I’m going to be honest here, I’m kind of a testosterone junkie. Anyone who lifts weights, does strength training, or seeks to bulk up in just about any fashion will tell you, testosterone levels are key. Testosterone is an empowering hormone, and it really drives the development of bigger muscles, higher energy, and that powerful feeling I get from really being in good shape.
One thing I don’t want to do, though, is get into steroids. Steroids are amazing in a lot of ways, don’t get me wrong. They can bulk you up stupid fast, and they have some legit medical uses. It’s just that they feel like cheating to me. I have nothing against naturally increasing my body’s testosterone levels, but taking shortcuts isn’t going to make me a healthier person.
That’s why I’m usually looking for smart, natural supplements that can help me increase my testosterone naturally, instead of doing it by wrecking my body’s balance. I’ve tried a bunch, but Testogen’s the one I really feel like writing about.
How I Got Here
A training buddy turned me on to Testogen in the first place. Gave me the website, where I read the claims and information. There was no free trial, but this is a supplement we’re talking about here. The company doesn’t get back anything I’ve already used, and they were offering a full refund if I wasn’t happy, so I figured it was worth the risk and ordered a 3 month supply.
Step One: Research
Now, I’m a bit of a skeptical guy by nature. People have been advertising miracle supplements forever, and whether you call it snake oil or laetrile, the end result tends to be a whole lot of wasted money and nothing to show for it. So while I was waiting for my stack to come in, I did some research into what Testogen is.
Every supplement is only as good as the ingredients that go into it, so that was the first thing I looked into. Three ingredients in particular on the list looked promising to me.
– D-Aspartic Acid
An amino acid that helps regulate hormone production, this ingredient also helps stimulate testosterone production and metabolism. This makes it a good, common choice for bulking supplements, so seeing it is a good start.
– Tribulus Terrestris
Devil’s Claw is a plant with a long history in traditional medicine, and has a steroidal effect without being as harsh as an anabolic steroid. This is another ingredient I was happy to see.
There’s a reason Ginseng ends up in so many energy drinks. It has a mind-sharpening effect to it, and I can be a bit scatterbrained at the best of times. Anything that helps me stay focused and clear-headed during my workouts is a plus.
The other ingredients are more vitamins and amino acids, but I wanted to highlight the three above in particular, because they played a big part in deciding to give TestoGen a try.
Step Two: TestoGen Side Effects
First thing first, let me say that anyone who tells you that a supplement has no side effects because it’s all natural is a liar, a con man, or extremely stupid. Asbestos is all natural, cyanide is all natural, and carbon monoxide is all natural. So knowing the ingredients, I took a look at potential side effects.
There are side effects associated with overdosing on vitamin D and vitamin B, but you have to be getting into the high-end megadose range, and that isn’t how I take my supplements. I follow instructions carefully, using the supplement as an aid, not a primary source. My main efforts are in my workout, and the supplement is meant to help that, so I don’t go off-label. The other side effects were for really rare conditions, none of which I have. I’m not diabetic, I don’t have bleeding or heart conditions, and I’m not prone to headaches. So that all looked good.
That said, there was one side effect I did experience that seems to be a common result with TestoGen users. My urine was almost neon green. This is definitely not something related to my normal diet or water intake. I chalked it up to the formula in the pills, and even if it is strange it isn’t doing any harm.
Step Three: TestoGen Results
So, let’s go over the results I’ve had while taking TestoGen, shall we? So far I’ve been taking TestoGen for three weeks.
I had to remind myself that anything worth doing takes time, and that includes supplemental testosterone boosting. I didn’t really have any major improvements the first week I took it. I noticed a slight sharpening of my focus which I believe comes from the Ginseng, but it might have been me psyching myself up as well. The bright green pee issue started around day six of the first week.
I definitely noticed that I was getting less worn out after a day at the gym. I usually use the one day on, one day off workout cycle, but halfway through week two I went three days in a row, rotating my workouts instead of taking recovery days. My alertness was definitely improving too. Normally I have to have an MP3 player distracting me as I work out, but I found myself really focusing more on good form and watching my muscles work as I lifted.
This is where the real turnaround started for me. I went to the gym every day of week three, and really started to push myself. It usually takes me a week to work myself up to making serious weight increases, but I was pushing myself with five to ten pound increases across the board this week. My recovery times were still improved, although I had to take a rest day after the week because I did overdo it my last day at the gym. I write that one up to the enthusiasm and “in the zone” mental effects I’ve been getting from the TestoGen.
Does TestoGen Really Work?
The first answer I have to give is that it seems to be working for me. I’m only three weeks in and I’m feeling myself build strength. Visual gains aren’t massive yet, but it takes a couple of months for healthy, real muscle growth so I’m not worried. I just know that I like the motivation and energy it gives me as I’m working out.
With that said, let’s make something clear, TestoGen is not the same thing as a steroid. Like I said before, anabolic steroids are synthetic compounds that supercharge your testosterone levels. It’s like flooring the gas in your car; you’ll get a huge burst of speed, but you use up gas and can do bad things to the engine.
TestoGen is a more gradual approach to testosterone boosting. It naturally and gently boosts your body’s natural testosterone producing processes. It also doesn’t work entirely on its own. Sure, the ingredients will have some effect because anything you put into your body has some effect, but it won’t do the work for you. Extra testosterone production helps you build muscle, but if I spent my days slobbing around on the couch with donuts and beer, I wouldn’t get anything but fat.
So, I’ll say that yes, TestoGen does seem to work, but it’s like they say in AA meetings on tv shows; the program works IF you work it.
I like the reduced downtime and workout strain. I don’t feel like a wreck after a day at the weights, and I’m even starting to like doing super sets when I work out. I’ve definitely seen a physical improvement, even if I’m not seeing huge gains just yet.
Also, even if my muscles aren’t turning huge overnight, I’m feeling much stronger than I was. I’ve been steadily increasing my weight ever since the middle of week two, and in week three I started to seriously press my weight thresholds. Muscle gain comes from stressing the muscles and pushing past your limits, and TestoGen has really helped me get to where I can push my boundaries.
The increase in mental focus is good too. I’ll be honest, I work out because I want to look better, be stronger, and feel healthier, but I don’t always enjoy the working out for itself. I have a hard time focusing on just doing physical tasks without some kind of stimulation. The extra focus I get from the ginseng in TestoGen has made the workouts I do more enjoyable just for what they are, so I can stay at them longer and work harder on getting my form right.
Honestly, this supplement is a bit pricey. When you get right down to it, it doesn’t cost a whole lot to make a supplement pill. Sources for natural supplements are pretty common. I think they could have put an extra five to fifteen pills in there for the price I paid.
We’ve already gone over the bright green pee, but it definitely fits in the “con” category.
Stuff I don’t Have to Deal With
Even if it’s taking me longer, I am really happy I chose to go this route instead of taking a shortcut with steroids. The workouts feel more genuine if I’m using a booster instead of a cheat. Also, I don’t have to deal with the nasty side effects anabolic steroids come with. Long term steroid use can cause acne, hair loss, and sexual dysfunction, and I honestly think that’d all undercut half the reason I work out, which is to look better! They can also lead to liver toxicity, so you can only take them for a very short while before you have to let your body recover, and I wanted a supplement that would sustain me for the long haul.
Crazy Bulk or Testogen?
A lot of body builders swear by Crazy Bulk. They aren’t wrong, exactly, their stuff shares a lot of ingredients with TestoGen. It’s a good product.
The reason I like TestoGen more is pretty simple. I got faster results with TestoGen, starting in week two instead of week four. TestoGen is also cheaper than CrazyBulk, which isn’t a small thing. I plan to go the long haul, so the less money I have to spend, the happier I’ll be.
Well, maybe not final, because I’m still planning on riding the TestoGen train for the long haul.
I think that’s the most important part of all of this. I did the research, tried the product, and I’ve liked where it’s brought me. I feel better, want to spend more time working out, and have been pushing at limits I’ve had for a while now.
My main goal is to improve my whole life, not just to cheat my way into a quick sixpack of abs. TestoGen is a supplement made for guys like me, who want something they can incorporate into a long-time routine. It isn’t going to turn me into some kind of muscled Conan overnight, but it is making me feel better, and feel stronger.
I mentioned cons and scams earlier. TestoGen isn’t one, this is a real product with real benefits, made from healthy ingredients.
Price B- (Could easily be less expensive)
Physical Results A- (Not super fast, but noticeable within a satisfying time)
Mental Results A+ (I feel alert, sharp, and eager)