I’ve been in gyms and associated with weightlifting activities* most of my life. It’s normal for my friends to participate in bodybuilding competitions but you don’t find many 70- and 48-year old competitors, like Harvey and Jennifer.
Harvey is over 70 years old. He is 5’8” tall and weighs 170 pounds. His body fat is 6%. Harvey was always the thin, talkative, smart, friendly but not-very-toned guy at the gym. To look at his muscle tone and definition now, you would conclude he was either “born that way” or had “work done.” He wasn’t and he hasn’t. His secret to good health and his incredible body is actually no secret. I’ll get to that in a minute.
Jennifer is 48. She began working out after her three pregnancies left her with excess weight and a fluctuating self-image. The thought of entering a bikini competition in heels was unthinkable when she began working out. Her trainer persisted though and Jennifer finally accepted the challenge.
Harvey and Jennifer are opposites in many ways. Harvey is a guy and 70+ years old. Jennifer is 48, female, and the mother of three kids. Harvey concentrated his weightlifting efforts on his arms while Jennifer focused more on her glutes and lower body. He does the treadmill for his cardio blast; she opts for the stair master. Still, they have one thing in common that sets them apart from the rest of the field. It has to do with hormone levels- for many of us, that means BioTE® Medical.
Recently, I asked Harvey, “What’s your testosterone level?” He responded with bravado, “1,000!” I asked Jennifer the same question and she said, “250!” Later, I asked the same question to a 55-year old colleague of mine who has struggled with weight, low energy, and home and work stress. His answer? “I have no clue.” Poor guy.
Bodybuilders, elite athletes, and super-fit, healthy folks follow a simple recipe for lean muscle development, low body fat, overall health, and maximized fitness. They combine healthy portions of carbohydrates, fats, and protein- we all know that. Those are well known, accepted truths. But, hormone optimization is the new kid in town. It’s got the kind of star-power we haven’t seen in a while.
Oh, by the way, Jennifer started prepping 14 weeks out and took 2nd place in her first show in the 45 masters division. Harvey won it all in the over-70 division. Yeah, I’m talking “Superstars.”
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*It is always a good idea to check with your doctor before starting an exercise program. And, getting your hormone levels optimized with BioTE® can be an important factor in your overall health.
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