Ask The Trainer #143 – Teenagers & Test Charge

Ask The Trainer #143 - Teenagers & Test Charge

QUESTION:

Is there a recommended age for the Test Charge Kit? My 16-year old son is a baseball player and uses EFX products (pure whey, training ground protein 6, karbolyn, kre-alkalyn) and wanted me to order this but I don’t know exactly what this is for. It seems that it would be used for adults…or at least not a teenager.

Leigh


ANSWER:

Hi, Leigh. This is a great question I think many parents and their teenagers could learn from. As most of us understand, testosterone is the most significant hormone in the male body. It regulates sexual development, body composition, bone density, and muscle mass.

At the onset of puberty, testosterone production significantly increases. It typically reaches peak levels for a young male in his late teens or early twenties.

Research With Teens

There is very little research regarding the effects of natural testosterone boosting supplements have on teenagers. The reason is that teenage boys typically do not suffer from testosterone deficiency.

I’m even willing to bet there are a few parents out there who wish their teenage boy’s testosterone levels would mellow out a little bit, haha The existing studies only concern teenagers under treatment for abnormally low testosterone levels. In that case, you would discuss treatment strategies with an endocrinologist (hormone doctor).

Natural Test Boosters And Teens

Supposedly, natural testosterone boosters help men achieve optimal levels within the limits their physiology will naturally allow. Generally, as boys reach their upper teens, they almost overflow with testosterone. There is a bell curve where some boys experience peak testosterone levels earlier than others. However, other boys experience this later on.

At 16 years old, your son’s natural testosterone levels are most likely heading in the direction of peak limits. Furthermore, by design, the male body naturally regulates its own testosterone production capacity.


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So, for your son, this means natural testosterone boosting supplements won’t be all that effective in promoting further testosterone increases. Why? Because his body is already producing testosterone within the upper limits allowed by his physiology.

Anabolic Steroids

Conversely, anabolic steroids add excessive levels of hormones to an individual’s existing natural hormone profile. Of course, this can cause a wide variety of health complications. Some are even detrimental and irreversible. Most people know anabolic steroids can be very dangerous. So, I’ll save the extensive details of that particular topic for another newsletter.

Although we appreciate your son’s passion to use EFX Sports safe and highly effective supplements to boost his athletic performance, I believe using Test Charge at his age would be unnecessary.

It wouldn’t cause him any harm. But, in my opinion, it’s a waste of money for young men in their teens and early 20s to take testosterone boosting supplements.

Other Supplements

BCAAs (branched chain amino acids) are another great option. Research shows consuming BCAAs during training helps boost natural testosterone levels. Since BCAAs increase protein synthesis to support muscle growth and recovery, Training Ground BCAA would be a more reasonable supplement for your son to incorporate into his already impressive supplement regimen.

Many of our customers like mixing Training Ground BCAA with Karbolyn. Then, they drink them during training sessions and/or athletic events.

I hope this information helps answer your question. I wish you and your son all the best of success in your health and fitness endeavors!

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Chad Shaw

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