part of a pre workout formula, can increase strength and endurance during the workout. Studies have shown it accelerates muscle growth. It slows muscle fatigue allowing training lasting longer and more intensely. Therefore more calories are burned. (1.5-2 g once before workout and once after).

And so, Betaine is provided in proper dosage in both PRE JYM and POST JYM

Branch Chain Amino Acids (BCAAs)

BCAAs are effective in increasing muscle growth, decreasing muscle soreness and reducing fatigue in the muscles during exercise. These things work synergistically to contribute to higher output and burning more calories.

(5 g before and after workout) The correct dose of BCAAs are in both PRE JYM and POST JYM

Protein Powder

Many studies have shown that while eating a high protein, low carbohydrate diet the protein contributes to loss of fat, particularly belly fat.

You can see the findings from this study:  “A high-protein diet for reducing body fat”

The protein keeps you from getting hungry for longer than carbohydrates. Protein is also the main building block of muscle. When you have more muscle, your metabolism burns energy at a faster rate, which aids in weight loss.

Pro JYM PROTEIN POWDER is made up of 4 proteins, each fueling the muscles at different times.  Whey protein isolate digests and is absorbed most rapidly, fueling the muscles quickly.  This is especially important right after a workout and first thing in the morning.

As Jim Stoppani explains, “Research now shows that when you add medium-digesting and slow-digesting proteins to fast-digesting whey, muscle protein synthesis remains elevated for longer than when using whey alone.

And muscle protein retention is higher, as well. That means that more protein is being built in the muscle, which is what leads to long term gains in muscle size and strength.”

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JYM PRO PROTEIN BLEND

(Total daily protein intake with meals and protein powder should be at least 1 g per pound of body weight. You will probably get better results with 1.5 g daily protein per pound of body weight.)

High Intensity Intervile Training (HIIT) Plan

The 12-week plan I am about to start requires 25 minutes of exercise, 6 days per week. 4 days are weight training and 2 days are cardio training. The plan is designed for aging people, in their forties and beyond.

It is Bill Phillip’s “Back to Fit” plan. You can read my review here:  Bill Phillip’s “Back to Fit” Review. Bill-Phillips-Back-to-Fit

The HIIT component with weight training works like this: There is a circuit of 5 exercises. You go from one exercise to the next without stopping to rest. Each exercise is 10 repetitions.

After completing all 5 exercises you rest for 2 minutes. You do the circuit 5 times. That’s all.

You can hear Bill Phillips introduction comments in the 30 second video below:

The HIIT component with the cardio exercises works like this: You do whatever kind of cardio you wish. You can use a treadmill, or other cardio machine. You can walk, jump rope or anything else.

There are 3 levels of intensity. The first 2 levels last for 2 minutes. The third level lasts for 1 minute. If an intensity of 10, were all out, your first 2 minutes would be like walking, a level of 3 for 2 minutes.

The next 2 minutes are a level 5, maybe a jog. The third set for only 1 minute would be at a level 8, maybe a run. Then you go back to level 3. You do the set of 3 levels, 5 times for a total of 25 minutes.

Putting it All Together

 

Following is exactly how I will be doing my Post Quarantine Quick Fat Loss plan to grow muscle and lose fat. I’ll be using the “SHORTCUT TO SHRED” supplement stack by JYM Supplements. These supplements are the best I’ve been able to find.

They are science based, designed by Jim Stoppani, PhD. You can learn about him and why his supplements are so incredibly effective in my recent article: https://fitness-for-men-over-60.com/jym-supplements-post-jym-review/

I listed the JYM supplements below in the bold lettering. If you wish to buy individual supplements from other manufacturers, I listed the ingredients and doses for you.

If you purchase the JYM SHORTCUT TO SHRED Supplement System you will have ALL the supplements I’ve explained here.

MORNING

  • PRO JYM PROTEIN POWDER: 1 scoop
  • OMEGA JYM FISH OIL: 2-3 g
  • SHRED JYM: 1 dose
    JYM-SHORTCUT-TO-SHRED Supplement System
    SHORTCUT TO SHRED Supplement System
    • Includes
      • CAFFEINE 200 mg
      • GREEN TEA EXTRACT: 500-1000 mg
      • ACETYL L-CARNITINE: 1.5-2 g

LATE MORNING/EARLY AFTERNOON

  • SHRED JYM: 1dose
    • CAFFEINE: 200-300 mg
    • GREEN TEA EXTRACT: 500-1000 mg
    • ACETYL L-CARNITINE: 1.5-2 g

30-45 MINUTES PRE-WORKOUT

  • PRE JYM: 1 dose
    • CAFFEINE: 200-300 mg
    • GREEN TEA EXTRACT: 500-1000 mg
    • ACETYL L-CARNITINE: 1.5-2 g
    • BCAAs: 5 g
    • CREATINE: 1 serving
    • BETA-ALANINE: 1.5-3 g
    • BETAINE: 1.5-2 g

IMMEDIATELY PRE-WORKOUT

  • PRO JYM PROTEIN POWDER: 1 scoop

IMMEDIATELY POST-WORKOUT

  • PRO JYM PROTEIN POWDER: 2 scoops
  • POST JYM: 1 dose
    • BCAAs: 5 g
    • CREATINE: 1 serving
    • BETA-ALANINE: 1.5-3 g
    • BETAINE: 1.5-2 g
    • GLUTAMINE: 3-5 g

WITH DINNER

  • OMEGA JYM FISH OIL: 2-3 g

BEFORE BED

  • PRO JYM PROTEIN POWDER: 1 scoop

Summing it up

To simplify:

  1. You complete a simple-to-follow workout plan, 25 minutes daily, 6 days a week.
  2. You purchase the supplement “stack” and take the supplements as I listed above.

If you are willing to follow those steps for 12 weeks you can experience quick fat loss.

If you work the plan, the plan will work.

I hope this information has been a help for you. I would love to receive any comments or questions you have below.

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Glenn

JYM Supplements – Post JYM – Review

This is my second in a series of Reviews of JYM Sports Supplements. My comparison research in studying many of the top sports supplements has led me to believe JYM Supplements are amongst the very best formulated.

You can read my review of JYM PRE Workout powder by clicking on the following link:

 JYM PRE Workout Review

This Review is of the post workout formula: “Post JYM”.

Jim Stoppani, PhD says of JYM Supplements: “JYM Supplement Science combines real science with real ingredients to deliver unreal results.”

As with the pre workout formula, Post JYM is a “cocktail” of ingredients scientifically designed, in just the right dosages to maximize effectiveness; for recovery, repair and for building more muscle. The pre-, and post JYM work synergistically to help get the greatest results from the hard work in the gym.

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POST JYM Powder 30      Servings

What is Post JYM?

These are carefully selected supplements of the highest quality in just the right dosages. Different than many other supplement companies you will not see “Proprietary Blend” on the ingredient label. That term enables companies to hide what ingredients they actually put into their formulas.

Whether they are lacking some quality ingredients that JYM uses, or, if they use smaller dosages, either way or both, is a disadvantage for the customers to get the best of results.

JYM is completely transparent revealing every ingredient and the full and precise doses of 8 science-backed ingredients.

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Dr Jim Stoppani DB Press

 

What are these ingredients and what do they do?

  • L-Glutamine (3g) is a non-essential amino acid that helps with the synthesis of protein. It helps muscles recover more quickly between workouts. It strengthens the immune system and contribute to muscle growth.
  • Creatine HCL (2g) is used to improve exercise performance and increase muscle mass and strength. It has advantages over the more common Creatine Monohydrate. It is absorbed more quickly, smaller amounts are needed and there is no loading phase. Research has indicated that one of the best times to get a dose of creatine is after workouts.
    • This is especially true when consuming creatine along with ingredients that spike insulin levels, such as leucine and dextrose, which are included in the Post JYM Active Ingredients Matrix and Post JYM Dextrose.
  • Beta-Alanine (2g) contributes to increased strength, power, endurance and recovery. I It improves fat loss and muscle growth, especially when taken with creatine. It is ideal to take Beta-Alanine right after workouts when muscle fibers are at their zenith to utilize nutrients. Taking it with leucine and dextrose, as in Post JYM improves its uptake for the muscles.

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    Jim Stopponi and PRE JYM
  • L-Carnitine L-Tartrate (2g) Carnation increases muscle recovery. It increases Nitric Oxide production which in turn increases blood flow to the muscles. L-Carnitine L-Tartrate also increase the amount of testosterone that enters the muscles.
    • Carnitine requires insulin to enter the muscles. JYM Post has leucine and dextrose expressly for this reason, to spike insulin production.
  • Betaine (1.5g) improves muscle strength and power. It also increases protein synthesis after workouts.
    • University of Connecticut researchers reported that supplementing with 1.25 grams of betaine twice per day for two weeks increased bench press power by 20 percent.
  • Taurine (1g) is an amino acid that is important for endurance and muscle strength. It is depleted during workouts which can impair muscle strength and endurance. That is why it is important to replenish it after workouts.
  • BCAAs (Branch Chain Amino Acids) in a 3:1:1 ratio
    • L-Leucine (3.6 g) stimulates protein synthesis, (muscle growth) post workout. It also stimulates insulin release which sends more amino acids, creatine, and carnitine from Post JYM into the muscles.
    • L-Isoleucine (1.2 g) helps endurance, repair and rebuilding of muscles, boosts energy and helps overall with recovery
    • L-Valine (1.2 g) is used to repair muscle tissue and in muscle metabolism. It also helps in regulating nitrogen levels
  • Black Pepper (Piper nigrum) Fruit Extract (as BioPerine®) (5.3 mg) is a patented extract of the fruit of black pepper that contain standardized amounts of the active ingredient piperine. Studies have shown when a 5 mg dose of BioPerine® is taken with other supplements, it increases the absorption of those supplements by 30 to 2,000 percent.*
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POST JYM Powder 30 Servings

 

How is Post JYM Different From Others?

As Jim Stoppani explains on his website, Many of the ingredients in Post JYM Active Ingredients Matrix mirror ingredients in Pre JYM blend. These ingredients include BCAAs, creatine HCL, beta-alanine, betaine, and taurine.

These five ingredients need to be consumed before and after every workout for maximal performance and muscle growth. Thus, Pre and Post JYM are designed to work in concert. Take Pre JYM to train like an animal; use Post JYM to recover like a pro.

Like every JYM product, Post JYM contains no proprietary blends, proper dosing on all ingredients, no “abbreviated” formulas, no concentrates, and no BS. All eight of the ingredients in Post JYM are critical for recovery.

There is no filler. Every single ingredient is included at the best dose to optimize repair and growth. That’s the power, and promise, of Post JYM.

Who Formulated Post JYM?

Jim Stoppani, PhD is widely recognized as one of the world’s premier authorities and science-based expert when it comes to exercise science, sports nutrition and supplementation muscle building and fat loss.

Jim Stoppani, PhD is my go-to, science-based expert when it comes to exercise science, sports nutrition and supplementation.

If you wish to learn more about Dr. Jim Stoppani click the following link:

Dr. Jim Stoppani

You can read my review of JYM PRE Workout powder by clicking on the following link:

 JYM PRE Workout Review

As explained on his website, Dr. Stoppani received his doctorate in exercise physiology with a minor in biochemistry from the University of Connecticut. Following graduation, he served as a postdoctoral research fellow in the prestigious John B. Pierce Laboratory and Department of Cellular and Molecular Physiology at Yale University School of Medicine, where he investigated the effects of exercise and diet on gene regulation in muscle tissue.

He’s written and edited various top industry periodicals and books. He’s trained celebrities like The Rock, LL Cool J, Dr Drey and more. He’s helped millions through his various platforms online. He has over 60,000 in his Facebook group.

And as he says on his website, his personal and company mission is to change lives through proper training, nutrition and supplementation, all based on the latest scientific research, while following the motto of “Do the Right Thing.” https://everipedia.org/wiki/lang_en/jim-stoppani

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JYM PRE Workout 30 Servings

How and When to Take it?

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POST JYM Powder 30 Servings

To maximize the effectiveness, there are some special directions for taking Post Jym. Dr. Stopponi explains on his website: taking supplements for optimal results isn’t just a random thing. There’s a science to it, literally. Timing is critical, as is proper dosing and the biochemical interactions between individual ingredients. I’ve taken care of formulating all the JYM products for you in the right combinations and in the safest, most effective doses.

Following are the directions. You won’t see all these on the label but Dr. Stopponi explains them on his website:

  • Shake up the container of Post JYM active matrix (making sure the cap is on tight!) before using. Make make sure all 13 ingredients are mixed up, stay in their intended ratios and none have settled at the bottom. I recommend taking the scoop out before you do this so it doesn’t get buried in the powder!
  • Mix Post JYM in plenty of water. I recommend at least 20 ounces, and up to 32.
  • If you’re having Post JYM fast carbs/dextrose, throw that in the shaker cup too.
  • Mix/shake Post JYM vigorously with water and then let it sit for a while – at least 10-15 minutes while continuing to shake it up periodically – before sipping on it. If possible, have your Post JYM already mixed before your workout so it’s waiting for you when you finish training (preferably in a cooler or refrigerator so it stays cold for the best taste). Shake it up again, then starting sipping. Just don’t let mixed up Post JYM sit for more than around eight hours refrigerated – if you do, the creatine will start to break down.
  • Again, sip on Post JYM slowly over the next 20+ minutes for maximal absorption and to avoid any stomach discomfort.
  • If you have Post JYM dextrose mixed in, your post-workout carbs are taken care of. If not, chomp on your fast carbs (gummy bears, pixy sticks, white bread, etc.) as you’re drinking your Post JYM active matrix.
  • I’m not overly particular about whether you take Post JYM or Pro JYM first after your workout. I typically finish my Pro JYM before I start sipping on Post JYM, but many other people start sipping on their Post JYM immediately after working out and then chug their Pro JYM when they’re finished with that. Either way is fine.
  • Post JYM may cause a mild tingling sensation in your skin. Again, it’s just the beta-alanine. Don’t be concerned.

Final Thoughts

My research and my personal experience using post workout supplements has brought me to a place where I think the science backed ingredients that go into Post JYM make it the very best. If you try it I think you’ll agree and be amazed by the results you’ve experienced with any other post workout supplements.

You may purchase by clicking on any of the pictures of POST or PRE JYM.  If there are ever prices lower somewhere else, bodybuilding.com has a Price Match Guarantee.

If you have any comments you’d like to share, or, have any questions, please feel free to leave them below.

Glenn

Jym Pre Workout – Review

Pre workout powders and drinks are very popular among body builders, athletes and fitness enthusiasts. Most make claims and have clever names that imply what their particular formulation is going to do for the user.

The most common claims are for energy, focus and “pump”.

There are some ingredients commonly found in pre workout supplements. Caffeine for energy and focus, Nitric Oxide for pumped muscles and BCAAs, (Branch Chain Amino Acids) for protein synthesis.

Frequently found in the ingredient list is “Proprietary Formula”.

The implication is that there is a secret formula that is so special the manufacturer doesn’t want to disclose what is in the formula or what the dosages are.

Jym Pre Workout powder is transparent in that all the key ingredients and their specific dosages are listed on the label.

What is Jym Pre Workout?

It is a powdered formula of 13 carefully selected supplements in specific dosages, designed to work synergistically to maximize effectiveness and results of the workout

What are these supplements and what do they do?

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Jym Pre Workout 30 Servings
  • Creatine HCL (2g) is used to improve exercise performance and increase muscle mass
    • The more common form is Creatine Monohydrate. Creatine HCL has advantages in that it is absorbed much more quickly, smaller amounts are needed and there is no loading phase.
  • Beta-Alenine (2g) works to increase muscle endurance especially during high intensity interval training, (HIIT). The increased training volume, (from the improved endurance), can result in greater gains in muscle and strength.
  • Betaine (1.5g) has been shown, when ingested as part of a pre workout formula, can increase strength and endurance during the workout. Studies have shown it accelerates muscle growth. It slows muscle fatigue allowing training to last longer and more intensely.
  • Taurine (1g) is a substance present in muscles. Supplementing additional Taurine has been found to increase endurance and reduce muscle soreness. Studies have shown that 1 to 6 grams of Taurine, ingested before, during and after exercise can help enhance these benefits.
  • N-Acetyl L-Cysteine (600 mg), or, NAC as it is known provide powerful antioxidant performance within the muscles. This helps with protection and recovery of the muscle cells during and after training.

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    Body Fit
  • Alpha-Glyceryl Phosphoryl Choline (150 mg), also known as. Alpha GPC, affects the body in 2 significant ways to enhance training performance and results. It increases the production of a neurotransmitter that causes improved muscle performance and release of Human Growth Hormone.
  • Citrulline Malate (6g) helps with the widening of the blood vessels. As a result endurance and strength training are both enhanced. It also helps mental focus even without the use of caffeine.
  • Beet (Beta vulgaris) Root Extract (500 mg) and the Nitric Oxide in Beet Root Extract serve to open up the blood vessels, enabling more oxygen to pump to the muscles.
  • BCAA’s (Branch Chain Amino Acids)
    • L-Leucine (3g) assists the spike of insulin, gets protein synthesis going and helps get creatine into the muscles
    • L-Isoleucine (1.5g) helps endurance, repair and rebuilding of muscles, boosts energy and helps overall with recovery
    • L-Valine (1.5 g) is used to repair muscle tissue and in muscle metabolism. It also helps in regulating nitrogen levels

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      Jym Pre Workout 20 Servings
  • L-Tyrosine (1.5 g) is an amino acid that aids focus and mental clarity
  • Caffeine Anhydrous (300 mg) is simply dehydrated caffeine. It is chemically the same as any other caffeine. It helps energy and focus
  • Huperzine A [from Toothed Clubmoss (Huperzia serrata) Aerial Parts Extract] (50 mcg) is a substance derived from “Chinese club moss”. Yup. It’s moss. It improves alertness and focus.
  • Black Pepper (Piper nigrum) Fruit Extract (as BioPerine®) (5 mg) does not have a direct impact on performance. However, what it does do is improves the bio availability of the other ingredients.

How is Jym Pre Workout Different From Others?

Many of the supplement companies out there burst on the scene with their newest creation.

They have terrific marketing campaigns and often times make claims that their product is the game changing breakthrough. Bodybuilders and fitness devotees have been waiting for.

Jym Pre Workout formula does not have any “Proprietary Formulas”. Those are supposed to make it look like they’ve got a true breakthrough supplementation they don’t want to reveal what is in it.

Unfortunately, when those things are tested out in the lab, they fall short.

They may have a handful of effective ingredients. Sometimes they are in lower dosages that would be ideal. They don’t have a scientifically selected group of 13 supplements in just the right dosages to maximize effectiveness.

If they did they would have to charge more money for their product because it cost more to add all those ingredients.

Another thing some supplement companies do is combine ingredients and call in “concentrate”. If you look at the size of the scoop in the container, it is very small. In Jym Pre Workout the scoop is big. It holds 26 grams. How could others contain the dosages that Jym does? No can do!

                                      Who Formulated Jym Pre Workout?

Jim-Stoppani
Jim Stoppani, PhD

Jim Stoppani, PhD is my go-to, science-based expert when it comes to exercise science, sports nutrition and supplementation.

As explained on his website, Dr. Stoppani received his doctorate in exercise physiology with a minor in biochemistry from the University of Connecticut. Following graduation, he served as a postdoctoral research fellow in the prestigious John B. Pierce Laboratory and Department of Cellular and Molecular Physiology at Yale University School of Medicine, where he investigated the effects of exercise and diet on gene regulation in muscle tissue.

He’s written and edited various top industry periodicals and books. He’s trained celebrities like The Rock, LL Cool J, Dr Drey and more. He’s helped millions through his various platforms online. He has over 60,000 in his Facebook group.

And as he says on his website, his personal and company mission is to change lives through proper training, nutrition and supplementation, all based on the latest scientific research, while following the motto of “Do the Right Thing.”   https://everipedia.org/wiki/lang_en/jim-stoppani

How and When do You Take It?

That may seem like a silly question, but, it’s an important question to answer if you are going to maximize the potential of formulation. Notice the directions: As a dietary supplement mix one scoop in 12-32 ounces of water and drink 30-45 minutes before workouts. Consider mixing it 10-15 minutes before drinking. Also consider drinking it over the course of 15-30 minutes.

Initially use 1/2 scoop or less to assess tolerance. Once tolerance is assessed take no more than 1 serving. To avoid sleeplessness do not consume within 6 hours of bedtime. For better results consider using Post Jym Active ingredients matrix after workouts.

                                                      Final Thoughts

I use Jym Pre Workout. I’ve used many pre workout powders and drinks over the years. This is the best one for me that I’ve ever used.

However, some people have complained of getting the Jitters.  And, some people don’t like some of the flavors.  It is more expensive than most other pre workout products.

To me, It tastes very good.  I get fantastic focus.  I have lasting energy to go to failure on every set.    There is probably always some new ingredient that will make it even better.  It’s my go-to pre workout drink.  That’s the best recommendation I can give it.  If you’d like to try it, click on the picture for either the 20 serving or 30 serving container.  It will take you to the correct page on www.bodybuilding.com.  I can’t find it cheaper anywhere else but they will match the price if it’s ever sold for less anywhere else.

Affiliate Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links which means I may earn a small commission if you purchase anything through one of the links. However, this will not affect what you pay!

By the way, Jim Stoppani’s scientifically designed workouts are amazingly effective too.  The pic below was when I was near the end of doing his 12-week “Shortcut to Size” workout.  I’m in my 60’s.  The Pre Workout drink helped too!

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Jym Pre Workout 30   Servings
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Glenn at the gym